Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Designer Tips for Exterior Finishes

 Selecting exterior colors, did your heart just skip a beat? 
Let's face it, the pressure of selecting the correct color combination for the outside of your home can be a challenge.
The Black Goose Design understands the enormous design decision exterior coloring can be. Not to worry, we are here to give you some helpful expert design advice with your pursuit of finding the perfect paint pallet. 
Combining just the right exterior colors will dramatically improve and brighten up your home's curb appeal. We all want that charming "ahhhh" warm feeling when admiring a home, especially when it comes to your own residence.
Whether you are creating an entirely new look to an existing home, or starting a new build, we all want the personality of the home to show through without overdoing. Most importantly, avoiding what could be a costly mistake of selecting colors that were not exactly what you had in mind. Let our talented designers break down the home exterior into three simple parts: the main body, the second body and the accent or trim-work areas.

1. The main body: Start off by determining the main color of your home. This will be the most dominate color  and will set the tone for your home. It is always best to refer and rely on those classic colors. When working with exterior coloring, tried and true combinations will often be timeless and welcoming. Selecting or "pulling" out a color tone from stonework or brick that will be applied to the home can be a good starting point.

2. The second body: The second body refers to a defining architectural element, or when there is a transition in material. Select complementary colors with perhaps a pop of contrast and apply those colors to accent areas. For example, stonework, brick, shake shingles, or hardie board can all be considered part of the second body of the exterior. Tone-on-tone subtle color schemes can be considered as well for a monochromatic look. Be sure to highlight your home's specific architectural details with texture, use various materials to add visual interest and life to the home.

3. The trim: Trim is what cohesively allows everything to come together making the home flow. Think of trim as framing in your home. It should complement the color palette. Trim color should be applied to fascia, windows, eves and any columns. Trim does not always have to be white,using color can add depth, dimension and character. Consider a punch of personality when it comes to your front door and entry area, selecting a different burst of color adds charm and creative curb appeal. This is a perfect place to showcase your design style, do not shy away from color in this area! 

Lastly, experiment with different color combinations. Use the process of elimination to ease and narrow down the decision making.
Gather paint samples and do research on what colors you really like. Go for a little Sunday drive to gather color ideas from existing homes. 
Take advantage of our superior design services to achieve the look of the home you are dreaming of. Our expert interior designers will help guide you to finding your perfect personal color combination and will assure you confidence in creating a most welcoming home exterior.

*disclaimer photos from houzz, Lane Myers Construction, House of Smiths, Architectural Designs, BHG, Homebunch

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