Color Craze: 4 Tips To Avoid Going Overboard When Painting Your House Exterior

Color Craze: 4 Tips To Avoid Going Overboard When Painting Your House Exterior
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    When you own your home, painting the exterior gives you the opportunity to leave a personal mark on its surface.

    Sadly, far too often homeowners go overboard during do-it-yourself paint jobs.

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They choose colors that clash or stand out too much. Before you start painting, consider these four tips:

Ask For Opinions

Many homeowners become so obsessed with their paint choices that they refuse to heed the advice of anyone who might notice a problem. Friends, family and even co-workers are a great resource for painting tips. If you’ve never painted a home before, ask those closest to you for some pointers. Someone might notice, for example, that the colors you chose contrast too drastically, fail to work with your landscaping or turn into an ugly shade in certain lights.

Play With Swatches

A lot of homeowners use color samples to help them paint rooms inside their homes and completely ignore this fantastic tool when painting the exterior. Pick up at least five swatches of each of the colors that you want to use. Mount the first color five in a horizontal or vertical line on a surface. Repeat the process with the other colors and then take a step back and really think about how the colors come together. If the colors don’t work, try again with different samples.

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Use An App

You can also find plenty of apps that allow you to test paint colors using a photograph. Perform a search using the words "home painting app." Keep in mind though that although most of these apps provide you with "true" brand colors, the color you see on the screen probably won’t match the finished result exactly because of monitor color variations.

To get as close as possible, search "how to optimize true color on a computer screen" for instructions. Even then, buy small tubes of the paints and test them on the exterior of your home to guarantee that they match.

Hire A Professional

If you’re deeply worried about the end result, hire a team of professional painters to help you come up with a paint scheme and/or perform the job for you. Also, consider other options that can save you time and money, such as investing in a pre-painted garage door like the ones offered by Shank Door.

With a pre-painted door, you can select a style and paint color that matches the exterior paint job or install the door first and then make your paint selections based on the door’s appearance.

There’s no reason that painting your home’s exterior needs to be a chore. Whether you want to use matching or contrasting vibrant or muted colors, these tips can help you save time and money while also guaranteeing that you get the best paint job possible.

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