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Exterior Home Painting Season Begins - The Color People Offer Tips to Find the Perfect Color Scheme
DENVER, CO - May 17, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- People planning to paint their
home's exterior are often overwhelmed by the color options available today. "But the
process shouldn't be daunting if you take a systematic approach," says James Martin,
president of the architectural color consulting firm The Color People.
To create a color scheme for a home's exterior, Martin recommends that one first take
into account the architectural elements that cannot be changed. These include the
roof, and any brick, stone or window trim that is not to be painted. "Any color that
conflicts with these elements will be noticeable and unsightly," warns Martin.
In addition, Martin, whose firm works with homeowners across the country, offers these
suggestions for creating the perfect exterior color scheme:
- Unify the whole look by choosing a body color that blends with the elements
that can't be changed. For example, if the roof is brown and the brick on the
home's bottom is red-brown, the best color for the home's middle will tend
toward yellow, red or brown. Otherwise, the house will look like a layer cake
-- three stripes of color that chop up the overall appearance.
- Blend the trim with its surrounding colors. In the above red/brown
scenario, white trim should be more creamy than bluish to create a pleasing
- Use a satin or low-sheen semi-gloss finish paint for the body of the house.
Either will make the colors richer and give the home more character. A flat
finish looks dull and lifeless, and its "toothy grain" holds dirt. A glossier
finish is tougher and repels dirt. And Martin says not to worry -- the house
won't look shiny.
- Add personality to the project by painting the door and trim a "punch"
color with a high-gloss paint. The sheen adds a depth to the color which
really brings it to life.
- Before painting, test desired colors on a large area and view the colors
over the course of a few days. Changing light dramatically impacts a color's
Picking a successful look for a home is much like pulling together an attractive
ensemble of clothing, says Martin. "Homeowners should pick colors that blend and
complement each other. One part can be darker or lighter than another but not so much
that it grabs all the attention," he says. "After all, the goal is to create a
cohesive look where all the parts work together."
For a look at how color can transform a home, visit the photo gallery at
About the Color People
The Color People, founded in 1979, is a specialized architectural consulting firm that
provides color design services to architects, developers, builders, and homeowners.
Its president, James Martin, is also a board member of the national Color Marketing
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