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Colourful House Painting

Updated on February 1, 2012

Painting Stylishly!

Painting Your Home Beautiful

Tap into your inner artist when painting the outside of your house. Colour is a great way to express yourself through your home, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Many homes today are painted in muted earthy tones, beiges, and plain old white or brown trim, which is fine, but leave a house looking ordinary. Where I live in Toronto, this is the rule in most areas; however, in trendy areas (such as Parkdale, or Bloor West) you can find some interesting colour choices that enhance the look of a home, often by complementing its architectural details well.

Many designers will recommend using colours that blend well with the fixed surfaces, like brick siding, roof colour, and other unpaintables. A black roof will go well with many colours, but green or blue shingles won't. Same goes for the type of brick.

I always recommend research, and trying samples before diving in to a painting project. There are a multitude of resources online to help with colour selection, including virtual room visualization software, which can be found at major paint manufacturer websites. You can get great ideas by browsing through design magazines, and even looking at the nicer homes in your neighborhood. Might as well let the experts present you with a finished room to give you an idea of what works, and then apply that knowledge to your own home by matching fixed elements to the chosen colours. Once you have an idea of what kind of look you are going for, you can get a bit more technical to refine your color choices.

There are three school of thought on how to choose a colour schemes, each with its strengths and proponents: monochromatic schemes, which are based on variations of a single hue, analogous schemes, which are a pairing of around three similar colours, and complimentary schemes, which are created by using opposing colours on the colour wheel, i.e. a blue paired with an orange (which, coincidentally is a very popular pairing in many Hollywood movie posters seen today!)

If you go with one of these methods, be sure to include the colours of fixed surfaces in the framework. For example, if you have a red brick house, you will want to include this red in the three hues you pick in an analogous scheme; similarly, if going with a complementary scheme you want to pick a colour that is on the opposite side of the colour wheel as the brick. You can achieve great results for your homes exterior by following these guidelines.

More information on picking colours for house painting can be found at my Toronto painting blog



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