It’s Time to Think About Painting Again
The good news is that if you take your time and do the job right, you won’t have to worry about it again for a few years. The bad news is that if it is time to paint, it is time to paint.
Unfortunately the best time to paint is also the best time to mow the lawn, go for a picnic, take in a round of golf, go water-skiing, just about anything but dealing with the big job of painting the house.
There is no denying the benefits of doing a good job painting the house. And really doing a good job is more time consuming than it is difficult. Many people, especially those who work in high-pressure white collar jobs, find house painting to be a kind of therapy.
The biggest benefit is the great things that a new coat of paint can do for your home. Paint not only beautifies, it protects your investment. Paint forms a protective layer between the materials that your house is made from and the weather.
The beautification is a more immediate reward. And it presents a great opportunity. We hear stories all the time about the family who used to live in ‘the ugly old house’ who now have the prettiest home in the neighborhood!
There are a number of tips and tricks for finding the right combination of colors for your home and your neighborhood. Feel free to approach your painting like a decorating project, that’s what it really is. The best resource for color combinations is the paint counter your local home center.
It is important to work with the things that you can’t change when choosing your new color scheme. If you have a dark roof, and rich brick work on the lower portions of your house, too bright of a color can make the whole thing look like a layer cake! But a warm and rich color that compliments the roof and brick work will make the whole house a kind of fashion statement.
Choosing your color scheme is a lot like choosing what to wear. Choose colors that blend and compliment each other. It is OK for one element to be darker or lighter, but not if it is so much that it pulls attention away from the rest of the picture.
Be sure to take a look around the neighborhood before you commit to a color scheme. You probably don’t want to blend in too much with the surrounding homes, but it is nice to not clash with your surroundings.
Finally, consider satin or a low-sheen semi-gloss rather than flat paints. We promise they won’t make your house ″shiny″, but they will give it a greater depth of color. In addition these paints are more durable and won’t hold dirt the way flat paint can.