Your home exterior: how to select color

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Curb appeal does not happen by accident. From siding to trim to your home’s entry door, exterior details should not be considered individually, but as parts of a whole – especially when it comes to color, according to the experts.

“It all starts with the roof,” said Kate Smith, a color trend forecaster with Sensational Color. “Colors should flow down the home exterior cohesively.”

Smith recommends that when the main color of your home exterior is neutral, add pops of color on the entry door and trim. The color of your roof should guide these decisions, as the right accents will bring the look together and complement the roof.

Whether you want a subtle look or you want something bolder, take a top-down approach to your color selections.

Stephanie Munden of the Pacific Building Center and True Value Hardware in Blaine encourages homeowners to consider maintenance when they consider painting their home’s exterior.

“Check for areas of paint failure [flaking, cracking, peeling, etc.] and remove the bad areas with scraping and sanding, prime bare spots and repaint as needed,” Munden said. “Make sure that you have dry weather in the forecast for a couple days before planning it.”

It’s also a good time to check the caulking and trim to ensure water can’t penetrate through the exterior during the rainy season, she said.

Courtesy of StatePoint

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