Exterior House Colors to Sell Your House

EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT COLORS FOR RESALE

Exterior paint colors are a great way to enhance the look of your home, but it is a little challenging to know what other people would like. Choosing an exterior paint colors is difficult to nail down because you are targeting a large area of space, which is also your home’s first impression. So if you are looking to put your house on the market, you need to make sure you’re increasing resale value by selecting the right exterior color.

You may be allured to a particular exterior house color, but the majority of buyers prefer neutral exterior house colors. So when you are selecting the right color to paint your home for resale, keep it traditional and neutral because these are the colors that attract the majority of the masses.

We have hand selected a few schemes in the neutral and traditional families:

White 
Nothing sells better than a clean, white or off-white paint.  White exterior paint compliments any home style and just about any landscape. People are really attracted to traditional white homes and with no doubt, they always make a good first impression. Choosing darker or brighter colors for the shutters, trim and doors will add valuable appeal to your exterior.

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Beautiful white house with darker doors for added contrast.

 

Brown or Beige
Next to white and off-white, brown colors and beige are other popular choices for your exterior when choosing the right color to sell your home. Not only, they blend well with natural surroundings, but adding white colors to the trim will make your home look warm and inviting.

Brown house with neutral trims

 

Gray
Gray is another favorite that people are attracted to for the exterior of homes. Painting your home’s exterior gray also blends well with natural stone and neutral or lighter trim.

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Blue
Blue is soft and it is reminiscent of the sky. Blue is safe but rich and beautiful choice for your home. Pair it with white trim and your home will evoke the cottage feel that many buyers are searching for.

Light blue house with white trim
Light blue house with white trim

Yellow
Surprisingly enough, yellow is another color that appeals to the masses, yellow evokes playfulness and creates a welcoming, cheerful exterior. Choose a soft yellow if you have a beautiful landscape or want to add a curb appeal, stay with white trim for an even softer look.

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Warm and inviting, this yellow adds a great complement to the landscape.

 

Whether your home is going on the market soon or you’re just ready for a change, exterior paint color will add curb appeal to your home; any of the colors above can and will  improve your home’s value. Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help you achieve that look and more.  Contact us or visit our website http://www.acropolispainting.com and together we can add more value to your home.

How to create a growth chart.

Create a Pottery Barn version of a growth chart

In case you haven’t notice, children are growing up quickly! one day you look at their pictures and realize that baby is not a baby anymore. Where has time gone? By any chance, are they using you as their personal growth chart? One day they measure themselves to your chest level, the next time they have reached your chin, seems like you blink and they grow!

Your child seems to leave behind great memories, cherish them and keep track of their height with a growth chart.  It is a fun and beautiful way of seeing your child’s progress.  They can also help you with this easy project which will create lots of memories, while having fun.

Here I am giving you step by step instructions on how to achieve a perfect growth chart.

What you need:

  1. Piece of wood – 1 inch thick x 8 inches wide x 6 feet tall
  2. Fine-grit sandpaper
  3. Stain (color of your choice)
  4. Satin Polyurethane
  5. Rags, fine paint brush and 1 ½” paint brush.
  6. Black or white acrylic paint (use black if stain is light, or white if stain is dark)
  7. Measuring Tape + Pencil
  8. Scissors
  9. Printer and paper (for number stencils)
  10. Small Nails + Hammer or screws and screw driver.
  11. String or Wire (if hanging the board using nails)

Step One

Lightly sand the wood using the fine-grit sandpaper going in the direction of the grain. Wipe off any dust with a rag or a brush. 

Step Two

Use the stain to paint the piece of wood using a rag, let it dry. Use 2 coats if you would like a darker tone.

measure every inch at 1", 1.5", 2" (half a foot), 3" (foot mark)
measure every inch at 1″, 1.5″, 2″ (half a foot), 3″ (foot mark)

Step Three

Grab your tape measurer and pencil, start marking every inch, paying special attention to ½’s and whole numbers, make those a little longer and emphasize each foot.

 

  • Mark the first inch, 1″ long.
  • Mark the second inch, 1 ½” long.
  • Mark the third inch, 1″ long again.
  • Mark the fourth inch, 1 ½” long.
  • Mark the fifth inch, 1″ long.
  • Mark the sixth inch, 2″ long.
  • Repeat this process. The foot-long mark; make it 3″ long.

TIP:  Make sure you measure your baseboard. Keep in mind your baseboard will be part of your growth chart.

Step Four

Get your acrylic paint and thin brush and paint right over the lines you penciled in. Don’t worry if you don’t have a steady hand.  You won’t be able to tell the difference from a distance, and the wiggly lines will give it a rustic look anyway.  You can use a different paint color at the 6″ mark, and at the foot mark, this is optional.

Step Five 

Print two-inch long numbers, from 1-6, use the font of your choice.  Cut the numbers, with the pencil write the numbers slightly below the foot-mark.  Remember, the foot-mark is 3″ long, the number looks better just below it.  Here is an example, place number 6 at 5’11”, not at the 6′ mark.

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paint and fill in the numbers with acrylic paint

Step Six 

Using your acrylic paint and thin brush, paint and fill the numbers inside the lines. Let your board dry completely.

Step Seven 

Take the board outside, using the 1½” paint brush, give it two coats of satin polyurethane.  Rather use satin finish than gloss because gloss will make a permanent marker smear.

TIP:   Let board dry outside (preferably overnight), the fumes of polyurethane are very strong and can make you dizzy if you bring it inside. 

Step Eight

Hanging your growth chart. You can either use a wire to create a loop and nail the chart to the wall.  Or you can screw the board more permanently to the wall.

TIP:   Keep in mind your baseboard is technically part of your growth chart.

Step Nine

Start measuring your children as they grow, don’t miss the progress as they get bigger and bigger, use a different color sharpie for each child and write the date as they are measured. Don’t forget to use your child’s length at birth as the first mark on the chart.

This will make a great gift for first time parents, they will be absolutely in love with it. At Acropolis Painting, Inc, we feel very happy to share our ideas with you, creating a personal space should always be fun! Painting is a great, inexpensive and bold way of changing a space, and it’s a very personal way of making a house your home!