Color Selection

I love color. However, picking the right paint color always leaves me stumped. I am the queen of paint samples, samples, and more samples. I have quickly learned that the tiny little color swatch is very different than a 9 foot wall (multiplied by 4 walls). But repainting a powder room a few times isn’t the end of the world. Although my husband may disagree.

As we pick the house color, I am a bit nervous. Technically I could repaint it if the color is wrong, but that isn’t a very economical back-up plan. So, how do you pick a house color? You can stare at a 3 inch piece of siding for as long as you want, it is still impossible to imagine it on a home.

The internet is a lovely tool for these sorts of decisions. My advice is to look through homes online and make note of the types of colors you like. Often on home design sites and blogs the actual color is referenced which makes life a lot easier. Ask your builder what material is being used. If you are doing brick, it is a moot point. While we are on the topic of material. My favorite siding is HardiePlank. John Hardie has made a wonderful product that outlasts alternatives. It is more expensive than vinyl, but it is beautiful and easy to maintain.  Stucco is also a popular choice in certain parts of the country.  This opens up a world of color possibilities.  I would suggest buying a gallon and painting before committing to a color for the entire home.  We will be painting our sub wall, which is similar so we will revisit this in a couple of months.

Assuming you are going with vinyl or HardiePlank your builder should be able to point you to other homes they have built or neighborhoods where similar material has been used. Drive around and write down the addresses of the home colors you like. Then drive around and look at them again during a different time of day. The color at 5pm will look different than it did at 10am. Hopefully this should help you narrow it down. Don’t forget to consider the house colors around you. You will want to avoid picking the same color as your immediate neighbor.

In summary, here are the simple steps to picking the color of your home.
1) Decide on a material – brick, vinyl, HardiePlank, stucco
2) Search online. What colors are you drawn to?
3) Make note of your neighbor’s house colors so you don’t pick the same color.
4) Ask your builder if he knows of any homes in the area in the colors you like.
5) Drive by the homes and make notes of your favorite.
6) Drive by again during a different time of day.
7) Make a decision.
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We picked Sail Cloth HardiePlank for this home, by going through the steps above.
1) Decided on HardiePlank
2) From our online search we liked greens, yellows, and dark grey.
3) Eliminated dark grey due to the color of a neighboring house.
4) Drove around to see some yellow and green HardiePlank in the area.
5) Found a soft yellow that we loved.
6) Still looked pretty in the dusk light.
7) Told our builder the address of the house we liked and we learned it is called Sail Cloth.

I looked up HardiePlank Sail Cloth online and was shocked. It looked cream online (not my idea of color), but on an entire home it looks like a soft yellow. So the take away lesson from this post. See the house color in person before deciding!

Wow, that was a huge decision.  Now what color for the shutters?