Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for Home | Naperville Painting Contractors

Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for Home | Naperville Painting Contractors


[ music intro ] Hey everybody, Mark here at Discover Your
Home. Thanks again for joining us tonight we’re going to talk about it’s this time of
the year we’re hitting spring and you’re ready to get some work done on the outside of your
home and this is really going out to to folks that have a challenge in choosing exterior paint colors and
selecting colors for their home especially when it comes to kind of a large investment
especially on the exterior side of the house so we’re going to address just a couple things,
not in great detail because we can probably get into a little bit greater detail on style
home and everything but we’re going to talk about there’s five or six style homes that
we see here in the Midwest and some of the tips that I give to folks and what what they
can do and and they’re again listen this is there’s no there’s no law this is not Mark’s
law or anything it’s your home whatever you want you you want bright banana yellow go
for it I’m good with it if that makes you happy and makes the world turn I’m cool with
it but if you’re if you’re a little challenged about what you want hey I think I can help
you out in some some minor tips so let’s talk about a few basic homes that we really see
in the Midwest area for the most part so you’re going to have contemporary style which is
kind of a more California-based where it’s the inside the outs that are kind
of blending together Cape Cod definitely East Coast high you know steep-pitched roof not
very ornate very kind of boxy but beautiful beautiful homes large porches in some respects
the colonial Georgian colonial tall columns usually either brick in George’s are usually brick more of your Colonials your standard Colonials are you know lap siding Dutch lap siding usually one giant color you know with some accents and stuff Tudor that’s where it’s all kind of trimmed out all the panels and everything or are usually a lighter color and trim down and darker so those are the most that we see and then the old Victorians who as we call them in the business of the painted ladies you know where they’re large you know expanding porches a lot of gingerbread a lot of ornate mill work that’s done on the home where you know you can have four five ten twelve I’ve heard up to 20 colors on some of these homes and they’re absolutely spectacular we’ll get a little bit into that but we’re going to kind of talk about some of the basics that we see out there and what I always try to focus on first is let’s make sure we take a couple things into consideration things that we can’t change or we’re not changing so roof color very important your windows if the wood and they’re going to get painted then it’s a totally different story but a lot of day a lot of things now window wise are vinyl or aluminum people are replacing their windows you know that the old rickety windows that are wood and they’re rotting they’re just tired of dealing with it so a lot of folks are going to vinyl and or aluminum windows so that can be a decision to help you aid in you selecting a color your brick or stone color very important um and you know the body of the house you know what you know I always try to get folks when they’re looking at the house first let’s start with the body of the house so we’re going to talk to me first about the contemporary home there’s a builder in in the northern Chicagoland area that does a lot of more of a contemporary style I you know some people call it California look it’s it’s contemporary it’s really designed to kind of flow with you know trees in the background usually earth tones in its nature what I generally try to guide folks on contemporaries it’s either a one color or a two color application and it’s not a dramatic contrast it’s usually very subtle it’s what I call tone-on-tone so let me see if I can kind of show you on camera here I’m just going to pull out a chart up here and I don’t know how well these show up but tone on tone to me is something where it’s say this is kind of a medium grade this is just a little bit more gray so it’s very close in its in its tone just a just a slight darker or a slight shade darker or a slight shade lighter I always recommend selecting the body first when it comes to contemporary homes, my personal opinion is I like him to be one color I think it just it just it seems to fit for the style of home there again gets back to your home your vision earth tones are great gray’s are great it really gets back to where your home is situated what kind of trees you have around your flowers what colors are roof, is a cedar shake roof I mean so there’s a lot to take into consideration so don’t take everything I’m saying as as law, just take a look at these things a lot of the older homes in the contemporary have like darker window trim its either kind of a dark bronze or even like a clay color usually don’t see a lot of white vinyl windows on contemporaries you usually see a as probably light as a kind of a sand color up to a real dark bronze okay so that’s contemporary my suggestion one color or tone on tone keep it real close okay so Cape Cod’s when we’re doing Cape Cod homes we don’t see a lot here but I would say probably one in every ten to fifteen homes might be a Cape Cod that we run across um and there’s no rule of thumb in there I I find that they’re not tremendously ornate very simple as a beautiful homes I love Cape Cods they’re just there’s something quaint as the word I would probably use best with Cape Cod homes usually the siding of larger lap siding not in all cases but in the cases I see here in the Midwest definitely a little bit larger you know one by ten siding what I generally see is there’s a color it’s called Cape Cod gray a lot of the Cape Cod our Cape Cod gray, white, and occasionally you’ll see a light yellow kind of a marigold or a buttercup yellow very really stunning there again it gets back to the roof, I find that most of the ones that we see here are the roofs are gray or black I don’t know why if that’s just the way it is but it seems like that’s it so very very simple very basic in its approach keep a one-body color to it a lot of times you don’t find corner boards and even soffits that are painted a different color usually it’s one color when we’re accenting some shutters or say the dormers, the trim on the dormers and then really making because that front door on a cape cod really kind of stands out at you to a bold statement with that front door with a bright red a deep blue going to grab a chart here I’ll show you kind of some of the colors that we have seen that we’ve seen and/or recommended and it really depends on the kind of timing you know back in the 90s what we saw was um let me see here we got to put that move that there okay I’m back something popped up on my screen back in the nineties we saw a lot of deep greens kelly greens now we’re seeing a lot of blues teal blues cranberry colors Benjamin Moore classic burgundy that top color there beautiful color the color down below that also the charcoal slate nice and then there’s Hamilton blue down at the bottom there so there’s some great door colors for your Cape Cod home okay now it’s moving on colonial and Georgian colonial um I find that most of our Colonials are very light in nature white it seems to be I would say 7 out of 10 most of the