How To Chose the Best Exterior Paint Color

Published: 30th January 2012
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Choosing exterior house colors can be rather difficult. It takes a great deal of time and effort to determine what colors will look good together. Picking out the wrong color paint can be a very costly mistake that you'll likely have to live with it or spend a lot of money to repaint it. Here are a few tips to help you get started

Determine how many paint colors you will be choosing. Newer homes sometimes have metal framed windows that do not need painting but they will have eaves that may need to be painted in a contrasting color to the siding. If you have window trim and shutters that will also need to be painted, determine how many colors you will be using. Generally, homeowners paint their exterior siding with one color and their exterior trim with another color and their shutters and exterior doors with a third color. White is the most often used color for exterior trim. It creates a very nice, contrasting look.

If you have brick on your house, pick a color for your siding that will blend good with your brick. You should also consider the color of your roof. Make certain the exterior paint colors you choose blend well with the color of your roof as well.

Look at the paint colors of your neighbors' homes. This is very important, but frequently overlooked factor in color selection. Most homeowners want their home to be distinctive, but it should also be agreeable with colors utilized in the neighborhood. So, take a look at nearby houses before deciding your paint color.

Before you pick any paint color, check to see if your home owners associations restricts the colors you can use. This is especially important if you live in a newer subdivision, or townhouse community. It is very common to find these types of restrictions in these communities.

When you do decide on a paint color that you want to use, remember that most colors tend not to look exactly the same as those on the paint store fan decks or on a color samplers. Types of paint formula's, paint sheen and lighting can all play a part in what a color will or will not look like.

After you have narrowed down your paint colors, paint a small section of your house. Most paint companies or hardware stores will sell you a small sample size in a whatever color you want or you could just purchase a quart. Make certain you are testing the exact paint you'll be using to paint your house. It's the only way to really see what the paint will look like. Paint may appear different at different times of the day so be certain to take a look at your samples several times. Make sure to test your trim colors next to the siding color also.

Exterior paint can be made in any color that you can think of, and these are just a few tips to help you make the right choice. By considering all of these things mentioned in this article, you should be able to choose colors that will not only look fantastic but will also hide any defects and emphasize your home's best features.


The author is the owner of Evans Painting which is loacated in Birmingham, Alabama and has over thirty years experience in the home improvement and painting industry. You can contact him or visit the company website at or

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