Getting inspired to paint your exterior (the fun part!)

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Chapter 4: Getting inspired to paint (the fun part!)

You may have dozens of Pinterest photos, but nothing beats working with a color consultant or designer, in-person, to make sure our painters execute on your vision.

You’ll be driving up to your home for the next decade looking at the colors you chose and where to place them, so it’s important to get this right.

Designers are used to advising homeowners on exterior colors and color placement, so your home looks different from your neighbor’s. Look for a painter with a free designer on staff so you know they are up on the latest looks and care about how your finished home will look.  If your painter doesn’t offer a designer, check your local Facebook group or ask your friends for a recommendation of a designer who is good with color.

Some designers can show you computer renderings of what your home will look like in different colors – take advantage of this if you’re having a hard time visualizing the final look -remember, you want to get this right, so don’t be rushed.

Overhead shot of large house with greenish roof
See how the green shutters tie this home to the greenish roof.

Most importantly:  The number one thing to remember is that you want the color of your roof to tie in with your exterior paint color.  Make sure you are looking at the different undertones and “flecks” in your roof and choosing colors that are similarly toned.

Reddish brown brick being painted whiteIf your home is brick or partially brick, consider whether you want to paint the brick or keep it in its natural state.


Exterior design considerations:

Paint your window grids and trim a dark color like black, bottle green or burgundy.

Yellow house with green window grids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use 5+ colors on different parts of your home to make architecture and exterior features pop.

multi color house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a color that’s unexpected, but “fits” your home’s character. This home in Duxbury is painted an unexpected turquoise color, that enhances the sweet demeanor of this home.

Duxbury Home

 

Paint your home all one color – a dramatic but still traditional look.

Duxbury Home

 

Choose a color for your front door that is “you.”  The front door is an easy way to show your personality. 

teal painted front door

 


Exterior Painting Project

Some more resources to get your exterior painting ideas flowing:

White house with black shutters and stone wallCheck out the painting company’s portfolio of recent painting projects for inspiration.

Historic colors of the South Shore and Boston area – a complete resource

Understand the color trends and popular colors right now in the Boston area.

Use your roof color and undertones to help determine your exterior paint color.  This is the most important consideration when choosing a new exterior color because your roof is a permanent fixture that cannot be changed, so the paint must work with your roof’s color and tones.

Upload a photo of your home and play with different colors and combinations using our color visualizer software.

Don’t forget to paint (or add!) some touches like pergolas, arbors, cupolas, and trellises to your home. These ornamental features make a big difference in how finished your home looks.

Learn the difference between how paint and stain look and protect your home’s exterior.

How to paint your bulkhead so it’s not an eyesore in your backyard.