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How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color for Your Home

How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color for Your Home

Trying to decide what color to paint your house? Whether your home is looking a little worn out or you just want a change, picking an exterior paint color is big decision. Not only should you consider your own personal taste, your neighbors prefer that you chose a color with them in mind too.

Are there laws about what color I can paint my house?

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) usually have written guidelines called Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) that dictate the rules and restrictions homeowners in the community must follow. These rules are meant to keep the neighborhood looking nice. If you live in a community with an HOA, make sure to check if there are any bylaws about house color as it may need to be approved prior to painting.

If you don’t have an HOA, and you don’t have to seek approval with a Historical Commission (if you lived in a century home), then there is nothing stopping you from choosing whatever paint colors you like, except good taste.

How do I know which paint colors will look good on my house?

In general, there are three main colors in a home’s exterior paint scheme: main, accent, and trim. The main color is the predominant color, accent colors are usually on shutters or front doors, and trim colors are reserved for window or door casings. When picking exterior paint colors, here are three things to keep in mind.

1. The style of a home can encourage a paint scheme.

Paint can highlight the beautiful design details of your home’s architecture. Depending on the style, your home may look best in soft, muted colors or big and bold.

Victorian: Pastel colors work well and are period-appropriate. Choosing several different colors will differentiate and highlight the elaborate and ornate details in the design.

Craftsman: Neutral earth tones with bright accents bring attention to architectural details while providing a warm, welcoming, cozy appearance.

Midcentury Modern: Neutrals with bold accents and traditional arts and crafts colors complement the abundance of windows and natural light.

Spanish Colonial: White, off-white, and light cream goes well with the terra cotta roofs, hand painted tiles, ornamental iron work, and graceful archways.

Cottage: This whimsical, fairytale style home can handle more unusual colors that really bring out the charm.

Cape Cod: Light and airy neutrals with contrasting window casings look great with the classic lines of these English homes.

2. Paint colors should coordinate with your roof, landscape and hardscapes.

The color of your home should enhance the parts of your property that cannot be easily changed like the roof, driveway or landscaping.

Roof: What color is your roof? Whether you have dark gray or black shingles, terra cotta or slate tiles, or traditional cedar shakes, your house color can contrast the roof color or blend with it, depending on the affect you want.

Landscape: If your home is surrounded by a natural flowering landscape, lighter shades can make the colors in your blooming foliage really stand out.

Hardscape: Consider the stonework in your driveway, walkways, porch, patio, or walls. Try to pick up on the underlying tones to create a cohesive look.

What are the underlying tones in paint color?

Tones are the dull or bright variations of a color. When you add gray to a color it makes the color less intense, thus creating a different tone of that color. For example, some blues have undertones of purple while others have more green. In general, there are warm, cool and neutral tones.

  • Warm Tones: Red, orange, yellow
  • Cool Tones: Blue, green, purple
  • Neutral Tones: Black, white, gray, brown, beige

Using various paint colors with the same underlying tone creates harmony. If you live in a wooded area, earth tones will help your home blend in with the surrounding nature. Beach houses can be bright saturated colors, like turquoise, while Victorians look great in pastels.

3. Paint color can visually alter the appearance of your house.

Certain color combinations can make a house seem larger, smaller, taller or shorter. Paint color can also make your home appear to come forward or fall back. Lighter and brighter homes stand out while darker ones recede.

Can paint color make my house look bigger or smaller?

Yes. If you have a small house, one way to make it seem larger is to use a medium shade of blue for the main color and a crisp white for the trim. Why does this work? The blue makes the home look more substantial while the white brightens it. Another example is a classic white house with black trim.

If you have a large house that sits on a small lot, avoid light colors or your house will look even bigger. If you have a tall house, paint the top a darker color to scale it down.

Does the color of my house affect the resale value?

If you want to sell your home in the future, consider how your paint color may affect the resale value. You may love Flamingo Pink, but how many other people will too? If you want to be bold without scaring off potential buyers, highlight an accent piece, like the front door, or paint window panes, shutters or trim with a contrasting color.

Exterior home colors can welcome people or make them cringe. You may not want to blend in with the neighbors, but there are beautiful color-combinations that help your house stand out in an unobtrusive way. For a free estimate on painting your house, contact Prim Painting today.

 

Creating an Organized Basement Storage Area

Creating an Organized Basement Storage Area

Has your basement become an unorganized dumping ground for all kinds of stuff? Now is the perfect time to transform your basement into the storage area of your dreams. Imagine fresh paint on the walls, organized shelving units, neatly arranged totes. It can all be yours. You just need a little nudge to get started. Here are some easy basement storage and organization tips to encourage some spring cleaning.

Basement Storage and Organization Tips

1. De-Clutter

To help you organize when clearing out your clutter, sort items into 4 piles: keep, throw away, donate and sell. Drop off smaller household donations at your local Goodwill. If you have furniture that is still in great shape, contact the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. They will pick up your furniture and other large household items for free and donate them to a local family in need.

