A Major Makeover
There's nothing like paint to transform the look of your home's exterior, but since there's no shortage of shades from which to choose, it can be challenging to make a final selection. We've collected some essential do's and don'ts to help you find a hue you'll be happy and proud to live with for years.
DO: Consider Colors
DO: Take a Hint
DON'T: Misplace the Accent
DO: Consider Trends
Trends in exterior paint move at a snail's pace. The color you choose today is very likely to still be in style tomorrow, or ten years from tomorrow. White used to be the "safe" choice, but more and more homeowners are experimenting with color and tinted neutrals. Tour a few neighborhoods to get a sense of what others are opting for.
DON'T: Ignore the Neighbors
DO: Light vs. Dark
Light colors make a house look larger and more inviting, and if painted on a house that's sited away from the curb, they can bring the structure visually forward. Dark colors, meanwhile, make a house look more substantial, and especially if applied to a home's lower portion, they suggest stability and permanence.
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DON'T: Wing It
Exterior painting is a big deal, so plan accordingly! Try painting a small amount of your main, trim, and accent color choices next to each other on a hidden side of the house. That way, you can test how your scheme is coming together.
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