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Paint Trends in Nashville, TN, and How To Ensure They Never Go Out of Style

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Whether you’re moving to a new place in Nashville, TN or updating your existing home in Music City, you want to live in a space that suits your personality while impressing visitors and passersby. Color is perhaps the largest factor in determining your home’s overall atmosphere, inside and out. Choosing paint colors is never easy, even if you have some sort of vision in mind. Turning to trends can be a helpful jumping off point, even if following the pack isn’t typically your thing.

Let’s discuss some of the hottest paint trends in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN and how to ensure they never go out of style once implemented.

Top Painting Trends in Nashville

Earthy Exteriors

While we’ve all been taught to not judge a book by its cover, a home’s exterior is the first thing people see when passing by, and we can’t help but make assumptions about said home based on its face. Regardless of location, some individuals will prefer to stand out, coating their home with bright, gaudy colors that distinguish them from their neighbors. In Nashville, TN, however (and many other regions), bold exterior colors are not the trend. In the realm of exterior home painting, subtle, earthy tones tend to dominate. If you take an in-person or virtual tour around Nashville and surrounding areas, you’ll come across several homes donning beige, off-white, brown, grey, soft yellow, and every variation in between. These easygoing, grounded exterior colors never go out of style, and the rich green grass and bright flowers found in Nashville provide an excellent contrast to the neutral tones of these homes.

Of course, earthy colors don’t constitute the only Nashville painting trend for exteriors. Blue (darker, navy blues in particular) has become a common exterior home color as well, typically offset by white or grey trim. This trend might not be as enduring as the previous one, but proper maintenance will at least ensure that these homes don’t become visually outdated.

Everything Old is New Again

When we think about trends, our minds often jump to what’s new and new alone. Oddly enough, many trends are cyclical in nature -- things that were trending decades (or even centuries) ago can come back around and make themselves popular once more. In Nashville and elsewhere, we’re seeing this resurgence in the realm of interior painting. Colors that would have been found all over 18th and 19th century architecture are in vogue once more.

Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection is one such example of a palette that spans centuries, yet still holds up today. In it, homeowners will find nearly 200 colors inspired by traditional American design -- New London Burgundy, Wickham Gray, Cushing Green -- these rich, yet muted tones capture an age past while remaining relevant. There are options for both interiors and exteriors found in the Historical Collection. Other paint retailers have classic color selections and collections of their own.

It’s About Arrangement

Even knowing that classic colors are back in style, you might hesitate to implement them for your own home painting purposes. After all, you probably don’t want your home to end up looking like something from the late 1800s. These concerns are valid, but it’s worth noting that color is only part of the residential-style equation. A modern home might share its color palette with a house from a bygone era, but the overall atmosphere of these structures may vary wildly depending on how they’re decorated, the furniture they contain, and so on.

In other words, maintaining a modern home is about more than just color -- it’s also about arrangement. If you want to keep your home up to date, consider which rooms might adopt which colors, how these paint colors will look under different types of lighting and contrasted with different furniture and decor, whether or not you’ll create an accent wall to add dynamics to your space, etc. When taking these aspects into account, it becomes clear that paint trends don’t exist in a vacuum. There are plenty of ways to liven up your space outside of or in concert with paint color concerns.

Maintenance Makes for Enduring Styles

Trends, even if they return down the line, aren’t meant to last forever. The best way to ensure that your home never goes out of style is to take great care of it. Let’s say you chose colors for your home’s exterior 20 years ago and these colors are no longer as popular as they once were in your Nashville neighborhood, but you don’t want to change these colors. If you haven’t kept up on cleaning your exterior or touching up its paint job, your home won’t just look behind the times -- it might look nearly obsolete. Conversely, hiring residential painting services to properly power wash your home once or twice a year and re-paint it every 5-10 years, or as needed, will keep your home looking new even if its color scheme isn’t in keeping with current trends.

Of course, if you would rather keep up with the times, local painters will have a strong sense of what’s in style, since they regularly deal with all types of homes in your area. So, when it comes time to pick different colors for your exterior and/or interior, it’s worth getting an opinion from local providers. Additionally, do some research of your own. Get online and look for homes similar to your own and see which colors correlate to higher market values. Home prices are a strong indicator of both how well a home is maintained and how appealing it is to modern buyers.

Nashville, TN is nothing if not a clash of the old and the new. In many ways, the city’s real estate reflects this dynamic. As a homeowner, you’re not obligated to follow any trend, but if you want to keep up with your neighborhood and/or boost your home’s market value, it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on what’s popular. Ultimately, if you want to maintain your home’s style, you can’t neglect regular maintenance. If you need help transforming your home and/or taking care of its appearance, the experts at Nash Painting are here to help. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!