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Choosing Great Colors for a Condo Association

October 27th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Choosing Great Colors for a Condo Association”

What Good Color Can Do For You

If you’ve dri­ven around town look­ing for paint­ing ideas for your con­do­mini­um or build­ing, you may have been struck by the extremes.

In one group there are rows of bor­ing beiges, grim grays and “what’s with all the whites”? Then, just when you think you might nod off behind the wheel, you’re star­tled by an infu­sion of bold blue, gar­ish green and ter­ri­ble turquoise. And that’s just on the trim.

Attract new residents, increase your property value

While you would nev­er advo­cate that a con­do­mini­um looks pret­ty in pink, you are strug­gling to cre­ate a col­or scheme that will appeal to most of the prospec­tive new res­i­dents who vis­it your build­ing. You know: if they don’t like what they see, they will do exact­ly what you did: keep dri­ving down the street.

Then, too, you real­ize that paint holds the poten­tial to increase the prop­er­ty val­ue of your con­do­mini­um and oth­er build­ings. Paint may not be the most siz­able finan­cial invest­ment you will make in your con­do­mini­um, but it’s an invest­ment nonethe­less. What the exte­ri­or paint­ing of a con­do­mini­um lacks in finan­cial force it makes up for in exe­cu­tion, for paint­ing projects often take time to com­plete even when weath­er con­di­tions are ide­al.

For all rea­sons, you’d pre­fer to choose a win­ning col­or palette you feel con­fi­dent about. To achieve this pos­i­tive out­come, con­sid­er five tips from paint experts who under­stand your wish to stand out – in a good way:

Isolate what will not be painted first

Start off by seg­re­gat­ing those ele­ments that will not require paint, such as the chim­ney, vinyl sid­ing and win­dows, rail­ings or doors. Take a good look at the col­ors of these ele­ments. Then use them as a base­line as you con­sid­er a palette for the exte­ri­or paint­ing of your con­do.

Learn about the color wheel

A con­sci­en­tious paint­ing con­trac­tor will explain the basics of the col­or wheel – how con­trast­ing col­ors com­ple­ment each oth­er and also how stay­ing with­in one col­or fam­i­ly might be the best choice for the exte­ri­or paint­ing of your con­do.

Honor history

Your con­do­mini­um and oth­er build­ings don’t have to be “old” or reside in a his­tor­i­cal dis­trict for you to take a bow to his­to­ry. The town itself may teem with tra­di­tion­al hall­marks. That same con­trac­tor can show you how to choose shades that were com­mon­place at the time your build­ing was con­struct­ed.

Choose light colors to burnish size

The grand­est estates in the coun­try are often paint­ed white, includ­ing a most dis­tin­guished home on Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Light col­ors make build­ings look larg­er. And psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly, they are thought to pro­vide a men­tal lift. If white is too stark for your taste, down­shift to a pale cream, ivory or linen. The dif­fer­ences may sound sub­tle, but they will look dis­tinct­ly dif­fer­ent on the expanse of a con­do­mini­um.

Use dark colors to add drama

Frank Lloyd Wright immor­tal­ized the tech­nique known as “band­ing,” or using dark­er col­ors to accen­tu­ate lighter ones. You can employ this dra­mat­ic approach on shut­ters, trim and doors. You can even use dark col­ors to dis­guise build­ing flaws.

If you’re already feel­ing that it’s “bet­ter to play it safe” with paint col­or, trust your good instincts. And real­ize that few improve­ments can invig­o­rate a build­ing like paint. Peo­ple *will* notice – and hope­ful­ly, will put on the brakes when they pull up in front of your fresh­ly paint­ed build­ing.


To learn more, down­load the Con­do Association’s Guide to Mak­ing Col­or Selec­tions.

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