The Do’s and Don’ts of Exterior Painting

Covering your home with a fresh coat of paint can be the perfect way to make your home look its best. With that being said, there are a lot of really important Do’s and Don’ts that every painter should be well aware of before they get started on this really important undertaking.

Luckily, we have gathered together the major Do’s and Don’ts that are crucial to keep in mind, before, during and after the project is done.

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Don’t just pick one color for the whole home

While you may fall in love with one specific color, you are going to want to really consider getting a few different colors that can accent and accentuate one another. If you doubt this, take a walk around your neighborhood and try to find a home that is covered in just one color.

You will at least want to find colors for the main body, the second body, the accent and the trim. That will make your home look its best!

Do craft a pleasing palette

Just like you want your outfits to match when you are headed to a social gathering or meeting, you are going to want your home to match as well. Finding a pleasing combination of colors is crucial to making sure that you are happy with the finished product and willing to leave the paint as is for many years to come.

Don’t go too bright

More often than not, softer colors are much better for homes than brighter and more vibrant ones. The best-looking homes tend to be the ones that have carefully crafted the color pallet and made sure that the colors match the architectural style of the home.

Do make a plan before you start

Before you lay your first brush stroke down on the exterior of your home, you have to be sure that you lay out a step-by-step plan on how you are going to get the job done. Think about where you will want to start, how much paint you are going to need of each color, and how long you think the project overall is going to take.

Don’t go rogue mid-job

If you don’t love how the job is coming out in the early stages of the process, the last thing you are going to want to do is simply go rogue and start freestyling with the colors of the home. If you are having doubts, simply take a break and re-assess the situation. After all, it is much easier to paint over a small portion of the home than the whole home itself.

Do take inspiration from professionals

Our final bit of advice is to definitely take inspiration from professionals when you are coming up with the color pallet of your home. Look for homes that match the style and design of yours and see what colors they used to make the house look their best. You might end up simply copying the whole job from start to finish!