The exterior of your home is the first indicator of what type of style is on the inside and it gives you an idea of what is to come. Its just as important as the rest of the home and should be prefinished in a complimenting colour and style so that there is no disconnect from the inside. There should be a consistent theme, style and colour trend from front to back, inside and out. Colour also plays an important role to the curb appeal of your home as colour can create an atmosphere which can either be inviting or intimidating.
Choosing Exterior Colour
Choosing the colour for the exterior of the home can be quite the task. There are so many different finishes from stucco to siding, cedar and stone and the choices don't end there. Colours from bright pastels to deep jewel tones and everything in-between are available so it can get a little easy to get off track. You can improve the appearance of your home by following a couple general guidelines.
The style and era of the home can be a good indicator of what colours to use. A home from the 19th century with many intricate details would work well with many bright colours. Lemon yellow, fire truck red, lavender and bright green. Whereas a modern home would benefit from darker, sleeker colours with hits of deeper oranges, reds and greens. Natural finished stained woods and white paint look amazing on country or rustic cabins. If you are still not sure, take cues from similar homes in the neighbourhood. Your house should not stick out like a sore thumb but it should have interesting elements that differentiate it from everything else.
The colour you choose should compliment everything around it. Any colour can look good against natural elements like trees, bushes and grass but can clash next to other homes. Some colours can fight for attention or look unappealing next to each other so choose carefully. For example, if you are planning on using a off white or light grey next to a home painted bright white this in turn can make your home look muddy or dirty. Another way colours can look off is if the home next to you is a shade darker or lighter to a very similar colour. This can create the illusion that one house was painted the wrong colour as a mistake.
Colours that Compliment Materials
Colours should work well with the material that you are using. Stone and brick are naturally grey, brown and red and while you could paint these they can look a whole lot better left natural. The same applies to wood elements. Have these stained or clear coated to a achieve the warm wood appearance. The chances are that you will be paying more for these materials so you shouldn't cover them up.
There will always be exceptions to any of these rules. Use these as a starting point to get ideas and don't be afraid to go outside the box. Do what ever looks good and know you can always repaint if you change your mind.
Word of the day: Masonry
Construction materials of stone, brick, tiles, blocks and other materials joining with mortar.