TIPS WE GIVE CLIENTS DURING COLOR SELECTION
A good rule of thumb when choosing colors for your home is to go just a little outside of your comfort zone. Choosing the right colors for your home can be a little distressing and overwhelming sometimes. The right choice will be a combination of your own style, the neighborhood you live in and the architecture of your home.
THE THREE MAIN COLOR COMPONENTS
Body color: This would generally be the siding color.
Trim color: Eaves, window trim, corner trim and band trim.
Accent color: Shutters, flower boxes, doors, shakes, and gable vents.
TAKE PICTURES OF THE HOMES YOU LIKE
This can be very helpful for you and your contractor, the more the better. It provides us with insight into your taste and style, so we can best recommend design ideas for your home.
WORK WITH LARGER COLOR SAMPLES OUTSIDE
Get larger color samples and take them outside under the natural light. As you narrow it down, we can bring out whole pieces of siding to help you be confident of your choice.
COMPLEMENTING BRICK AND STONE
Too often you see body colors that too closely match the stone color. When this happens, the stone and siding blur together or “wash out." You want your stone and siding to “pop” or be striking in contrast to each other.
COLOR TO GO
One trick we often utilize is the Sherwin Williams “Color to go” quart samples. For $6 they will mix up sample quarts of paint for you. Then you can paint the colors you are thinking next to the brick, trim or in view of the roofing color.
CONSIDER ADDING MORE DETAIL
It is all in the details…This is really one of the fun parts of exterior design. Ideas our clients often consider are; crown molding trim, shutters, flower boxes, custom decorative louvers, heavy posts and stained cedar.