Those who own old houses understand how much upkeep, improvement, and preservation goes with them both inside and outside. Historic home painting is an important upkeep item that makes a big difference. In most cases, a home is considered historic if it is 50 years old or older but if you’re wondering about the history of your home, consult an experienced Realtor or do some research on the structure and the area. You can also seek out old photos of the home that document its history. When it’s time for exterior historic home painting, there are several things you will want to know and consider.
Keeping a historic home’s authenticity intact is a common goal for homeowners. Studying the style of your home and understanding when it was built and what was going on in history is informative and helpful. Experienced painters are familiar with painting techniques for every surface and architectural style.
Colonial historic homes include several periods and the architecture will need to be considered when painting the exterior. Victorian historic homes are more ornate commonly have brighter colors incorporated into the details of their exterior paint jobs. Craftsman style historic homes and bungalows tend to have more muted neutrals and softer colors. Spanish-Revival style homes that have few ornate details are often cream, white, or neutral yellows. Owners of mid-century modern homes with their clean, simple lines may want to have exterior paint in brighter, more simple colors to match the style.
There are so many different types of historic home styles that are made of different materials. The historic architectural styles have different details that make them special. When painted properly and when kept with historical standards, the exterior paint job on a historic home can really stand out!
What color should you paint your historic house? This can be intimidating. Because of the natural pigments commonly used when older homes were originally painted, many historic homes were originally painted in earth tones like reds, greens, yellows, and browns or neutrals. If you’re trying to keep the original aesthetic, choosing these pallets will be your best bet. You can also take a look at the exterior historic color collections to help choose. Be sure to do your research and don’t overdo it on the color pallet by choosing too bold or bright of color or by having too many colors in your pallet.
It is important for your investment to get the exterior historic home painting right the first time. That’s why it’s a good idea to buy and test out a few paint color samples. Paint colors on your home will look different at different times of the day. Sample the colors on sections of the home and check out how they appear in the different lighting. Consider what aesthetic you’re wanting to achieve and how that translates to type of paint, matte or glossy finish, on your home, windows, doors, trim, etc.
Consult our experienced exterior house painting experts to select the best option for your historic home. An expert can use technology tools to help virtualize the home’s final look. Be confident going into the project of painting a historic home. Lastly, always ask for a detailed estimate so you know exactly what to expect when having the exterior of your historic home painted.