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Home Exterior Painting: How to be Original

Sep 9, 2008
When driving through some neighborhoods, it looks like every home along the way is a clone of the previous. Not only do they have the same layout, but their paint is exactly the same or close to the same color shade. This uniformity is what some people want and look for and it can make choosing a color easy when it is time for a repainting. If you crave originality in your home's color, take the initiative to go against the crowd and choose something different that sets you apart.

You can have a great deal of fun with your home exterior painting. Maybe you want to go with a bright red house painting and yellow trim or yellow painting with blue trim. Whatever you are desiring in your home exterior painting, be adventurous and do it. Now, there should be some words of caution to take heed of. If your neighborhood has a home owner's association that exercises strict rules pertaining to your house painting color, you will need to adhere to those rules. In addition, even if you have no home owner's association, if you are concerned that certain colors will cause an uproar in your neighborhood, you might want to think twice about the home exterior painting or discuss the colors with some of your neighbors. In this situation, however, in the end, it is your home and therefore your choice of what color to use.

It is always fun to choose a house painting color that means something. Maybe it will be the color of your college alma mater or the color of your favorite car. No matter the reason behind the home exterior painting, it can be a great conversation starter when neighbors ask why you chose the color.

If you want to go with a bold color for the painting project but are a little scared that you won't like the end result or that it will be a little bold, you can always start small. Maybe have the trim painted that bold color as an accent to the overall color and see how you like that. Or maybe go with a more toned down shade of the bold color for the overall painting and then if you like that you could always take the next step the next time your house needs repainted.

You can also consult with your contracted painter regarding color ideas and options. The contracted painter can sometimes provide you with examples from previous projects or show you color combinations that could spark your creativity. Ask them questions on their most bold projects and how the home owners ending up liking the colors.

If you are craving to go against the crowd and have your house painted an original color by a contracted painter, the options can be nearly limitless. There are factors to take into account though, such as whether or not your home owner's association has home exterior painting rules or if you will have to face disgruntled neighbors for painting your home a certain color. In any case, just have fun with it.
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