When it comes time to paint your Elmira house, do your research. Learn what materials you'll need, learn proper technique and, if you haven't painted a house before, practice first. Preparation is essential to a job well done. One of the most important parts of that preparation is choosing the color scheme for your house. Your Elmira home's exterior is the first thing that people notice when they arrive or drive by. It's also the first thing you'll see when you return home from work or while relaxing on the front porch or in the backyard. Choose wisely, but remember it's just paint. You can always paint over it so don't be afraid to try something unique.
A color scheme is any pairing of colors that are implemented in a design such as your home's exterior paint job. Technically, even poor choices that are in no way harmonious can be considered a color scheme, but we'll look at popular, harmonious schemes in this article. Don't let this limit you, though. Let your creativity breathe and choose something that you enjoy. You might have to get your pattern approved by a homeowners association-who can be stuffy, rigid and quite annoying-but don't limit yourself to what the neighbors did.
Complementary colors are those that sit on opposite sides of the color wheel. Complementary colors include red and green, blue and orange, yellow and violet, etc. These might sound like odd color choices for a home, but a complementary color scheme can give nice accent to your home. That doesn't mean you should paint your house violet with yellow trim, but be aware of complementary hues and their highlighting capabilities.
Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. Red and orange, and blue and green are examples of analogous colors. Red and orange can be very bright, of course, so use this scheme of colors subtlety. You might also choose a monochromatic style, which uses one color as the base with accents and highlights of variations of that particular hue.
A triadic color scheme is one that takes three colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel. Yellow, blue and red is an example. Similarly, a square color scheme is one that uses four colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. Red, blue, green and orange is an example of a square color scheme.
Do your research and try different combinations. Some websites offer a digital tool that allows you to try different color schemes digitally before applying them to your house. When you are ready give our skilled staff a call today we are your Elmira painting contractor.