The transformation can be amazing, but sometimes it can be less than. It’s important to recognize the style of your particular home and embrace it, using paint to complement it instead of fighting against it. As with most things, this can be easier said than done.

A home style may lean toward a certain era or a particular design aesthetic. Choosing to paint it a color against the natural choice may leave your home looking conflicted and, unfortunately, tacky. For example, if you have a traditional colonial home, rather than painting a contemporary art deco-style, stay true to the classic lines and neutral colors associated with it.

They say work with what you have, and we tend to agree. The same proves true when it comes to painting your home. Establish the natural home style and paint it using a single color or multiple colors that complement that style. In the end, you’ll be more appreciative of your choice and feel more pride in the house you call home. Consistency is key in home décor, inside and out.

Consider Curb Appeal for Your Home Style

The best place to start, before choosing a paint color, is to assess your home in its natural surroundings. Take in the landscape, including trees, and where they are located in relation to your property. Notice the homes to the left and right and across the street from your home, making a point to recognize their color schemes and how they relate to your own. You want your home to stand out, but not in a bad way. Painting your home the shade of a highlighter in a neighborhood of muted color choices may draw the opposite kind of attention from what you intended.

It’s a good idea to make a note of your home’s natural features, such as stone or stucco, or design elements that may not need to be painted. Doing so can help narrow down or direct your choices for paint colors. Painting around these elements is inevitable, and the color chosen should compliment them instead of distracting them from or competing with them. Lean into the obvious home style and color choices will follow suit.

Primary, Secondary and Complimentary Color Choices

When observing most homes, you’ll notice they tend to have a lighter shade as their primary color, while darker colors are reserved for secondary and complementary colors on trim work or doors. While this is fine and often encouraged, it’s worth noting that it’s not a hard rule. Feel free to explore options, such as using darker shades as a primary color, if your home style lends itself in a way that can support a heavier color.

For example, some homes have an abundance of windows with trim and shutters that would allow the house itself to carry a darker shade without feeling weighed down by the stark contrast of lighter colors used sparingly. Ultimately, it’s personal preference, but make sure to keep the colors in the same family; light and dark can be pleasing if they’re not opposite to each other on the color wheel. No blue homes with orange trim, please.

Complementing Your Home Style Inside

Using the same thought process – recognizing your home’s natural features outside – should be applied to the rooms inside your home as well. Is there a fireplace? Are there built-in bookcases? Is there a window seat along one wall? What color is the flooring? These questions can be used to help navigate the overwhelming options of paint colors. An accent color can be used along a featured wall to highlight these elements without painting the entire room.

It’s also important to note which rooms lead into each other and are visible from one to the next. Is there an open floor plan through your kitchen and living space? Does your hall lead directly into a room, or does it have a door as a separation? Choosing a color that complements a space without competing with the room next to it is important to keep in mind.

Don’t Be Shy, We’re Here to Help

Painting can be overwhelming, especially when factoring in your home style and wanting to complement it. At Nashville Painting Company, we understand, which is why we encourage you to ask for help! Whether you’ve already decided on colors inside and out or need help in the planning process, we’re with you every step of the way. Together, we can enhance your home style and transform it all at the same time.