Even if you don’t have any plans to sell your house in the future, having a beautiful and appealing exterior is still part of an owner’s responsibility.
One of the best ways to improve curb appeal is through exterior painting. While there are different color trends for the interior, it’s good to know that trends for exterior color schemes are farm more timeless and can take a while before a new one rolls in.
The key to finding a good color scheme for a house is to look at its style. Is it traditional? Is it gearing towards modern? Or is the style more contemporary? Knowing the style of your house, what defining features make it and the history behind it should let you know which color schemes to choose.
Have a look at ten of the house styles below and the color schemes that would go well with it.
Colonial Style (What It Is)
America’s darling home traces its roots back to the colonial period (16th to 19th century) of the United States. It conjures up images of 4th of July and village greens with children and grownups running around defining the independent spirit of America.
Colonial homes are perennial, still seen all over the cities and states of the US. It is further classified into French Colonial, Dutch Colonial, Spanish Colonial, First Period and Colonial Georgian. All styles were brought in by European settlers during their colonization of America.
Colonial homes are the houses that were etched into our minds as children: square or rectangular bodies with a triangular roof, a centrally placed door with windows on either side and a chimney. Although there are different types of colonial architecture, all houses share the same characteristics with a few differences based on geographic location.
Symmetrical Structure –
Colonial homes are very symmetrical mostly in square or rectangular shape with wood sidings or brick. There are a few embellishments and the exterior is kept simple save for a few architectural details. Chimneys completed the look to provide warmth and heat during the colder months.
Balanced Window Placement –
Some homes have two on one side and one on the other and some will have equal placements with one or two on either side. Decorative shutters are used as accents and most colonial homes have evolved to accommodate a bay window.
Pitched Roof –
Most Colonial homes have heavily pitched roofs which serve the purpose of shedding snow during winter. In the South where the winds are stronger, hip roofs which has four sloping sides replaced the gable roofs to provide more protection from winds and hurricanes.
Decorative Front Entrances –
Colonial homes placed focus and attention to entries. Doors are paneled adorned with a pediment sometimes extended to create a small roofed porch supported by columns or pilasters.
Colonial homes relied heavily on modest earth tone colors such as creamy off-white, pale yellow, reddish brown, beige, taupe and pale green. These were colors that were easy to come up with because the pigments were naturally sourced and depending on the region, different mixers were used and therefore colors varied per area.
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Modern Color Trends
- White siding and trims, black shutters and red orange door
- Gray siding, white trim, charcoal gray accent
- Golden yellow siding, white trim, chocolate brown accents
- Sage green, white trim, red door
- Mint siding, forest green shutters, white trim and white doors
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