Welcome Mary Lawlor, color stylist at Kelly-Moore Paint! Mary knows how important paint is to making a house a home, and that choosing that perfect color can sometimes be a daunting task. But have no fear! Here, Mary shares her expert tips on finding the hue that’s just right for you.
Thanks to Kelly-Moore’s Mary Lawlor for stopping by!
A successful color scheme is a scheme that is pleasant to live with and reflects the moods and personalities of the people living in it. A few tips can help you find a right palette for your exteriors:
1. When selecting exterior paint colors, take the fixed colors into account (like the roof, brick, stonework or any stained wood), and make sure all the colors look good together.
2. Be kind to neighboring properties. Chose colors that wonât clash with the immediate vicinity.
3. A large, boxy house can be broken up by using a trim color that contrasts the body color. A small house will appear larger if the trim is painted the same color as the body of the house.
4. Light colors will help keep a home cooler in warmer climates, because they absorb less heat. Dark colors will help keep a home warmer in cooler climates, because they absorb more heat.
5. While color preferences have gone darker in the past few years, light to medium value colors continue to be popular.
6. Remember that colors intensify and look brighter in daylight on the outside of a building than they do on the color chip. For best results, purchase a quart of paint in the color(s) you are considering and brush on a sample.
7. Things that are utilitarian should be painted the same color as that area around them i.e. downspouts should be painted the same color as the surface on which they sit. Feature elements can be highlighted as a whole, i.e. louvered vent.
8. Kelly-Moore Paints offer digital color assistance on its websites. It might be as simple as viewing available colors on predetermined sample images or as detailed as software that will allow you to load and recolor your own house image. These are handy tools to help you to visualize color for your home. Just know that as all monitors display color differently. Your final color decision should be made by looking at a sample of the actual paint color.
9. If you know you have any form of color blindness or cataracts, have someone without these conditions assist you with your color decision, preferably a professional color consultant. Your neighbors will thank you!
10. Some communities have restrictions on what colors can be used on house exteriors, so check this out before you make your choice.