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How To Pick an Exterior Paint Color

You’re ready to paint, and now you just need the perfect color…

Let’s say it’s time to paint your Central Connecticut home, but you don’t want to just repaint with the existing color. There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe and sticking with what you know - it’s just fun to mix it up sometimes, right? Or maybe you’re getting ready to sell your property and know how much marketability an updated palette can create.

Either way, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some practical, actionable tips that’ll take you a big step closer to crazy curb appeal.

#1: Know which parts of your home you need to paint

A lot of folks think of painting as just one color choice. Sometimes it is, but most of the time it actually involves three colors: the field color, trim color, and accent color. Your field color refers to the main body of your house, or the primary color. Your trim is exactly that: the exterior edges and lines of your home. And finally, the accent color involves those other complementary surfaces like shutters and doors.

Did we just give you more colors to pick? Yes, but by considering all of them at once you can streamline your decision-making process. Big picture!

#2: Let your home’s architectural style guide your paint color choices

It can feel limiting to stick with “traditional” colors for your type of home, but sometimes it’s helpful to have guidelines. If you have a colonial-style property, do some research on classic colonial palettes. Have a saltbox cape? You’ll quickly find that gray, blue, and other ocean-like, breezy colors are tried and true, especially paired with white trim. This is a quick way to get inspired and narrow your options.

#3: Use technology to pick a paint color

There are some incredible color visualizer tools out there that let you “see” your paint color in place before any paint is actually applied. You can play around with some for free, like Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap color tool, or else a professional color consultant can leverage their program of choice.

#4: Talk to a professional color consultant

A colorist will sit down with you, listen to your goals and preferences, then make professional recommendations. This can be an incredibly valuable way to encounter fresh ideas and perspectives - maybe some you never would have considered otherwise. There’s peace of mind too that comes from knowing you’re on the right track with a certain idea and not making a major, expensive faux-pas.

#5: Consider how you want your home to appear

Color is a very powerful thing. Whether you want to look classy, edgy, timeless, or trendy, certain colors can make it happen. Consider the size of your home, for example. If you want your property to appear bigger, pick a lighter paint color. Want to shrink it visually, and maybe help it blend into the background? Go darker. In other words, consider and think through not just the colors you like, but how you want to present your home overall.

Don’t forget to talk to a professional painting company!

This is our final, bonus tip. For an exterior painting project to be done right (and safely), you just have to put it in the hands of a professional painter. If you have questions, contact us at Southington Painting! We’re to help and would love to chat with you.

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