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Selecting Colours for your Home

Posted by Nippon Paint on Sep 2nd 2014

Selecting colours for your home is a reflection of your personality, tastes and interests, as well as your class! Choosing the wrong colours will make your house look flat and featureless. But if the colours you pick are too bold, they might overwhelm the architecture… and in some cases upset the neighbors!
However, choosing the right colours will enhance the beauty of your house. Skillful use of colours can even disguise design flaws, boosting the curb appeal and market value of your home. Here are some tips to pick the right colours for your dream home!

Honor History

If you’re planning to paint an older home, you’ll probably want to use a historically accurate colour scheme. You can hire a pro to analyze old paint chips and recreate the original colour. Or, you can refer to historic colour charts and select shades that might have been used at the time your home was built.

Jazz up the Past

In some neighborhoods, homeowners fly in the face of history. Instead of choosing historically accurate colours, they paint their houses modern colours to dramatize architectural details. Using bright colours on old architectural details can produce startling and exciting results. But before you buy 10 gallons of bubblegum pink, it’s a good idea to look at what your neighbors are doing. A fluorescent coloured Victorian that looks splendid in San Francisco will seem wildly out of place in more conservative neighborhoods.

Consider your Neighbours

The house next door can give you paint colour ideas, but don’t copy your neighbor exactly. Choose colours that set your house apart, without clashing with nearby buildings.

Borrow From Nature

The landscape around your house is blooming with colour ideas. Trees may suggest an earthy palette of greens and browns. A beach setting might suggest vivid blues, turquoises, and coral colours. Even the garden in your front yard can inspire exciting colour combinations.

Check the Roof

Your house is your canvas, but it is not blank. Some colours are already established. What colour is your roof? Your paint colour doesn’t need to match the roof, but it should harmonize.

Look For Things That Won’t Be Painted

Every home has some features that will not be painted. Does your house have brick walls or vinyl windows? A natural wooden door and steps and railings remain their existing colours. Choose a colour scheme that harmonizes with colours already present on your house.

Find Inspiration in Your Living Room

It may seem comical to paint an entire house based on the pattern of a pillowcase, but this approach does make sense. The colour of your furnishings will guide you in the selection of your interior paint colours, and your interior paint colours will influence the colours you use outside. Once again, your goal is to harmonize.

Focus on Details

Depending on the size and complexity of your home, you may want to choose two, three, or as many as six colours. In addition to colour for your siding, select accent colours for shutters, moldings, doors, window sashes, brackets, columns, and porch decks. But beware: too many colours will overwhelm your house. Too few can make your house seem flat and uninteresting.

Use Light to Add Size

It is no wonder that large, grand estates are often painted white. Light colours make a building look larger, and white is the favored colour for traditional classical architecture. You can add to your home’s sense of size and dignity by using white or a pale cream colour.

Go Dark For Drama

Dark siding or dark bands of trim will make your house seem smaller, but will draw more attention to details. Darker shades are best for accenting recesses, while lighter tones will highlight details that project from the wall surface. On traditional Victorian homes, the darkest paint is often used for the window sashes.

Discover Colour Families

Contrasting colours will draw attention to architectural details. But, extreme contrasts will clash and actually detract from details. To be safe, consider staying within a single colour family. For some accents, try using a darker or lighter shade instead of a different colour.

Strike a Balance

A burst of a single colour on just one part of your home may give it a lopsided appearance. Strive to balance colours over the entire building.