If you’re planning to paint the exterior of your house, chances are you could use some suggestions before you begin. Just as with interior house painting, you want to end up with colors and styling that you will not only “live with” but enjoy being around. Rather than just closing your eyes and picking a color at the paint store at random, do a little homework ahead so that your choice will be well-thought out.
Exterior House Painting Color Selection
When it comes to choosing what color to paint the exterior of your house, one of the best ways is to take a look around. As you drive, look at the colors of the houses in your neighborhood – or someone else’s neighborhood. As you see houses that you like, maybe you’ll notice a trend. Are the house exteriors you like painted mostly white? Off white? Grey? Something. . . shall we say. . . less traditional, more outrageous? Take note of which exterior house painting colors appeal to you the most. You can even take a few pictures of the houses you like so that it is easier to remember them later.
Picking Your Accent Colors
While you’re admiring colors of houses, notice the accent colors they use, and whether it “works” or not. You like that white house with the grey trim? Or the off-white with the brown trim? Whatever base color and accent colors appeal to you the most are good potential colors when painting your house exterior.
Exterior House Painting Professionals
If you’re struggling to find colors that you like together, consult with someone who knows what colors work well together – as well as what’s “in vogue” in terms of house exterior painting. Who can this be? There are a few options.
Ask a friend who has good taste. Maybe this friend recently repainted their own place. Maybe they just have a good eye for color – or they’ve been suggesting for years now that it was time to repaint your house. Chances are, you know someone like that who would be delighted to be asked for a suggestion or two.
You can also ask a painting contractor for suggestions as to color for your exterior house painting project. They often know the current trends – whether it is “Navaho White” or “Cream” that is popular, and how to select good accent colors to go with your base color.
Check a current home decorating magazine. They will be up to the latest trends and often have articles to help do-it-yourselfers. Tear out the pages with houses you like, and you’ll see that certain colors appeal to you more than others.