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Choosing the Right Paint Colors for Your Victorian Style House

You probably don’t light your home with candles, and you likely aren’t grinding pigments in a paint mill or boiling linseed oil in a copper kettle to make paints either. As you might imagine, a lot has changed since the Victorian era and that includes progress when it comes to the world of paint. This includes areas such as paint selection, paint analysis, paint trends and more. Luckily, today this means there is more knowledge available to help educate, inspire and assist you in the planning of your exterior painting project for your Victorian home.

Let’s talk about a few things to know when it comes to choosing a paint color scheme to bring out the timeless beauty of your Victorian style house.

Queen Anne Victorian Style House Painted Yellow

Keeping it Original

If you’re a historically conscious homeowner or your house has an important architectural pedigree, you may be interested in learning about your home’s original color scheme and possibly restoring it to those established colors. You could go so far as to commission a paint analysis, but you’ll also be make some deductions based on clues you’ve found, such as old paint surfaces located atop moldings, in rarely repainted closets, or that emerged with the removal of old wallpaper.

You may even wish to undertake a sand-and-scrape analysis.

After all, this was the standard method of determining a paint chronology (the sequence of colors applied to a surface) just a generation ago closer to the time many Victorian homes were built. The process is pretty simple and consists of simply scraping, sanding, or otherwise exposing the various layers of paint. Keep in mind the colors will appear faded and some will likely have lost their original tones due to sun exposure, oxidation, and the passage of time.

Victorian Style Homes in a Row Highlighting Exterior Paint Colors

Exploring Your Paint Options

The original paint color schemes from the mid-1800s, when Victorian style houses began to show up in America, were muted and earthy given they were derived from natural pigments. By the late 1800s the exuberant Queen Anne style grew more popular, which also marked the first use of synthetic pigments that allowed for vivid greens, blues, purples and yellows.

Due to the findings from some of the fine work done restoring many historic sites and houses, most paint manufacturers have established collections of hues that replicate popular colors from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century. This means Victorian home owners can honor the historic character of their homes while also using modern water-based paints that offer easy clean-up and shorter drying times. Many of these products are also more environmentally friendly, as low- or no-VOC paints emit fewer volatile organic compounds. Today, modern paint technology also allows for the option of using a much broader array of colors, including saturated shades that, until recently, were prone to fading.

Once you’ve determined to what extent you’d like to stick with traditional palettes or branch out into something bold, you’ll likely want to check out some tried-and-true color schemes used on Victorian homes as well as some rules for paint color schemes to guide you on choosing your color palette.

Paint Color Schemes for Victorian Homes Choosing Your Paint Colors

Just like Thomas Jefferson did in his day, you get to exercise your taste when choosing paint colors for your home. But you’ll likely need some help narrowing down your choices to find that perfect color scheme and choosing the right combination of colors for the subtle architectural details and styles unique to your Victorian home.

View examples of color schemes and get exterior color tips by visiting the Valspar guide to Victorian exterior styles.

Get inspiration from examples of authentic color schemes used on historic homes by browsing Sherwin-Williams’ historic paint color collections.

Looking for guidance on creating a cohesive color scheme for your Victorian home? This post on 12 Rules for Victorian Polychrome Paint Schemes may be helpful.

Choosing an Exterior Paint Contractor for Your Victorian Home

Paint Denver has extensive experience painting historic homes and buildings. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality service and communication and the job is only complete when you are 100% satisfied with our work! Please contact us today to request a quote and consultation on your Victorian style home.

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Is Spring the Best Time for Exterior House Painting?

So, you’ve decided your house needs a bit of an exterior paint revamp – now the question is when to do it. While you may think certain seasons are better than others to get your home’s exterior painted, we’re going to give you some facts about why springtime exterior house painting is the best option.

Temperatures Matter

While it may seem obvious to some, drastic temperatures are not ideal conditions for exterior house painting. The paint used on the exterior of homes performs best when applied in mild temperatures that don’t fluctuate much. If the paint is applied when it is too hot outside (usually above 85 degrees) it will dry too quickly and may cause brush strokes and paint clumps to be visible. Extreme high temperatures may also cause the paint to have a lower quality seal, resulting in a less long-lasting paint job.

On the other hand, winter temperatures can hinder the painting of your home’s exterior due to the latex paint’s water-based quality, which will freeze at the same temperature water does. Even if it’s not quite freezing, the paint can develop a strange consistency and become stringy and clumpy. Additionally, wintertime moisture from snow can damage the structure of your home’s exterior paint, so it’s best to wait until the season passes to fix the damage that has been done.

All Eyes on You

No one will be able to admire your house’s beautiful new exterior paint job when it’s covered in snow, so waiting until friends and family will be able to appreciate it is usually best. If you time everything right, getting your home painted early in the season will allow you to plant shrubs and a garden around your home without the worry of ruining your new paint job.

