(StatePoint) Color is a fundamental component of curb appeal and can make your home either stand out from the pack or blend in nicely with its environment. But you’re not alone if you’re unsure how to incorporate color to make your home look its best.
“Many homeowners are afraid to add color to their home exteriors because they don’t want to make a mistake,” says Kate Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “No one should feel locked into blah or standard colors though.”
For the apprehensive and bold alike, Smith offers insights into adding eye-pleasing color palettes to home exterior elements.
Color is critical to personality expression, so it makes sense for homeowners to select their roof color.
Consider opting for colors that complement the home’s architectural style or give a nod to a particular era in design.
A blend of two to eight colors is a great way to shake things up. And certain roofing companies, such as DaVinci Roofscapes, offer a range to choose from. Their 50 standard colors include diverse hues like dark amber, smokey gray and light violet, and the brand even allows homeowners to customize. To sample potential custom blends, check out the DaVinci Color Designer Tool at davinciroofscapes.com/color/designer.
Are you an introvert with an orange front door? If so, you’re sending mixed messages to friends and neighbors. The front door is the home feature offering the most flexibility in color choice, and a great place to let your personality shine.
Try installing smooth fiberglass paintable doors, such as those from the Classic-Craft Canvas Collection from Therma-Tru, which makes it easy to update your home’s exterior now and in the future. Their free DoorWays App allows you to try out different door and glass combinations on your home.
According to Smith, here’s a look at what paint colors on entry doors of a home say about the occupants inside:
• Red: This bright color says I’m not afraid of standing out or saying what’s on my mind.
• White: Says that I prefer things organized, neat and clean. Even if my home isn’t always this way, I wish it were.
• Green: Tells the world you have traditional values and enjoy being a member of the community.
• Black: Says I’m consistent, conservative and reserved and my design style is timeless rather than trendy.
• Blue: Tells people you’re naturally at ease and people are attracted to your easygoing personality.
• Yellow: A personality similar to green but a bit less traditional, yellow says you’re most likely a group leader.
• Purple: Reveals a free-spirit, comfortable taking risks, thinking differently and dreaming big.
For more insights into stylish color use, you can download the free e-books, “FRESH Home Exterior Colors" and "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior," authored by Smith and available at davinciroofscapes.com/color/choosing-color/.
Make your home your own. Spruce up the exterior with dashes of color to showcase your personality and complement your home’s style.