Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

Most homeowners know that painting is one of the quickest, easiest and least expensive ways to change or update the look and feel of a house, but not everyone has a clear idea of how to get started picking that perfect paint color, especially when it comes to exterior house painting. Although exterior painting increases the value of the home and adds to its curb appeal (providing a wide range of other benefits at the same time), just picking a color isn't the only step, and it's not as easy as it seems. Before falling in love with a particular color, take the time to consider how it will look: consider the neighborhood homes (even if you don't have an HOA, you don't want to stick out too much), your landscaping, how the color will look at night, and how it will look after years of weather damage.

To begin, there are tons of books, magazines and a plethora of new home improvement TV shows that will provide you with exterior painting inspiration. Finding the right color isn't always as easy as people think it is, especially once you consider the amount of space that one color will occupy, and that it will be the most visible feature of your house to anyone who walks by. Color selection should also take into consideration potential new owners if you're thinking of selling your home; a great color will increase your home's curb appeal, making it sell faster, but it can also add value, making it sell at a higher price. It's important to take your time selecting the perfect exterior painting color.

Take a walk around your neighborhood and check out how the other houses look with their landscaping and think about whether you want your home to be a contrast or a match to the theme of the block. Exterior paints look different depending on what's around the house, and different plants and trees can affect the final look of a color, so be sure to take your landscaping into consideration.

The next step is to talk to a professional painting contractor or color match expert. Narrowing down your search to your perfect color is a great step, but if you happened to find it on TV or in a magazine you'll need to see how it actually applies in your area in real life. A color could be difficult to find in your area or not match as well as you thought it would. A trained professional will help you figure out which brand of paint lasts the longest and holds up the best for your particular climate, and which paints and finishes are designed for the material of your home's exterior. Make sure to get a paint with great coverage, because it will be worth it in the long run.

The last step is to apply a sample or two to each side of your house and observe the color in the daylight as well as at night. If you still love it after a day or two then you've found your perfect exterior paint color! This effort and thought will pay off big time in the end, and you'll be proud you've selected the color that fits your home better than the rest, and your house will look exactly the way you wanted when you set out to paint your home. The right color and brand of paint will last for many years, providing great looks and benefits for a long time.

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