Q. What Color Do I Paint My House?

A. Picking the right paint color can be more difficult than figuring out what to wear.  At least you can go home and change your clothes if you find yourself mismatched.  It is a good idea to first observe what kind of home you have and then determine what you want to accentuate.  For example, if you have an older home with classic architecture, you may want to recreate the same nostalga of that era by analyzing old paint chips or looking at what color schemes were popular at the time.  Or if you wanted to spice up the scene, look at modern colors that emphasize the classic lines and try not to get too eccentric.  Here are some other helpful tips:

1)  If you are in a planned community, be sure to adhere to the association guidelines and make sure your color matches.  This might be boring but will save you from painting your home twice. 

2)  Consider your neighbors and find a balance between your preference and their appearance.

3)  Borrow from Nature:

  • Trees and Shrubbery: Deep greens, moss colors, browns, and russet
  • Water Views: Blues, greens, and turquoise
  • Mountains and Cliffs: Greens, grays, and browns
  • Deserts: Oranges, reds, golds, and browns

4)  Be sure to harmonize.  If you like a certain set of sheets, drapes, or pillow cases perhaps you can start with those colors and match your interior walls accordingly. 

5)  Focus on the details.  Do not be afraid to use multiple colors.  In addition, you can accent shutters, moldings, doors, brackets, columns, and porch decks. 

6)  Use light colors to make spaces feel larger and darker colors to add drama.  Darker shades are good to accent recesses and lighter tones will highlight details that project from the surface. 

For more home decorating tips or if you need guidance in adding value to your home contact us: 739-4174 | www.choicehomeshawaii.com

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.