How to Choose Exterior House Paint Colors

Listed below is a list of pointers to consider when choosing new exterior paint colors for your home. For more information go to or

  • If a home that is Large and is on a smaller lot painting it white or a light color will make the house seem larger and the a lot seem smaller.
  • When choosing the color of your front door carry out the personality from inside your home. It will create a bridge to connect the inside to the outside. Keep in mind the architectural style of your home, the exposure and, landscaping. Conversely, a dark color on the lower portion grounds the home to the earth.
  • Light or white is an excellent choice for windowsills for reflection of the sun’s heat and light into the house. The sash, frames and sills painted individual colors can really enliven a home. Even a subtle change in color can add appeal.
  • Accentuate the positive and significant architectural details. For instance, rain gutters may not be worthy of an accent color, but if the rain gutters are part of the outer trim boards on the roof line, paint them to match the trim boards and they will blend in and work with overall design of the house.
  • Windows are the eyes of the home they can add or even define the character of a home. Decorating them with flowers or drapery lends crispness to the color scheme.
  • Color makes an impression, and can enhance the appeal of your home. A creative color scheme can add enjoyment and value to the home.
  • Paint always looks dark on a textured surface due to the shadows the home creates.
  • Pay attention to the geography of your home. Intense sun washes out colors so brighter colors that are suitable in Sunbelt areas might stand out in the northern locations.
  • Balance is important. Keeping the balance between light and deep and warm and cool colors; consider not just paint color scheme but all the elements that make up the surroundings.
  • Consider the color of your shingles when painting your home as well. If you have a black roof consider grays or whites. If you have a brown or tan roof consider earth tones. Avoid paying too much attention to metal window colors, they tend to blend in and go unnoticed.