As part of National Curb Appeal Month in August, Kate Smith offers color insights to guide homeowners toward colorful exterior home enhancements, starting from the roof down to the landscaping! We’re talking about curb appeal for the home and how to get your home in tip top shape.
With a special interview with Kate Smith, Chief Color Maven and Color Trend Forecaster at Sensational Color she’s sharing with us her favorite tips to Top-Down Curb Appeal for the Home.
Tip #1 – Consider the fixed features of a home before deciding on what colors to add. These elements include the colors of foundation and chimney materials, like brick, stone and concrete, along with other fixed elements like porches, steps, walkways and retaining walls.
Tip #2 – Think about regional colors that might work well on your home. It’s fine to have a home that stands out in the neighborhood, but it needs to link in with the overall geography where you live.
Tip #3 – Look at your environment. The natural setting and landscaping around your home can help you select colors that complement the existing setting.
Tip #4 – Let the style of your home help you determine how bold or subdued you should go with color. For example, bright colors are almost expected on a Victorian home, while more refined colors like off white, dark green and rich chocolate would complement a Ranch style home.
Tip #5 – Consider the historic element of the home and let that help lead you to colors that reflect the house’s history. Also make sure to check with any homeowner associations you might belong to for possible restrictions on color usage.
What Colorful Exteriors Say About You
Smith relates that homeowners will often pick colors for their home exteriors that reflect their own personalities. Different “pops of color” tell passersby a good deal about the home’s occupants, including:
- Green — boasts that you have traditional values, are down to earth, well-balanced and nurturing.
- Blue — tells people who you are relaxed, at ease, sincere and even a bit conservative.
- Orange — says that you are friendly, assertive, adventurous and optimistic.
- Brown — shows that you are honest, approachable, sturdy, reliable and wholesome.
- Yellow — reveals that you are cheerful, a leader or organizer, and that you have a modern, open outlook.
- Red — expresses a confident nature where you like to be the center of attention and sometimes exhibit signs of impulsiveness.
- Purple — discloses that you are a “free-spirited” person who is comfortable taking risks and dreaming big.
Black and White Curb Appeal
– White and black are the two biggest extremes in curb appeal color.
– Using black trim to accent a home makes a regal, independent statement.
– Black is often associated with prestige, elegance and a timelessness that is envied by many.
– White is a very popular color for many aspects of a home exterior because it makes a house look bright, clean and fresh.
– White exteriors are wildly popular in the United States with homeowners who then paint their trim, doors and shutters with accent colors to create their personalized curb appeal.
– Sticking with white trim allows you the chance to change your ‘removable colors’ with the seasons. Pull back the potted pink begonias after the summer and use pumpkins on the steps of a porch to set the color tone. Then, replace those with big red hearts for Valentine’s Day to your front door after the holidays!
Popularity of Gray
– Gray is a very trendy color right now and it plays out well on home exteriors. From gray-green to charcoal, grays are an ideal color for the roof and siding on a home.
– Many secondary colors can beautifully play off of gray so that a homeowner can add his or her own personality to the house.
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