Types of Painting Schemes For Your Home Portland Home
Painting the exterior of your Portland home is a major investment so you want to get it right. Obviously the outside of your home is the first thing people see, so it makes a first impression. Don’t believe what people say, looks are everything.
Not only does exterior paint give your home a face-lift and accentuate or hide features it also protects it from the elements. Exterior paint these days has come a long way and has all sorts of fungicides and UV protectors in it to withstand the harsh onslaught of constant heat from the sun. Exterior paint also has to stand up to other weather conditions such as heavy rain, storms, cold and winds.
If you invest wisely in good quality paint and choose the right colors you can’t go wrong. The only other thing to remember is the preparation to the walls before painting. It’s so important to get this part right because a paint job is only as good as the preparation. All old paint has to scraped off properly and all walls sanded and sealed before thinking of applying any new coats. If this isn’t done it will be obvious and your new paint job simply won’t last.
Even though the quality of paint these days has improved, the color of the paint will still affect its performance. Dark colors absorb more heat and light than light colors so they are prone to fading more quickly than lighter colors. If you choose to use dark colors it’s best to use them on trims and architectural details because they will need touching up regularly.
All homes can be painted not just timber ones. Even if you have an outdated brick home it can be bagged which is a form of cement rendering that can then be painted. So whether your house is timber, hardiplank, fibro or brick it can all be painted. Don’t forget the roof, it can also be painted. Tiles or zincalume look great once painted and often do need to be done after the rest of the house has had a facelift.
Putting the finishing touches on the trims of the house pulls everything together and creates the final product.
Trims are the fascia boards, gutters, corner boards, door frames and soffits. Any other architectural feature is treated as a trim and painted accordingly to make it stand out. Soffits are usually painted the same colour as the walls of the house but can be treated as a trim.
Doors are often a feature within themselves. There are so many lovely doors from double timber doors to doors with glass inserts of all descriptions. If the door is to be left in its timber state it will have to be stained. It must be sanded, stained and finished properly to retain its sheen and be protected from the elements and basic family wear and tear. Of course doors can also be painted in any color to make a feature out of them but once again it’s crucial to gap any cracks or joins etc first.
Even if it’s a new home your painting, make sure you know what paint is being used and insist on a good quality one. It might as well be done right from the start so you can have peace of mind that it will last for years to come.
Painting the exterior of a Portland house is a huge undertaking and whilst anyone could probably do it there are a few things to consider.
The exterior painting scheme and pattern that you choose for your home is very important in that it will be displayed for all to see and will really define your home in the eyes of your neighbors, friends, as well as you and your family. The interior is just as important because it will surround you every day of your life. Choose a poor painting scheme or pattern and you could end up very disappointed. Don’t forget, too that the interior paint job will be seen by anybody you invite into your home.
When choosing colors for your home, make sure they highlight the architectural details of your home, and disguise any ugly spots or architectural flaws. Accent colors and contrasting trim can go a long way in making your home beautiful.
Avoid boring a combination, as they can make your home appear dull and lackluster, but also avoid overly extravagant selections, as this will in many cases overshadow the architectural of your home and while it can be quite the eye catcher, it may be a sore spot in the neighborhood.
Blue and green are some non-traditional colors that may subtlety stand out in the neighborhood. A marine blue, beige trim combination goes nicely, as does a robin’s egg blue with white trim. Grays go nicely with lighter blues, especially if the roof is gray.
An earthly green color with white trim is always a nice change of pace without drawing too much attention. If it’s attention you seek, though, keep the white trim and try a bolder shade of green. Remember, there’s a fine line between what your neighbors will deem acceptable and what they will deem outrageous. If you’re in a red brick home, dark green accent colors go very nicely.
When choosing colors for your home, first consider the color of your roof, and if you’re in a brick home, consider the colors of the brick. Make sure that you keep your neighbors in mind as well. Don’t choose colors that clash with your surroundings, as your home will quickly become the subject of scrutiny. An extreme example: a bright blue home may not go well in a neighborhood full of earthy colors.