By Glenda Wise
The other day I was talking to a co-worker that is building a new home in Hot Springs and she was telling me that she was relieved because her husband liked the siding once it was installed. We talked a bit more and I told her that I thought picking the exterior colors and material was the hardest part about building a house for a couple of reasons. First, it’s literally the first thing people see and it can either make or break your home’s curb appeal. Second, it is one of the most difficult and expensive things to change if you don’t like it. That conversation got me to thinking about you guys and if you struggle as well.
Before you start buying anything, take a drive around town, look at existing homes, and decide what you like and don’t like about a house’s exterior. Pinterest is always a great place to look online for ideas.
Now that you’ve done your homework and picked a few things you like, you’ll want to consider your landscape. Those fabulous pastel-colored beach houses look great at the beach, but probably not so much in our natural wooded landscape around here.
You’re ready to start picking colors. A good rule of thumb is to select at least two colors for your home’s exterior when using brick or stone. Pick three colors if your home is all siding. You will want a complementary color for the trim and an accent color for the doors and shutters. Don’t buy anything yet! Take your paint chips and material samples outside to see what they look like in natural light. If you can keep them for a few days, try to see what the colors look like in the shade, on bright, sunny days and on overcast days.
Another thing to keep in mind is that lighter colors tend to visually grow a home or feature and dark colors shrink them. Bright colors call attention to features and neutrals let them fade into the background.
When choosing a roof color, pick a neutral, go with anything roofing. The majority of our customers choose either Weathered Wood or Black. Both are great, classic, neutral options.
Try not to get overwhelmed and don’t feel pressured to make a quick decision. Take your time and do your homework before investing anything into your home’s exterior.