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Choose the Right Exterior Paint Color for Your Home

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The look of your home's exterior is important for many reasons. Not only does it showcase your personality, but the color is also an imperative part of your home's curb appeal and total value. As a matter of fact, refreshing the exterior color of your home is one of the easiest ways to enhance curb appeal and increase value.

Unfortunately, choosing the right colors for your exterior paint can be overwhelming. If you are ready to paint your exterior siding, trim, doors, and shutters, help is available. With this guide and the help of professionals, you will learn a few tips and tricks for choosing the right paint color for your home's exterior.

Focus on Three

In most cases, there are no right or wrong answers when choosing paint colors. However, focusing on three main paint colors can ensure your home's exterior is appealing.

Here are the three paint color categories to consider:
  • Field Color - The field color is the most dominant paint color on your home's exterior. Basically, this will be the main color used to paint your exterior siding.
  • Accent Color - An accent color will be used to accent the other paint colors used on your home. Choose an accent color for your shutters and doors and other smaller areas of the home's exterior.
  • Trim Color - Lastly, you will need to choose a paint color for the trim of your home's exterior. This color will be used on the casings around your windows and doors, railings, and edging along the roofline. 
Using these three main paint colors is helpful to get started, but other factors will still need to be taken into consideration.

Remember that darker accent and trim colors work best with a lighter field color. Also, if your dominate field color is darker, you will want to use a lighter trim color with brighter accents. This will help create an attractive contrast across your home's exterior.

Don't Forget Your Roof

You can change up the color of your home's exterior with paint periodically, but changing up the color of your roof is not as easily done. Therefore, you need to take the current color of your roof into consideration when selecting exterior paint colors.

If your roof consists of traditional asphalt shingles, which range in color from black, grey, and brown, finding an exterior paint color is not as difficult.

These darker roofing materials work well with exteriors or red brick or painted fiber cement in green or grey.

For roofs that have more color, such as red, blue, green, or brown roofing tiles, consider yellow or gold for your home's exterior.

White or cream exterior paint for the home works best with brown or warm grey roofing shingles.

When shopping for paint colors, consider bringing samples back to your home. Apply a small amount of different paint colors to an inconspicuous part of the home's exterior. Then, look at the colors at different times of the day and night to determine which shades complement the look and color of your roof.

Consult Your HOA

Today, more homeowners are buying houses in neighborhoods that have specific guidelines to follow. These guidelines are meant to benefit you and your neighbors by protecting the look and overall value of the homes and the neighborhood in general.

While not necessarily considered a tip or trick, consulting your homeowner's association is imperative before selecting new paint colors for your home.

Most HOA's will require you to have your paint colors approved by the board before moving forward with your project. They may even give you samples of paint colors that will likely be approved. Once you have your exterior color scheme in mind, send your plan to the board and wait for approval before beginning your project.

Your HOA is there to protect you, your home, and the value of your home. Reading their guidelines and taking their advice can actually benefit the look and value of your home.

If you are ready to enhance your home's exterior with new paint, contact Paul Schubert Painting Inc. today.