Updating your Home’s Exterior with Painted Trim
If you are looking for a way to improve the exterior of your home but without painting the entire house, why not simply repaint the trim? The trim may have more of an impact on the look of your home and property than you realize. In fact, exterior trim greatly affects the appearance of your home. Whether the difference is seen in how noticeable windows are or in the relationship between the house and its surrounding environment, painting the trim can achieve a completely updated look.
Experts have provided tips and information to consider when planning an exterior trim paint job. Consulting the pros is a good way to ensure that you are happy with the outcome of the new look. Consider the following as you prepare to paint the exterior trim on your house:
- Trim is important because it serves the role of tying together the overall exterior look, and the color of the trim can be also be a very eye-catching detail.
- A home’s exterior should generally be painted in three colors, and the siding should be painted the primary color. Complementary colors should be used for the exterior trim. For doors, decorative trim, and shutters, use an accent color.
- Consider the proportions of your home and which features would look better if they were emphasized or which should be de-emphasized. Lighter colors tend to add a larger appearance whereas dark colors cause a shrinking effect.
- Another way to bring focus to features of your home is to paint them bright colors. Neutrals, on the other hand, cause them to fade in with the background.
- When choosing trim paint color, also consider the style of your home. If you have a home in a traditional style, such as Greek Revival or Prairie, it is best to respect the distinctive style of the original architecture and choose paint colors accordingly.
- If you live in a place where there is snow in winter, it is a good idea to consider how your home will look with certain paint trims in each season of the year. In snowy regions, roofs are usually dark colors, such as slate or gray; and trim should also coordinate well with the roof.
- For a successful paint job of your trim in a neighborhood where homes are close together, you will want to achieve harmony with the surrounding color schemes.
- The surrounding foliage is another consideration, as you choose a paint trim color.
- Keep in mind as you paint trim that such home features as downspouts and gutters should be painted in such a way that they are inconspicuous.
- Underneath the eaves, paint the exterior ceilings the same as the body color. The outward-positioned trim on the eaves, however, should be painted the trim color.
- In general, shutters and windows sashes are the darkest part of a home’s color palette. This gives the effect of the windows receding into the home.
With planning and consideration of these tips, your fresh paint trim can have a stunning effect on your home’s exterior. Contact our professionals, who can help you make paint selections and get the job done right.
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