Consider your neighborhood
Love the colorful homes you see in Italy or Mexico? While you may love a brightly colored home, a turquoise-colored or orange-colored home may not work if you live in say, Indiana. Whether you live in the West, Midwest, or the East can impact your color choice.
You should also consider your neighbors and neighborhood, says Jacobs. Not just to be nice, but to help your home look better.
“You want to choose something that will enhance the overall space of the neighborhood,” she explained.
Going with the common vanilla hues you see in planned development is not the answer, Jacobs says. The color you pick should be just be different enough to make your home stand out.
Blue can be a tough color for a home’s exterior but a bright color on this modern California home on the Daly City, Calif. real estate market works well with the architecture and surrounding landscape.
How many colors?
The typical home has three colors: one for the body of the home, one of the trim and another color as an accent — most often on the front door. How many colors you choose is based on the features you want to highlight.
You can segment the house into an upper and lower section and paint those two different shades. In addition to the trim, you can also outline the windows or do a different color for the window casing.
“You can definitely do a lot of with an accent color,” said Jacobs. “Just because it’s a simple structure of a home — a nice little ranch or Cape Cod — doesn’t mean it can’t pop.”
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