Exterior Painting-How to Choose the Right Colors

Probably long before you even start painting the outside of your home, you had a color in mind and even if you don't, it helps to have a basic understanding of what colors "go together" and which combinations you should probably avoid. It also helps to know what each color of paint helps to do, i.e. light paint makes things look bigger, dark makes them look smaller. In the end, of course, it is up to you to decide the right color for your home, but here a few ideas for choosing colors for your exterior painting job.


Where to get help choosing exterior painting colors

Exterior painting usually uses three different shades of paint; one for the walls, one for the trim, and one for accents. Although there are limitless combinations of colors, there are some that work together better than others. Most paint manufacturers' have color matching tools available for free online. You can also look for paint combinations at your local home improvement store. Some manufacturers even offer deals where you can purchase coordinated paint as a package.

How to choose exterior painting color combinations

When thinking about what colors to use, a good tip is to choose contrasting accent and trim colors, such as light vs. dark, and then have the main color an "in-between" shade from the same color palette. If you're having trouble finding a main color that you love, it's okay to choose the trim or accent color first, then coordinate other colors with those. Another good thing to remember when thinking about color combination is that different color combinations were used in older homes than are used in newly built homes. If you happen to live in one of these homes, there are websites that deal exclusively with historical paint colors. Short of finding a picture of your home's original colors (which may be in black and white anyway), this is probably your best option for historically accurate exterior painting colors.


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