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Is blue for you? How to choose a paint color for your house

9 Dec

Is blue for you? How to choose a paint color for your house – by Mary Boone

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Different body and trim colors gives this Charleston, S.C., home a more traditional look. – Zillow

What’s the best color to paint your house?

It depends, according to experts who say color choices should be based on factors including the style of your home, landscape, neighborhood, roof color and stonework.

Red may be your all-time favorite color, but if the brick facade on your house has a decidedly pink tint to it, you’d be wise to paint another shade. And, just because all the latest home decor magazines are forecasting blue to be the color of the year in 2013 (and they are), that doesn’t mean it will work on your house.

“Exterior paint choices are less influenced by trends than fashion or even interior paint choices,” said Krim Danzinger, senior consultant for AkzoNobel, maker of Glidden paints.

Good thing. Exterior paint jobs, after all, are the kind of pricey projects that most homeowners hope to undertake just once every decade or so.

“When you’re painting the inside of your home, you have the luxury of being more fearless with color. It’s a way to convey your uniqueness to the people you know well enough to invite into your home,” said Barbara Richardson, director of color marketing for AkzoNobel. “But when we talk about exteriors, we have to look at the community you’re part of. You need to look at the environment and the other houses on your street. There’s a sense of camaraderie you want to have with your neighbors. If your house color clashes with theirs, you distract from the appearance of the whole street.”

Get started
When you’re trying to decide what color to paint your house, Richardson advises studying homes in neighborhoods you admire. Photograph color combinations you love — on houses as well as in clothing, wallpaper or fabrics. Do your research. If you live in a fanciful Victorian or stately craftsman, do you know how these homes have traditionally been painted in your part of the country? Do any of these historic color combinations inspire you?

Then, after you’ve spent time narrowing down your choices, buy a quart of several different paints and try them on your house. How do they look next to your stone chimney? How do they look in morning or at night?

Leatrice Eiseman, head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and executive director of the Pantone® Color Institute, says you also can’t overlook the neighborhood when choosing exterior paint.

The undertones in your next-door neighbors’ homes should help inform your palette. Are their homes warm (beige, rose, brown, gold, yellow) or cool (gray, blue, green, teal)? You’ll want to choose colors that work in harmony with the other houses on your block.

Match location and architecture
“San Francisco is filled with ‘Painted Ladies,’ Victorian houses that are painted bold combinations like purple, mulberry and mauve. It’s bright and unusual, and it totally fits,” Richardson said. “A similarly styled house in a more conservative area, let’s say Dubuque, Iowa, might be painted off-white or very pale yellow. That would be a good fit for that region.

“In the Bahamas, you might see dozens of blue houses with bright yellow or green shutters,” she continued. “On the other hand, there might only be a handful of blue houses in all of Tempe, Ariz. Blue just isn’t a big color there.”

So, what should you do if the color you love doesn’t mesh with your architecture or region?

“Think small doses,” suggests Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Pops of color can be added to your exterior in much the same way you use pillows or wall-hangings to add color to your interior.

“If you painted your entire house bright red, it would probably stick out like a sore thumb,” she said. “But by painting your door red, you’re able to show your personality without having everyone in the neighborhood wonder, ‘Oh, my God, what was she thinking?’ ”

Is there a color you should never paint your house?

“Never say never,” Eiseman said. “I might not paint a house black, but black trim could work beautifully. It’s all about what colors you’re mixing it with and how much you’re using.”

Find inspiration
Looking for more exterior paint inspiration? Consider these tips from the color experts at AkzoNobel:

  • Want a contemporary appearance? Consider painting the body and trim of your home all the same color. This is also a great way to let the light reveal architectural detail through natural shading.
  • For a more traditional look, incorporate two, three or four colors into your scheme. Highlighting trim will often help create a historical feeling, especially if the colors you’ve chosen are representative of a particular historical palette.
  • Hide your undesirables — gutters, electrical conduits, vents and utility boxes — by painting them the same color as the body of your home.
  • Don’t forget your landscaping. Flowers and shrubs can greatly enhance the color of your home. For instance, you can bring out the soft yellow of your trim color with the flowers near your entry or plant a variety of purple shades to add interest to a neutral scheme.
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6 reasons to invest in an older house

15 Aug

Below are some of the main reasons why you should invest in an older home:

1. More character. Older homes possess a certain character that you just won’t find in new cookie-cutter models. It could be a hand-carved staircase, a farmhouse sink, original stained-glass windows, or a classic fireplace. These are all features that you most likely won’t find in modern houses. There are even stories of people buying and living in renovated church homes.

2. Solid construction. Let’s face it – homes just aren’t built the way they used to. An older home will typically have thicker walls, and framing built with old-growth wood. This means that the wood is denser and more sustainable. Also, doors are generally made from solid wood and come with hardware built to last.

3. Old-school savings options. My sister owns a house that was built in 1885, and she has something called transom windows over her internal doors. These are basically small windows that can be opened and closed and can greatly improve the air flow in the home. This allows you to take full advantage of the natural breeze, thus lowering energy bills. And while some older homes don’t come with centralized air-conditioning, you can use window units and just cool the rooms you use the most.

4. Better price. Since older homes are generally not as popular with buyers as newer homes, you may be able to get one for a cheaper price. Plus, they are often larger than recently built homes. If square footage is important to you, an older home may represent a relatively affordable way to get more.

5. Transportation savings. Older homes tend to be located in urban neighborhoods. So along with getting a deal on the price of the home, you can also save on transportation. These neighborhoods are generally within walking distance of grocery stores and other businesses.

6. Tax breaks. Depending on the locale, your new home may qualify for certain tax abatement programs. These programs essentially waive or reduce certain city, school, or property taxes over an extended period of time.

Excerpt from http://www.oldhouseweb.com/blog/5-reasons-to-invest-in-an-older-house/

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