2. Fresh Paint

Brighten up a dark basement, add some personality and pizazz, or cover up old stains and imperfections. KILZ® is an example of a latex primer and sealer that can be applied to almost any surface to hide stains or block odors. After drying, a top coat in a color of your choice can be painted over it.

3. Install Shelves

Wire or plastic shelving is best for preventing potential moisture damage. They are also versatile because you can reconfigure them based on your storage needs.

4. Pack Totes

Store your items in clear plastic totes so you can easily identify the contents. This way, if you don’t want to label every tote you don’t have to.

5. Protect Furniture

If storing furniture, protect it from moisture and dirt by raising each piece off the floor with bricks, covering with drop cloths, and keeping it at least 3 inches away from walls.

6. Hang Tools

Pegboard and wall hooks are an easy and affordable way to neatly store tools; plus, hanging tools from hooks prevents rusting.

7. Get Creative

Take advantage of every nook and cranny by storing items underneath stairs or on overhead racks from the ceiling.

8. Keep It Dry

Once your basement is freshly painted, clean and organized, make sure to run a dehumidifier to help control musty odors and prevent moisture damage.

Tips for Painting a Basement

Painting your basement does more than just make it look fresh and clean, it also protects your basement from moisture damage. Most basement walls are made from concrete, which is a porous material. If moisture accumulates behind the concrete, mold and mildew can grow.

When painting your basement, it’s important to follow these steps. First, make sure to repair cracks and holes in the walls and ceiling. Next, remove mildew stains, if you have any, and clean the walls. When the walls have dried, apply a primer. Finally, paint over the primer with the chosen paint color.

More accessible than attics, a basement can add much-needed storage space to your home. If you have questions, Prim Painting is a Columbus, Ohio, painting company that specializes in interior home painting. Contact us for a free quote today!

 

Add Value to Your Home and Your Wallet with These DIY Tricks

Add Value to Your Home and Your Wallet with These DIY Tricks

Preparing your house for sale? Or just want to add some value to your home and increase curb appeal? Sometimes, adding home value can take time, and money. Thankfully, there are some great low-effort and low-cost ways to add value to your home that you can take on as a weekend project without calling in the contractor.

Three ways to add value to your home

1. Low Cost Landscaping

Sometimes adding just a few shrubs to your home is all it can take to liven up a yard, but maybe you’re looking for more. If it ever comes time to sell, someone’s first impression of your home is the view of your exterior. Don’t let your home’s beauty fall flat! Consider the following options for low-maintenance landscaping.

Add Some Trees

Trees aren’t just an addition to your landscape, they can make your home more desirable and even save you on cooling costs! Yeah, you heard that right. Consider planting shade trees. When properly placed, they can cut your cooling costs! Before you plant your tree, consider how big it will grow and how it will affect your house when it reaches full-size.

Add Shrubs

Shrubs and some colorful plants can add curb appeal. If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, adding drought-tolerant plants is the way to go.

Install Some Flower Boxes

Flower boxes can add a pop of color for relatively low cost, and make for an easy weekend project! Consider the color of the boxes themselves before you install them and how that goes along with your home’s exterior colors. Remember that the flowers you installed will have to be maintained consistently to add curb appeal. Think about colors that pop and whether you want to go with annuals, perennials, or both.

Consider Your Yard

A yard is an investment, and one of the most important (and often overlooked) spaces when it comes time to sell. Consider hiring a lawn maintenance service or, if you’re doing it yourself, think about buying some quality fertilizer and lawn food. For more tips on how to maintain and have good lawn upkeep, visit scotts.com.

2. Add a Coat of Paint

Paint keeps your home looking its best, while also defending surfaces from the elements and other wear and tear. High-traffic areas in your home that have lost their color and luster could really benefit from an addition of paint. Also, unlike other projects that may take weeks or even months to finish, painting your home can be lower cost and be finished in a matter of days.

Consider having a professional paint job done. Interior home painting can be challenging to do by yourself, especially when you consider things like moving furniture and protecting your woodwork. Prim Painting does all of this and more. To find out more, view our painting services page.

3. Consider Your Deck

A deck increases the value of your home and makes your outdoor space more desirable. Do you already have a deck that’s in need of repair? A worn down deck can make your house look older, and that’s something nobody wants. Decks need love too! Part of the maintenance on them overtime can include restaining, finishing, and sealing against weather so it can be enjoyed for years to come. When a deck is neglected, it can decay, which ends up costing you more money to replace it in the long run.

Your deck may need to be refinished or restored, or just restained. Whatever you need, Prim Painting provides free quotes for deck maintenance and stain services.

Always remember that when it comes to your home, the effort you put in cost-wise can be a great investment. Prim Painting is here for many of your home improvement needs, and we pride ourselves on exceptional services. For more information about who we are, visit our about page or call us at 614-620-1950 for a quote today.

 

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