When it comes to a home exterior, the beauty of its color brings enjoyment to the eye and warmth to the heart. First impressions last, and a home exterior painted in an ideal color that fits its character and architectural style embraces those who approach it for the first time, and each opportunity they have to return. Fresh color enhances curb appeal and increases property value while practically sealing your home’s siding with an added layer of protection.
Here are 4 tips to help you select the ideal color for your home exterior:
1. Explore exterior color schemes
Consider the architectural style of your home, then explore compatible exterior color schemes to bring out its beautiful features. A traditional home’s architecture style and suburban landscape calls for an appropriate color palette to complement its flair. Traditional palettes embrace warm tones such as khaki with brandy wine colored accents, or cool tones like gray with stark white trim and black accents.
Historic American homes in the Richmond, Virginia area range in color from exuberant hues appropriate for Victorian homes to softer shade combinations based on authentic colors from their era. Modern suburban homes look to bright colors to go with their simple, clean lines and sleek, contemporary style. If your Richmond home reflects more of a shore and beach palette, look for sun-washed tones that welcome friends and family to enjoy a cool glass of tea on the porch.
2. Test drive color options
Consider the surface area of your home’s exterior, and then consider the size of the paint sample you are viewing inside the paint store. Colors look differently on home exteriors than they do on paper samples, so test drive the colors you are considering before buying the quantities necessary to paint your home. Take your time picking several options, then find an inconspicuous location to sample them on your home’s exterior. Observe the colors in various degrees of sunlight, and verify you will enjoy your final decision for years to come.
3. Consider the color’s durability
Keep in mind that colors change over the years due to their exposure to the elements. Deep and intense colors fade the most, so be ready for the change if you decide on dark colors. In general, dark colors absorb more heat, so their color is more affected by the sun than light colors. Once color fades, any touch-ups may be obvious. Yet the beauty of dark colors is the distinct look they give a house and their ability to conceal blemishes.
4. Choose the ideal finish
Once you choose your home exterior’s colors, decide on a proper finish to bring out your home’s beauty. Paint comes in a variety of sheens from glossy to flat paint.
· Gloss finish – an ideal choice for doors, shutters, and trim due to its outstanding adhesion.
· Semi-gloss finish – a durable choice perfect for doors, shutters, and your home exterior trim.
· Satin – a great performer due to its ability to protect from the elements and UV rays. Satin paint’s soft sheen is ideal for a home’s trim, shutters, and fascia.
· Flat finish – an excellent choice for covering any imperfections in wood siding.
Vinyl siding boasts a variety of advantages for Richmond homeowners. Additionally, Dependable Home Services offers James Hardie ColorPlus® siding, which is available in a wide range of popular colors.
James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology makes their siding not only appealing visually, but also long-lasting. Through this specialized process, the siding is treated with several coats of paint that is baked into the boards to promote quality and durability.
If your Richmond area home is looking dull or lifeless, Dependable Home Services is here to update your home’s interior and exterior paint to provide the warmth and appeal it needs. Nothing uplifts a home’s aesthetics faster than a fresh coat of paint. Both indoors or outdoors, crisp new paint instantly changes the look and feel of any room, and gives expression to your personalized home.
Contact Dependable Home Services for all your home improvement needs. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area and need premier siding installation, home improvement, and remodeling services, we are here for you.
From foundation and drywall repair to home remodeling and additions, we serve customers with top materials and quality workmanship. You’ll love our custom replacement siding solutions. Call us today at 804-334-6839 for a free home improvement consultation and to learn about the variety of color options we can provide for your home’s exterior.