Tips for Choosing the Best Exterior Paint Colors for Your
Painting the outside of your home
increases its resale value and curb appeal. The problem though is that selecting exterior color
schemes isn't always easy. Choosing colors for exterior paint can definitely be a little more
tricky than choosing colors for interior painting and since the new colors are visible by everyone,
it pays to spend plenty of time picking out the right colors.
of the house
It's a good idea to go with exterior house paint
colors that aren't going to clash with surrounding neighbors. That doesn't mean that your
house has to look like every other house on the block, but it's a good idea to choose
a sensible exterior paint scheme that isn't the complete opposite of the general paint schemes
found in your neighborhood. Unusual colors could definitely impact your resale if you plan to
sell your home in the future.
Some factors to consider: What is the architectural
style of your home? Victorian? Traditional? Ranch? Cape Cod? One great way to get color ideas is to
simpy drive around the neighborhood in search of an architectural style similar to your home and make
note of the paint color schemes.
Painting a small house with lighter colors will give
the illusion that the house is bigger than it really is, while painting the same small house with darker
colors will make it appear smaller in size. Darker colors also fade faster from the sun than
Use the roof color on the house as a starting
point for selecting paint colors. A house with a dark roof is best painted with colors lighter than the roof,
not darker. The paint doesn't have to be lighter than the roof color, but take a look at the homes on
your street and you'll find that to be very common.
Choosing house paint colors similar to the color of
the roof will cause everything to blend together too much without any contrast. It might look a little odd.
This is also a problem if the house already looks small from the outside, because a dark roof would make
the small house look even smaller.
Exterior paint schemes using neutral colors are best
if you're trying to sell your home. Colors like blue, red, green and pink are not embraced by the general
public. Exterior painting is expensive and a buyer will be less likely to buy a house in need of a major
The easiest way to choose exterior paint schemes is to
visit your local paint store, preferably Sherwin Williams, if you have a store in your
area. Take a look at the brochures for exterior color schemes. Each sample brochure will
include three or more colors arranged in a proper scheme for exterior painting. This is much
easier and faster than searching through the color deck for each individual color.
Many people buy exterior paint without buying a small
paint sample first and testing it. Paper samples in a color deck aren't always accurate either,
especially solid stain samples. I have found that to be the case. This is because the sample cards fade,
especially the ones in the paint store that have been sitting there for a long time.
The small size of the sample card also makes it
difficult to see the true color in full as it would appear on the exterior of your home. If you have chosen a
few exterior paint colors you really like, buy paint samples for a few bucks and paint a small inconspicuous
area in the back of your house before spending hundreds of dollars on paint. Sherwin Williams sells
paint samples called Color To Go.
about the three basic house paint color schemes and review the color wheel on the Internet. The three basic
schemes used most often in interior and exterior painting are monochromatic, complementary and adjacent.
Monochromatic is very popular. Monochromatic exterior paint schemes use three or more shades of one
Complementary uses two colors opposite from each other on the color wheel and adjacent uses two
to three colors directly next to each other on the color wheel. Understanding the color schemes will help you
decide how you're going to divide the colors between the shutters, front door, siding and