In my teen years, I would gaze at others, pondering how I could restyle their hair (Should I be admitting this?). NOW I drive through neighborhoods, dreaming of how I would restyle/recolor your exterior :)
‘Tis the season for exterior painting and I’m here to proclaim, Your House Can Look Better! With a new coat of paint and some finishing touches, your curb appeal will soar. But… you have to make the right choices, and that’s the hard part!
Through experience, I’ve learned a few things. Here are 7 steps to get you started on the right note.
1. Don’t Rush. A well coordinated exterior speaks volumes. Take the time you need to develop a plan you feel 100% comfortable with. Test several different options and compare.
2. Get Inspired. Up for a Sunday drive? Take a whirl through your favorite neighborhoods and take note of exterior color schemes that catch your eye. Figure out if you like light/dark trim, light/dark body, etc.
3. Be Reasonable. You can’t expect paint to transform your home into the Taj Mahal, though simple steps can deem dramatic results. Accentuate your home’s best assets or create a focal point (example- vibrant front door).
4. Incorporate Roof Color (or any other surface which will not be painted). As always, it’s about good flow. Make sure all colors relate.
5. Test Colors. Once you’ve paired down to a few solid options, test the paint on your surface. Check swatches throughout the day to see how sunlight effects the color. Keep your eye on the undertones… I’ve seen too many trim colors turn pink in the evening!
6. Get a Few Opinions. Since matters of the home are personal, it can be difficult to judge your options at face value. Ask a few people for their thoughts, your inclinations may be confirmed.
7. Don’t Play it Too Safe. I know… the highly VISIBLE exterior of your home can be intimidating. But if you flood everything in beige, you may fall flat. Don’t be afraid to add a little pop in a safe way (examples- door, shutters, landscaping).
And if you’re still paralyzed in fear? Call in a professional! Clients mention the peace of mind is priceless. Contact me anytime.
Happy Easter readers!
(thank you thezhush.blogspot.com, Key West, Hatchworks, and Young House Love for the photos)