How to Choose the Best Paint Colors For Your Home

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How to Choose the Best Paint Colors For Your Home

Do you need help deciding what color to paint your home’s exterior? Here’s a guide on choosing the best paint colors for your home.

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Feeling bored with the way the exterior of your home looks? Considering a change?

When it comes to the exterior of your property, first impressions are everything. However, sometimes a lick of paint can be just the thing to change the look of your house.

With so many choices available to you, it can be a daunting task deciding which paint colors to choose for your home.

With any luck, after reading this article, you’ll have a better idea of how to choose the best paint colors for your home.

Choosing Paint Colors: Where To Start

Different paint colors send different messages. First and foremost, you need to establish what you want that message to be when it comes to your home.

With this in mind, there are also a few other things you might want to take into consideration.

Your Neighbourhood

Think about where you live. How many houses do you see in your neighborhood painted bright pink or yellow? While in warmer climates like this might be more common, you may look a little out of place in colder climates.

That being said, if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, this might be just what you want! However, you also don’t want to clash with and potentially fall out with your neighbors for sticking out like a sore thumb.

Still, considering the natural surroundings of where you live is a big part of choosing the exterior paint color of your home.

In climates where there’s a lot of sun, consider that this may wash out certain paint colors.

Permanent Features of Your Home

If you’re only planning on changing the exterior paintwork of your home, you’ll want to consider how the paint color you choose will look alongside the other permanent features of your home.

If you have decking, consider how the exterior paint color you choose will complement the wood. Similarly, consider your roof tiles, driveway, and any stonework on landscaping in your yard.

The colors of these permanent features might influence your color decisions. Your paint color decision may be influenced by whether the permanent features of your home have cold or warm undertones, to avoid any color clashing.

Grays, blues, taupes, and blacks will go better with a cooler paint color. On the other hand, browns, beiges, red bricks and rust colors will suit a warmer tone.

When considering your exterior paint colors, make sure they will match accordingly with your home’s unchanging structural details.

Most importantly, don’t think of these details as limitations, think of them as a guide.


This goes hand in hand with considering the features that make up the exterior of your home.

A more traditional looking home with classic architecture might look better with more typical colors. The more classical architecture also tends to work better with darker colors.

However, more modern architecture, often defined by its unusual shapes, open spaces and open-plan, brightly lit rooms may look better with brighter colors. A house with lots of windows to let light in would benefit from a bright exterior paint color to match.

Darker Paint Colors Vs Lighter Paint Colors

Both light and dark paint colors have their pros and cons. Let’s get into some of those together.

Color Tricks

Simple color tricks can fool the eye into making things look different in scale than what they actually are.

Larger properties with small plots of land often look more condensed when painted with darker colors. It tidies them up, while also making them stand out boldly.

Alternatively, if you have a larger plot of land you don’t want your landscaping and gardens to overpower and dwarf your home. In this instance, lighter colors such as white or beige will make a smaller house stand out and appear bigger.

Accentuating Style

Accentuating and embracing the stylistic features of your home using paint colors can lead to successful results.

For example, if your house has some impressive history, and traditional stonework or features characteristic of a certain era, play it up!

Look into the history of your home and research what kind of colors were popular at the time it was built. Let the exterior of your home embody its personal heritage.

It’s also a good idea to identify your interior home decor style and see how it fits with the exterior of your house.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

With such a wide variety of paint colors available to choose from, don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new.

However, also don’t be afraid of sticking to something more simple if that’s what would genuinely make your house look better.

Don’t fear bright colors, but also don’t be put off by painting your home white or beige. White, like all lighter colors, can make your home appear larger. It works even better in warm climates, too, as it rebuffs UV rays.

White is also a very versatile color, able to project sterile modernity, as well as stately elegance, depending on the style of the home.

Swatch and Test

Before committing, make sure to swatch and test different colors. All of our services offer a free color consultation to help you make sure you’ve made the right choice.

Equally, our paint suppliers listed below would be more than happy to help you make your choice if you’re having a hard time.

When swatching your colors, consider the ‘base’, ‘middle’, and ‘top’ of your home. These layers mean you’ll be dealing with a color scheme rather than one block color.

The advantage to this is that the color of the accents and trims of your home will make the dominant base color or ‘field color’ of your home really pop.

Trim and accent colors can be found on door and window frames, as well as the shutters and doors themselves. These colors are important to help frame your main house color, creating a clean, crisp and tidy look.

Generally speaking, darker accents and trims go better with a light base color. However, be sure to check with your color consultant because each house has its own unique style.

Ready To Get Painting?

Now you have a better idea of how to pick your colors, why not get in touch or book an estimate with us today?

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