Thursday, 19 October 2017
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How To Work With Trends in Exterior Painting

The outside of your home is the first thing that people notice when they either drive by or come to visit you. When people talk about “curb appeal” – how appealing your home looks from the outside – a lot of that has to do with how the exterior paint job communicates your home’s personality in the neighborhood. When considering what colors to use on your home’s exterior, you have to consider not only the main color, but also the complementary trim color, and how well they go together. New trends are emerging in exterior paint colors and trim that are making a dramatic splash. Here are just a few for you to consider as you work on your remodel project.

Dramatic and Dark

Many homeowners never consider the dramatic statement that an all-black or black home with white trim can make. This trend isn’t for everyone, but it definitely has its place. One of the main considerations to keep in mind as you consider trends for your home’s exterior paint is that of the type of home you’re painting and its architectural style. For example, in a desert environment, an all-black home would stand out like a sore thumb, because the colors that are typically used in those areas with those types of homes tend to be muted pastels or adobe-inspired browns.

One way you can adapt this trend to suit your home, however, is to use the same color exterior trim as the main color. You may choose to employ a shinier version of the main color or a different type of paint, but the idea is that a monochromatic exterior look can be a trendy look for you to play with on your home’s outer appearance.

Professional Opinion

Something to keep in mind with trends is that they are just that: a passing fad. While that can be an exciting addition to a home’s appearance for many homeowners, it’s also important to take into consideration how a particular trend will work with your home over time. This is where you may want to consult with a professional about exterior trim services before you decide which color palette to go with.

One of the benefits of consulting with an expert in exterior painting is that they can help you take your home’s architectural structure and style into account as you examine the various color schemes that inspire you. They can also advise you about which colors are currently popular but also work with your home and are likely to continue to provide curb appeal for years to come rather than just making a brief splash and then becoming a liability in the long run.

Tried and True

Keep in mind that your exterior paint job will often involve up to three different colors: the main, or siding, color; the trim color; and any accent color. That being the case, often times the smartest way to go is with updated and modern versions of the tried and true classic combinations. Light robin-egg blues, muted grays, dramatic and rich brick tones, and timeless whites and off-whites are often the most-chosen colors for siding.

Your Home Reflects Your Style

There are so many choices for your home’s exterior paint color scheme that sometimes it can seem like an overwhelming task to pick and coordinate the colors that are just right for you. A good rule of thumb is to start with your style. Are you conservative? Is your style more eccentric, minimalist, or modern? There are color palettes for everyone’s basic style and those can be a good place to start. Working with a professional can also help. Once you’ve chosen your colors, you can get ready to step back and enjoy your home’s new look.