The right exterior house colors can increase your home's curb appeal

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Whether your home is made of wood, siding, brick, or stucco, choosing the right exterior color and trim...

Whether your home is made of wood, siding, brick, or stucco, choosing the right exterior color and trim can increase the curb appeal of your property. The right color palette can add beauty and interest to your home. On the other hand, the wrong color scheme can look gaudy and out of place in your neighborhood. There are several factors to consider when determining the best color for your house.

Inspiration

If you have no idea what type of exterior house colors you want, inspiration is available from several sources. Watch home improvement TV shows, read design and remodeling magazines - both print and online - and visit home improvement stores to view their paint selections. Drive around your neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods that you like, to get ideas from other home owners. Professional Atlanta-area painters can also give you their expert advice and offer tips for choosing paint colors.

Location

Consider your neighborhood when selecting an exterior paint color. The color should coordinate with the rest of the neighborhood. Do you live in the heart of the city, in an Atlanta-area suburb, or in a rural area? A color that may look trendy and chic in metro Atlanta could stand out like a sore thumb in the suburbs.

If you live in a historical neighborhood, there may be strict guidelines governing paint colors. If so, make sure you obtain approval before making any changes.

Light reflection value

Light reflection value (LRV) refers to how much light a particular color absorbs and reflects. Black has a 5 percent LVR, whereas white has an 85 percent LVR. For the best results, you must consider the LVR value of paint you will use on your house. For example, if you select paint with a low LRV to use on vinyl siding, the dark color will absorb too much heat and cause the siding to warp.

In addition, dark exterior house colors, like reds and blues, tend to fade under Atlanta's bright sun, whereas light colors in the beige and light-brown family are less prone to losing their intensity.

Other considerations

The paint color should also complement the color of the roof, especially if the roof is visible from the street.

Some exterior paint colors are easier to apply and provide more coverage than others. For instance, beige and light to medium brown only requires a few coats, whereas a color like red requires a lot of coats, which makes it a more expensive choice. An Atlanta-area painter can provide you with more information to help you choose the best exterior color to increase your home's curb appeal.

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