Pale Yellow and the Challenge of Exterior Paint Color

Into every life a little rain must fall: a valentine card that doesn’t quite fit, an occasional rumor of an IRS audit, and painting the exterior of your home at least every three to four years. Yes, life can be challenging, but by far, the most challenging of the three is painting your home. Professionals have been known to sigh at the thought because choosing an exterior paint color can be a challenge. What colors look good together? What colors won’t fade or become chalky after a year? What colors will stand the test of time? Choosing the wrong paint—the wrong colors—can be a costly experiment for the unaware as well as a costly mistake to fix.

Here are a few tips to follow if you’re planning on painting the outside of your home in the near future.

Choosing the right paint

When it comes to exterior paint, its biggest enemy is the sun. Pale yellow on a house can be beautiful, especially in the more tropical and arid locations like Palm Beach and Phoenix where a light color can help keep the house cool. However, because of the play of sunlight, a pale yellow in Des Moines will end up looking washed out to the point that it almost looks white. So, if you’re going to go light, go white. Don’t leave your neighbors speculating on the color of your house.

And don’t choose your exterior paint based on a paint strip. Invest in a few pints of paint, brush a few boards, and then hold them up against your house. If you’re really committed, paint wide swatches on different sides of your house to see how the paint looks with your landscaping, the brick walk leading up to your front porch, the light at mid-day or with the setting sun. This will tell you a lot about the paint and how it looks on your property, next to your neighbor’s house, and in your neighborhood.

To trim or not to trim

Tin of white paint of Humbrol

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As if choosing a house color isn’t difficult enough, choosing a trim color to go with it can be a nightmare. How many exterior paint jobs have gone astray when it came to choosing the trim? Fortunately, there’s a simple formula to follow when picking a trim color: pick a cousin. In other words, the best trim colors are in the same color family as the house color. Brown, sand, clay, buff, camel, oatmeal, tan, sand, biscuit, cream, ecru, mushroom, they all work as trim on a beige house. Especially, if for a bit of style, you add a splash of a deep accent color such as dark slate or eggplant.

No doubt, choosing an exterior paint color and complimentary trim can be a bit daunting—a big decision. The best, tried and true process, however, is to choose a few colors, paint a few swatches, and if you don’t like those, choose and paint a few more. Painting your home is an important decision, so take your time, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to smell the flowers along the way. Or you can contact CertaPro Painters to help you.

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