How to Choose Exterior Paint Colors Using a Visualizer

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    Start Off With the Right House Paint Colors

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    Exterior paint colors can make all the difference when it comes to your home's curb appeal, especially if you're trying to sell. The color of the exterior of your house is the most public design decision you will ever make. Given the fact that it will add value and beauty to your home, outdoor paint color plays an essential role in how potential buyers will perceive your house. But with thousands of exterior paint colors available, it can be a daunting task to choose the right one. Which is the best one for your home? And how many layers of paint do you need to get the required durability? Technology to the rescue!

    Using a visualizer, now you can test a paint color before you buy it. Here is how you can try various options digitally along with the tips to get the right paint color for your house.

    The Basics of Choosing the Right House Paint Colors

    Before you begin choosing the right house color, start out with helpful resources. With a home color visualizing tool, it’s important to get the basics right. For instance, consider the size of your home when planning on painting its exterior. The size can influence whether dark or light colors are more appropriate. As a general rule of thumb, light colors will make your house appear larger and will be more affected by different light conditions, whereas dark shades can make your property appear smaller and help it blend with the surroundings.

    Also, when choosing a color scheme, make sure to consider the architecture of the house and the neighborhood context. While you don’t have to adhere to the guidelines strictly, don’t stray too far from the rule book to achieve the most pleasing look.

     

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    Look to a Color Visualizer Before Buying Paint

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    Once you get the basic idea of what you want for the exterior of your home, you can use a color visualizer to find that perfect color. You can browse by popular colors, color families, or decorator picks. Many major paint companies offer this tool with exterior options including McCormick Paints, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore. While the specific interface for each paint tool is a little different, all use similar methods to allow browsers to test various paint options. Simply by uploading exterior photos of your home, you can see what different paint colors might look like on your walls. It is a great way to virtually experiment and gets ideas and inspiration for your home’s color scheme.

    Confirm Your Color Choices With Paint Samples

    Now that you have narrowed your choices using a virtual tool, it’s time to confirm them with color samples in your staged home. While visualizers are helpful, there is no substitute for seeing the color on the walls of your home in real life. Buy test sizes of the paint colors you are considering and put some brush-outs on the outside. Make sure to put some color on both south and north sides of your home as lighting there can differ dramatically. Also, visit these areas at different times of the day to get a fair idea of how the finished product will look.

     

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    Don't Limit Your Choices by Choosing Few Paint Shades

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    Ideally, an exterior scheme should have three major parts: A field color that dominates; an accent color that brings shutters, doors, and other smaller parts to life; and the trim color. Once you have chosen an appealing combination of field and trim, make it stand out with an eye-catching accent color. Feel free to go bold, but don’t go overboard.

    The ability to see the exterior paint colors before you paint can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle especially when it’s time to sell. Take the guesswork out of finding the right one for your home using the paint color visualizers above. Whether you plan to do the work yourself or hire a professional, these virtual tools will ensure that no matter how the job gets done, the results are pleasing and sparkling.