5 Tips for Planning to Paint Your Home

Katelyn Preston October 14, 2016

New paint can do a lot for a space, making it feel fresh and new without a lot of effort. If you’ve already tackled the inside areas where you spend most of your time, such as the kitchen and bedroom, it may be time to think about painting the exterior of your home.

First impressions are important – we all know this to be true – and the color (or colors) you decide to paint the exterior of your home can say a lot. From shutters, garage doors and trim, to your front door, it is important to choose colors that work well together, while still showing your personality and individualism. We’ve outlined our top five tips for planning to paint your home.

1. Get inspiration from your neighborhood.

Take the dog for a walk around the blocks surrounding your house. What color combinations do you like best? What aspects of your neighbors’ homes do you admire? This research will help you to narrow down your choices to at least a few color schemes.

2. Who will do the painting?

Even if you don’t have your colors decided, you need to consider who will be doing the painting. If you want to save money, you can do it yourself, or with the help of friends and family (beer and pizza are usually good forms of payment). If you don’t want to DIY, research some of the professional paint services in your area. Many of these companies offer free quotes and even design advice. Yelp and Angie’s List are great places to find reviews to help you make an informed decision.

3. Make sure you coordinate your colors.

Before heading to the paint aisle, you must decide on your colors. This decision may seem difficult – and that’s because it is the most important decision of the whole process! The main color, accent trim colors and door color are big things to think about. There are many resources online to help you coordinate your color choices, and this is where your neighborhood scouting comes in handy.

4. Decide what paint to use.

There are so many options when it comes to buying your paint. If you use a professional painting service, they may have their own paint provider or company they partner with, and it will be as easy as giving them the colors you want and they’ll take it from there. If you’re going the DIY route, you’ll need to research the type of paint you need based on the kind of surfaces you’ll be painting. Make a list of the different materials you’ll be painting (block/wood/concrete/siding/etc.) so you are prepared when you head to the paint aisle. Consult a sales associate or paint expert (or two) if you are unsure.

5. Get your supplies.

Brushes? Paint sprayer? What do you need? When do you use one over the other? Unless you want to spend countless hours painting and less time admiring the finished product, take the time to understand what supplies you need to get the job done right and in a timely fashion. For example, if you have a block construction house, it may be beneficial to tape up your windows and shutter and rent a paint sprayer (just be sure you read the instructions and watch some YouTube videos first). Taking your time with brush strokes can be therapeutic for some people, so weigh your options and decide which is best for you. Make sure you also have drop cloths to catch stray paint drops, painters’ tape, and have old clothes to wear when you paint – just in case.

So, now that you’ve got an idea where to start on your exterior painting journey, it’s time to get started. You may get stressed, but don’t forget to enjoy it – the final reveal is the best part of the whole experience!