I received a call from a nice lady who needed help in selecting paint colors for the exterior of her home. On the consultation date, I approached this tired-looking home pictured here. As you can see, she was experimenting with colors before I came. I arrived loaded down with all of my preselected paint color combos for the house, trim and front door. The brown color on the house provided no contrast to the brick and red roof. The door was dated and painted white which really didn't enhance the brown paint on the house. In addition, the house had an eastern exposure - getting morning sun. Consequently, it needed brightening because it did not get sunlight for most of the day. Furthermore, the house really did not blend in with the other homes on the street.
After looking at several color combinations against white paper, my client and her daughter narrowed it down to one combination. We then took our paint samples outside and placed them next to the brick to examine the contrast. They selected a beautiful dark blue (blue undertones) for the front door and house numbers, a beautiful warm-toned beige color (orange undertones) for the front of the house , and a warm-toned white color (orange undertones, also) for the trim. If you were to look on the color wheel, you'd see that blue and orange are complementary colors. That's why this color combo works so well. When selecting colors for the interior or exterior of your home, it's important to know what the undertones of the paint colors are so you ensure that your colors will harmonize and provide the right contrast where needed.
My goal was to brighten the outside up especially in the front entrance area. That area was so dark that the door was noticeable only because it was painted white. My client replaced the front door with one that had a half- moon leaded glass insert. The pictures below show the finished project. Notice how much better the brick and the roof look. I actually drove right by the home when it was first painted because it looked that much different and blended in more with the neighborhood! As I took the final photos today, I just couldn't believe how much neater and classier this home appeared. It was truly revitalized! Oh, the wonders of a fresh coat of paint!
~ " Painting - the art of protecting surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic."~
I am a certified home stager, paint color consultant and interior redesigner formerly from Trenton, New Jersey and now a "Southern" girl living in the Jacksonville, Florida area. My company's name is Encore Home Staging and Redesign where we focus on "Making Your Home Sing".
We specialize in helping homeowners sell their homes quickly and for top dollar; one-day decorating; selection of flooring, countertops, window treatments; and we also do paint color consultations.
As owner of the company,I remain current on design, paint color and staging trends through my affiliations with the Association of Design Education, the Decorating and Staging Academy, The Sensational Color for Your Home Association and the Transformations School of Home Staging and Interior Redesign. In addition, I have been featured in "Realtor Magazine" as well as" The Florida Times Union". In 2010, I was nominated for 10 Who Make a Difference in Jacksonville.
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