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Victorian House Exterior Painting Tips

When it comes to Victorian house exterior painting, you can’t trust just anyone to get the job done right. Your Victorian home is a treasure and should be treated as such. With so many different and unique ways to paint a Victorian home’s exterior, the opportunities are endless and can completely transform your home. Being expert Victorian home painters, we have a few tips and tricks that can make your Victorian home exterior look its best!

Colors Matter

Victorian homes have the luxury of being able to use a variety of different colors in their exterior schemes. While many modern and contemporary homes look best using a maximum of two exterior colors, Victorian homes can use as many as five due to their small accents and ornate features. When selecting exterior paint colors, it’s important to keep a scheme in mind. Popular Victorian home color schemes include:

Bold and Bright

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Neutral and Subdued

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Strong Contrast

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Watch Out for Weather

When it comes to exterior painting Denver weather can wreak havoc on your Victorian home’s exterior. The hot sun can make paint fade quicker than normal due to Denver’s high elevation and drastic temperature changes from day to night can also weaken the paint’s integrity. If the exterior paint is a bit older and becoming cracked, rain and snow can cause the cracks to worsen and chips to form. If this begins to happen it’s important to get the exterior paint touched up as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening. And, who knows, you might want to try out a whole new exterior color scheme all-together!

Keep Up with Maintenance

As with all homes, it’s important to keep your exterior paint in good condition to prevent abnormal wear and tear. Due to the often-ornate detail of Victorian homes, worn and faded paint can be more apparent and effect the overall look of the exterior more. Ensuring your exterior paint is in good shape with no cracks or chips will not only boost your home’s curb appeal but also better protect it from the elements.

Only trust your home to the most experienced Victorian house exterior painters in Denver. Get a free consultation and quote today! Give us a call at 303-800-7575.

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Tips to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Victorian Home

Victorian homes are homes built in the Victorian era (1840-1940) that have very distinctive style and character elements. As beautiful and historical as these homes are, they require a fair amount of maintenance and upkeep to preserve their curb appeal. But don’t worry, we have a few tips to help you keep your Victorian looking its best.

Exterior

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The exterior is arguably the most important part of your Victorian home’s curb appeal and there are many factors that can diminish its beauty. The most common problem with not just Victorian homes, but all homes’ exteriors is weather damage. The sun can cause color fading and rain storms that can wreak havoc on older paint jobs. It’s important to keep your home’s exterior paint fresh and chip-free to ensure top-notch curb appeal. Victorian exterior house painting is a bit more complicated than other types of home painting, as there are often more colors used and intricate designs to maintain. Hiring a professional Victorian house painter is pertinent to the job getting done correctly and looking its best.

Landscaping

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Another major aspect of a Victorian home’s charm is the landscaping surrounding it. A vibrant and lush garden is the perfect complement to the home’s dramatic exterior and requires a good amount of maintenance and care to uphold. Some tips to making your Victorian garden as fancy as possible are coordinating the color scheme of your home’s exterior to the garden plants and keeping a consistent feeling of whimsy throughout. These can be done by careful planning when it comes to which plants you choose to have. For example, if your home’s exterior has a purple color scheme, think about planting flowers with violet hues such as Wisteria and Heliotrope.

No matter what style your Victorian home and garden are, the most important factor to maintaining great curb appeal is upkeep. Scheduling regular exterior paint touch-ups and sustaining a healthy and lush garden are pertinent to keeping your home looking its best.

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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 when it comes to painting your Victorian style home. 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 an exterior 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 great 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 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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