Choosing House Colors that “Fit In”
June 14, 2007 § 14 Comments
Lots of homeowners out there are wrestling with what color to paint their house and trim. It is a huge decision because it’s expensive to change your mind half-way through the painting process and even more painful if you don’t like it when the painters are done.
A lot of people paint their houses without any hesitation. They simply paint the house the color they want. Who cares what anybody thinks, especially the nosey neighbors. I’ve seen purple with orange trim, black with white trim, bubblegum pink, neon coral, fluorescent turquoise, one-half brick/one-half royal blue, and the very creative application of trim color to garage doors, as shown in this photo. Even though the photo is a tight shot of the garage, the first thing you notice about the house from the street is the garage. And granted, maybe the homeowners really wanted to highlight their garage door, but this one is just your average garage door, nothing terribly special.
So, regarding garage doors, if you have a beautiful set of varnished wooden garage doors that really look terrific, then I would go right ahead and show them off. Keep them in their natural state. (Same goes for the front door if it’s a solid heavy wooden door in its natural state.) But if you have ordinary garage doors, then I would strongly suggest that you paint them the same color as your house. You can choose to highlight them with trim color or keep the trim around them the same as the house, as seen in this photo.
Some people are disgruntled with the imposition of a certain style or taste on the house color selection process as determined by location. If you happen to live in the North but would rather live in Florida, why can’t you paint your house turquoise to remind you of the Caribbean even though the color of the water off the coast of Maine is sort of a muddy olive green? My answer to that question is, well, you can paint your house turquoise– if you want to. But your house will look like a runaway compared to the others in the neighborhood. And if you’re at all concerned about resale down the road, you’ll want your house to, well sort of, fit in. I know it goes against the grain for a lot of people to conform, even to “accepted” house color norms, but that’s the bottom line. What you do on the INSIDE of your house is a WHOLE different story.
One last suggestion for those who are completely disgusted by the thought of giving in to the neighborhood with regard to house color selection, you can always express yourself with your accessories. Bright orange lawn furniture, a turquoise market umbrella, pots and flowers galore. And if you just can’t stand it anymore, go ahead and paint the front door something really funky. It will certainly attract attention and that’s really what you want it to do anyway. There. How’s that…