Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for Your Painting Project
I bet you know a few things about choosing exterior paint colors. You want something safe and eco-friendly. You also want quality paint so the color won't fade.
Below, you'll find friendly advice on how to put together a combination of exterior paint colors for a beautiful home.
Consider the Most Popular Exterior House Paint Colors
Traditional never goes out of style
- White and off-white
While these classics have benefits, so does making your home fit your style.
Keep Your Neighbors’ Exterior Paint Color Combinations in Mind
Look at the homes on either side of you and, to a lesser degree, the rest of the block. You want to keep to a similar intensity (brightness or dullness of a color hue).
Now consider your neighbors' exterior paint colors. You don’t want to imitate them, but your colors should match, not clash.
If you have neutral colors on one side and cool ones on the other, avoid warm shades. If one neighbor went off-white, and the other red, consider a medium yellow, gray, or brown.
Also, think about painting your trim in the same family one of your neighbors' used on their exterior.
Your Local Area Should Influence You
Beyond local pride, we normally choose what works best in the local environment, weather and natural features.
Most newer homes in the Cumming area showcase a neutral, natural exterior with a flash of color and personality in other features like trim, shutters, and front doors.
If you are prepping your house for sale, these considerations become even more important.
Matching Exterior Paint Color Schemes to Your Roof
If you have a brown roof consider shades of tan, beige, red, orange, or yellow. Think warm colors.
With a gray or black roof, you may want variants of gray, blue, green or purple. Head towards the cooler shades to match it.
There are a couple approaches for a green roof. Earth tones like beiges, browns and lighter grays are one. The other is classic black or charcoal trim with a white or off-white base.
Do you have a red roof? Exterior color choices can be similar to those for green roofs. But avoid most earthy colors or your home may look faded.
Exterior Paint Colors Can Affect the Apparent Size of Your Home
Dark colors push your house back. They also make it appear smaller. On the other hand, lighter colors pull it forward and make it look larger.
Matching the Trim
Fitting the trim into your exterior paint color combination is nice and easy. You can keep it in the family. Pick a color a few shades lighter or darker than the primary.
If you want the classic look, choose white or off-white. Either way, features like vents and gutters should be the same color.
Working Shutters into Exterior Paint Color Schemes
Choose your shutter colors based on the primary exterior color you have chosen. Do not do this in reverse.
There are two options with your shutters:
Stay classic. For a traditional style pick black or white for your shutters.
Something modern. Bolder colors match the contemporary style. Remember to pick something that fits with the surrounding homes.
Picking Exterior Paint Colors for a Brick House
Look at your bricks, then pretend you chose their coloring as the base color for your home. Complimentary colors are important here. Red bricks can contain more purple, brown, or red. They are not all the same.
With many brick homes, the best trim and accent colors are:
- Plum or other dark purples
- Whites and off whites
- Black and charcoals
- Wood Stains
You can match vinyl and aluminum siding the same way.
Choosing Your Accent Colors
Look inside your front door. If you have a piece of furniture, artwork, or another feature that everyone sees, and that you intend to keep there long-term, then think about matching one of its colors to create a flow between exterior and interior.
For the door itself, stick to the traditional - Blues, reds, and black all qualify. In some areas, green does as well.
Consider features of your home that stand out. Beyond the roof, brick, and/or siding, what gets attention? Do you have a garden that draws the eye? What about a tree you love?
Are there metals or other decorative fixtures on your house? If so, look for colors that match with them and also match your exterior color scheme.
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Special Considerations for Your Area
You live in an area steeped not only in history but pride in the appearance of your homes.
Think about when your house was constructed. It is great to go modern, but consider a palette popular in your home’s era. Remember that classic does not mean blah.
A pristine white home is wonderful if you make sure to mix it up with trim and accents.
Modern can also be good, just avoid too much conflict with other homes in the area. When you have a colorful home, you want it to look like the belle of the ball, not a kid’s party clown.
But we know you would never do that to your house!
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Popular Exterior Color Combinations
Here are some popular color combinations specific to the Atlanta area.
- Black and olive
- Tan, forest green, and light blue
- Beige and tan
- Light tan and vibrant blue
- Olive, brown, and off-white
- Light yellow and clay red
- White and dark grey
- Forest green and red
- White and tan
- White and off-white
Now you are ready to pick your exterior paint colors and get the job done.
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