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Vacationing in the tropics or dreaming of a tropical vacation, sometimes spills over to your own personal home. Will tropical colors work for your abode? Is it possible to integrate tropical exterior colors in your home's exterior design? Join us as we journey and see bright colors, even bright pastel colors used in an elegant fashion. Follow our three simple tips to help you pull together the design and visit several tropical gardens that incorporate the tropical colors in their exterior painting and also in their exterior planting.
Three tips to help you elegantly apply tropical colors to your home's exterior:
- Do use tropical colors as a focal point for your exterior front door
- Do use crisp white as an accent
- Do repeat your tropical color in accents or plants
The Tropical Mind - An Attitude and Your New Decor
All we need, really, is a change from a near frigid to a tropical attitude of mind.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Tropical Exterior Colors and Your Region's Culture of Exterior Color
Tropical colors in the Midwestern United States up until recently have been frowned upon. We are loosening up and seeing more teals and more subtle turquoise in exterior home colors.
The keys for the use of great tropical color is three simple rules: 1.) combine with crisp white and 2.) be bold. and 3.) keep it simple.
Tiny touches of the front door make a major statement. One of my homes I brightened the brown home with a small, very small amount of bright pink but it simply didn't work. Bright colors really demand crisp white to work well.
The tropical colors are bold by their nature. The plants in the tropics are hot red, bright yellow and of course, the waters are not just blue, they are turquoise.
Keep the color scheme simple, leave the bold colors for areas you can readily change for the resale factor. Don't lock yourself in to colors that only you love. Remember, your home is your family's investment, you must keep things simple in case the direction of your life changes and you must make the colors more palatable for resale value and curb appeal.
Paint Porch Ceiling Blue - Old Wives Tale - NOT True
My grandmother left with a number of old wives tales. This one is not hers but I will expose it for what it really is - pure fiction. No truth to the rumor.
It has been stated that painting a porch ceiling blue will repel inspects especially the nasty type of insects such as wasps. This simply is not true.
What does work on a porch ceiling for visual appeal - sorry no functionality here - is a different color to complement and highlight the ceiling.
Bead board or wood planks make great ceilings.
I have seen aluminum soffit materials utilized and it simply lends too much of an industrial feel. Residential structures demand appropriate materials for visual interest and appeal. Do take the time and spend the money to invest in a ceiling with a wood texture - it will pay dividends in the end.
Paint - Use Satin or Gloss Not Flat for Exterior
Once you have your paint colors chosen, you do want either a stain or a gloss finish. This is important for moisture and for maintenance. My personal favorite is satin, it doesn't highlight the imperfections but a satin finish is easier to clean and it will fight the outdoor elements a little bit better than a flat paint.
If your surface is new and very smooth, you can consider a gloss just for the trim.
For myself, I have successfully used gloss only on the interior doors. With golden retrievers and children, I love white interior doors painted in a high gloss or semi-gloss to fight and repel all the daily challenges a home must endure.
Adding Foliage and Other Design Elements in Bright Hues
Some colors simply will not work well in certain parts of the United States. Some blend in perfectly well. If your neighborhood has no pastel colors, do think twice. There is a fine line between standing out and being a less than favorable talk of the town. Do consider the corporate culture of your neighborhood and the surrounding area when choosing colors. Remember, it is not just you who will have to endure the color. You want to be memorable for style not just for an extreme color.
Having stated all my disclaimers for your safety - if you love in the coastal areas and the pastels are common - go for it! Enjoy and have fun!
Do be sure to add plants and foliage around the bright colors. The bright colors are derived from exotic and tropical plants. To showcase your colors, do bring in the best - real plants and shrubs to complement your dramatic use of color.
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The Tour of Tropical Exterior Colors
Thank you for sharing with me, a tour of tropical exterior colors. While it may not suit all personalities, all regions, all neighborhoods, the journey of the exploration is the fun part. Color plays an important part in our life. The exterior color of our homes says allot about us and our neighborhood. I encourage you to spice it up a bit even if the bold colors stay simply in your back garden. Nature offers us a full spectrum of color. Likewise, we should look beyond the standard neutrals and explore the many spectacular colors Mother Nature has provided to us.
Retaining a Professional for Color Consultation
Many years ago, I purchased a home that I ended up making $80,000 on within less than 36 months. At that time, money was abundant for me and I treated myself by hiring one of Chicagoland's best professional painters. The home was relatively new but need fresh paint on the ceilings (I believe the painter applied a primer only on the ceilings - and yes, I am always detailed orientated when it comes to my decor and spending six figures or more.)
The painter I hired was award-winning and had even written several best-selling books on painting the exterior of your home. What was a bonus was the color selection, I picked out the general color scheme, but when it came to the large office with the beautiful half round window, I was completely lost., for you see, I knew I wanted a high-end finish but knew nothing beyond that mantra. Suede was big at the time so I was leaning toward suede. The professional painter (who actually in hindsight was a top designer in his own right) recommended brown. Yes, I had a completely brown office, done expertly in brown suede and it was magnificent.
One of the colors chosen was eggplant along with a rich green - tropical colors for any location but for the suburbs of Chicago - perhaps these colors were extreme but wait - here the end of the story - as I believe this high-end paint job made me allot of money.
At the end of the four-day paint job, I handed the crew leader of his team a 5% cash bonus. This team was superb in every manner. They showed up on time, cleaned up their area to perfection and there was not one single inch that was not perfect in every manner throughout the entire home. What made me $80,000? In real estate, it is always the location but I have to wonder if that professional painting didn't significantly contribute.
Diversity of Color is Glorious
The diversity of color id glorious and critical to your home decor. The purpose of this article is to expose you to a group of colors that perhaps are out of your comfort zone. Color is glorious, but all the richer to combine a duet or trio of colors that compliment themselves. If you are investing in your decor, take the time and invest your hard earned dollars in a professional designer who knows the color wheel and can pull together your individual love of color.
© 2010 Ken Kline