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Simple Color Changes Can Dramatically Impact a Home's Exterior - The Color People Offers Advice to Boost A Home's Personality with Paint
DENVER, Co. - June 29, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- As Americans spend billions of dollars
annually renovating their homes, one of the least expensive improvements is often overlooked
in the process. But a new paint scheme on a home's exterior can do more for the money than
almost any other upgrade, says James Martin, president of the architectural color consulting
firm, The Color People.
Martin adds that the changes do not have to be great. "Subtle ones can make as much
difference as dramatic ones when you understand the basics of color," he says.
The basic "go back to school" lessons about primary, secondary and tertiary colors:
colors are red, blue and yellow.
- Secondary colors result from the mixing of two of those
- Combinations of secondary colors create tertiary colors, and those are the ones
Martin says make a home stand out.
To add rich color and personality to a home exterior, Martin offers these tips:
- Use tertiary colors for body color, trim, doors and shutters. For example, gray,
which is essentially a secondary color (black mixed with white), will take on a
richer tone when a touch of blue or red is added to the base.
- Avoid secondary colors for these same elements because they will look basically
the same in any light condition. Complex colors change appearance throughout the
day and the seasons, giving a home more visual interest.
- Trim the house in creams and off-whites as opposed to simple white. Stark white
provides too much contrast and detracts from the overly enriched look.
- Add spice to the overall home 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
Martin always recommends testing desired colors on a large area and viewing them over the
course of a few days before painting the whole house.
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 Group.
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