Summer is here and while you finished your spring cleaning inside and out, you realize now that the exterior of your home needs some sprucing up. Time for new paint, but should you paint your home a light or dark color? There are a few things you should consider.
Consider your neighbors and homeowners association
Most important is the HOA. When you purchased your home, you agreed to abide by the rules of the HOA. That includes the color of your home. They may or may not have guidelines as to paint colors for the exterior painting of your home. If they don’t, or if you don’t belong to an HOA, you also have to keep in mind that your neighbors may not like it if you choose an odd or ostentatious color choice. They may not be able to stop you, but is straining neighborhood relationships? Probably not. Does it mean you can choose a standout color palette? Sure, just don’t be “that house” in your neighborhood.
Next, consider the style of your home
Different styles, like spanish revival, colonials or victorians, lend themselves to different color palettes. Also look around your home and see if there are things about it that you want to enhance or hide. Color can do either. For instance, if your front door is hard to see, choosing a bright color for the door will help it stand out. if you want to hide, say the electrical panel, painting it a color that blends into the main exterior color will help hide it.
If you are planning to sell your home, you might want to keep your prospective buyers in mind. Bold statement colors may not appeal to your average buyer. In this case, your best bet is to choose colors that are more traditional and like the rest of the neighborhood. Do choose one that is different, but not so different that it makes your home stand out in a bad way. For instance, if all of your neighbors homes are tan, you could choose a blue, green or yellow. Those colors would blend in, but also make sure your home stands out in a good way.