A good exterior paint job adds value; a misguided one can make you weep — or LOL. Here’s a collection of our favorite oddballs.
Friends and the pizza delivery guy won’t have any trouble finding your house when you tell them to look for the leopard spots. No matter what your color scheme, take care when prepping an older house for repainting by testing for lead paint and knowing current lead paint laws.
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Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!Flower Power
The prospect of brand-new siding for this 1907 house brought out a creative flurry in the homeowners, who spent a weekend festooning the old siding with little portraits of roses as a fond farewell to their 100-year-old exterior. Give your wood siding some TLC by inspecting, caulking, and trimming back shrubbery, and maybe it’ll last a century, too.
Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!What Will the Neighbors Think?
Many of singer Chris Brown’s neighbors weren’t too happy with his decision to paint wild graffiti on the curbside wall of his Hollywood Hills home. Los Angeles city officials agreed, and fined the R&B star $376 for unpermitted signage. Before you get out the cans of spray paint, check your city ordinances and HOA rules about what’s allowed — and what isn’t.
If you think a Barbie doll lives here, you’d be right. This shocking-pink-and-lilac creation was home to Ruth Handler, inventor of the original Barbie doll. No shrinking violet, this Santa Monica house is a vibrant concoction of color that isn’t too out-of-place in its seaside location. Nevertheless, you’ll want to prevent bad curb appeal by keeping your exterior paint scheme in sync with the rest of your neighborhood. (BTW, Ruth’s husband Eliot founded toy company Mattel.)
Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!Art or Eyesore?
When a routine home inspection revealed a deteriorating exterior, the owner commissioned local artists to repaint his house. He calls the results expressive, although some neighbors call it a sore spot. Because the artwork was approved by the homeowner, it technically isn’t considered graffiti as defined by the north Chicago municipality where the house sits — so the city can’t order it to be removed.
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Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!Tropic of Michigan
It may get cold in central Michigan, but these homeowners will always have warm spirits in their house painted with island motifs. No matter what scheme you think up, you’ll want to use quality exterior paints and stains so you won’t have to repaint as often. Here’s how to get a perfect exterior paint job.
No matter what you think of this paint job, it’s got heart — with bright red accents that pump up a basic white color scheme. Trompe l’oeil vines add a touch of two-dimensional texture. Metal roofing comes in many colors; the red standing-seam steel roof here is the ideal roofing option for this sweet Indiana home.
Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!Dazzling White Smile
In Greece, exterior walls covered with white limestone plaster are common, and whole villages can be variations on a bright, snowy white theme. Against such a pure background, dashes of color really pop. Cheerful railings and doors, a few stencil designs, and some expressive pots make this Mykonos residence one of the happiest houses we know.
Exterior House Colors That Really Pop!Different Drummers
This homeowner walked into her local paint store and said, “Give me one of everything!” She got a standing ovation. Nicknamed “Calico,” this once-white 1840s house in upstate NY is far enough away from municipal ordinances that a little self-expression doesn’t violate any laws. “People we don’t even know stop by and give us cookies,” she says, “which is awesome!”