When in the market for a new paint color for your house’s exterior, there are a few things to consider before making a choice. Remember, paint, whether exterior or interior, can make quite a dent in your wallet, even if you are prepared for the expense, and especially if you are shopping for the best available paint on the market. Some questions to ask yourself to get a good idea of what you are looking for are:
- Do I want to paint the house the same color that it is?
- Am I looking for something neutral or bold?
- What do the houses around my particular neighborhood look like?
- What kind of house is mine considered?
With these four very important questions in mind, doing a little internet research may be in your future. It will also be helpful to drive around your neighborhood to see if you notice houses of the same style as your own and what color the owners of those houses have painted them. Also, pay attention to your neighborhood’s color palette so that your house does not stand out too sharply in contrast, especially if you want to increase the resale value of your house if wanting to eventually move to another location.
Going by what the houses around your neighborhood look like, you will want to pick a color that is very similar to the color palette that you have hopefully noted. If you live in a rural area, you, fortunately, do not have to be concerned with the color palette of a neighborhood, but you still do not want to paint your house pink, or some other outrageous color if you are wanting to eventually sell it in the future. You will just be wasting your precious time if you choose to go with a “different and adventurous” color. Keep in mind, also, the color of your soffit, window frames, porch and roof. The color that you choose should be parallel along the lines of the same shade or should be very compatible with these colors that you wish not to change on your house.
One last item to consider before making your final exterior color choice is to find out what type of architecture your house is considered to be according to the time it was built and based on the history of the area it was built in. Doing a little bit of research as to what your type of house is usually painted can come in handy for you. There is a reason why your style of house is painted in the colors that they are and it may be bad for your house resale potential if it is painted outside the norm of it’s traditional predecessors.