Choosing Exterior Paint Colors to Update Aging Homes

Choosing Exterior Paint Colors to Update Aging Homes

 June 3, 2016

Choosing exterior paint is an overwhelming task for many homeowners. The wrong colors can make a house unattractive, and a poor application of paint can hide a home’s natural beauty. The best paint colors accentuate the stunning features of a home, boost curb appeal, and even hide design flaws. So, how can sellers find the perfect exterior colors for aging homes? By following these guidelines.

Stick to History

Some colors look good on modern homes, but on older homes, they can look out of place. Old homes often feature unique color schemes that can be tough to match, but sellers can hire professionals to analyze old paint chips and produce the original color. They can also refer to historic color charts to choose the shades that might have been in use when the homes were built. Historical architectural organizations, local Chambers of Commerce, and paint manufacturers are also good places to do research. Some manufacturers have pre-selected historical color palettes and make it easy for homeowners to choose the right exterior paint.

Take Cues from the Architecture

Homeowners can use colors to showcase architectural details that are unique to their homes and neighborhoods. For example, those with old-world Tuscan villas can use terracotta orange, weathered white, or sun-kissed brown to bring out the best features.

In some neighborhoods, homeowners avoid historically accurate colors and paint their houses contemporary hues to dramatize the architectural details. Bright colors can add excitement and interest to old features. However, sellers should look at what their neighbors are doing before they rush out to buy 10 gallons of bubblegum pink. A neon-colored Victorian home that looks stunning in San Francisco will look out of place in a conservative neighborhood.

Draw Inspiration from Nature

Most of the colors in existence are inspired by nature. Natural surroundings can serve as inspiration for homeowners who are out of ideas. Those who live near the beach can paint their exteriors vibrant blues or coral colors. Those surrounded by trees and mountains can use earthy palettes like browns and greens. Sellers should never underestimate the power of nature because even the gardens in their front yards can inspire wonderful color combinations.

Consider the Neighbors

Sellers should walk around their neighborhoods to assess the other homes. They should check whether the homes have coordinating styles or if they have contrasting colors which don’t harmonize. Neighboring homes can provide paint color ideas but sellers should be careful not to copy their neighbors. Choose colors that make your home stand out without conflicting with nearby structures.

Paint Architectural Details for Impact

Small details of a home can be the pièce de résistance when it comes to choosing exterior paint. Roofs and eaves, window and door trim, and gutter and downspouts look spectacular when painted. Sellers can choose a unified color approach or create a striking contrast between the walls and architectural details.

The exterior of a home is an extension of its personality and what it portrays to the neighborhood. Advise sellers to choose exterior paint colors according to their homes’ architectural details and amenities. Paint is an affordable and striking way to make a big impact. It can add curb appeal, make a style statement, and make a home stand out in any street or neighborhood.

Ronique Gibson

By Ronique Gibson

Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.