spring imageBy Francie Healey

Some people say the best thing about winter is that it ends. And when it ends, Spring is oh! so sweet.

One exciting way to welcome Spring is to change or update the outside of your home with a fresh coat of paint. It can be a fresh and delightful project.

It can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start.

Painting the exterior of your home is not something that should be left to anyone but a professional. Your professional renovator can make that happen ‒ properly, safely, tastefully ‒ with guarantees, liability insurance, beautiful workmanship, and an expectation of long durability.

Colour can be friend or foe, depending on how you use it. Your renovator can introduce you to a professional designer who will help. A designer can recommend the best kind of paint for your project and discuss with you what colours will work best for the style of your home. You’ll want to think about the way your home fits in with the other homes in your neighbourhood, because the colours you choose should be in harmony with other homes on the entire street.

Your colour palette can be tricky. You might, for instance, want to use three colours. If they’re too plain or lifeless, your home will seem boring. But if they’re too bright for its style or location, you might end up with something jarring and annoying.

Your designer might take several “before” photos and perhaps show you computer-generated representations of what the result might be. You might want to ask family members and friends what they think. You will probably want to do some serious browsing on the internet to see what others have done.

If you’re not already doing a larger renovation, your designer will also help you to decide what colours will be attractive against existing surfaces, such as your roof or driveway, or the colour of any brick or stone.

And then there’s the matter of an accent colour, if you want one. Done well, it can be sensational. But if it’s wrong, well… you won’t even want to go there. So welcome Spring with a fresh look for your home, but do it properly with a professional renovator and designer!

Happy Spring. Happy home! It can make winter a thing of the past.

Francie Healey is Ottawa Renovates’ editor. She wrote this article for the. Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association RenoMark Renovator blog.