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Color Up Your Curb Appeal
If you want to add some pizzazz to the outside of your home, whether for your own satisfaction or because you’re thinking of selling, consider using color. You can update your home’s exterior to give it a fresh look or to incorporate trends that you enjoy. When it’s done well, adding a pop of color can also increase your home’s curb appeal and help your home stand out in the crowd.
But how do you add color the right way? Here are some tips to get you started on using paint to your home’s best advantage.
- Remember the constants. When you decide to change your home’s color, first think about its unchangeable features—brick, stonework, roof—and its era and architectural style. That will help you narrow down options.
Keep your home looking fresh for fall.
Fall can be an excellent time to paint the exterior of your home, however there are a few special precautions that need to be taken. A fresh coat can transform your home’s exterior from drab to fab. Use that extra time now that the kids are back in school to get to those home projects you’ve been putting off all summer!
Exterior Painting Tips for Fall
Make your fall painting project successful:
- Most exterior paints and stains should not be applied in temperatures lower than 50° F.
- As a general rule of thumb, the best hours of application in the fall are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- When possible, try to start your painting on the sunny side of the house and follow the sun around (this is just the opposite of painting in the summer). Read the rest of this entry »
As summer turns into fall, you may be considering starting an exterior painting project. Take advantage of the cooler weather to tackle an exterior paint project, but make sure you know when it is too cold to paint outside:
Paint must set before the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is best not to paint within two hours of sundown if temps are predicted to drop below that. Extremely high temperatures can also cause a problem, so avoid painting in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (but we don’t have to worry about that for awhile now, do we!).
Moisture also affects paint, so wait several days after a rainfall and allow morning mist to evaporate before beginning your project.
Always make sure to check the label on your paint can for additional information!
There are few opportunities to embellish the exterior of a home other than the front door. But many homes have shutters that can be colored to accent or to blend with the color scheme. Before a color is chosen for shutters you should ask these questions:
1. Are there many shutters or just a few? When there are just a few than a bright accent color can be used. When there are many you may want to keep the color neutral or a neutralized hue like the brown shown here.
2. What color is your roof ? Shutters can match roof colors, brick or stone or they can be complements to the body of the house such as the dark olive color here shown with golden stone colors, cream and greens to make a pleasing color combination without making a bold statement.
3. Do you want to make a statement? If so, use bright or unusual colors for the shutters. Such as this red, but also deep plum, cranberry, teal and bright blue also work.
4. Do you have shutters that you do not want to emphasize. Neutrals add a sophisticated look to any exterior. Classic black and crisp white shutters are always a safe choice for shutters.
5. Many European and South American towns have over the top colored shutters. These are perfect for the right neighborhood but need to be used cautiously.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression – and the same goes for your house! Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, or you just want to do a little sprucing up, the curb appeal of your house is what makes that so very important first impression. If people don’t like what they see on the outside, chances are they will be less inclined to want to see what’s on the inside, and vice versa. So take a little time this spring to invest in the curb appeal of your house. Here are some tips to get you started.
Create beauty with symmetry: Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is also simple to arrange. Light fixtures, potted plants and outdoor art work can all be easily arrange in a symmetrical fashion to accent your front door.
Give your home a facelift: Whether you need to replace some old hardware, install a new mailbox or give your entire house a fresh coat of paint, there are many ways to freshen up the exterior of your home. Your local paint professional can help you pick out the perfect exterior paint colors for your home.
Add architecture: Adding a cute fence or romantic archway can add instant curb appeal. Using these elements, you can define outdoor spaces and gardens to make them feel like an extension of your home.
Picking out the right color for a room is one of the hardest things to confront the ordinary consumer. We try to make it easier for them, but with the 100’s of scenarios in homes across the globe make it nearly impossible to offer concise advice.
Follow are few simple steps:
- What is the starting point? A sofa, a painting, wallcovering or any other inspiration. If a customer does not bring in anything for reference then they will need to guess what color would match/coordinate or come back with a sample of their starting point.
- If a starting point is available: Select colors that look like a match to it. Also select colors that are lighter and darker than the selected item.
- If the item has more than one color in it, do the same for each of those colors.
- Advise the client to take home the color samples and see how they look in the light in their own home, have them look at during the day and with different light sources.
