Colonial houses traditionally protest against the relative excesses of Victorian architecture. Vivid Victorian colors and elaborate, ornate lines gave way to quiet and elegant forms in more stately Colonial tones, offering a relationship of order and simplicity. The typical colonial house, historically, featured a youthful appearance with muted tones of the exterior paint of the molding, house (called the “field”) and the accent colors. Restore your colonial with a new coat of exterior paint, with traditional colors, or choose your palette. Several websites offer a simple method to practically “try out” different colors before buying the paint.
1 Take digital photographs of your home. Focus on the front view, which gives you the first impression of the house when you approach it. Although photos are not necessary with each virtual drawing program offered by various corporate websites and some may not allow you to upload your photo, just having the images to look at while you test colors help you imagine at home.
2 Download your digital images to the computer as you would typically give a camera and software. Save the pictures on the desktop, in a jpeg format, to facilitate access during the virtual exterior color house session. Print a copy of the movie if you want an unpainted copy to look at while the program is open.
3 Choose a virtual home based web-based drawing program. Some paint manufacturers such as Sherwin-William, Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Valspar offer this service at no cost, as well as other major home improvement names, such as Bob Villa. Although there is also software available for purchase, for the average homeowner, free programs are sufficient.
4 Register and create a free account on the website that offers the virtual painting service, if necessary. Behr, for example, instructs users to sign up for a free subscription, while Sherwin-Williams does not. Consult the website involved to determine the restrictions or special requirements.
5 Select the option to upload a photo, if offered, or use images of the program; this may appear as an option to “choose color” or “choose a scene” or as an opportunity formulated similarly.
6 Follow the instructions that appear after uploading your image, or select the “colonial” style and choose a copy of the colonial style photos of the houses that are offered as an alternative. The options and necessary steps, while varying depending on the virtual painting tool assigned, are marked and simple. If you do a mistake, refresh the page and enter the program again.
7 Choose the color palette that appeals to you between the presented options. Scroll through the colors to find the one you want. Apply the color in general, by clicking on the color and touching your mouse pointer to the area of the house in which you want to see. Paint the lavender field, for example, and try a pale gray-violet on the blinds and the door with a deep burgundy on the ring.
8 “Undo” or “Clear” your colors as you experiment with the options available to you. Change the images if you want to get a different view of your home in the programs that allow you to upload and print photos of your own home outside.
9 Save the images will be painted, reflecting the colors you like, on the computer or the program, as indicated, when you have finished. The digital images and value images that are offered usually allow you to maintain the images you want. Use them in the future when you are ready to buy new exterior paint.