Does the Exterior Color Really Matter?
When showing your house on the market and trying to sell it, the exterior is one of the most important features. The first thing that potential buyers see is the outside of the house, the style, and the color. The color is a primary factor in drawing them in. The focus color should be your siding, but don’t forget to compliment these colors. The trim, shutters, doors, railings and and columns or spindles should all flow into a welcoming look. Remember that it is not about what you think looks good, you are trying to sell the house. This color can depend on the neighborhood, yard, architecture and style. Let’s go through some colors that have become popular and helped many homes sell over recent years.
When it comes to yellow, many people of a bright vibrant color. However, this is not the case with home exteriors as bright yellows tend to be blinding and obnoxious. Instead, settle for something more calming, warm and neutral. Pastel Yellow will add some color to brighten your home without overdoing it. Yellow is also a generally a color that expresses happy and positive emotion. With this choice of color for siding, a white window trim and railings helps make the house look appealing. Using a deeper colored door such as burgundy, brown, or dark grey can help contrast well with the house as well.
Various shades of gray have been gaining popularity over time. This is becuase it is a bold color, it is cooling and visually appealing, and works well on most types of houses. Darker grays are starting to pop up everywhere and look exceptional on newer houses for a finished, modern look. Combined with the right trim and accents, your home will look sleek and stylish. White trim compliments a Smoke Gray home well, especially when used with black or darker gray accents. I know these houses stand out to me when im driving by and im sure they will to potential buyers as well.
Waterfront Blue is a color inspired by lakefront homes. This color is more on the bold side and may not be a fit for every house. This color is best dispalyed on medium to large size multi-story homes with high peaks. If you find this color too bold, going with a little lighter shade can soften the look to a more neutral state. Look to incorporate a white or soft gray trim for contrast. A deep red or brown are good door colors to accentuate the look of the home.
For a traditional look, Soft Brown is a neutral color that allows you to draw more attention with landscaping and trim contrast. This is a color that has been in style for a while and will be around for a long time. There is alot of flexibilty in trim and accent with this house. Using reds, blues, and blacks can all bring a splash of color too help your home stand out. Or you can play it safe with a dark brown or white and go for the simplistic curb appeal.
Farmhouse White, as you may have guessed, comes from the original white houses on farms that contrasted with the bright red barns. This color has been incorporated with many modern styles of architecture as well. The traditional style, for a simplistic look, often features white or light gray trim. This contrasts well with a dark colored door such as brown or black. The more modern look often features trims and shutters of burgundy, black, pewter, and sometimes a forest green. You can incorporate a door of a brighter chade of your trim, or stick with a simple white or black. There is alot of versatility with this color.
Light Gray is a timeless color that is a safe bet when you are unsure which color to choose. It isn’t plain but has a soft neutral look that can be styled through shutters and trim. It is light enough that white trim and doors help the color stand out while maintaining a neutral vibe. You can also add some color with a brightly colored door such as red or blue. Other options would be to use a dark gray, dark blue or even charcoal color for shutters or trim.
Green is a color that can be tough to pull off, but with the right shade, it can add some curb appeal to almost any house. Nature’s Green is brighter than an olive color, but not bright enough to outshine the grass and trees. It blends the house well into a natural look while maintaining a modern appeal. This compliments well with dark grey or black shutters. The trim looks best with in white, light grey, or even a light tan. You can add some color with a stark red or medium brown door.
Red is a very bold color that draws alot of attention. This Crimson red deepens the shade towards brown or rustic colored to stand out, but in an appealing way. Many farmhouses are sharpened with this color, utilizing a white, light gray or beige colored trim for contrast. A white or dark gray door helps with syling, depending on which color trim you choose. For more modern homes, particulary ones that are squared off and blocky, this color has been used as well. Here it is often contrasted with black and dark gray trims. These are often done in a high gloss to add some shine to the home.