Choosing Exterior Paint Schemes | Old House Web

Chastity Fabry

The Old House Web

Adapted from information from the Paint Quality Institute

A pleasing paint job can transform an old house into a masterpiece. On the other hand, most everyone knows of a house painted in colors that make passers-by shake their heads and say, “what were they thinking?” 



Understanding color combinations will help you choose a winning paint scheme, such as this combination of soft yellow, green and red hues.
PQI Photo


So how do you go about successfully creating a color scheme for your house?

Understanding as much as possible about color theory and vocabulary will help ensure that your paint scheme is something to be proud of. In a PQI study done some years ago, 62% of the homeowners surveyed said they typically do exterior painting for aesthetic reasons. So, while exterior paint is an important means of protecting surfaces, its often color that drives the purchase.

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