When you get your home painted it can be hard work choosing the colour you want to go for. Whatever your eventual decision, a fresh coat of paint will make your property look newer, look cleaner and look more inviting from outside. However choosing the colour is still important to ensure you make the right impression and to make sure your property looks new and attractive rather than new and garish. Getting the colour wrong can create more work for you, undermine the impact of your architecture, and even upset the neighbours.
Of course this decision will come down partly to your subjective opinion and at the end of the day it’s your prerogative. However at the same time it’s also a matter of avoiding common pitfalls and of being aware just what the consequences of this choice may be. To that end, here we will look at some of the most important considerations you need to take into account when choosing what colour to go with.
This is one factor right away that many people forget when choosing the colour for their home. Not only do you want your property to look good in its own right, but you also want it to look good when in context. This means you want to make sure your colouring isn’t too different from the other houses on the road, and that it doesn’t clash with the neighbours. That’s only considerate to them as well…
Most people will have concrete walls, but in some cases you may have wooden slats on the exterior and in this case your choice of colouring may be different.
You should also think about the style of your home and look you’re going for. White is great if you wanted a ‘villa’ look, while brown is better if you wanted to make your home feel more like a cosy cabin.
In order to keep your property looking good you will need to get your home painter round on a regular basis. However you of course want to go for a colour that will last as long as possible in order to reduce this cost, and that’s why you might want to consider going for a more vibrant colour so it doesn’t look washed out so quickly – particularly if you get a lot of sun in your area.
Likewise you also want to minimize the amount of dirt that your walls pick up and show and this way you can reduce how often you have to wash your walls and how much anything you miss shows up. Here then you might want to consider using a darker colour, as that way the dirt will stand out less.
You might not have realised this, but the colour of your walls can also affect the temperature of your home and your heating bills. The reason for this is that your walls will reflect and absorb different amounts of light depending on their colour – with white reflecting the largest proportion of the wavelength, and black absorbing the most. Choose darker colours then if it’s cold where you live, and use lighter colours if you’re more inclined to use air conditioning than heating.
Molly Jackson is a very talented interior designer. When she is not busy working, she enjoys traveling or mediating. She believes that a house should reflect the owners personality.
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