colonial style homes I see are either are white or some version of an off-white a Navajo white a softer I’m trying to think of another name for a color softer usually white though and then they’re very stark contrasts really deep color shutters like a deep plum black a charcoal gray somewhere that kind of picks up the roofline you know what’s in the rough usually on our typical colonial style here if it’s white you use your white windows so not a lot of choices going on there you don’t see a lot of these taupe grays and the clay colors in the darker colors on colonial-style white seems to be a big driver it seems to be nice contrast the bolder the contrast really drives that that selection and then getting back to that front door is that really that front door that entry can really pop or you can kind of blend it in it gets back to your personality I really am a big believer to draw attention to your houses just to give that really that really make that color on that front door just really pop make it bold makes a real real bold statement okay Georgian colonial there again it’s generally mostly bricked you’ll see the tall columns white trim there’s a many different ways we can go on that but I find that White’s a big driver on those two and then you’ll because the windows are usually white, the trim around them is usually white and then you accent your shutters too generally the brick we find that a lot of the Georgians that I’ve seen will start either black or kind of a charcoal slate color alright so we got the Tudor in the Victorian the Tudor Benjamin Moore’s has a color called Tudor Brown I would say that’s probably the most popular what we see white or Navajo white on the on the stucco panels and then everything’s trimmed out what I’m also seeing is a tone on tone I did a home not too not too far back that we ended up doing a tone on tone where it was a it was kind of a clay now we’ll call it a taupe color and then we went to a darker taupe on the trim and it really kind of looked unique because it just it had just enough of a color that at first it’s hard to look and see if there’s a difference but that’s where someone is willing to kind of take a risk really standard with that whites off White’s on the panel something very soft I’m trying to think of the other Benjamin Moore color we use a lot on the outside, Sail Cloth, Sail Cloth is another nice looking color on the exterior of your home especially on the tutors and then going to the dark Browns you know Tudor Brown we’ve even gone to when we’re doing some deeper taupes somewhere you are seeing a greater contrast I would say majority the homes are Tudor style are that they have a greater contrast and as far as the door I’ve noticed it’s funny because this is the one style home I don’t I’m not a real big fan of putting that big accent on the door I try to actually incorporate it in the color of the the body of the house and the brick usually on the front of house if there’s if there’s brick which sure usually is so um in fact I think almost all the homes there have a brick on them. So okay in the Victorian it really gets back to Victorian you pick a color and and roll with it because it can be endless I’ve seen I’ve seen yeah I my personal favorite I love kind of a soft let me see if I can find a color that that really can come to my mind as far as outside on a Victorian I love yellow when it comes to Victorians I think they I think it gives such a unique classy look to a home and there’s a lot of ways to accent it montgomery white is probably the color I’m thinking of most but I know there’s a there’s another yellow that I just I’m shaking my head here I know it’s here give me a second Hawthorne yellow I’m gonna throw that one out they may not show up terribly well each hc4 Hawthorne yellow beautiful color looks looks great you can accent it with you can accent with blues plums black deep black or charcoal really just a soft subtle color goes well with white you can tint the white down a little bit to soften it up so it’s not so stark so it doesn’t look kind of sometimes white can look a little grayish so you and kind of tone that down possibly than doing like a Sail Cloth as a trim so but then going from there with the gingerbread it it’s whatever you whatever trips or triggers I like to say it really gets back to your personality and how how much time and money you want to invest into that painted lady so those are a couple couple things that we look for you know consider roof color consider your your window color your stone and brick color trying to incorporate it try to make it all blend or you’re going to go the opposite and it’s going to be a great contrast I always tell folks drive around your neighborhood usually in a subdivision you’re going to find a house that’s similar to yours now it doesn’t have to be exact the brick might be a little different too rough color might be a little different but you kind of know what you want and I always tell folks when you’re you’re when you’re buying a car you know you go on I know there’s not as many colors and cars but something really appeals to your eyes that’s kind of where I go it’s usually a visceral reaction when you’re when you’re looking for our color you say hmm would that look good on my house so drive around the neighborhood if you don’t like your neighborhood find another neighborhood find the same kind of style of your house that’s a great place to start – you know these large multi-billion dollar paint companies make these charts for a reason and and some of them have you know color combinations that are put together use them there’s great ways to make your life a lot easier I know Sherwin Williams has has one or two I know Benjamin Moore has a couple you know these are things that are all tested and put together by professionals and they give it to you so what better deal could that be third tip if you want to designer to come out or talk with your guys talk with your team that’s going to come out and do the work at your home if they feel comfortable in consulting on colors talk with okay worth the money or I tell you I’ll tell you what getting out there and making sure you ask ask ask your professionals what their thoughts are because you know they’ve been at the business they know what they’re talking about they’re going to give in because they want it to look good at the end of the day they want to look beautiful for you and that leads to usually more business down the road and finally off of these charts there’s usually like three that you can pick from don’t be afraid to substitute one of the colors you may not you might find a taupe with an off-white and it’s got a plum colored door and you years you hate plum or purple that’s not your color then find something that will work within it because there will you’re not married to just the idea of the three there and usually they’ll give you a body a trim and an accent sometimes flip-flop the trim in the accent with the body and use the other as the accent trim okay I think that’s a good starting place for you at beginning of this year ready to get the outside worked out in your house I want to thank you again for joining us and I’m Mark and this is Discover Your Home I’m so pretty thank you thanks so much for listening to this episode of discover your home with your host Mark Lotz online at LotzRemodeling.com that’s www.LotzRemodeling.com and on Twitter and Facebook at LotzRemodeling

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