Painting the outside of your house means investing a lot of time and money. While you make exterior painting decisions infrequently, you want them to produce eye-catching but not glaring results. Paint stores and painting companies offer guidance to help make your big endeavour a success. Knowing colours that are trendy but not just a passing fancy can help you produce a lasting look.
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Consult the Paint Quality Council and major paint manufacturing companies online to explore current colours available and ways to combine them. Online software lets you see a sample house (some software lets you import a picture of your own house) in a new coat of grey with white trim ... creamy trim ... something darker. Software will also suggest ways to combine this year's colours to produce the most updated look.
Be prepared for subtle colour changes when looking at exterior paint. 2010 colours are especially high on off-white and grey shades, both warm and cool. Grays are especially strong, often with white or white-toned trims, for all manufacturers. The Paint Quality Institute suggests one reason for this trend: in difficult times, houses are often painted for their "curb appeal" to new buyers. Subtle colours let potential new owners colour houses with their own imagination. If, however, you know you're staying forever and want a big brown house, now's your chance.
Three exceptions to the pale spectrum appear across the lines of many manufacturers in 2010: a medium blue (perhaps reflecting darker interior blue trends); yellow (a possible reaction to the fondness of first lady Michelle Obama's fondness for this sunny colour); and a sturdy, earthy brown. Greens have definitely taken a back seat to other colours, and pinks have apparently been relegated to the "silly" column during these difficult economic times. Exceptions for pinks and other reddish tones include very pale shades resembling quartz shadings or other stones.
While brief discussion in decorating circles about closely coordinating exterior and interior colours seems to have lost momentum, it is still important to examine interior colours when planning to paint the exterior. Unless your house is a perfect square, the exterior colour is likely to be visible inside from some parts of the house and should therefore not appear as a complete disconnect. You may also find that some of the trendy colours you are using indoors--the dark blues or citrus spectrum popular over the past couple of years--may provide the custom touch that sets your house apart from those around it. Whether you outline the mailbox, add a second window-trim or just paint the birdhouse, touches of these colours signal that your house is owned by interesting people.
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