- If you carry sample sizes of paint you should suggest the try them to get a larger sample.
- If there is no starting point or they are looking for a different color other than a match to coordinate with their item I suggest they find a pattern or group of colors that contain the starting color and use the additional colors as inspiration. Those colors could be found the same way they are when you know the starting color. Find the match and the lighter and darker versions of those colors. The pattern is the “glue” for the new scheme, making it work together.
- For exterior colors you can use the same methodology, match the roof, brick or stone color and find a lighter and darker version. Trim can be the lighter one or the darker one and the accent should be an opposite color. An opposite color uses the selected color and the opposite temperature. If a cool color is selected as the base color than the accent is warm, such as blue is opposite brown or orange, green is opposite red or burgundy.
Regional color preferences are based on several factors, foremost is the available and popular building materials of a region. It is true that most regional color preferences appear on the exterior of homes and commercial establishments whereas interior choices tend to be more personal.
Yes, the weather does have an influence on color, cool colors tending to show up in environments in the north and warm colors in the south. Is this because of the ambient temperature or a natural occurrence in a region? I think it is both, just as warm colors are dominant in the southern hemisphere because the sun is a major element but also the surroundings tend to be brown based or yellow toned hues. Dry grasses, sand and sun equal warm colors in the warmer climates whereas snow, sky, green trees and gray stone is obvious in the cooler climates.
Ethnic cultures also add to the mix in regions and often are common to an area such as the bright, warm colors of Mexico and Latin America that are strong influences in the southern part of the US. But also the use of materials, such as stucco is found in those southern countries and is are natural canvases for the warm colors of gold, peach, yellow, cream and orange. Putting cool colors on stucco doesnâ€™t always work and can look somewhat out of place whereas peach looks terrible on cedar, the substrate itself strongly sways the choice of color.
Home styles often dictate the color of a structure, such as the dusty hues of arts and crafts, the historic colors on Georgians and Victorians as well as the rustic stains on cedars and shakes. Cape Cod gray is a natural color applied to cedar shakes due to the tradition of that color as a coastal favorite.
Roof colors are also regional with white as a common roof color in the warmer climate due to its concept of a light reflective color, terra cotta tile is more common in warm climates and grays appear more often in the cool climates. So as the roof color goes it influences the house color or vice versa.
White, a perennial favorite, is all over the map and can be found in all parts of the US as it is a perfect neutral along with beige and clay colors that are among the most popular colorsoverall.
The rules of regional colors are changing as more people move from one region to the next taking their favorites with them, so today you can find a mix of styles, colors and materials in one single neighborhood. Enjoy the diversity!
By Pat Verlodt
The Arts and Crafts movement was born in England in the late 1800â€™s and grew in popularity to flourish in North America. New home styles reflect many of the design details that made this style popular. It is further popularized by those same features appearing in commercial buildings as well.
The Arts and Crafts movement began as an effort to maintain the handmade craftsmanship of design that was being lost to the industrial revolution and mass production in Europe. This movement grew to include Bungalow design, originally designed as resort lodging in the early 1900â€™s.Â These bungalows with the large extended roofs and porches were particularly suited to the warm climate and became popular in California.
Gustav Stickley, who published his influential magazine, the Craftsman, included over 220 home designs. After WWII mail order companies like Montgomery Wards and Sears, Roebuck and Company offered kits that included all the components make affordable homes and their popularity grew, therefore the term Craftsman was born.
Several regional styles developed the large Arts and Crafts style evolved into the low one story styles popular in warmer climates of Florida, California and Texas that were influenced by the Spanish Missions and therefore became known as Mission style.
The Arts and Crafts homes are recognized by the elements of divided light windows, low pitched roofs with deep eaves with corbels and triangular brackets, covered porches, wood or shake siding, square tapered columns and contrasting trim. Natural wood and stone were included in the design, especially in the front porch designs.
The Mission style evolved from the Arts and Crafts style and adapted arches, stucco, tile roofs and rough cut stones as influences of the Spanish missions and was popular in Texas, California and Florida.
Todayâ€™s new homes reflect many of the elements found in these earlier styles with a mix materials and colors. Stone is used as an accent with painted trim and walls in contrasting colors, usually White against a muted or neutral hue. Colors are kept natural or nature based with clay, gray, warm greens and muted golds being the most popular.
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