How To Choose Exterior Paint Colors

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How To Choose Exterior Paint Colors
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Deciding on the exterior color scheme of your home can often be a daunting task. As if deciding on the type of paint and the person to do the job wasn't bad enough, now you have to consider the different shades of color you would like to have on your trims, and accents on doors and railings.

Here are some factors that should be considered before selecting your final color scheme.

• If you are repainting an older home, you have a few options. You can either decide to bring back the original color, by having a professional analyze old paint chips, or you can modernize your old architecture with new bright colors.

• Before drastically changing your color scheme, try using computer imaging software to get an idea of what the final finish will look like.

• Compare you color ideas with surrounding neighbors. Not only is this a great way to get new ideas, but it is also recommended that you choose colors that are compatible with your surroundings.

• Always consider the existing colors of your home. Consider the color of your roof, railings and siding that may remain the same color. Thinking of colors that will blend well with what is already there will help you in your decision making.

• Most paint manufacturers will group complimentary colors on pallets to help you select trim and accent colors.

• Pay attention to harmony and contrast. Architectural details will stand out more with contrasting colors. However, extreme contrasts will take the focus away from details.

• Lighter colors create the illusion of a larger house, while darker colors tend to make the house appear smaller. Accenting with darker colors will make your home stand out, without visually reducing it in size.

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