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Posted by William Manchenton on 7/2/2019

If you live in an older home that needs a face-lift, you might be tempted just to paint it white or one of the many neutral colors you see around you. But sometimes neutrals just fade into the background. So, if you want your home to stand out, consider being bold and expressive with your exterior.

As you drive through older neighborhoods, make a note of the colors you love and the combinations that stand out to you. Depending on the exterior materials—stucco, brick, block, rock, vinyl, wood siding, shakes, etc. - and the architectural details you want to highlight, you can locate samples that “speak to you” and express your home’s personality.

Beware the covenants

If you live in an association operated development, check your covenants before hiring that paint crew. Some associations require submission of color choices and alternatives to an architectural or aesthetic committee for approval. Others have pre-selected color schemes from which to choose. In those cases, your options are more limited than if you can freely decide for yourself. So, select a combination that differs from your nearest neighbors and from other houses with your same facade. Opt for colorful shutters and doors instead to give your home some extra visibility.

Be brave, not obnoxious

On the other hand, if you have available any choice in the world, choose combinations that reflect the region, enhance the neighborhood, and reveal your home’s unique features. In many cases, subtlety adds more value to your home than a glaring hue. But if you’re showcasing a Mid-Century or ultra-modern home, go ahead and shout it out!

If you’re not sure what works for you, take a trip to your local specialty paint store. There, an in-house designer can show you combinations of color and materials, finishes and sheen. You’ll learn what colors can fade in bright sunshine or dull with the weather, and which paints will hold up to your local environmental conditions.

Also, take note of the preparation required to give your new exterior a long, full life. You may need to clean and power wash brick, repair cracked or broken stucco, and scrape peeling paint from wood siding and window trim.

While fiber-cement-based siding often accepts paint, vinyl likely does not, or it only accepts specific paint applications with an adhesive primer and quality, acrylic paint. Do not attempt to paint vinyl siding yourself without practicing the techniques on a hidden area first. If your home has vinyl siding, you may want to change the siding to change the color instead. Check the pricing both ways to see which is more economical for your home.

If you’re painting your home to sell it, get the opinion of your real estate professional for colors that attract buyers in your area.





Posted by William Manchenton on 3/19/2019

Painting your entire home can be an appealing idea if you've grown tired of its current color scheme. Paint colors can do much to change the look and feel of a room, but if you aren't ready for the long term process and commitment, there's a much easier alternative. Adding new pops of color can transform your space into a fresh new atmosphere. Here are five ways you can include new colors that will make your space pop!

  • Window treatments make a huge difference in adding additional texture and color to your home. If your walls are neutral, add bold color curtains to brighten up your room. You can also choose vibrant designs that include flowers or patterns. If your walls are already bright and bold, add white or neutral colored curtains to add contrast to your current look.
  • Decorative pillows are sure to refresh any bedroom without much effort. When choosing pillows for your bedroom, incorporate two or three colors that favor the existing look you have. Step out of your comfort-zone and choose pillows of unique shapes, sizes, and patterns that are sure to draw attention to your bed.
  • Updating your current wall art is a sure way to grab the attention of guests, so it's best to apply this update to your living room. There are endless options when it comes to making a statement with your walls. You can choose from a large piece that is sure to stand out or pick a variety of framed art to display. The options here are endless when it comes to wall decor.
  • A new centerpiece on your dining room table will surely be an eye catcher for your dinner guests. For this piece, gather items that can stand tall without taking up too much room on your table. Choose from a tall vase, clear glass containers with candles, or a long wooden box. Add greenery and bright colored flowers to any of these combinations to spruce up your dining space. You can ideally mix and match any of these items and incorporate them into a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Wallpaper comes in many different colors and patterns and can make a difference when it comes to decorating. You don't have to apply it to the entire room for it to work its magic. Apply wallpaper to the back side of shelves, the solid side of a dresser, or even the smooth surface of a door. It may sound like a scary commitment, but rest assured that wallpapers aren’t all permanent. There are a variety of peel and stick options that come off easily if you decide to go a different direction. 

Adding an extra pop of color into your home can be simple without the long term commitment. Refresh your space with these simple upgrades and enjoy your new look with loved ones.




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