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Choices to Make When Picking Out Exterior Paint Colors

There is some truth to the rumor that the color you use on the outside of your house matters. Did you know that picking the perfect exterior paint color may add thousands to your home’s selling price? Obviously, it might be difficult to narrow down your selections to just a few paint colors when there are so many to choose from. You can find some expert advice on choosing the right colors for your home’s exterior below. The following advice will help you select a high-quality exterior paint for your home without any second thoughts.

Samples of paint that have been printed on paper work well for giving an approximate notion of how the color will look once it has dried. However, do not judge a book by its cover. Even more so while looking at printed paint samples indoors, under artificial light. Instead of depending on a printed version, actual paint samples are preferable when selecting colors for the outside. On top of that, the final result of a paint job across a variety of substrates is always a mystery. A hue may look different on inside wood than external brick or stucco, for instance.

As the paint dries, the look of some types of wood and other materials can be radically altered. Keep in mind that exterior paint colors might fade or fade away in intense sunlight. Due to the sun’s bleaching effects, the color will fade over time. If your property gets a lot of sunshine during the day, you may want to choose a darker hue than you had in mind.

Buying a small test sample of the paint colors you are considering is the best method to see how they will appear on the exterior of your home. Apply the sample paint to a small section of your home’s exterior (preferably a hidden location). Put paint swatches on the north and south sides of your home. It is important to always paint in places with varying levels of light and shadow. Remember to set your paint sample next to your intended trim color to get a sense of how they may appear side by side. Last but not least, inspect your paint samples at different times of the day to get the greatest picture of what your home will look like in all situations once it has dried.

If you want to impress potential buyers and your neighbors, do this. Think about how the colors you pick will affect the overall aesthetic of the area. If your community has a HOA, you should double-check that your proposed exterior paint colors are allowed. Depending on the rules of your neighborhood, you may need to run your color choice via the community council. Consider picking colors that make your house unique, but that don’t clash or compete with adjacent homes. Colors should complement, rather than be an exact match for, those of other houses to keep the area looking nice. While it is OK to use complementary colors, going with an exact match might make your house look generic.

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