The exterior of your home is the first thing that people see, from the street or as they approach your front door. Whether you’re looking to put your home on the market or to stay put for years, paying attention to your home’s exterior paint is essential.
Spring and summer are a great time to treat your home to a new coat of exterior paint. Not only will the new paint help your house look well-maintained, but it will also give it a fresh, updated, stylish look that will make coming home lovely.
At Select Painting, we are ready to make your home’s exterior eye-catching and attractive with a professional paint job. Exterior paint must be applied during specific temperature ranges and humidity levels, so let us bring our expertise to your home.
Exterior painting is one part technical and one part design. The color scheme you choose makes a bold statement that can have your home standing out from the rest. Even similar homes can look dramatically different when painted distinctly.
If you’re considering updating your home with new exterior paint, take a look at these popular exterior painting trends. They’ll help you with some ideas for how to express your style and make people say “wow” when they approach your home.
Play with the Palette of Neutral Tones
There’s a reason that neutral tones are so popular for both interior and exterior home painting. Neutral can just as easily mean “versatile.” There is so much you can do with neutral tones, whether it’s complementing a natural landscape, hiding imperfections, or creating areas of visual interest.
There is an entire palette of neutral tones, too. Every tone also has hues and concentrations within it, so you have hundreds of colors from which to choose.
Gray can be deep charcoal or a light silver tone. Browns can go from chocolate to cappuccino to taupe to beige to ivory. Adding a bit of blue or purple to a gray creates an edgier neutral that plays with the spectrum. Same with adding some red or yellow to the ivory to go more blush or peach. All of these are still within the neutral palette.
You can combine neutrals in exciting ways as well. Consider one color for your siding, and a complementary neutral, in either a lighter color or darker color, for your trim. Some people like to divide a home’s siding horizontally, using one color at the bottom of the house, and a lighter color above. This technique can ground a home, or break up vertical lines in interesting ways.
Brighten Your Home with Vivid Whites
There’s a reason that the president’s White House is white. White is dramatic, powerful, impressive, and commands attention. A white house is easy to notice.
Despite often being considered the “safe option,” white is quite striking and courageous. It will highlight both the good and the not-so-good elements of your home. White works best when your home is in good repair.
There are actually many shades of white! Depending on the amount of added blue or yellow, the white feels warmer or cooler. If you’re going for white, be confident. Your home will have a bright, airy, even resort-like feel.
Be Bold and Dramatic with Deep, Rich Hues
Dark colors are bold and sophisticated. You don’t see them too often, which is part of what makes them stand out. Darker colors can mesh well with a variety of complementary trim colors, and they are good at blending different materials and textures.
If you have stone or brick architectural elements, on your home, such as on your porch columns, or around your foundation, or on an accent wall, you might consider a darker hue. Dark browns, greys, and even blacks evoke a feeling of nature. Think of tree trunks and boulders.
Darker hues can also work well with contemporary homes or those with an industrial feel. You can capture some of that edgier feel by painting even a traditional home navy, brown, or deep gray. Navy is a trending color for exterior homes that want to make a bold statement.
Usually, darker-hued exterior paint calls for neutral or a darker trim or accent color, as well. Some people paint the trim the same color as the siding, or a subtle one or two shades lighter or darker.
Darker colors are good at hiding unusual exterior features that may date a house or that you simply don’t want to highlight. You’ll get a more uniform exterior with a darker color. Imperfections also tend to blend in better with darker hues, and dirt won’t show as much.
The potential downside of going with a darker exterior paint is that they tend to fade faster due to the exposure to the sun. That can mean that you have to touch up your exterior paint more frequently. Speak with your painter about getting a high-quality, fade-resistant paint base. They really do make a difference.
A Pop of Color as an Accent
No matter what color scheme you’ve gone with for your home’s exterior, you can make an attractive and stylish statement with a well-placed splash of color. Many homeowners are painting their front doors a bright, eye-catching color that contrasts with the rest of their home. You’ll see fire-engine red, cobalt blue, sunshine yellow, and emerald green front doors that say “welcome” as they beckon to you from the street.
The pop of color also shows your personality and style. Be careful not to overdo it. If the door is magenta, you probably want to keep the rest of the house a neutral tone. Your goal is to have the color accent stand out, so you want contrast with the rest of the scheme.
Hire a Painter Who Knows Color
A professional knows that painting is more than applying the paint. You need knowledge about the types of paint and a grounding in color theory. The pros at Select Painting work with our friends over at Omorfia to get the best, most stylish home exterior color schemes to give your home a bold, fresh, appealing new look.
When it’s time for a new exterior paint job for your home, give us a call at Select Painting. Our pros are standing by ready to translate your trendy exterior paint ideas into the winning statement and top-quality application you are looking for. Book now before our schedule fills for the season.