An easy way to quickly and inexpensively update the look of your Marietta home is by painting its exterior. However, many homeowners in their excitement to get started with their exterior painting often overlook some of the finer points to choosing their color scheme. Pro Roofing & Siding’s friends at Sherwin-Williams offer some helpful tips on how to avoid mistakes when choosing colors for your home so that your home does not wind up as “that house” in your neighborhood.
How to Choose a Color Scheme
What you may think is the best color in the entire world may not be the best choice when it comes to exterior painting, especially if it clashes with neighboring Marietta homes. You can help avoid this by tailoring your color choices to blend in or to be a subtle contrast to surrounding homes. Take a cue from other homes in the area and see how others have made color work for them.
To improve the curb appeal of your home, you may want to follow these general rules of thumb when it comes to exterior painting:
- A darker door and lighter porch area makes your home more welcoming
- Paint homes that are farther back from the curb a lighter color to make them appear closer
- Darker colors can make a home look more substantial
- If you live on a heavily wooded lot, colors look darker due to the shade
Consider the existing elements of your home, such as brick or stone accents, and the color of your roof when choosing colors. Unless you are prepared to redo all of these, you can use their colors as inspiration and choose complementary colors that will enhance those elements of the house.
One common mistake that many homeowners make is drawing attention with their color scheme to unattractive elements of the home, such as gutters or unevenly placed windows; conversely, interesting architectural elements should be highlighted with color.
Trying on Colors for Size
A great way to get an idea how various color schemes will work for your home is to use a visualizer tool such as Sherwin-Williams’ online Color Visualizer or their ColorSnap app for iPhones or Android. These tools will give you a very good idea of what your finished exterior painting project will look like, in addition to introducing you to color schemes you may not have considered for your Marietta home.
At Pro Roofing & Siding, we have the professional know-how and expertise to do your exterior painting job right. Our painters are courteous, respectful, and take care to make sure you are completely satisfied with their work.
Contact Pro Roofing & Siding for a consultation and free estimate on painting your Marietta home.