EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS
You can simplify the selection of exterior paint colors by thinking outside of the box and of course following a few guidelines.
First, among those guidelines would be to keep the neighbors colors in mind when making your own color selections. You may like lime green but the contrast of other homes that surround yours more than likely will not complement such a color choice. Then again sticking to a bunch of muted colors would make the neighbors happy and wheres the fun in that.
Keep in mind too that some cities, towns or counties may have restrictions regarding your exterior color choices. If in doubt check it out.
THINKING OUT SIDE OF THE COLOR SELECTION BOX
Of course, the most common suggestion is to drive around other areas of your city or town looking for color inspiration. Doing so does work but you might want a little more color uniqueness when picking colors.
What I would advise (as you cruise the neighborhood) is to actually avoid the residential sections of the city and focus more on newer commercial type buildings. Maybe an international motel chain, restaurant or even the outside of one of those just developed mini-mall stores. Reason being is that most commercial retailers use colors that are created with the help of a professional designer.
Another idea is to start noticing items that you normally wouldn't use for your home color decisions. As an example, automobile manufacturers tend to paint their cars with the most modern color combinations. Colors from a new style of clothing will also work along with a number of different toys in the technology or home furniture industry.
Furthermore, you could try utilizing some of those more modern interior tones, hues and shades to paint exterior windows, siding and doors. In fact, doing so could help draw both of your interior and exterior coordinated colors together.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT COLOR IT IS
Once you have found colors you like either take a good quality picture (being sure the photos finish is mat as opposed to gloss) or borrow a color fan from a paint store (or three) to make the color match (a deposit or purchase may be required).
Then again, if it's a building your looking at, ask the owner for assistance as they may already know the name of the colors that you like. Doing so might also keep you from being arrested for stalking or some such thing.
YOUR OFF TO THE PAINT STORE
You're now ready to show the paint store any color choices that you may have made.
Once the store has an example of your selected exterior paint colors they should be able to create some (reasonably close) color matches for you.
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