The visual appearance of the exterior of your home is extremely important to your resale value and curb appeal. Oftentimes, homeowners are so worried about the interior of their house that they forget to give proper attention and care to the outside.
A fresh exterior is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. Although some of us like our home to be noticed, it’s important that the color and appearance blends in with neighborhood. I’m going to share with you what experts rank as the top four home exterior color schemes that will help you sell your house and boost your curb appeal.
1. Shades of Green & Brown
Various shades of green and brown are great because they’re colors found in nature that easily blend in with surrounding landscape. In established neighborhoods, it’s suggested that the darker of shade the better. If you want to incorporate a little more color then it’s advised to mix in some red with your shades of green and brown.
In order to liven up your home the right way, This Old House suggests selecting colors that are opposite each other on a color wheel (i.e. green and red). Be sure to tone down the colors and avoid using pure red and green. Otherwise, you risk your house looking like Christmas all year round. Tone down the effect by adding similar amounts of gray to both colors.
Earthy hues mixed with rich brown tones is one of the best ways to win with brown. Bring in some light brown and tan elements to brighten up the overall appearance. Another option is to use lighter shades for your siding and trim and paint your garage doors a darker brown.
A traditional mossy green can be accented by a misty gray trim for a warm and welcoming look. If you prefer incorporating a wood exterior, then you should consider using green for the trim instead of the siding. Picking out a shade of green can be tough, so we’ll let you in on which Gardenista picked as the top nine shades of green paint.
2. Light & Dark Blue
If you choose to enhance your curb appeal using blue then select either light or deep shades of the color. Gray and off-white are a few of the recommended accents you can use for your trim and doors. Blue is one of those colors that just illuminates a feeling of calmness. No other hue out there promotes Zen-like emotions like the color blue. It’s said that the psychological effect of the color blue is less pronounced on the exterior versus in a room, therefore, it’s suggested you bring in elements of white and green which will help make it look cool and crisp.
Since blue isn’t rooted in an earth color, it can be a little daring to use. That’s why it’s advised you stick to light and dark shades of blue on your exterior. Grayish shades of blue are a bit safer because they’re similar to that of slate, which is very pleasing to the senses. At the end of the day, your goal should be to create a canvas that’s visually appealing and well-maintained. According to the pros, you can’t go wrong with using primary colors and gray.
3. Neutral Hues
Once again, neutral hues work because they blend in with the natural surroundings. A few options you may want to look into are, a warm taupe, gray hues and cream. A neutral palette presents you with the perfect opportunity to bring in a pop of color to your front door or shutters. The one nice thing about choosing a neutral exterior is that you can guarantee it’s going to look classy and timeless.
When picking out paint colors, remember that perception of color is all relative. I recently came across a good example to help you understand this better. “If you put a mid-value color, such as tan, next to pure white, it will look beige. But if you put it next to dark green, it will look off-white.” Keep this in mind when choosing colors, main and trim (Reader’s digest).
4. White & Black
To achieve a traditional and classic exterior, you should stick with white or off-white as your main emphasis and incorporate black accents. I also love the idea of bringing elements of wood into this scheme, as shown in the example above. It’s all about securing clean lines and perfecting the details with a white and black color scheme.
Shutters bring a whole new level of possibilities to the outside of your home. They create an entire new dimension of color and style for you to work with and highlight. Black shutters deliver a contrast like no other to a white backdrop. Installing black iron light fixtures is another way to add charm and charisma to a traditional exterior.