How to Choose Exterior Paint Colors in 5 Steps

Exterior paint colors

Choosing exterior paint colors may seem like a daunting task. Should you go light or dark, colorful or neutral or is white just right? There are also things like your neighborhood, the size of your home and existing features, such as your roof color, to consider. Don’t let it be a stress. Follow these steps to make selecting exterior paint colors much easier.

First step: Check out the neighbors.
Not to be a copycat, but what are your neighbors doing? If it’s a totally eclectic mix then you can feel free to do whatever you want. But don’t be the person who paints a big pink house on an all-neutral street. You might love it (which is important for sure), however, your neighbors will not, and it could potentially hurt your resale value.

Second step: Inspect the tree situation.
Are you in a wooded area or does your house have a ton of trees around it? If your answer is yes, you might want to steer clear of green and brown — that is, unless you want to have a camouflaged house!

Third step: Give the house a once-over.
Now take a close look at your actual house. The experts at Sherwin-Williams say, “Consider the colors that can’t change (for example, elements, such as roofing shingles, and brick, slate, and stone accents or features) and use these elements as color resources because there are numerous shades and hues in building materials. A charcoal gray shingle, for example, could have flecks of gray-green or gray-blue that could be found on a paint color strip or incorporated into the color scheme.”

Fourth step: Consider these rules of thumb.
White and light colors tend to make homes look larger, which could in turn make your lot look smaller (if the lot is already small to begin with). “Dark colors can make a home look smaller but more substantial,” add the experts at Sherwin-Williams. “A safe and effective approach to color placement is to select two tints or shades from the same color strip a few shades apart. Either the lighter or the darker shade could be used for the body and the opposite for the trim. A contrasting accent color could punctuate the door. Lighter colors on a porch will make a home feel more ‘approachable’ and welcoming.” All excellent advice.

Fifth step: Ask yourself what you want.
Okay, so you’ve ruled out hot pink (sorry). Now what do you really want your home’s exterior paint colors to look like? You might have your heart set on shades of blues and grays or white with black trim or green and khaki. Keeping in mind all of the tips above, we’re confident you will find shades that will make you very happy. Having trouble deciding? We would love to help you with that. Just give us a call, and we’ll be over in a jiffy.

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