Painting or staining your tree house weatherproofs it and tailors it to suit your taste and your kids’ imagination. Ask your children for color input or consider a color scheme that matches or complements your home. It’s up to you.
You can try to make your tree house feel like a smaller, second home inside and out. So when determining a color scheme for the tree house, use the same process you would when painting the inside or outside of your home. Your palette should consist of three colors: light, medium and dark colors. These three colors will form the foundation of your project. Lighter colors should be used as a background. Remember you can also use different color schemes for the outside of the tree house than you would use for the inside.
There are three basic color schemes for the home, which can also apply to the tree house. Each has its own appeal, but it's up to you to decide what you do with your tree house. Let your personality and tastes dictate the scheme you use.
Monochromatic color schemes use tints and shades of the same color to create a sophisticated and elegant look. Colors from the same color family tend to look great together, such as a neutral color like brown or gray with lighter or brighter shades of these colors used on trim.
Developed from colors next to each other on the color wheel, analogous home color schemes offer more nuances while retaining the elegance of the monochromatic scheme. Usually, one color is dominant while others are used to enrich the effect, for example, greens and blues or rose and peach.
Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. These types of color schemes add drama. Complementary colors enhance the temperature of each other, which adds interest and energy when trim complements the background color. To get the most out of this scheme, use a warm color against a cool shade or add contrasting accessories inside to highlight the color of the walls.
Your local True Value® hardware experts can answer questions you have about both exterior and interior paint color combinations and point you in the right direction, based on your preferences. Bring in ideas and pictures of interiors and exteriors you like. While you're there, you can pick up a Custom Mixed Color Sample to try a few colors on the tree house walls. You can also pick up Idea Cards that have pre-determined palettes ready for you.