Choosing the perfect exterior paint color isn't always easy. There are several things to keep in mind as you shop colors so that you can find the one that works just right for your home.
1. Complement Fixed Features
If your home has fixed features, such as brick or stonework, then it's important to make sure the paint color complements these features. Other features to consider are those that are changed infrequently and won't be changed in the near future, such as vinyl window frames or roof shingles. The best way to do this is to paint large test swatches near the fixed feature so you can see how well the paint color works with the fixture.
2. Check With the Neighborhood
There may be some rules in place about what colors you can choose, depending on your neighborhood. Many homeowners and neighborhood associations have a list of allowed or preferred colors, and you may have to repaint if you choose a color that hasn't been authorized. Even in areas with no such restriction, it is a good idea to choose a color that won't stand out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. Not only will your neighbor's appreciate it, but it can also be easier to sell a home in the future if the paint color isn't too unique.
3. Consider the Climate
Color can affect comfort in your home. In hot climates, lighter colors reflect light. This can result in both more comfort indoors and lower cooling costs. It also prevents your home's walls from becoming a heat sink and trapping heat in the nearby yard and outdoor living areas. On the other hand, in cold climates, a darker color may be preferred so that some heat is absorbed into the walls to help warm the house.
4. Know Maintenance Requirements
Although any durable and professionally applied paint job should be durable, there are other things beyond the quality of the paint that can affect maintenance needs. For example, very light-colored paint will show dust and dirt more easily, which can lead to the need for more frequent cleaning if you live in a dusty area or the wall is exposed to splashing mud during heavy rains. On the other hand, in extremely sunny climates, fading can be an issue. Fading is more likely to show on very dark colors.
If you are ready to repaint the exterior of your home or have questions about exterior painting, contact a local service.