When it is time for home painting in East Bay, one of the apparent concerns is what color to paint it, it sounds like a simple question, right?
But with hundreds of colors and shades available, the decision can sometimes be difficult and even overwhelming. If you want a cleaner look, having the house repainted the same color is an option. This might be the best way for individuals to be happy with their home’s color. Individuals that want a change, however, may opt for something different.
Whatever you choose, adding a fresh coat of paint can breathe life into your home at a fraction of the price. It can update and refresh the look of your living spaces and enhance your home’s curb appeal. It is a cost-effective means to increase the home’s value, which is essential, mainly if you will sell your home soon.
However, choosing colors can be a significant decision. If it’s exterior painting, the homeowner must make numerous considerations before deciding what color to paint their home. They include but are not limited to what colors the homeowner’s association allows (or does not allow), personal preference, and style, if applicable.
If it’s interior painting, on the other hand, the homeowner has a lot more freedom to choose whatever colors they wish.
Exterior Color choice tips
Exterior paint jobs may last as long as ten years or even longer (depending on various factors). If you sell your home, you’ll want to choose “safe” colors that potential new owners can live with for a long time.
But if you’re not selling your home and want to update its look, you’ll want to choose colors to make it look remarkable in your neighborhood without sticking out like a sore thumb.
- Allowable colors – In some neighborhoods, the homeowners association will determine what colors are and aren’t permitted. Homeowners must abide by these rules or face penalties (usually a fixed fine). It is essential to decide which paint colors are acceptable before choosing one. Having a good idea can save a great deal of time, money, and frustration.
- Personal preference – The homeowner’s preference will also help when deciding what color to paint one’s home. A particular color will speak to a homeowner for whatever reason. As long as it is an allowable color (see above), then it shouldn’t be a problem.
- Style – Everyone has their style. It is a good idea to go with a color or color combination that sticks true to that style. For individuals who aren’t sure what their style is, driving through local neighborhoods is a good idea to figure out what one does and doesn’t like. Or they can rely on their home’s architectural style – it’s often the best determinant for choosing colors. For example, if you live in a Colonial-style home, it is best painted in muted hues, while white or earth shades are the most suitable for homes built in Mediterranean or Spanish Mission style.
Classic colors – These are the colors that stand the test of time. If you own an older home in particular, you might want to go for shades that hail from when it was built. Or, if you plan on selling your home, it’s best to paint it in classic white, light gray, or beige. These colors provide a “blank slate” for potential buyers if they paint them with new colors or incorporate the current colors with accents.
Bold and “statement” colors – Unless your homeowner’s association is super-strict with its color guidelines, going bold with your color choice won’t necessarily hurt your neighbors or your buyers. The most popular “statement” colors include vivid shades of red, blue, yellow, or even purple, typically white on the door and window trim, railings, and roofing: rakes, eaves, fascias, soffits, etc.
Interior color choice tips
Although you have much more freedom when choosing colors for interior walls, the hundreds of color options can be inhibiting. Sometimes, the dizzying array of paint colors and shades discourages you from trying something new and instead makes you want to stick to the colors you’ve been used to seeing.
You’re not alone. Many homeowners also hesitate to try new colors, fearing they might look disastrous once they’re on the walls. So, they stick to the usual neutrals and earth shades. While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to neutrals, design experts recommend that you should not be afraid to try different colors – vivid hues, rich shades, and bold tones – whether in paints or accents and accessories.
Consider these simple interior color tips below for your next home painting project:
- Seek inspiration – Suppose you don’t have a color wheel handy; you should look for inspiration far and wide. Start with the items you already have in your room, such as upholstery in your furnishings, your favorite artwork, or a vase of lilacs on the side table. Look at your favorite dress, too. Draw hints from your inspiration to establish your color palette.
- Don’t get too hung up on trends – The trending interior colors you see on social media may look spectacular in other homes but may end up disastrously in your room. Remember that you’ll live with your chosen color for some time unless you want the expense of repainting your home soon. So, make sure that the color you choose should align with your personal preferences, too. It’s also helpful to seek professional color consultation – a service that Custom Painting, Inc. offers. These experts will also provide color recommendations.
- Go with neutrals for the walls – As we have said earlier, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to neutrals. Neutrals provide the blank space that allows you to introduce pops of color to your walls. You can hang colorful artwork, paint half of the walls differently, paint one wall as an accent color, or decorate them with colorful stripes.
- Add texture – Adding wall texture with paint can introduce more design interest to your room, especially if it is awash in a single color from the ceiling down to the floor. Texture can make your room look and feel more attractive, welcoming, and enjoyable to hang around. Follow these steps to add texture, or apply a glossy paint finish to your interior walls. Texture also goes beyond wall paint. You can introduce texture to your living spaces with contrasting fabrics, textured furniture, or other items with different materials and finishes.
Once homeowners decide to paint their homes, they must decide which color to paint them. When doing so, many important considerations need to be made. These above suggestions are a few. Determining which paint colors are allowed if a homeowner lives in an area where the homeowners association governs these matters will be essential. Personal preference and style are other factors, but they are less of an urgent consideration in exterior painting. But, if you also paint the interiors, your personal tastes and style should rule when home painting in East Bay.