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How to Pick Paint Colours for Home Exterior Walls

How to Pick Paint Colours for Home Exterior Walls

Careful thought should be given when picking paint colours for your home’s exterior walls. After all, how your house appears on the outside is as important as how it looks on the inside. When you select the right paint colours for your exterior walls, you improve the curb appeal of your property. You can even give your house a classy, cosy or welcoming vibe.

Just like for interior walls, choosing tones for your home’s exterior can be challenging. The latter may be even more daunting since more people get to see the result. If you do not have any experience on this matter, it’s best to enlist the help of decorators or professional painters to know the best colour schemes and achieve an excellent result. After all, it is going to be on your house for four to six years.

To get you started, below are some tips on how to pick paint colours for your home’s exterior walls.

When it comes to painting the outside of your house, there are three parts you need to consider –  trims, siding or walls and accents. Hence, you need to come up with three paint colours that blend well with each other.

The general rule of thumb is that the field colour (the one used for walls or siding) should contrast with the trim colour. So, if you picked a dark tone for your walls, go for a light hue for the trims. For example, white trim and warm grey walls look great together and give the house a classic look. Meanwhile, the accent colour should complement your trim colour. Also, do not be afraid to go with bold tones like red for your accent colour.

It is important to note that when your siding is brick, you only need to think of trim and accent colours. While you can paint over this wall material, this option can be costly in the long run since it would require regular maintenance. The same goes for other fixed elements – those features you most likely would not replace or change like the pathway, chimney, stonework and other hardscapes. What you should do is to pick a siding colour that is darker or similar to these fixed elements’ hues.

Take into consideration your roof colour when choosing a field colour. Use a lighter hue for your siding if your roof is painted in a dark colour. In case you plan to repaint your roof, choose neutral colours since they pair well with many hues. Keep in mind, compared to your siding which requires repainting at least every five years, a roof paint job lasts for 20 years.

You must also consider your immediate surrounding and your property’s location. The exterior paint colour of your neighbours’ homes matter, especially if these structures are situated close to each other. In this case, you need to pick colours which blend with theirs, so your house won’t look out of place. This rule, however, need not be observed if wide spaces separate houses in your community. Here, you can use surrounding landscapes or hardscapes for inspiration. For example, if trees surround your house, sage green will look good on your siding.

Other factors you need to consider when selecting paint colours for exterior painting are your home’s architectural style, climate in your area and your home’s size. Just like those mentioned above, these things impact the look of your house exterior. Taking these factors into consideration can help you come up with a colour scheme that is going to enhance the external appearance of your precious property.

Learn how to pick the right paint colours for your home’s exterior walls. Call us at 086 608 1817 / 085 139 0233 and talk to our professional residential painters today!

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