Your exterior house color has an impact on all aspects of your home-life, from how you personally feel it reflects you, to your home’s value on the housing market. While it may not seem a big deal at first, how many times have you driven past a house that caught your eye due to its color?
You want to be proud of your home, so if you’re thinking of updating its exterior with a paint job, following these trends will help your home stand out for the right reasons.
Ivory creates the clean-cut effect of white, without being too harsh. Lighter houses appear bigger and can make a small front lawn seem more expansive, due to tricks of the light. An ivory home is subtle, sleek and offers a warmer, more refined feel than the classic white that we see so often.
You can’t go wrong with a gray color – literally, light, dark and even blue-gray shades are ‘in’ at the moment. Darker gray tones add sophistication, while lighter grays are a modern alternative that is hugely popular right now. If you’re struggling to envision what a gray-blue looks like, MyMove recommends Sherwin Williams Misty as the optimal, whimsical shade to paint your own.
Pale blue is a classic, adaptable look which can suit both homes in the country for a whimsical feel, while also being highly aesthetic for downtown, curbside properties. Pale blues are traditional and airy, while also being easy to manage as you don’t need to worry about the color fading.
Hear us out, it’s a trend, it’s popular right now, and it works – but, it’s not for everyone. Matte black homes have been adopted from Scandinavia and best suit modern homes with clean, sharp lines. The color is dramatic and won’t suit all American homes, but we’ve seen it look great on new-builds.
Moving away from the paint color itself and towards how to complement it, finishes are going to be the main factor in achieving the look you want. BenjaminMoore suggests a variation of finishes to achieve the best final look. A low-reflective finish on the sides will hide imperfections and is good for cleaning, while the same properties for windowsills will require a semi-gloss paint.
Ultimately, the color of your home is going to have the biggest impact. However, it’s always important to consider factors such as the environment, your neighbors, and the size and shape of your house. Matte black is not going to suit a whimsical, picket-fenced suburban home, while ivory isn’t a great option if your home is weather-beaten by saltwater or other extreme climates. HOAs may have clauses to prevent you from painting your home obtrusive colors, and a home that is too bold in a neighborhood of pastel colors could impact your market value.
With so much information out there, it can be hard to know if you’re making the right decision for your home. Texas Painting and Gutters is a reliable, experienced, professional painting service. Local to Texas, we are experts on how the Texan weather will impact your home’s exterior and can help point you in the right direction to colors that will suit both your home and your own aesthetic.