Exterior paint color is the ultimate change maker in attaining the perfect curb appeal. Picking exterior paint color requires some foresight and planning. It’s not as easy as seeing a house you love and copying it, because every house is different.
That said, our color experts use undertones and fixed elements when we help choose color for a brick&batten client. Sounds easy? Hardly. Each project brings something new and interesting to the table. Sometimes there are design elements on a house we are trying to conceal and sometimes beautiful elements we want to highlight. There is a strategy at play in every design.
Some of the biggest considerations:
1st. Fixed Elements:
Fixed elements are things that aren’t going away. Roof, stone, brick, nature, windows, neighbors, railings, etc.
2nd. Garage Placement:
Do you have a front loader that we want to ignore or highlight?
3rd. Porch Size:
Do we want to draw attention to the door and porch?
Do we need to create balance to make it more aesthetically pleasing?
That said, color is quite possibly the biggest change maker when it comes to addressing the above considerations. In addition, it costs the same amount to paint the right color as it does the wrong color…let’s get it right!
What is the 60/30/10 Rule?
Most exterior facades have a palette that combines three colors in just-right proportions. That’s known as the 60/30/10 rule: 60 percent of the paint is one dominant color, 30 percent is a secondary color, and 10 percent is an accent color. In many cases with brick homes, the color of the brick itself will end up being the dominant color.
So, what color is the brick?
Bricks come in all different colors…from super red, to neutrals to more varied with gray. Before you pick a color to go with the fixed element of brick, you need to look for the undertones in the brick. Is your brick more brown, or orange or even purple or pink? By holding up paint swatches in a range of colors, your brick’s undertone will start to reveal itself.
In conclusion, paint is the ultimate change maker in curb appeal. A brick&batten design takes the guesswork out and SHOWS you how your home will look before you pull the trigger on this investment.
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