Paint my House- how to choose a color


One of the hardest choices I’ve had to make as a home owner is what color to paint the exterior. The time is now to choose again. I’m very excited to go dark this time. The mysterious contenders:


I think the left one is too bright, the middle one too blah, and the right one too dark. The stucco color you see behind the swatches is the color the house is now. We’re keeping parts of the house this light tan, saving on cost and creating visual interest between a light and dark color.
The dark color will also be a bold contrast to the minimal landscape we have of mostly river rock & succulents. (The landscape is another project I have to tackle. Ugh!) But once the new color is up, I’m hoping the energy that new colors bring will inspire some great improvements to our existing design.


So far I’ve narrowed it down to these two. Valspar Whale 304-6 & Valspar Volcano 305-6. Decisions, decisions and swatches to paint. To choose the right color use these helpful tips:

1. Anything smaller than a 3×3 foot sample is not big enough to get a true representation of that tiny color swatch. Remember the scale of this color will be bigger than just a wall in your house.

2. Paint each color sample on both shaded and full sun exposure walls to see if you like how the color changes during the day & through the seasons.

3. For ultimate resale value, choose a color that compliments the style of your house & neighborhood, not just your personal taste. Don’t forget that the outside
should flow seamlessly with the inside to make your house seem bigger and more stylish.

Carrie Diaz is a Los Angeles realtor who has an eye for the best real estate. She is an LA native who specializes in a fully catered and custom experience for every client.
She is part of a local team of experts, With of experience in NELA, Burbank, LosFeliz, SilverLake, TolucaLake, EagleRock, Atwater, and Hollywood.


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