1. Consider The Roof Color
Before diving into changing your exterior colors, you’ll want to consider the color of the roof. Whether it’s steel, asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, vinyl, etc., you may find that the color palette influences your choice. Don’t just look at the roof though. After considering the roof, look at your driveway and walkways, particularly if they’re cobblestone or interlocking pavers. The underlying colors in the stone may influence your decision as well. And don’t forget the front door! If you’re not changing the color of your front door, you’ll want to make sure the exterior color palette matches.
2. Start With A Shade
3. Utilize Technology To Your Advantage
It may seem shocking that there are digital platforms that exist that help you visualize what your house color could look like before you even paint it, but it is 2020 after all. Popular painting companies have a digital tool that lets you choose and coordinate different colors on an image of a home so you can better visualize the end result. Just remember that it’s a digital platform and while the colors may be accurate, they will look completely different in natural light, so you’ll still want to take samples home. Which brings us to our next point.
4. Swatches & Samples
5. Let Emotions Flow
Certain paint colors can be linked to certain emotions. For example:
- The color yellow can make people feel happy, cheerful, and energetic
- The color blue can make people feel calm, creative, and secure
- The color green can make people feel lucky, healthy, and tranquil (since people associate it with nature)
- The color brown can make people feel dependent, resilient, and safe (since it’s also associated with nature)
6. Consider The Home's History
7. Bring The Inside Outside
8. Look To The Neighbors
Make Choosing Exterior Colors Fun
Don’t make it seem like painting the exterior of your house is a huge task. Make sure to have some fun in the process, especially when looking at things for inspiration, like your neighbors, your home’s interior, or even nature. Playing with colors for your house, trim color, accent colors, or even your front door can be an enjoyable process. However, in order to make the process even more enjoyable, you may want to follow these tips first so you’re not walking into a paint store without any ideas in mind.
So, whether you just moved into your new home, are looking to sell and improve curb appeal, or simply just want to look at a new exterior paint color, we hope these tips will make your decision much easier: remember to look to your roof for color guidance, choose which shade you want, use digital platforms to visualize your exterior colors choices, bring home samples to paint them on the exterior so you can see them in natural light, remember to consider which colors bring out certain emotions, research the history behind the house, bring the inside of your home outside, and look around the neighborhood to see what popular color choices are.