How to Choose Home Exterior Colors

Choosing exterior colors for the home is something that should be done with thought and care. The color will be seen every day, not only by the homeowner but the neighbors and any guests. It will affect how the home looks and, if it goes on the market, how the home sells. Finding the right combination of blending in and standing out while enjoying the overall effect can be narrowed down by considering several factors. The painting contractor may be able to assist in color choice if needed.

Architecture
The home’s architecture plays a major role in color selection. Different shades of colors cause optical illusions, making the house appear larger or smaller. White or pale off-white colors make the structure appear larger. This is good for small homes that may soon be for sale. Darker hues, such as forest green or slate gray, make the house appear smaller. For a large structure, this may not be an issue. For homes with multiple levels and sections obvious built in to the architecture, similar colors in different shades are another option.

Neighborhood
Consider the surroundings when choosing home exterior paint colors. A walk down the street or a drive through several blocks f the neighborhood may give the homeowner an idea of what could look nice and what to avoid. Steer clear of painting the exterior the exact same color scheme as any home next door or immediately across the street. If the colors seem ideal, vary the base paint shade and use a different color for the trim to achieve a unique look. Bright fluorescent colors and bold statements may sound exciting in the planning stages, but when the project is complete, it may only annoy the neighbors and embarrass the kids by standing out a little too much. Some city ordinances require homes in pre-planned communities or historical districts to use a certain color scheme or period-appropriate hues on building exteriors. This may limit the homeowner’s imagination, but it creates an impressive look of coordination in the community.

Tone
A home’s exterior influences the tone it presents. In a busy suburban neighborhood, simple colors with coordinating or contrasting trim on the windows, doors and porches are commonplace. Beachfront or lakeside communities tend to convey a softer tone to blend with the environment; blues and greens give a more relaxed feel. Houses with brick and siding combinations coordinate well with reds and browns for a quaint, homey look.

Personal Preference
Of course, the most important part of choosing exterior paints is the owner’s personal preference. It should be something that the household can withstand looking at every day and does not turn off the person living there. The painting contractor can assist the homeowner in choosing the right color scheme and type of paint to come up with a solution the entire household will be comfortable with for several years.