How To Find The Best Exterior Paint Color For Your Home

12-17-2019

If you're one of the 67.9% of Americans that calls themselves a homeowner, making your house look inviting and appealing is likely one of your top priorities.

Choosing the best exterior paint color during the renovations process is an important part of this. After all, the color of your house is one of the things that people will notice when they drive by or walk up to your door!

Here, we're going to talk about some ways that you can go about finding the perfect paint colors for your home exterior. Read on to learn some ways that you can express yourself through the aesthetic of your house!

Research the Best Exterior Paint Color

Before you can choose the right paint color for your home, you'll need to do a bit of research. But don't worry- it's a lot of fun!

Head onto an image-oriented website like Pinterest and begin to search for pictures of homes like yours. Make sure that the houses you choose have a similar style, shape, and overall aesthetic to your own home. You can then pay attention to what colors you think best complement the appearance of the home. If lots of houses like yours look amazing in a cream white with blue trim, chances are that will look good on your home too.

Pin or save the images of your favorite houses. Once you've accumulated 20-30 pictures, sift through them and note any trends that you see in their color design. Chances are that there will be some and that this is a good indicator of what vibe you like for a home like yours.

Keep to the Color Wheel

While there are many different color combinations that go well together, they generally fall into one of three categories:

  • Analogous color schemes (three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel)
  • Complementary color schemes (two colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel)
  • Monochromatic color schemes (black and/or white + any one other color)

Most houses abide by a monochromatic color scheme. This is why you see so many white homes with different color trim. However, it isn't the only option- the other two are also completely viable! 

Make sure that you look into color schemes that fall under these categories. A professional can help you to ensure that your home doesn't clash before painting it, but a bit of common sense will give you a clear picture of what will work and what won't.

Use Color Psychology

While it's important to choose a color you like, you can also use color psychology for a little extra help in choosing exterior paint hues.

Color psychology is the psychological phenomenon of colors affecting people's moods. This has been proven time and time again by scientists and is a widely-recognized fact. Many people use it to their advantage when trying to create a positive work, exercise, or relaxation environment.

When it comes to exterior paint colors for a house, you will want to choose a hue that gets people in the right mindset for what those in your home value. If you want to relax and unwind in your home after a long workday, blue siding is going to get you in the mood to curl up with a good book and have a restful night's sleep. On the other hand, a yellow or orange paint job will get you in the mood to socialize and get work done while in the house.

Stand Out or Blend In: It's All Awesome

One question that many people ask when renovating their home is whether or not they should try to keep to a common color scheme as others on their block. The answer to that question is that it depends on what you want!

If you're interested in keeping to a common theme with your neighbors, you can put a fresh spin on what they're doing. If they have an eggshell-white home, consider getting a cream hue that's both similar to and warmer than theirs. You can also invert their color scheme. This means that if your neighbor has yellow siding and white trim, you could get a white home exterior with white trim.

However, matching with your neighbors isn't a requirement. There's nothing wrong with standing out- don't let anyone tell you otherwise! You can get any hues that you want for your home so long as they match and you like them.

Talk to a Professional

No matter what home paint colors you decide on, you'll need to talk to a professional. An expert will be able to give an informed opinion on the paint color that you have selected to ensure that you get the best quality of paint job possible. These professionals will also be able to tell you what additional services come with your paint job so that you know what to expect.

These services include repairing and recaulking any cracks in your home, ensuring that all rust is neutralized, and pressure washing the exterior of your home including decks, roofs, and driveways. This is done in addition to the paint job to ensure that your house remains in the best possible shape once it has been painted.

Get Started

While there are many ways to make your home exterior look amazing, choosing the right paint colors is one of the most important parts of the process.

Now that you know how to choose the best exterior paint color for your home, it's time to get started. Contact us with any lingering questions that you may have or to get a free quote for your residential painting project. Our experts are happy to help you determine how to best make your home exterior look amazing, so we look forward to hearing from you ASAP!