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Is the outside of your home looking old and tired? Or are you tired of the color? Are you getting ready to sell your home?

There are many reasons you might want to repaint. And there are good reasons for selling in 2019. Keeping resale value in mind, some colors are better than others.

A nice coat of paint rejuvenates your home’s exterior. If you’re painting soon, take a look at these top trends in exterior paint colors for your home in 2019.

You Can’t Please Everyone

You can’t please everyone, but there are some colors that most people find easy on the eyes. Remember when everyone wanted a red front door? That’s out of style now, along with the bright-yellow accents!

If you’re repainting for yourself or to sell, neutral colors are easygoing and never go out of style. Neutrals pair well with colorful home decor accents that are easy to change when you tire of them.

Don’t worry, neutral doesn’t mean boring. And keep in mind that color affects mood in different ways.

That being said, take a look at these great exterior paint color trends and pick one that works for you.

  1. White on White

From the popular farmhouse trend to a Mediterranean beach house, white is on point. And don’t be fooled, there’s more than one white. Painting your house white is tricky because there are so many whites from which to choose.

There are cool whites with blue or grey undertones. There are also warm whites with a hint of brown or cream. Some whites with brown undertones look the tiniest bit pink.

A white house sporting white trim offers a clean look that’s gorgeous. if you’re looking for something more striking, use white with a bold dark color for the trim.

If you opt for white, use one with a low light reflective value (LRV) for your home’s exterior. It won’t reflect the surrounding colors of the landscape or your neighbors’ homes.

  1. Dark and Dramatic

Looking for something a little more dramatic for your home’s exterior? Almost no matter the type of home, it’ll look great with a bold dark color. Whether your house is mid-century modern, contemporary, or craftsman, a dark color looks great.

Colors gaining in popularity are dark greens, dark blues, and charcoals. Pair these dark colors with white trim.

Stormy Gray has a blue undertone for a unique and dramatic look. Looking for a beach or coastal feel? Try Stormy Gray. Pair it with white trim details.

  1. The Famous Greige

Greige is taking over and for good reason. Greige is the marriage of gray and beige. Homeowners and buyers love greige. Beige infuses warm undertones while gray offers soft neutral tones.

The two colors together make greige. And it’s the perfect color for exterior as well as interior paint jobs.

  1. Safe Taupe

Taupe is a good exterior color for playing it safe if you’re selling soon. Tony Taupe from Sherwin-Williams (SW 7038) is a great neutral exterior color. It’s also one of the most popular, and it’s coming up big in 2019.

  1. A Classic – Desert Beige

This strong neutral tone pairs well with bold contrasting trim colors. The trim is a visual outline for your home’s exterior. This classic beige isn’t boring and pairs well with white gutters, corner strips, and soffits.

  1. Got the Blues?

Do you love blue? You’re not alone!

Many homeowners and buyers opt for blue. Deep bold blues make for great accent colors. Or do the entire exterior in a bold blue hue. If you choose a dark or bright blue, pair it with cool light trim colors.

Be bold with Peacock Blue and you’ll stand out from your neighbors!

Blue is another color that gives a coastal feel like Cape Cod in the summer. Try any sea-blue watery hue for a charming exterior. Ready to set your home apart? Try Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year: Oceanside.

  1. Almost Blue

You’re not ready for blue, but you want a nautical feel? Try a deep blue-gray exterior. You’ll get the nautical, coastal vibe without committing to full blue.

Pair with white trim for a neutral look. Not sure what white to look for? Your painting contractor can help. Speaking of contractors, make sure you hire a good one!

  1. Unexpected Red

As 2019 comes into full bloom, there are also some unexpected color trends. Here’s a trend you may not be sold on when it comes time to sell, but if you’re looking for something different, try a smoky red exterior.

A bright and cheerful lighthouse red is a traditional color, but it’s also fresh. It’s the perfect pairing for bright white trim. Paint the garage doors and soffits white as well.

  1. Nature-Inspired Exterior Colors

No doubt 2019 decor takes lots of its inspiration from nature. If you’re looking for a retreat-like space, consider a moss green like Spanish Moss from Valspar. This woodsy green has brownish tones reminiscent of tree bark.

