there any rules of thumb about color placement on a home?
a large home on a small lot is painted white or a light color,
the house may seem larger and the lot smaller. Dark colors
can make a home look smaller but more substantial.
and effective approach to color placement is to select
two tints or shades from the same color strip
a few shades apart.
Either the lighter or the darker shade could be used for the body and
the opposite for the trim. A contrasting accent color could
punctuate the door. Lighter colors on a porch will make
a home feel more
approachable and welcoming.
Height can be scaled down by painting the
upper portion of a tall house a deeper tone than the bottom
portion (reverse trim
color). This is also effective on a small lot or when
immature. Conversely, a darker color on the lower portion grounds the
house to the earth.
White and light colors are good choices
for windowsills because they'll reflect the sun's heat
and light. Light colors
also advance in space; dark colors recede. If a house is placed far away
from the curb, painting it a light color will visually
Be judicious with accent colors, but certainly
accentuate the positive.