Bold Paint Colors Add Beauty
Color can truly be a hard decision to make on an exterior. Especially if you are painting the whole house; all the siding, all the trim. There are so many places to potentially put color, to accent, to minimize, to add drama. In older homes particularly, there are often architectural details to highlight and accent or gorgeous front porches you can be offset with color. I love color and I love older homes, so the opportunity for a bold change of paint color in an older home is always a fun one.
Bold Paint Colors We Love
One easy way to add some drama and distinct change to your home is flip-flop your color scheme. For instance, if you have dark trim and light siding, switch it around to dark siding and light trim for an instant, beautiful, dramatic change. One great example of this color change is a recent home that took white siding and medium gray trim and performed a 180-degree color switch. Using Aesthetic White (SW 7035) for the trim and Needlepoint Navy (SW 0032) for the rest of the exterior, the result is an eye-catching beauty. The white trim pops off the dark siding and the home looks both dramatic and fresh.
Another fun way to add color to a home is pairing a distinct bold paint color with white trim, accenting with a bold painted door, and adding a bit of black trim just to set it all off. One of my favorite examples of this is an older home we recently painted. The client chose Dried Thyme (SW 6186), a stunning green with just enough gray undertone to be bold and muted at the same time. It is the perfect green to add a punch of color without so much that you tire of the color after just a few years. Pure White (SW 7005) accented the green, allowing its color to shine even more vividly. Peace Yellow (SW 2847) became the front door and is a happy, welcoming color for all those who come to visit. Once again, the Pure White door frame and front porch offsets the yellow door and sidelights, allowing the yellow to really pop.
Finally, as is often the case with older homes, the home had deep soffits. In order to break up the white trim and soffits a bit, Black Fox (SW 7020) was used to outline the trim edge right beneath the soffit. This accent seems like such a small detail but made such an impact on the overall appearance of the home. It is these details to keep in mind when thinking about the endless possibilities for color; they can truly make your home bold and beautiful!