Looking for a more neutral green? Try Benjamin Moore’s Cypress Green. It’s a gray-green amalgamation that’s neutral without being boring. Try it with black or dark-gray shutters and trim.

  1. Pale Yellow

Yellow is making a comeback. This cheerful hue says “happy!” But beware of going too bright. A nice toned-down pale shade is your best bet if you’re selling anytime soon.

Yellow looks great on a traditional craftsman or old Victorian. Pair it with a white porch and trim. Add gray details for a sophisticated look.

Exterior Paint Colors for 2019

There are so many great exterior paint colors for 2019. There’s something for everyone’s taste. If you’re painting your home with no plans for selling, go for whatever trend suits you best.

If you’re painting with selling in mind, stick to one of the more neutral trends. Neutral may seem boring, but it’s tried and true when it comes to selling your home.

Whether you’re going for a coastal blue or a lighthouse red, a fresh coat of exterior paint makes your home look great.

Are you ready for a new coat of exterior paint? Call us. We’re here to help!

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Save thousands and paint your vinyl siding instead of replacing it! Ditch the DiY. Our partners @sherwinwilliams have a tremendous product that’s perfect for Alberta’s climate.

Now homeowners have the freedom to choose the color they really want for painting their vinyl siding.

Thanks to its strength, durability, versatility and ease of maintenance, vinyl siding is the No. 1 choice of exterior covering for homes across the country.

However, vinyl siding colors traditionally range from white to sandstone, with maybe a Wedgewood blue thrown in for variety. In the past, if a homeowner wanted to change the color of his or her vinyl siding by painting, color choice was limited to the same range as or lighter than the existing color. Why? Because darker colors absorb more heat, causing the plastic vinyl to warp, buckle and distort.

But thanks to Sherwin-Williams new VinylSafe® colors, which ensures that darker colors don’t absorb heat, this is no longer the case. Innovative VinylSafe® paint colors solve that problem by allowing you the freedom to choose from 100 colors options, including darks such as Ground Hog and Green Mountain, and brights named Frilly and Nikko Blue formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding. Plus, they can get custom matches by using Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Precision, our exclusive technology for ensuring exceptional color accuracy and consistency. Each vinyl siding color is available in Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint® Exterior and Duration®Home Exterior product lines.

With the new VinylSafe® color palette, we can offer our customers both an economical way to achieve fresh curb appeal and a world of color choices. (403)254-4726

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How often does your painting and renovation company conduct training seminars with its team. We hold regular product and service training with our group. Get one of them in your home today!

At Harding’s we constantly strive to be better. Our team of Licensee’s and their crews goes through extensive training in service and how to meet our clients expectations. We realize that even though a client wants work done in their home that don not necessarily want us ‘in’ their home. Your home is your private domain and we respect that from the first day we walk in to provide our free estimate. So thank you for inviting us into your home, we appreciate the trust you give us to do so and will respect it like our own while we are there.


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I found this great article on why and when you should consider to NOT do it yourself. It aligns perfectly with our Ditch the DiY mantra here at Harding’s.

Far too many times people think they are saving money by doing it themselves. Granted there is a satisfaction in completing a job yourself, no doubt, but at what cost? Check out the article in the link below, but also consider these items when considering your DiY project.

  • What tools do you need to rent or buy for the project?
  • How much time will it ‘actually’ take?
    Remember travel time to and from the hardware store for tools, advice, materials, damn it you forgot screws!
    Preparation is key, have you masked off painting areas, how much time will that take?
    Demolition, have you considered Asbestos? Lead?
    Material waste management? Where, when and how are you getting all the demo materials and waste to the dump? Can you even take all of your waste to the dump?
    Materials selection; do you have the experience to know which materials are needed where? How much time will watching those YouTube videos take?
    Experience in the vocation you are taking on? This is the big one. Lots of people can watch videos and think they can handle the project but are you familiar with the tools, the trade and the actual work. Check those grout lines!
    As a DiY’er, the old adage of measure twice cut once, is more like measure 13 times and cut it 4 separate times with 3 extra pieces of material.

