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5 Tips for Selecting Your Exterior Paint

5 Tips for Selecting Your Exterior Paint

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Exterior home painting projects are one of the most popular home improvement projects. In addition to boosting the curb appeal of your property, a fresh coat of paint will also increase home value.

It is not every day that you paint your home’s exterior. Your exterior home color can have a major impact on the vibe of your home. Choose a color wisely. Make sure it blends with the surroundings.

How long will my home’s exterior paint last? This is one of the most common questions homeowners ask their exterior painting contractor in Petaluma before embarking on a project. This primarily depends on the type and quality of paint used.  

Here are some tips to help you choose the right paint for your exterior.

Consider Your Roof Color

When painting your siding, look for a paint color that harmonizes with the roof. If you have an expansive brick paver or cobblestone driveway with striking reds and browns, go for a soft tone. If your brick has a warm undertone, opt for a lighter shade of grey.

Follow the Sun

Sunlight can make paint colors look very different. Full sunlight intensifies colors. Before choosing an exterior color, make note of which parts of the exterior get the maximum sunlight at which times of the day.

If your exterior receives too much sunlight in the second half of the day, consider a subtle color to avoid a garish effect. If you have planted shrubs or plants that block damaging UV rays in your exterior, use a saturated color to beautiful effect. 

Pay Attention to Your Neighborhood’s Color Scheme

Every neighborhood has a color scheme influence in place. Carefully analyze yours. Walk around and assess existing homes. Check if your neighbors have coordinating styles or if they have used custom colors that do not harmonize.

See which colors appeal to you. If your home is similar in style to another home in your neighborhood, a variation of the property’s color palette can do wonders for the look of your home.

Consider Your Home’s Architecture

When choosing an exterior paint color, consider the architectural elements of your house. Weather whites and terracotta oranges are ideal for old Tuscan homes and Mediterranean-inspired villas.

Coordinate with Materials

If your home has a stone or brick facade, use trim colors that go well with the natural shade and textures. A dark red brick home, for instance, will benefit from a contrasting cream trim with sage green accents.

Do you need help on your exterior painting project? Look no further than Mike Chavez Painting. From choosing the right color for your exterior to applying it, we will manage your project from start to finish. To make an appointment, call 707-623-5850.