Ideas for Painting the Exterior of a Farm House

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Ideas for Painting the Exterior of a Farm House
A fresh coat of paint is a quick facelift for your farmhouse. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The classic farmhouse strikes an elegant balance between old world charm and stately elegance. From wraparound porches to real wood siding, the exterior design of a traditional farmhouse is as charming as its interior. Whether you're hoping to preserve the historical integrity of your farm house with classic colours, or give your farm house a contemporary update with bold colours, the right paint for the exterior adds both character and value to your home.

Traditional Colors

If you want to preserve the historical integrity of your farmhouse, stick to classic farmhouse colours for your home's exterior. Susan Hershman, author of "House Colors: Exterior Color by Style of Architecture," notes that the most traditional option for a farmhouse exterior is crisp, neutral white. Striking but understated white is a dramatic contrast to a traditional farm landscape of bold green grass or soft honey-coloured wheat. Dark or more boldly coloured trim around your windows and doors adds a personal detail that doesn't distract from the architectural integrity; or choose slate grey, navy blue or barn red trim for your white farmhouse.

Earth Tones

Farmhouses are usually expansive, dramatic homes that dominate a farm landscape. Connect the farmhouse more closely to its surrounding land with an earth-toned exterior that draws inspiration from the natural elements. Earth tone colours like cream, olive green and toffee brown add colour to the farmhouse's exterior without overwhelming the area landscape with unnatural or overly saturated colours. Carry the earth-inspired colour palette throughout all elements of the farmhouse's exterior to create a cohesive look. Olive green siding pairs well with cream coloured trim while a wheat coloured farmhouse gets a subtle dose of drama with cranberry red trim.

Contemporary Updates

The classic charm of a stately farmhouse gets a modern update with contemporary colour pairings on siding and trim. Make a bold statement with your farmhouse's exterior by selecting a darker shade for your siding and a complementary colour for trim. If you want to be contemporary without overwhelming your space, opt for a navy or burgundy coloured exterior with a slate or heather grey trim. If you're willing to be more adventurous, take a cue from a classic barn and paint your farmhouse a striking, saturated red with contrasting white or even high gloss black trim. If you're a colour-lover, grey-based lavenders and blues are a feminine and colourful option for your farmhouse's exterior.

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