One of the great joys of being a homeowner is having the ability to add a touch of uniqueness and personal flair to your home décor. When you rent an apartment, condo, or even another home, this is simply not possible.
One of the most popular means of putting your own personal stamp on your décor is by painting your home. A dash of color here or there can be a great way to show off your personality, brighten up a particular room, and even potentially add value to your home. Interior and exterior painting schemes are all the rage at the moment, making this the perfect time to undertake a new decorating job.
This is especially true when it comes to your home’s exterior décor. You ideally want to undertake such a project before the weather starts to turn wet and hostile.
As such, here are a few tips and tricks to help you take advantage of the summer weather with fine exterior painting and accenting projects.
First and foremost, you’re going to want to make sure that you choose paint that is of a high quality. The last thing you want is to spend time painting the outside of your home, only for it to later chip or wash away. You will also want to make sure that you take into account the fact that even the best paint is bound to fade over time. As such, you’ll want to choose a color and type of paint which will not only be of high quality now, but which will likewise stand the test of time and still be vibrant a decade from now.
When it comes to the question of color, there is obviously a lot of room for subjectivity. With that said, when painting exterior décor schemes in general and accents in particular, you are going to want to make sure that any colors you choose complement your main paint scheme. If the main walls of your exterior décor are a pale blue, for example, selecting bright scarlet as an accenting color probably isn’t the best idea. Ideally, accents should still be noticeable in their own right – a white stripe won’t really stand out against or “accent” a white wall, will it?
It is here that the principle of complementary colors comes into play. For example, blues and greens of different shades are classic examples of complementary colors. As long as you don’t deviate too much and try, say, electric green against sea blue, cool greens and blues can be a great way to add some color to your exterior through accents.
With that said, if you do want to make your accents a primary feature of your exterior décor, you’ll want to opt for bright yet still elegant colors. Royal purples and deep blues can be great selections here, as both are bright and call attention to themselves naturally without coming across as loud or flashy.
All this and more can help you pick out the best accent color for your exterior paint job.