Updated: Aug 28
If you're hiring a professional painting contractor to paint your home, choosing the right color for your home's exterior isn't as easy as you'd think. A professional will always do a color consultation with you, but it helps to have a good idea of what you want first.
At Michael Grant Painting, we offer professional exterior and interior residential painting in Miami and the surrounding areas. We will be going over the initial process of color selection to help you make the best possible color choice before hiring a professional painter like ourselves.
What's Your Style?
To start, consider the style of your home and the neighborhood in which your home is located. Let's start with the style. You should think about the visual style of your house as well as the style of the homes in your area. Is the style of your home built-in Mediterranean, Spanish, contemporary, ranch style, or Victorian? Or how about a Mission-Style Home, Mediterranean Revival Build, Art Deco Architecture, Bahamian and Conch House, or a Bungalow?
Believe it or not, the style of your home is crucial for color selection. Ideal colors and color combinations will differ based on the style of your home. Let's say you have a ranch-style home; you typically would want to go with Neutrals like gray, brown, or beige. Matching the correct colors and tones to the style of your home is crucial. If you get this part wrong, it can be disastrous.
What About The Neighborhood?
You can paint your home any color you want. One thing to consider is the other homes in your neighborhood. It's probably not the best idea to paint your home bright pink with yellow trim in a historic neighborhood with more traditionally painted homes.
Looking around your neighborhood can give you great ideas for where to start. Ultimately the choice is yours, but that choice can be overwhelming at times. Hiring a professional painting contractor or company is always the best action plan.
Do Your Research
Sometimes you have to get out and look at other homes in your neighborhood or neighborhoods like yours. Look at the houses and see which ones stand out to you. Do they look good during the day and the night? What are some of the color combinations that jump out to you?
Looking at other homes in different neighborhoods is a great way to stir up some ideas for your home. Take pictures of the homes you like and those you kind of like.
Save these pictures to show the painting contractor you hire during your color consultation. Having visual examples to go over with your new painting contractor will make it a lot easier for them to understand your taste.
Look At What's Already There
Take a second to look at your home. The size, texture of the brick, and landscape all play a part. A skilled painting contractor will be able to assess the size of your home, textures, and landscape and help you come up with the right color schemes.
You want to play off of what you already have and make your home look new again. Certain colors will tend to be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. When you can blend the old and new and make it look fresh and new again, you know you've chosen wisely. Amateur painting contractors or DIY enthusiasts often overlook this step.
Go With A Pro
It's safe to say that it's always best to go with a professional. If all else fails, you need to go with a dominant shade with two accents; this includes one that's usually brighter than the others. Certain hughes in the same family, like varying shades of gray, are very pleasing and called "monochromatic." Opposites are called "complementary colors," and hues next to each other are called "analogous" and work very well together.
Don't forget to do your homework and think about what the next color of your home will be. Don't waste your time and money trying to do it yourself. Leave it up to a professional when it comes to your next exterior paint job.
If you are in the Miami, Florida, area and want to revitalize the exterior of your home, give Michael Grant Painting a call. We have been painting homes for over 20 years and take our time to understand your wants and needs.
We do a color consultation with you and will give you our best advice and guidance on your color selection. Give us a call at (786) 449-0210; we'd love to hear from you and look forward to providing you with the utmost professionalism and customer service.