Whether you are building a new construction home, choosing exterior colors can be a challenge. They don’t always turn out the way you expect, they could clash with your neighbors, or a variety of other things to consider. Here’s what you should keep in mind when choosing exterior colors for your home:
Plan around what is already in place.
Roof shingles, shake, stonework and driveways are likely already chosen or in place and unlikely to change. Keep this in mind when selecting your exterior paint colors. Are there beige or grey undertones in the shake? Use the undertones of existing aspects to coordinate with your exterior color palette.
Consider the architectural style of your home and neighborhood.
Do you have a Victorian style home or a modern farmhouse style? Craftsman or mid-century ranch? Many paint companies offer historically accurate shades, so that may be something to look into when choosing your color palette. If you have a farmhouse style home, you may want to look into classic off-white with black accents. Look at the other homes in your neighborhood and pay attention to the style that informed the exterior color choices.
Keep visual effects in mind.
What is the landscape around your home like? If there are a lot of trees, a brighter color exterior could help your home stand out. You may want to stay away from greens or green undertones if your home is surrounded by tall trees. On the other hand, if you have a shorter landscape and your home is easy to see from the road, green undertones could work.
Choose a variety of shades to give the exterior some depth.
Think of your exterior palette with three parts: the main dominating color, the accent color to bring attention to doors and smaller areas, and the trim color for roof edging and other small trim around the home. If your main color is dark, choose lighter accent and trim colors to avoid a monochromatic look- while it is on trend now, it may not last forever and could affect your home’s resale value in the future.
Don’t rely on swatches alone.
Exterior colors can appear much different when they are on the home compared to the swatch you see in a store or design center. Take the swatches outside to see what they will look like in natural light. If you are renovating your current home, paint a test swatch in an inconspicuous spot to see how you feel about it.
By choosing the right exterior colors for your home, you’re helping to make it stand out from your neighbors and bring a sense of completion to the curb appeal. Make your home noticeable, yet classic by going with a palette that compliments the style of your home.