Extraordinary Exteriors

The exterior of our homes allows us the ability to create a statement, add personality and value to the a large design project that many of us will encounter. This is a unique opportunity to incorporate character and color. As with any project, interior or exterior, ask yourself… ‘What is the end result that I wish to create’; this response may be very different for each of us. Here are a few thoughts to help you:

 

FOR A MODERN OR CONTEMPORARY APPEARANCE...

You may wish to consider the use of one color on all body and trim areas of your home. This will create a uniform appearance and tie together all areas to be painted. The front entry door could be the single feature that you may want to highlight. This is also a wonderful way to let the light reveal the architectural beauty through a natural ‘shadowing’ which will occur as the sun changes position from morning till evening.

 

TO CREATE A TRADITIONAL LOOK...

You may want to incorporate two, three or four colors into your scheme.  Highlighting trim elements and featuring intricate detailing will often times help create a historical feeling, especially if the color scheme is comprised of colors that are representative of a paritcular historical palette.

 

FOR A DRAMATIC LOOK...

Consider using colors on the body that are deeper and richer to create an impressive scheme.  The most ordinary of exterior facades may be made to look truly unique by the use of a creative color combination and daring color choices.

A Designer's Perspective

Decorating is an exciting event and paint offers us the incredible ability to make colorful changes in our home's d├ęcor. The opportunity to create this dramatic difference and truly make our home a reflection of our family’s personality is both a joy and a challenge.

 

Before beginning any project the most important question to ask is ‘WHAT is the end result that is desired in your given space?’ Once this has been answered it is simply a matter of determining the elements that exist or that are required to achieve these results. Consideration of these facts is truly helpful to determine the most appropriate color that should be selected for an area. For inspiration, think about a special moment in your life you wish to relive, a piece of jewelry you love, your favorite flower o season of the year. Understanding your vision will give you direction in the selection of fabrics and accessories as well. for your home.

 

We have provided below basic concepts and ideas to consider which will assist you in arriving at your color decisions.

 

ACTIVITY - What will the space be used for? Consider the type of activity that will take place in a given area. This will provide the key to what type of color scheme should be used in the space.

 

LIGHT - How much natural light is available in the area? Determine the dynamics of light in the space to be color styled… does the light come from the North, which is softer; the East, which is stronger in the morning; the South, which is more intense; or the West, which is stronger in the afternoon and evenings.

 

TEMPERATURE - Does the area feel ‘warm’ or ‘cold’? Consider how you want the room to ‘feel’ when it is complete. If you want to warm up the space consider those colors which come from the warmer section of the spectrum… colors such as reds, pinks, corals, copper, yellows, gold's and beiges will have a decidedly warmer feel about them. If you’d like a space to be cooler, you may wish to consider colors such as greens, teals, aquas, blues, violets and greys, that will provide a cooler feeling to the area.

 

EXISTING ELEMENTS - What existing decorative items need to be considered in the overall design of the area? It is critical to consider what elements you will be keeping in your design concepts, such as upholstery, floor coverings, draperies or artwork. You will need to carefully examine the colors of these items to achieve harmony of all colors in the space.

Design by Color

SPECIFIC COLORS - We have listed seven color areas below and the general color feelings that are associated with them. Explore each to determine what color may best suit your project...

 

RED is generally considered an ENERGETIC color. If you wish to design a stimulating area that motivates, promotes alertness and enhances activity - select the red color family.

 

ORANGE is generally considered an ACTIVE color. If you wish to create an active setting that promotes movement and excitement - select the orange color family.

 

YELLOW is generally considered an INNOVATIVE color. If you wish to develop a creative atmosphere, which nurtures a sense of freedom - select the yellow color family.

 

GREEN is generally considered a CALM color. If you wish to compose a color scheme that provides a relaxing ambience and incorporates the feeling of stillness -select the green color family.

 

BLUE is generally considered a SERENE color. If you wish to provide a soothing environment which will offer a relaxing and peaceful surrounding - select the blue color family.

 

VIOLET is generally considered an INSPIRATIONAL color. If you wish to create a sensitive environment that nurtures a sense of balance and purpose - select the violet color family.

 

BEIGE and GREY are generally considered CONSERVATIVE and SOPHISTICATED colors. If you wish to create a thoughtful environment that exudes a feeling of comfort - select the color palette of beiges and greys.

 

We end with the question that is most important to beginning your design work…

"WHAT is the end result that is desired in your home?" Your own style, combined with the information we have provided, will now enable you to take specific steps that will provide guidance in your decorating project. Enjoy the process and the journey that will reveal the perfect plan.

Tips & Tricks

Surface Preparation

The surface preparation is an essential process in any painting project. With a properly conditioned surface, you can ensure the quality of work and the desired end result. Follow these recommendations according to your needs:

 

Algae / Fungus Problems

Step 1: Wash the surface with a pressure washer machine ensuring that there are no residual contaminants. You may incorporate a cleaning detergent.

Step 2: Allow the surface to dry for 24 hours. Then apply a coat of primer.

Step 3: Apply two coats of paint designed for interior or exterior project containing additive for fungus. Some cases require adding more additive.

** Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

 

Paint Lifting Problems

Step 1: Wash the surface with a pressure washer machine.

Step 2: Allow to dry for 24 hours the surface, then apply a primer for surfaces with adhesion problems.

Step 3: Apply two coats of paint designed for areas with adhesion problems.

** Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

 

Selecting color sheen

Choose the correct sheen for your painting project. Knowing the characteristics of each sheen will help you select the right paint for your project.

 

Flat - No glare, matte. Helps conceal imperfections or surface irregularities. Ideal for low traffic areas.

Eggshell - Matte finish appearance with low brightness. Ideal for moderate traffic areas.

Satin - Low gloss finish. Great for any project. Ideal for areas of medium to high traffic.

Semi-Gloss - Medium brightness. Ideal for gates, doors and windows. Stain resistant and washable.