When your home needs a fresh coat of paint, it is a financial investment, costing a few thousand dollars to have completed by a professional. With that in mind, you want to take some time and think about what paint you would like. If you end up hating the colour and finish you selected in a couple of weeks after the job is done, you will be stuck with it for a while. Here are some tips from the team at Demiri’s Painting to you, to help you figure out what colour you should make your house.
The most important part of choosing exterior paint for your home is choosing the colour. There are a lot of factors in this decision, and it is not just which colour you like best (though that is important).
When you are picking a colour, you need to take into consideration the existing palette of your home. If you have stonework, brickwork or other fixed features that you will not replace, then you need to match your palette to these elements. If you have a red brick exterior, for instance, you may want to stay away from purples.
You also want to stay away from clashing or standing out too much from your neighbours. You don’t want to have a house that stands out because others will not want to buy that house down the line. There is something to be said about uniformity.
Trending or popular colours, while perfectly reasonable, may look outdated in a few years. If they are more on the neutral side, then they are a great option and can add some fun to your property, but we all know the autumn tones of the 70s would not sell today.
Something that many people overlook is how much shade and sun they get and how that affects the colour choice. If you have narrowed down your colour selection, then paint some swatches onto your home and check-in throughout the day when there are different levels of sun and shade. If it looks great throughout the day, then that’s perfect!
The last thing you may want to stay away from is going with a colour that is the same as the person who lives next door unless your neighbourhood is entirely uniform. If all the houses are different colours in your area yet yours matches the house next to you, it can cause your home to stand out and not in the way you want it to.
Colour is not the only thing you have to concern yourself with when it comes to painting your home’s exterior. There are many different finishes that you can use, though there are recommendations where each finish should be applied. There is a flat finish, satin, gloss, and semi-gloss with some variations of these in between.
High gloss and semi-gloss paint makes clean up a breeze and look best on frames. They make flaws and dirt look more pronounced though and reflect light, so they are not a good option for your whole home.
Flat and matte finishes are great at hiding flaws on the other hand. Cleaning them, however, is really difficult. Shutters look great in matte and application is easy.
Satin is the happy medium between glossy and matte. It is reasonably easy to clean and can hide flaws and dirt to a reasonable degree. If you go with a satin finish, you will probably want to have a professional do it because it is a more difficult paint to get looking clean and even.
The team at Demiri’s Painting are experts at applying paint to the exteriors of homes. We know what quality of paint is needed, what looks great, and how to get the job done right. If you need your house painted, then contact us today!