A new year, fresh start and a new house colour……
January is the time of the year when everyone embraces change and its one of the busiest times for people to decide to repaint.
So if 2013 is the year to update the colour of your house I have a few tips.
Take your time to find out what look you really love. Drive around your neighbourhood or even better take a weekend drive around to a suburb that gives you house envy and get some inspiration.
If you find a house that has the perfect colour, please don’t pop out from the bushes with a colour swatch or start snapping photos. I had a client who almost reversed over a lady who was standing in the driveway trying to scratch some paint off the render and then proceeded to yell at the homeowner! Knock on the door and tell them how much you admire their home and ask if they will share their paint colours. Flattery and respect gets you everwhere, I have even been invited in a number of times and shown photos of the renovation etc.
If no one is home, I leave a note under the door and leave my card or email address asking if they would be kind enough to tell me their paint colours.
If you cant explain the look you are after then go through magazines, pinterest or blogs to find houses you like. Keep them in a scrapbook or digital file and keep going back to look and you will see a pattern of similar styles emerge.
Go darker, darker darker…..
The most common mistake when it comes to choosing exterior colours is selecting a colour that is just to light for the exterior. My rule of thumb is to pick a colour and then go 4 shades darker to get the look of the sample you have outside in the sun.
Always buy a sample pot and test on all sides of the house.
For more tips on Exterior Colour Schemes click here.