8 Tips on Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for Homes

Choose Your Exterior Colors Choosing colors that flow well with the roof color, brick color and surrounding nature.

Is your house in need of some new exterior paint? After some time, exterior paint becomes dull, faded, or chipped due to different weather elements. Even if your home's exterior paint is still in great condition, it might just be time to switch things up!

How will you choose the right exterior paint colors for your home, though? With so many different wonderful colors to choose from, finding the right fit might become challenging. Will you go with a clean and simple white?

What about a bold and daring purple? The options are endless, so it's essential you do some serious thinking before painting your house. If you want to ensure you choose the right color for your home's exterior, then continue reading below. 

Here's everything you need to know about selecting the right paint colors!

1. Bright Colors on Older Architecture 

If your home has old architecture and features, then it's a great idea to paint the exterior a bright color. Pairing bright, modern colors with old architecture will help make all the small details stand out. It also puts a spin on things, considering its original exterior colors wouldn't have been as bright and bold. 

If you don't want to be as thrill-seeking, you can consider looking at the original paint colors. Chip back some paint and see what's underneath the last few coats. You can then take this sample to your paint professionals and have them mix together something similar. 

Bringing the original exterior colors back to life is always a great idea as well. 

2. Let Nature Inspire You 

When you feel a bit stumped, look around the outside of your home. What colors do you see? Nature has many different colors to offer you.

Is your home surrounded by the ocean and beaches? Are there more large trees down your street than anything else? Use these different natural elements to help you choose exterior paint colors.

For example, play off the beach scenery by choosing light pink or blues. Play off of the large trees by choosing shades of green or brown. You can also consider starting a garden in your yard and then playing off the colors of your garden. 

3. Match Colors With Your Roof

Another thing to consider is the type of roof or color of the roof your home has. Different roofing materials display different colors. If your home has a metal roof, then it'll be a silver color. 

If your roof has a clay roof, then it might be tan, orange, or brown color. It's important to keep the color of your roof in mind when selecting the color of your home. You don't want the two to clash. 

The two colors should come together in balance. To tie everything together, you can then use driveway pavers that match both colors as well. 

4. Choose Light Colors for Expansion

Light colors make an object or room appear larger while darker colors make an object or room appear smaller. If you want to make your house seem larger than what it is, then be sure to choose a light color. 

If there are any small details in your home's architecture, then you want to paint these details white to make them stand out. You can choose white, cream, or other similar shades to create this look. 

5. Paint With Dark Colors When Feeling Bold

If you're feeling a bit bold, then consider choosing dark colors to paint the exterior with. Dark colors can give a home character. Yes, painting with all dark colors can make a house appear smaller, but if you do it correctly, it'll come out amazing.

When choosing dark exterior paint, paint the recesses with the dark paint and use a lighter color for the smaller details. 

6. Use Two Different Colors 

Don't be afraid to use more than one shade of paint on the exterior either. With the right color combinations, you can help make your home and all its architectural details stand out. The trick is to choose two different paint colors that are in the same color family. 

For example, if you want to use a light color, such as a light pink for a beach home, then you can use several different shades of the same color. Use darker shades for your home's trim, which will help it stand out. 

7. Take Advice From Your Neighbors

Another great way to decide on exterior paint colors is to take some advice from your neighbors. You won't want to use the same exact colors as you'll want to stay original and not so cookie-cutter, but you can get a good idea or become inspired. 

Hop in the car and take a trip around the block or through the neighborhood. What color palettes are houses in the area using? Let these colors inspire your own color selection. 

8. Do a Test Run First

When you finally do select a color or two to use on your home, be sure to do a test run first. Before you paint your entire home in that color, paint a small section first. Give it a few days to dry and see how it looks in the sun and at night. 

Paint colors often look different once fully dried and in the light or in the dark. If you don't like the way it turned out, you saved yourself time and energy.

Which Exterior Paint Colors Will You Choose?

After reading through this guide, do you know which exterior paint colors you'll choose for your home? Once you make your selection, don't forget to call the professionals. 

Professional painting services will ensure your home's exterior is painted properly and made to last. 

Contact H3 Paint today to get a free estimate!

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Guest - Derek Swain (website) on Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:57

I found it helpful that you brought up the importance of choosing a paint color that will complement the material that your roof is made from. My wife and I are interested in painting our home's exterior so that it will match our asphalt roofing, but we are having trouble finding high-quality paint that will make the exterior appear more rustic. Hopefully, we can find a professional that can provide us with the paint colors that we are looking for.

I found it helpful that you brought up the importance of choosing a paint color that will complement the material that your roof is made from. My wife and I are interested in painting our home's exterior so that it will match our asphalt roofing, but we are having trouble finding high-quality paint that will make the exterior appear more rustic. Hopefully, we can find a professional that can provide us with the paint colors that we are looking for.
Guest - Ronald Craig (website) on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 02:36

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