Simple Tips for Using the Right Combination of Exterior House Paint Colors for 2014.
All the premier home decorator sites are in agreement that the hot interior and exterior house paint colors for 2014 are colors taken directly from nature. The tones are muted and mellow and they range from ocean blue to sunflower yellow. Those are stunning colors when combined with the right trim and accent, but the colors have to work together in harmony, not just in theory.
Let’s use the color green for example. A green house is attractive and will blend in quite nicely with your surroundings if you are not in the middle of the concrete jungle. But how much green is too much green? Should you go with a darker subdued green or some light and lively exterior paint colors for the majority of the house? The correct answer for me would be the little darker subdued color. By choosing a shade that has a gray or brown undertone, you will probably be much happier than if you pick bright celery green. If it looks green on the paint chip, it will really look green on your house. If the green is too light, chances are the sunlight will wash it out making it look white. Of course if you live in a tropical climate, you probably want to go with a real light color that will reflect the heat, but we aren’t all that lucky. The same rule goes for blues, yellow, browns red and purples.
When you think you have come to a decision on the primary exterior paint colors, don’t just make that final decision based on what you see on a tiny paint chip. You can see if the store will let you paint a few pieces of plywood or small 2 x 4s that you can take home and set them around different areas of the house, or, if you have to, invest in a few quarts of sample exterior paint colors and paint your own boards to compare in different light and on different parts of the house. I know that this sounds like a lot of extra work and expense, but it will be worth it to have a finish that is outstanding.
You will have to find the right trim, siding and accent color to go with whatever main exterior paint colors you choose, and to be on the safe side the best combination starts with a light soft trim color and possibly darker trim color that is found on the same paint sample strip. The as a final accent you will want to pick a color from the opposite side of the color wheel. If you are going to use a dark exterior paint color then you want a light trim for the doors and windows. I said light, not white. White trim on a dark house is to bold of a contrast and look harsh. Look in the almond or cream color families.
Let’s not forget how the type and color of your roof fits into choosing your exterior house paint colors for 2014. It is real important that these two go together or nothing will look right. The chances that you are getting a new roof and repainting the outside of your house would be idea when it comes to getting just the right combination, but usually the color of the roof will be a deciding factor in choosing your wall colors. A typical dark gray shingle is good with the cooler colors, while the beige and sandstone colors look better with a warm color. Once again, if you are fortunate enough to live in the tropics you are aware that a white roof will reflect more heat, but it isn’t the most attractive topper. New materials and advanced technology now gives homeowners a much wider choice of light colors for the roof that are quite reflective. A continuous flow of color is what you hope when you look at your newly painted home, not a hodgepodge of colors that look like they were purchased at a going out of business sale.