Painting the exterior of your home can increase its value by 2-5%. But before you get started, it’s crucial that you take the time to choose the best outdoor paint for what you’re trying to achieve.
Read on to learn how you can choose the best paint for the exterior of your house.
Visualize Your Colors
The colors you choose can make a massive difference if you’re planning to sell. It will immediately influence how visitors (and potential buyers) feel about your home.
But with so many different colors available, how do you choose the right one? One of the best things you can do is use a house color visualizing tool. This can help you decide whether a light or dark color will work best.
Generally, light colors make houses look larger, while dark colors can make it look smaller.
You’ll also need to take a few other things into consideration. These include the architecture of your home and the types of colors used in your neighborhood.
Most major paint companies have color visualizers which you can use to test different colors of paint. You simply upload photos of your house and you can immediately see how different colors and shades will look. This takes a lot of the guesswork out of picking the best outdoor paint.
Once you’ve chosen some colors you like, get some test sizes and brush-outs for the outside of your home. Use them on all sides of your house since lighting can make a massive difference depending on the angle of the sun and the time of day.
Spend a couple of days sporadically visiting these areas so you can get an idea of how the paint will look.
Don’t feel like you need to use just one color for your exterior. Ideally, you should use two to three colors: The main color, an accent color, and a trim color. Your accent color is for doors, shutters, and other small parts of your home.
This is a great opportunity to mix and match. You can incorporate a color you love but would be a little too much for your main color, or go classic with combinations like dark green, red, and white.
Consider Visual Effect
Think about the landscaping and street. Does your home sit close to the street or back amongst large trees?
Slightly brighter colors will help it stand out if it’s positioned further back, while darker colors can make it seem like it’s further from the street than it is. If you’re not sure which visual effect is right for your home, an exterior painting contractor, color consultant or architect can help you come up with a unique, attractive look.
Need Help Choosing the Best Outdoor Paint?
Choosing the best outdoor paint for your home is a big decision, and can have a massive impact on how your home appears to visitors and potential buyers in the future.
If you’re not sure which type of paint is best for you, or you need some help choosing the perfect look, get in touch. We can help you find a color and style that will look attractive for many years to come!