Things to Consider When Selecting Exterior Painting Colors
It’s safe to say that most homeowners care about how their home exterior looks. One of the easiest ways to change the exterior of your home is with a new paint color scheme. A little exterior house painting with some new colors will allow you to transform and provide an updated look that adds curb appeal and value to your property. But, before you hire an exterior painting contractor, here are a few tips on color selection.
Choosing a Field Color
The main color of the home is often referred to as the field color. Many exterior painting contractors do not often help you decide which field color options to choose (if you’re changing the colors of your home) unless they have a knack for design. Other exterior painting professionals are networked with designers who are color and design experts.
For example, Legacy Painting does not offer color consultations ourselves, but we do offer a FREE consultation through a Sherwin-Williams or PPG professional color reps. Some painting companies charge for those types of consultations, however, we feel that if you’re going to spend your money with us, the least we can do is help you choose the color at no extra charge.
Choosing Trim and Accent Colors
Most house painting involves multiple colors (generally two colors and sometimes 3 or more). The primary color is considered the main field color and the additional colors are your trim and accent colors. Trim can include your window trim, door trim, fascia boards and soffits. Other accent colors could be your door and shutter colors. More than often, you will find the trim and accent colors darker than the field color if the field color is a light color and vice versa. Sherwin-Williams has some great color tools for choosing your field, trim and accent colors.
Home Styles and Inspirations
Hiring a professional color rep – either through Sherwin-Williams, PPG, a painting company that has a designer on staff, or hiring one by another means can be very helpful. Professional designers do this for a living. They can identify the style of your home – farmhouse, colonial home, Victorian, or whatever design and help you transform your vision.
A designer can work directly with the painting contractor and help bring your vision to reality. Once your painting company knows what you want, they can get to work.
Even if you elect to forgo a color rep, you can get inspiration from a number of sources; magazines, Houzz, Pinterest, Zillow, HGTV, our Portfolio or Photo Gallery, or a number of sources. Knowing what you want prior to the first brush stroke will help a painting company do what they do best.
Hiring A Local Painter
Fresh exterior painting can do wonders for the curb appeal and value of your home. Hiring the right painter is an important part of that puzzle. Getting painting estimates should be more than just receiving a sheet of paper with a price – it’s also an interview. Ask them about their process, how they prep, do they have examples of work, do they have any references and what do their online reviews say.
You should feel comfortable with your painting contractor and know what you’re getting for your money. Too often, homeowners choose the cheapest price and we understand why, but oftentimes a homeowner who chooses the cheapest painter will end up spending more on their exterior painting because it wasn’t done properly. So spending a little extra for a quality painter will be cheaper in the long run.
If you’re looking for a residential exterior painter or a commercial painting company in or around Indianapolis, consider Legacy Painting. Our experienced painters will make sure your exterior painting project is done right.
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