Spring is also a popular time for home sales, and by getting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior, you can increase your home’s value and selling price! And in Denver’s hot housing market, any leg up on the competition is a win.

Is your home ready for a refresh? Schedule your exterior house painting job early and enjoy your great looking exterior all year long! For more information, visit our website or call us at (303) 800-7575.

 

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Exterior Painting – The Consequences Of Inadequate Prep Work

The outside of your home is looking a little shabby. You know it probably needed a coat of paint last year, or even the year before. Who has time?

This year you know you can’t put it off any longer. A few buckets of paint. A couple of weekends worth of work. You should be able to get the job done as quickly as possible and move on. Should be easy, right?

Think again.Exterior Painting – The Consequences Of Inadequate Prep Work

A successful exterior paint job isn’t in the paint itself. Rather, it’s the prep work of the house before the paint is applied that will determine ultimate success.

Chipping and Peeling Paint

Paint adheres to a smooth, clean surface. If paint is applied to chipping and peeling paint, or a surface covered in dirt and grime, the paint won’t be able to properly adhere to the surface. The result will be a paint job that begins to chip and peel almost immediately. Which means all of your time and energy will be in vain.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Dirt and Oil

If your exterior is dirty and oily from years exposed to the harsh elements, covering it with a coat of paint won’t make it go away. In fact, instead of leaving your home looking fresh and vibrant, it will continue looking old and rundown. And if you use a light color, the dirt and grime can actually show through the paint. To get a good clean look, you have to have a good clean base.

Uneven Paint

Ever see a home where the paint looks bumpy and uneven? In order to create a smooth appearance, you have to start with a smooth base. If the exterior of your home has deep cracks or holes, spend time sanding down the flaws and filling the holes with caulk.

To avoid the problems and have your home painted the right way the first time, give us a call today. We never start a paint job without thoroughly prepping your home completely.

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Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Choosing what color can be a daunting task. Couple that with having to choose another color for the trim, and for many people its enough to make them put the entire project on hold.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

There are a few tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect color that will warm your home’s exterior and make you fall in love with your house all over again.Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

  • When painting the window and door frames, in general they will look better when painted the main color of your home.
  • Window sashes and shutters should be the darkest parts of your color scheme. This is what builds depth in your home, and will make the windows blend into the overall appeal of your home.
  • The window sash color is usually repeated for the front door and for any porch steps you may have. If your windows require painting, this color can be repeated there as well.
  • Gutters and drain spouts should be painted to be as inconspicuous as possible. Gutters may be painted the trip color to blend in with the trim, while drain spouts may be painted the color of the body of the house to blend in with the overall siding.
  • The ceilings on your porch, eaves or other areas should be painted the main color of the body of your house.
  • If you have a multi story home and want to use more than one body color, make sure the darkest shade is on the bottom, lightening as you go up. To put the darker color on top with the lighter color on the bottom will make it appear top heavy.

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Painting For Curb Appeal

Whether you are thinking about selling your home this summer, or simply want to be one of the best kept houses on the block, curb appeal will speak highly to show off a well maintained home.

While there are many things you can do, few can have as dramatic an effect as a coat of paint. Not only does paint protect your home’s materials, it can instantly give you a fresh appearance that adds value too.Painting For Curb Appeal

If the exterior is in bad shape and hasn’t been painted in a while, any home improvement project will make a drastic difference. But there is a difference between looking better and a house that looks great.

For most homes, starting with a great base is what ensures a great final look. Its not as easy as picking up a bucket of paint and painting the entire house in one color. Time and care should be put into prepping the home to make sure the paint adheres and looks good. It should also be placed on choosing the right color palate to use and make the home blend into the neighborhood.

Color is important; no one wants to have the home that everyone knows – the bright orange house up on Main Street, for instance. If you haven’t thought about home color in a while, one of the easiest ways to start is to drive or walk around your own neighborhood. What colors jump out at you? What do you like best? Look at all factors of color, including the body and the trim.

Next look at the parts of your home you can’t change. Brick or stone is a permanent part of your home that sets the tone for your overall color scheme. Gray toned brick or stone should have color choices with gray undertones. Brown toned brick or stone should stick with the natural colors such as beige and browns.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

If you have trouble selecting a color, a professional painter has experience in selecting colors for homes throughout the Denver area. He can make suggestions and show you how to choose colors that will create a pleasing visual affect on your property.

Before you paint, step back and look at the landscaping. Are there bushes or trees that encroach on your home? Cutting them back or taking them out now can allow for a wide open look and feel, and not cause problems to a fresh coat of paint. It can also help you choose what plants to take out to improve the look of your home, and give you ideas of where to buy and plant new landscaping to add more color and depth to your home.

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Remember, curb appeal is a work in progress. By starting with the largest part – a fresh coat of paint – you’ll improve your look instantaneously.

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