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RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008-Are you planning to spruce up your home’s exterior this spring? Or, are you considering placing your home on the market? No matter what the reason, a fresh coat of paint can immediately revive the overall appearance of your largest investment, your home.

“When it comes to exterior painting, many people choose to repaint using the same colors that already exist on the house. However, choosing a new color scheme can be exciting and provide a new and updated look.paint.jpg

Refreshing your home with a new paint job is one of the most cost effective projects a home owner can invest in that adds value,” Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute, says.
Choosing a new color scheme might seem daunting at first but Zimmer offers some suggestions that will help you through the color selection process.

Consider the architecture of the home

Some architectural styles, such as Victorian, lend themselves to elaborate four and even five color schemes. Others, like Georgian or Colonial styles, are better suited to two or three colors. Usually this includes a main body color and one or two accent colors for trim, shutters, and doors.

Note the material of construction

If your home is made of wood, brick, masonry or aluminum siding you can paint it virtually any color. However if it has vinyl siding, it might be best to paint it a similar hue to the original, although newer paints on the market have been formulated to allow for a wider choice on this surface.

Take into account fixed colors

Consider the colors on and near the house that are not being painted. This includes the roof color, and wood, masonry, or stone that will be left unpainted.

Consider the surroundings

Look at the hues of neighboring homes and buildings – particularly those that are right next door. You would not want a color that is the same as your neighbor’s and you do not want to clash with it either. Also, be sure to take into account any plantings that are in your yard or landscaping.

Check for restrictions

Some historical districts, newer developments and town home or condominium communities have restrictions on what paint colors or color combinations may be used. Research before choosing color palettes.

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