Tips For Selecting an Exterior Paint Color

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Deciding to paint the entire outside of your house can be a daunting task for a number of reasons. Many homeowners, for instance, have had the same paint color for years, and the idea of changing it to something new is worrisome. These individuals are often concerned they won’t like the color they pick and will have to redo their homes a second time. If you are planning to update your exterior paint color soon, there are some key things you can do to help you choose a color you’re sure to love for years to come. 

Go step by step

Sometimes, people dive into painting their homes a bit too quickly and neglect to do any research first. Spending time learning about the color options you have is an important part of the process, however. Paint colors and brands have unique features you should be aware of before you select one. Certain shades, such as bright red and navy blue, for instance, are more likely to noticeably fade more quickly than hues like tan and light grey. 

This certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go bold, however! It merely means you should spend extra time looking into which exterior paint brands tend to hold-up the best over time if you intend to use a deeply saturated hue for the outside of your home. It is also wise to take a look around your neighborhood to see which shades are already popular. Many homeowners like to avoid using the same, or even similar, paint colors to those their neighbors have already chosen. 

Really look at your house

At first glance, this might seem like a silly tip because you look at your house every day. You probably don’t, however, spend any time thinking about how the fixed colors on your home will work with other hues on a daily basis. Before you choose a new exterior paint color, go outside, and honestly assess the permanent and semi-permanent colors on and around your home. If, for example, you have wood trim you don’t want to paint, choosing a clashing shade of tan for your new paint color isn’t a good idea. 

Other fixed colors include stone facades and foundations, brick chimneys, roof shingles, and, in some cases, window shutters. No matter how much you love a particular shade of exterior paint, you shouldn’t choose it if it doesn’t work well with your home’s existing overall palette. Changing the colors of all these features can quickly become extremely expensive and may not even be possible. 

Consult with an expert

If you are struggling to select the perfect shade of your paint for your upcoming remodeling project, the best thing you can do is work with an expert. Whether you hire a general contractor, a painting company, or even a landscape designer, getting professional advice is important if you don’t know what route to go with the color of your house. Many home services professionals provide hourly consultation services, so it may not cost as much as you think to get the guidance you need. 

The team at Hatch Homes would love to handle your exterior painting job, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at your earliest convenience. We regularly work with clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, taking great pride in doing every job the right way the first time. We look forward to hearing about your project and can’t wait to meet you. 

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