Your home's exterior paint color can have a dramatic effect on its overall look, its curb appeal, and even how you feel about your quality of life. Choosing the right color can be much trickier than it seems, but here's a quick guide on how to narrow your options.
Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home’s Exterior
Check With Your Homeowner Association
If you’re part of a homeowner association (HOA) or live in another area where your home's appearance is regulated, check their rules about paint colors. They may have restrictions, or they may mandate that you choose from a certain palette to avoid fines.
Consider the Architecture
Not all colors work with all home styles. For instance, a townhouse-style home can look good in either muted neutrals or cheerful pastels, while homes with more rustic styles look better in earth tones.
Plan Around Existing Features
The paint color of your home is easy to change, but the window frames, roofing, and the brick or stone details may not be. Take note of the parts you can't change easily, and make sure your color choices look good when juxtaposed with those areas.
Use Multiple Colors
Your home likely needs more than one color. Two or three are often required. Choose a main color for your walls, then another color or two for your trim, shutters, door, and anything else that needs to be painted. White is also an appealing trim choice.
Test Your Paint Colors
Before you commit to a color, buy a sample and paint one section of the house first. A paint chip isn't enough to tell you what the color will look like in the context of your property’s color and lighting, but painting a test section is.
For help choosing the best paint colors, contact Fairbanks Paint & Glass in Alaska. They offer a range of quality selections for both exterior and interior paint, including Pratt & Lambert®, Kodiak®, Flood®, and Moosehide®. Their employees are thoroughly trained to provide attentive service regarding the latest products and technologies. Learn more about their products and services online, or call them at (907) 456-7758 with any questions.