We all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but only some people can see that. What’s on the outside looks like is what everyone sees and what makes the first impression. You might think I’m talking about people, but actually, the same principle applies to houses! If you’re thinking of redecorating your facade, here are a few tips that will help you along your journey to stand out, while still looking like you belong.
1. Hello, Mr. Neighbor!
You might already be restricted by some rules about what color you can paint the exterior of your house, but in case they’re liberal, or if there are no rules at all, it’s a good idea to peek at the surrounding houses and see what they look like. Go for a walk around the neighborhood and make note of the colors (and color pallets) that your neighbors are using. This will help you stay within the norm of your neighborhood and give you some inspiration for your own home. Also, consider the age of the neighborhood: if you live in a historic part of town, you might want to stick to neutrals and creams, but if you’re in a hipster young neighborhood, then you might have a bit more freedom!
2. I need HOW MANY colors?!
The magic number: three. If you think that just because you chose a beautiful beige your job is done, I’ve got some news! Just one color isn’t enough. Once you pick your main color, you need to pick an accent color (one that goes on your door, window frames, fence, etc.) and one for the trim. Now this isn’t set in stone, and you don’t have to choose only three colors, but if you’re not sure if you’re doing the right thing, this is a good rule to go by.
3. Think about the message you’re sending
If you choose a darker shade for your exterior, your house might look unwelcoming, or buried in the background, especially if there are a lot of trees in front of it. Then again, if your house is right on the sidewalk, you might want to avoid colors that are too bright, because that might seem too in-your-face for some people. If you want a pattern or graffiti on your walls, perhaps think about saving it for the back of your house.
4. Test your paint!
Repainting your whole house is a bit bigger project than painting one room, and the light changes drastically more. So, before you commit, don’t just rely on the catalogue and the paint chips – go grab a small amount of paint and paint a small part of your wall, somewhere inconspicuous. Look at it at a few different times of day and make sure it’s exactly what you want before you commit.
5. Ask for opinions!
If you’re not sure in your choices, ask around! Firstly, you might want to consult with other people living in the house, then a close friend or two, and finally, ask your neighbors! They not only deserve to know what they’ll be looking at every day, but they might have done the same thing a few years back and can offer some great tips.
6. Your budget doesn’t have to go through the roof!
You don’t have to hire a professional crew to paint your home! Get some willing friends and family, buy or rent enough tools and ladders, brushes and acetone to clean them, and then get to work! Your house will be done in no time and you’ll be able to sit on your new porch and admire the view.
That’s about it, make sure your house’s new look fits both your neighborhood and your style, make sure your choice of colors sends the right message and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice. You’re all set, grab that brush and start painting.