Paint Color Consulting for your House
What to do, how it works, and what you get
Step 1 - What you want and how much it costs (What you do)
For a price quote, first contact us with a photo of your home and answer the questions below.
- When do you plan to paint? Is this a rush order?
- Are you interested in Historic Colors? How authentic would you like it to be?
- How much detail do you wish to highlight?
- What colors do you like or have in mind?
- Are there any architectural changes you would like, such as the addition of real shutters etc?
Please contact us with this information with a high quality photo of your house.
We will get back to you ASAP with a price quote and approximate time of completion.
For information on types and specifications of photos to take, click here.
Step 2 - Preparing the house for color or architectural changes (What Old House Guy will do)
A photograph of your house is first cleaned up and improved in Adobe Photoshop. Each window and architectural feature is meticulously outlined. This is a very lengthy and painstaking process. We will retain this file for the next time you need paint consulting, for a discounted rate.
The color is then removed and converted to grayscale but the shadows and details are retained, preparing the image for your new colors.
Step 3- Choosing colors (What we do together)
If you have specific paint swatch color numbers in mind, we can show you how they look. Color selection is very dependent on your houses environment. A good color combination can appear quite different on the next street. While we do not necessarily choose specific color numbers, we will provide guidance and offer suggestions for different colors and color schemes. You will see how different colors and shades affect your home's appearance. Proper color placement and contrast really make an impact.
If you prefer to be authentic, we can suggest historic colors from our library, period paint supply catalogues, etc. Working with you, we will determine the architectural style of the house, period of construction, and period of significance.
We will be in communication during the entire process by email or phone. Emails will be answered within 24 hours Monday through Friday.
The result is a high quality photographic image of your house. The image will look real, as if your house was actually painted and THEN photographed. It will NOT look cartoonish as many house paint color viewers you see advertised.
We will email you high quality JPEG images of the front view of your house, showing the sample colors for you to review. These samples can then be changed or modified until you find something you like.
Step 4- the final step from Old House Guy
If your house has a lot of architectural details, we can provide Color Placement Maps - image files with close-ups of various areas of your home, with color labels on different features of your house. This is what you will give to your painter so he knows exactly what color to paint each feature. This will make his job easier. This color placement is very important and can make or break the appearance of your house.
You will receive Color Testing Instructions. Before you paint, color testing is recommended. Although you are receiving a quality image of your house colors, colors selections are provided as a guideline. The image you see on your computer may look different on another computer and on your house.
When testing colors we suggest you purchase small test cans of paint and test the colors on one small area of your house to see how they work together in your particular environment at different times during the day. The trees and lighting within your landscape affect the appearance of colors. Exact colors can appear different on houses in different locations. Your neighbor's house will affect how your colors appear. You may like how the color looks on your house in the morning, but not during mid-day. Test the colors and give it a few days to really get the feel of it.
Still not sure?
Why would I need someone to tell me how to paint my house?
The more elaborate your house, the more complicated the color selection process is. If you have a Victorian house with lots of detail, choosing colors can be a nightmare. If you have a simple house there is no reason to make it look like all those other average houses. It can really come alive and be pleasing to look at with the right choices.
There are two key factors to painting your house -color selection and color placement. When choosing colors, you will need to choose colors that work together. Color placement is extremely important - I cannot stress this enough!
You can have the best combination of colors, but if you do not understand the architecture of the house and what colors need to go on certain features, your house is doomed. It can look structurally off-balance. Incorrect color placement can make great colors look bad. Another common error (probably the biggest error) is not knowing when and how to use white. Improper use of white cheapens the appearance of the house.
So no need to worry, check us out and let us help you give your house the best curb appeal in your neighborhood.
Get started now with Step 1