Foundation paint color can improve the appearance of a home, increase it's financial curb appeal, and give neighbors a prettier sightline. Foundation paint color can also distract by taking the focus off the house sitting on top of it. After all, isn't it the bride we're looking at and not the ushers?
The foundation is rarely a featured element so let's not highlight its nothingness. There is a method to reduce the decision angst. Start my selecting a hue already in the existing exterior palette. Adjust the LRV (light reflective value) that will visually support the palette above. Remember, darker on the bottom. Consider the appearance of the chosen color against the surrounding hues - landscape, lawn, and the sky above. Yes, the sky. Coordinate your exterior palette the same way you select textiles for living room furnishings. Put all the hues on the table. Do know that your neighbor's house, if in sightline of yours, will affect the color appearance of yours.
The end result of a proper color choice is the appearance of a larger, higher valued home. You're simply not cutting it off at the knees. And, with the structure gracefully unified the landscape can shine in all its glory while accentuating your home.
left: chosen hue forcing all kinds of visual clutter, hot mess
right: better hue declutters the property, highlights the home and the landscape
Geri loves to consume color through art, architecture, photography, and interior spaces of all built environments. She is a museum enthusiast. Exploring new places, cultures, and restaurants will always be a part of her life. Geri loves the creative process of cooking with natural fresh local ingredients and adores the beauty of colorfully plated food.