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Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing Exterior Paint Colours

When it comes to things that you should do and the things that you shouldn’t, we suggest you absolutely don’t compromise on one crucial element; the quality of the paint. If you cover this bit of your colour selection process, then the rest is easy.

So if you plan on getting quality paint, no matter the cost, then there are some dos and don’ts you should keep in mind, have a look at them below:

Things you Should Do

Creating Different Combos:

The main thing you need to focus on when choosing colours for exterior paint is that they should go together. The key parts of every house’s exterior are the main body, trim, and accents. Mostly, these areas have different colours to make the house appear more appealing and unique.

Now selecting three colours can be a pretty tough job, especially when you don’t know if they will go well together or not. Therefore, we suggest that you get some paint samples and experiment with various combinations.  This will help you find the combination as per your preference.

Consider Unpainted Materials:

There will be many parts of your house’s exterior that you will not paint, such as the stone landscape, a chimney, a wooden door, or even a vinyl window. You need to first decide if you are going to paint them or leave as is. If you plan on leaving them in their natural colours then you need to choose the paint carefully.

You do not want to get the colours that don’t go well with the natural colours of these materials. We suggest that you try different combinations by getting the paint samples and matching them with these exterior materials.

Consider The Neighbours:

You can get paint color ideas from the house next to yours. We are not saying that you copy their color; we are suggesting that you need to select the colours that make your house unique without making its colours clash with the rest of the buildings.

You need to consider things like the architecture of your house, the area you live in, the greenery around you, and how different your house is from nearby buildings. You need to keep these things in mind when selecting colours for your house as you need to blend in with the rest while also contrasting with their overall colour scheme.

Take Professional Help:

One of the best things to do to make your colour selection process a piece of cake is getting professional help. When you visit the paint shop, talk to their staff and show them the pictures of your house, the area you live in and also the houses nearby. Also, tell them the kind of colours you have in mind.

These things can help the professionals get a better understanding of what you need and what will go best with the house’s surroundings. They can provide the best suggestions based on these things. Plus, you can ask for a catalogue with different painted houses in it and see if anything clicks.

Things you Shouldn’t Do

Don’t Just Wing It:

Painting your house’s exterior is a pretty big deal, and you should do it with great care and attention to detail. We suggest that you do not directly start painting the front. Instead, go at the backyard, load your paint into the roller, and try painting on a small area of your trim, accent, and main body. This will help you see if you can paint the whole house by yourself or not.

Plus, you can test the colour scheme this way. By painting the small adjoining area of accent, main body, and trim, you can check how your selection of colours comes together. If it looks great, then you can move on with your painting.

Don’t Ignore Paint-Material Selection:

There are a lot of materials involved in the creation of a house’s exterior. So when it comes to painting, you will apply coats to different kinds of surfaces ranging from wood, concrete, and aluminum, to bricks and even metal. Therefore, we suggest that you DO NOT ignore the paint’s compatibility with them. This means that you need to leverage both high-quality latex and oil-based paints depending on the surfaces you choose to paint.

If you plan on painting your deck, wooden door, and windows, then you need oil paint as it works best with wood. If you need to paint concrete, acrylic latex is best, and if you want to paint a brick surface, then high-quality latex paint should be your go-to choice.

Don’t Choose Too Bright Colors:

While you are sprucing up your house’s exterior, you need to be careful with the colours and don’t get very bright or shiny ones. You don’t want to be remembered by the guy/girl that lives on that glowing house. At the start of your colour selection journey, you might get the temptations to get something that shouts La Casa from miles, don’t act on them.

Instead, look for something that is elegant, memorable, and simply eye-catchy rather than eye-soaring. Carefully chosen colours that go well with your house’s architecture and the surroundings will naturally make it house stand out.

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