Boosting Curb Appeal with Color
07/08/2019 | dunnedwards |
Painting season is here, and few things make a home sparkle like an updated exterior. Homeowners throughout the Southwest — whether they want to put their house on the market or simply want to freshen up their curb appeal — count on you to guide them in choosing the perfect colors. In fact, recommending well-conceived color palettes that make a house shine presents an excellent opportunity to gain an edge over other contractors.
While white is a popular, go-to hue, it's important to ensure the colors you suggest are unique, yet are in harmony with the home's natural surroundings; therefore, a carefully chosen exterior color palette is key.
A prime example of this is The Joshua Tree House by Sara and Rich Combs — who create inspiring spaces in Joshua Tree, Calif. They recently completed their latest project, The Posada, an abandoned inn just outside the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Ariz. When they were thinking about a color palette for The Posada, they wanted to stay true to the region and its natural, picturesque landscape — so they turned to Dunn-Edwards.
Inspired by the Dunn-Edwards 2020 Color + Design Trends story "Co-Habitants," which showcases earthy, nature-centric shades, Sara and Rich took a fan deck with the Dunn-Edwards 2020 Trends colors into the desert. They laid it down in the sand and found hues that worked well with the surrounding landscape of the Saguaro desert — including browns, greens, and grays, which are popular exterior colors in the Southwest.
2020 Trends Color: DE5213 Seasonal Beige
Body: DEW336 White Sand; Door: DEC709 Adobe South
It's also important to consider the style of the home (e.g., Craftsman, Mid-century, Victorian, etc.) when choosing color. For example, Rebecca and Jared Raskind recently remodeled a Hollywood Hills Mid-century residence. With assistance from Dunn-Edwards on color selections from the 2020 Color + Design Trends, the Raskinds turned a fixer-upper into a true gem.
Body: DET648 White Picket Fence; Trim: DE6329 Cover of Night; Accent: DE6328 Anchor Gray and DE6325 Crestline
Emphasize architectural details and add personality to a home by applying an accent color on the trim or door. Nothing makes a statement quite like an eye-catching front door.
Body: DE5859 The Blues; Trim: DEW380 Warm White; Accents (Door and Windows): DEA107 Hot Jazz
Blues offer a more traditional look to a home and work well with the natural, blue hues in the sky. Color is an adventure! Encourage your customers to experiment with color and be flexible to change.
Body: DEC796 Irogon Blue; Trim: DEW341 Swiss Coffee; Front Door and Shutter Accents: DEA185 Old Mill
We hope you have found some inspiration for recommending colors to your current and potential clients. If you haven't already, be sure to check out our 2020 Color + Design Trends for more ideas. And don't forget — if your clients need further guidance — feel free to refer them to our Professional Color Advisors!