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Tips for Refreshing a House by Repainting Trim & Accents

Sometimes it isn't necessary to completely repaint a house to refresh its look. Of course, this is particularly true for a home that has a brick or stone façade.

But if the exterior walls of your home are covered with kinds of board siding with a paint job that is still in good condition, you may decide to perk up its look by repainting the trim, accents and front door. It costs less than a complete paint job.

Large expanses of color, such as the walls and roof are called the "fields" of your home. Trim refers to roofline boards or "rakes," fascia (including eave soffits and boards visually supporting the eaves), window trim and vertical boards at the corners of walls. Accents are design elements such as shutters, window boxes and stair railings.

Preparing for a New Look

Brick, stone or board, your project will begin with a thorough scrubbing or pressure washing.

However, before you hire professional painting contractors in St Charles to prep your home for its do-over, invest some time in research about color combinations. 

Repainting the trim and accents on a house is a bit like a getting a facelift. After it's done, you must live with it every day, so your choices and the results had better be good. That's why you should give serious thought to what you like before reshaping the face of your home.

Even if you are planning on hiring professional painting contractors St Charles relies on like Prime Time, you need to put some thought into what will and won't work, so you can clearly communicate what you want.

Ways to research color combinations include:

  • Taking a walk in the neighborhood to view other homes and discover attractive color combinations

  • Visiting the local paint store to look at paint chips and discuss combinations with the staff

  • Touring the Internet for websites presenting photos of paint jobs and, then,

  • Discussing your ideas with a painting contractor during a free consultation.

Listening to a Home Marketing Expert

Writing at Forbes, the home marketplace service Zillow offers several observations about successful color combinations for trim and accents.

First, Zillow notes that although some homeowners like a monochromatic trim and wall combination, it tends to give a house an unfinished look. Trim that is darker than its field is also problematic, the company adds, because it may make windows look like pictures hanging on gallery walls.

Instead, Zillow suggests trim that is lighter than the walls and roof as being a safe choice. Save colors that stand out for accents, such as moss green shutters on a red brick field, shiny black flower boxes on a white house or a cobalt blue door against light yellow walls.

As to gutters, downspouts and other building elements you want to mask, paint them the same color as the walls.

Sharing Your Thinking 

Talk with family and friends to gain extra opinions, then contact us at Primetime Painting to share ideas.