Posts Tagged ‘Exterior Color’

What Paintbrush is Right for You?

Choose the Perfect Paintbrush

You may not think about your paintbrush as much as your paint color, but paint expert, James Stoffel, believes you really should. Don’t suffer through beginner’s errors when it comes to painting; make an educated choice with your paintbrush. So, what brush should you be using? It all depends on the project you’re going to tackle.

Exterior Painting Projects

Generally exterior paints are latex or acrylic based. An extra firm brush with man-made bristles will work the best. Stoffel explains that without a synthetic brush,“when it’s warm and humid the bristles will start to get soft and not follow your direction.” The cleaner line of a firm man-made brush will give you more control.

Detail Painting

Corona angle sash brush

Stoffel recommends an angled sash brush, sometimes called a “cutting brush.” Because the point of the brush is used it’s great at cutting close against the trim and making clean, fine lines. Read the rest of this entry »

Color Guild Colors Showcased

Bringing Color to the World

Color Guild is a color authority and a solution for paint companies internationally. The Color Guild’s fan deck is called “Color Is” and offers 1,320 colors for any space or environment you want to create.  Here are some of the Color Is hues brought to life:

This charming door is Childhood Crush | 1088, and the quaint exterior is Sharkfin | 0574

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How To Paint Exterior Trim

The Right Way to Paint Exterior Trim

Any do-it-yourself homeowner knows that painting an exterior can be tricky. We don’t want to be tackling this project again until we get sick of the color. The majority of your home’s exterior trim is wood, which expands and contracts with temperature extremes and retains moisture once the paint film is broken. Unfortunately, this may cause your exterior paint to peel. One of Color Guild’s members shared some stellar tips to make sure you have the least amount of maintenance as possible.Exterior Paint Peeling

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Deck Care Tips

Siding and Deck Maintenance Tips

Deck Care TipsYour deck is a rustic, natural addition to your home. All decks need protection from the damaging effects of moisture and the sun no matter your wood selection, whether it’s redwood, cedar, pressure-treated* pine or fir, or exotic hardwoods.

The appearance of your deck’s wood will change over time. Don’t expect the uniform look of a newly constructed deck to last indefinitely. Varying degrees of exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun, water and heavy foot traffic patterns will alter the appearance of all wood.

Protecting your deck with a quality finish will lessen the negative effects of these elements and keep your deck’s surface looking its best for years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

Colorful Curb Appeal for Your Home

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.

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Exterior Painting Tips for Fall

Keep your home looking fresh for fall.

Exterior painting tips 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 »

Exterior Painting

How to paint your home exterior.

Exterior Painting TipsWhat is any color imaginable, has the ability to transform, and the power to protect from sun, wind, and rain? No, it’s not Superman. Just a fresh coat of exterior paint for your home! Give your home a second lease on life by painting the exterior. The average house takes about 60 hours to paint, but the impression will last years. The exterior of your home delivers first impressions. Bring the personality of your home from the inside to the out by showing it some tender loving care. Here’s what you need to know to paint the exterior of your home with precision and quality. Read the rest of this entry »

Front door design

The front door of your home is like the cover on a book, the wrapping on a present, or the icing on a cake – it’s a preview of what’s to come. Your front door assures you that you’ve arrived safely home. It warmly greets your guests and welcomes them in. With so much of your home’s reputation resting on your front door, we wanted to share some tips and inspiration to help you make your front door a true representation of the family and home that resides within.

When focusing on exterior colors for your home, most experts will recommend going by the “70-25-5” rule:

Body color (70%)
Trim color (fascia, windows, overhangs) 25%
Accent color (doors and/or shutters) 5%

Since the paint color you select for your door will only be used on about 5% of the exterior of your home, it’s a great place to experiment and go bold!

A well-lit front entrance not only looks lovely, it’s also practical. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter.

Low-level path lights will brighten your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. Low-level path lights can also be used to define the boundaries of long driveways. Convert decks, porches, and patios into romantic retreats by concealing mini-lights under steps, railing or benches.

Plants, light fixtures, house numbers, door handles, mailboxes and door-knockers can all help enhance the look of your front door. These front door accessories are usually pretty low-cost, and therefore, low-commitment pieces so have fun with them and switch them out often.

Now, let’s indulge in some front door decadence!

Fresh Home

House of Turquoise

Elemental Architecture

House Beautiful

Curb appeal

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.

Better Homes & Gardens


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.

Better Homes & Gardens


2011 Color Canvas: Part 3 Shadow Play

2011 Colour Canvas: Shadow Play

The term “shade” refers to the addition of black to a color and adding black lowers the chroma of a color. The more black and/or white that are added to a color the more neutral it becomes. Neutralized colors are the most versatile shades in the palette as they coordinate with other colors more easily.

Neutralized colors are the mainstay of any palette. They are relaxing, gentle and calming making them excellent backgrounds in any home. They include both the warm and cool sides of the palette to coordinate with any of the more than thousand colors in the Color Is selection.

The color Beige Spirit is a warm red-cast gold. Gold is one of the hot new trends for 2011 and this one fits into that forecast. Its warm glow places it into the Tuscan colors so popular today. It pairs well with terra cotta, brown, rust, sage, dusty blue and muted yellow greens. The green-cast gold Life’s Essence has the same qualities and coordinates.

The lighter gold, Morning Passage is a softer version of gold that is perfect for bedrooms and living spaces. This color is a good substitute for off whites because of its versatility and neutrality.

 Grey Spector is a truly adaptable neutral as it is positioned between the warm and cool side of the palette. This rich beige has a strong connection to nature and can work as a coordinate for both interior and exterior products.

The cooler side of the palette gives us Misty Aire and Grey Veil. These most neutral grays are becoming more popular as a basic color but will not surpass the strength of the warm neutral beiges.

Lavender Fog is a neutralized violet showing promise as more popular hue. It is time that a new color enters into the fray. It interesting that this hue is between the warm reds and cool blues on the color wheel. This offers us a delightful change of pace in the almost neutrals, something different to consider.

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