Picking a color for your L.A. home involves more than a swatch
If the outside of your Los Angeles-area home is in need of a new paint job, picking the perfect color might not be as easy as visiting a local paint store and finding a shade that appeals to you.
Dan Dugan, owner of highly rated Wet Paint Company in Laguna Niguel, Calif., says the first thing you should do is check with your homeowners association to see what the rules are.
“Some associations are committed to certain color palettes,” Dugan says.
If you do not have any requirements – or have a certain color palette to select from – the next step is finding a shade that appeals to you. If you’re not sure how to get started, Dugan says hop in the car and drive around the neighborhood.
Dugan tells his customers to let him know houses they like and he will try to find a color that closely matches.
Once a color or shades are selected, Dugan recommends purchasing several quarts of colors and painting them on different sides of the house.
“I always recommend put a sample on your sunny side and in the shade,” he says. “It looks completely different in the back of the house because it’s different lighting.”
Painting samples on the house is “a must as far as I’m concerned, because nobody wants to paint their home twice,” Dugan says.
Michael Bellotti of highly rated Michael Bellotti Painting in Los Angeles, says colors suggested by the manufacturers are ones to consider when painting your home’s exterior.
“They usually suggest the ones that have the longest durability rather than looking for a big sale,” he says.
Bellotti says brand-name paints have the durability to last a long time in Los Angeles weather.
“Outside you have smog and rain and hot sun, and you want something that holds up,” he says.
Brand-name paints are often grouped in color families, and accent colors are suggested for use with main colors. Bellotti says this is helpful when painting trim and other smaller areas of the exterior.