How to Choose the Right Outdoor Paint for Your Home

One way of boosting your home’s curb appeal is creating unique, attractive, and inspiring exterior color schemes. That is why it is important to learn how to pick the right outdoor paint for your home’s style and architecture from the thousands of exterior paint colors and types available.

Just like any other home remodeling project, your exterior paint needs to be durable, sustainable, skillfully done, and within a reasonable budget. If you are unsure of the right exterior paint color for your home, this post will walk you through 5 expert tips for choosing the right paint color combination for the exterior of your home. 

1. Be guided by your geography

Whether you choose dull or bright outdoor colors will be determined by the geographical characteristics of your region. In the tropics, for example, exteriors are dominated by bright, playful, and cheery colors. Brown, green, and burgundy, among other nature-inclined colors, are dominant in the rustic mountains.

Choose a color that suits your home’s geographical location. Be cautious about taking extreme risks – being the odd home in your neighborhood isn’t a good way to stand out.

2. Consider your roof color

Unless you’re planning to replace your roof, don’t ignore its color when deciding the right outdoor paint for your home. Black or neutral gray material will go well with almost any color scheme out there, so you could be in luck if your roof has either of the two colors. However, if you have any shade of red, brown, green, tan, or blue on your roof, you can be assured that the colors will clash if you aren’t keen enough. Blue-gray is also not as lucky as neutral gray. Here are your options if you fear that your exterior color palette might clash:

  • If roof is dark brown, it is safe to choose true neutral colors for the rest of the home. Spice things up by choosing paint with a red undertone
  • If your roof is green or blue-gray, a color that’s either neutral or has a slight hint of green or gray in it will blend in well.

3. Honor history

This has everything to do with the age of your home. If it is old, it is only fair that you choose a historically appropriate color scheme.

You will need to do a little bit of digging into the history of your home’s exterior paints if you are to pull this off. You may consider hiring a pro to research and recreate the original paint. Or, find out when the house was built and refer to a historic color chart for the most common color palettes during that time.

4. Consider your home’s architecture

People paint their home exteriors as a way of hiding architectural flaws. As much as that is acceptable, it is best, as much as possible, to allow your home’s architectural design to dictate how you play around with your exterior paint.

If your home has a simple architecture, for example, don’t ruin everything by mixing too many exterior color patterns. Think of a simple house in rural areas: two colors will do. However, if yours is an elaborate Victorian house style, anything less than five colors will seem off-touch.

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5.  Don’t limit your color choices

Your exterior color pattern should have a dominant field color, a trim color (for the doors, window frames, and other small exterior parts), and an accent color for that bold, eye-catching look. You need to get your combinations right, but that doesn’t mean limiting your exterior paint to three shades only. You can have two field colors blending perfectly with multiple trim or accent colors. The more the blended colors, the more pleasing your home will be.

The exterior of your home is extremely versatile in color selection. Use that versatility to your advantage instead of cursing how hard it is to choose the right color. Be mindful of your surroundings – your roof, neighboring homes, home’s architectural design, and geographic location – and you can choose exterior paint colors to reflect the beautiful home that your family deserves.

Originally published June 2020.