These are just a few of the many things to consider when taking on a DiY project. Gratification in completing a project is awesome, unless your spouse gives you gears for the next 10 years on those grout lines!

Here’s that link to why you should Ditch the DiY!

Rob Hilditch, President of Harding’s – Your Improvement Company.

I had been a believer in post secondary education. Get the degree, get the degree! My father instilled to my brothers and I that we were not to work in the trades. He’d say go to school, stay away from working in restaurants (even though we ere involved in ownership of 2) and that White Collar work was commendable. He was not wrong but he was not right either.

I am a people person, so I found myself drawn to restaurants. Hanging out there, working there and finally making a career in them. As life happened and I transitioned into building restaurants my passion for building brought me closer to the typical trades of carpentry, electrics, plumbing, painting etc..  I built a lot of great relationships with these trades people. Relationships that have stood the test of time. Reliable, trustworthy and down to earth people who I now call friends.

I started to notice a decline in restaurant franchising because of the costs associated with it. I quickly realized that trades was a great route for franchising. That lead me to Harding’s, an opportunity to work daily with these people I admired so much and help take their small businesses to the next level. There has been a decline in ‘work’ effort in recent years and yet the trades continues to get hard working men and women busting their butts to put food on the table. And they do, very well I might add. Margins that some trades are seeing are far better than typical businesses. Your overhead is lower, your labour is already skilled and product cost is very reasonable with great markup potential. In short, franchising in trades is where its at.

I recently watched this TedX Talk with Mike Rowe, from Discovery Channel’s – Dirty Jobs. I was so wrong about him. I assumed he was a Blue Collar grunt chosen from his trade background. I was pleasantly surprised to find him eloquent, very well educated and inspiring. His belief in trades and his experience gained from working along side of so many hard working trades people is spot on.

A career in the trades is commendable, there is no shame in it and a lot of money to be made in it. Don’t sell yourself short and play yourself long on higher education and the massive debt that can go with it. Take a look at the trades!

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5 Reasons why you should always hire a Professional Painter

#1 Finished Product

Painting anything requires training in all sorts of disciplines. Many people do not think of what encompasses an entire painting job in their homes.

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Painting is a skill set that requires chemical handling/storage, ladder safety, skim coating, sanding, caulking, understanding the difference between paints and quality then ultimately having that steady hand. Also, don’t forget the tools you need.

When you hire a professional painter you are guaranteed a quality and professional finish, something you may not be able to achieve on your own. You all know what I am talking about there! The infamous ceiling hit!

#2 Preparation

The above ceiling hit could have easily been avoided by taking the time to properly prep the wall and ceiling. There is a lot to consider when prepping your home for paint, including having to research the paint to use, the tools needed and the time to complete it all. You may think that by buying the most expensive paint and tools it will ensure you a quality DIY job, but it all comes down to the application when using those products as well.

Professionals are not only efficient at the prep portion but will, again, guarantee the end product as well as ensuring the work is completed when its needed. Meaning you get that valuable #freetime you deserve.

#3 Perceived Value

So it is going to cost you less to paint it yourself, right?

That is not always the case. When you have completed DIY painting, it can come back to haunt you when selling your home or when you go to complete other renovations or DIY projects in your home.

Hiring a professional the first time means that its done right from the beginning and you’d be surprised about how reasonable hiring a pro is!

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We have already outlined how much prep and time is required for painting your own home. Do you really have that time?

Hiring a professional lets you get that time back and also gets that honey-do-list off your plate! You have bigger things to worry about, let a pro handle it for you. Plus, a pro will complete the job far more efficiently than the DIY route.


 #5 So now what…..

Whats the plan with the left over paint? Did you buy drop cloths for your DIY project, if so, where do they go now? Where do you dispose of the paint? How far is that drive and what does the municipality charge to do it? What other clean up is there to do now?

Is there touch ups to do after? Now you will have to pull all this stuff out again to do those.

A professional painter will take care off all of that so you don’t have to. They warranty and guarantee their work. This means there is no added pressure on you. You can either leave those spots you missed and get ribbed by your friends and family or just let your Professional Painter get it done right the first time.

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