Exterior paint trends come and go. As Heidi Klum would say on Project Runway, "One minute you're in. The next, you're out."
As with any design trend, what's of-the-moment is influenced by a combination of many factors including the economy and the environment. In 2012, homeowners are looking for colors they can invest in for the long haul that also blend naturally with their surroundings. This is due to a flailing world economy that has curbed frivolous spending, coupled with a high interest in being eco-friendly in every aspect of daily life.
So what does this mean color-wise? According Sensational Color
, 2012 is all about blues, greens and neutrals -- all colors which are reflected in nature. The good news is, that from dark to light, there's a wide range of options to choose from. You can feel of-the-moment in a multitude of shades.
Making the Choice
Can't decide which trend-setting shade is best for your home? Base your pick on your home's natural surroundings. Desert homes are well-suited to neutrals in the brown or cream family. Those homes that are nestled amongst the trees should aim for greens that match their leafy surroundings. Beachfront properties can use their water-side local to pick the perfect shade of blue.
Other popular exterior trends include creating a home that appears to have no edges. This look is accomplished by combining soft neutrals that move seamlessly from one to the next. Think a soft gray exterior with trim that's one shade lighter or darker. The result is an exterior that exudes serenity and peace of mind.
Homeowners who yearn for something with a little more pizzazz can choose to match their blue, green or neutral exterior with a contrasting trim in a lighter color. For example, matching a dark grey or indigo blue base with a cream colored trim makes a house a real standout without veering away from 2012's favorite colors. Add a front door in a warm brown and you've created a bright, welcoming exterior.
At the end of the day, updating the color of your home's exterior is a great way to give it a new look -- and show visitors you care about your home--without breaking the bank. As luck would have it, since this year's focus is on long-lasting shades, it's safe to say these colors will still be popular next year.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown