Ah, spring. Time for flowers, egg hunts, cleaning, all things new and fresh. When considering what to freshen up at the home-front, consider the exterior house color.
There are trends in exterior colors as there are trends with interior colors, fashion, and hi-tech gadgets. "Do tell"... right? Well, right now the trend is to use multiple colors to create visual architectural interest. Set backs painted in dark colors will bring them forward and Pop outs painted in light colors will push them back. And visa versa... this is where the fun begins. Exaggerate the architecture by playing with this idea, using multiple colors for the body of the house. Maybe set backs in a lighter color to push them away and pop out areas in a dark color to make them really stand out. Paint the soffit a different color.... (GASP!) Dare I? Abso-stinkin-lutely. Not hot pink of course, but maybe a chocolate brown if you have a lower half wall of stone around the perimeter of your home. Or charcoal gray... Ooooooooo.
Trim is tricky. Seems like it would be the easiest to choose, but Nay fair maiden. Trim can make or break all that creative time and effort you just put into choosing body colors. Statistically, in Florida, higher end homes' trim is painted a lighter color than the body. I don't make this information up, I just blog it. So if you have a house with a darker color trim than the body, don't hate me. Just paint it. Seriously. If you want a white house, choose an off white color, paint the majority of trim stark stinkin white and then pop the front door, the shutters, the soffit, the interior window trim, with your accent color. Be it not hot pink.
Trim color should have a relate-able contrast. Don't be lazy and just go down the color swatch stick and pick the one 2 shades lighter. There is not a super hero named Mono-chromatic Man that lives there. Go to your off whites and start there. Look for undertones. Think about the sun and how it relates to the structure. A pale yellow will fade faster than you can say "boo". If you get strong sun, choose a lighter color that can take it and not look like a thread bare froot-of-the-loom undershirt in a year.
Overwhelmed? I understand, if everyone could do it, then I'd be out of a job. But don't go crazy, you CAN do it. Just be informed and present in the process. Let the color (or colors) of your home express you. Just take it one color at a time.
Happy Spring Painting!