More than Personality: Tips and Reasons for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

Now that you’ve read what the color of your house says about your personality, it’s time to put that insight to use. Here are some common sense suggestions that will keep you from regretting your choice of exterior home colors.

Common exterior paint color mistakes

  • It’s going to be too expensive: An imaginative and colorful scheme that captures your personality will likely cost less than you think. The amount of surface you’ll paint isn’t going to change. Adding more colors will tack on a small addition to the overall cost, but you’ll still have to buy the paint.
  • Using color to hide: There are certain elements you can’t do much about. That may be true, so why draw attention to them? Homeowners often think they need to paint rain gutters a different color. It’s better to render them invisible by keeping them the same color as the rest of the exterior they’re attached to.
  • Considering your landsaping: Is your house surrounded by tall, mature trees? They’ll give the exterior colors you select a darker shade. Be sure to accommodate. Keep in mind your flower gardens and flowering shrubs. Will they add or subtract to the effect in the spring?

Missed opportunities

Upgrading the exterior of your house by adding color is one of the most dramatic changes you can make. The enhanced curb appeal is sometimes all it takes to increase the salability of a house.

Architectural detailing with contrasting paint is often inexpensive but transformative. It doesn’t cost much to repaint a house, which means you can budget for additional exterior upgrades.

  • Go bold with an unexpected door color on a garage addition.
  • Frame new windows with color. It adds crispness to the character of your home.

Understanding how color behaves

It’s easy to change your home’s exterior color - as long as it’s on the walls. There might not be anything you can do - or plan to do - about some elements. Your roof could be a color that you’re stuck with. Don’t forget to take it into consideration as you plan.

The time of day will change the characteristics of the exterior colors you choose. Take a look at those colors at various times throughout the day. Move them from sun into shade. If you’re unsure, buy sample sizes of the paint colors and paint an an area so you can see how the light plays with the colors.

Using color to compensate

Do you have a big house on a small lot? Stay away from white or light colors. They’ll make your house look even larger, and the lot smaller. Darker colors help balance things by making your home look smaller.

Scale down height with a deeper tone on the upper portion of your home. Reverse the idea if you have a low-profile home that needs some perspective on your lot.

Use white or light colors to help you with capturing and using sunlight. They’re a good choice for windowsills and ledges. Dark colors recede in space. Light colors advance. Paint your house a lighter color if you’d like it to look as if it’s closer to the curb.

The colors you choose for your home’s exterior can speak volumes about your personality. But, they might not get full attention. Your landscaping, the way the sun works with colors, and even the architectural elements of the house itself may change what those colors have to say.

We can help you make a clear statement. Talk to us about transforming your home’s exterior. You might be surprised by the reasonable cost, and our estimates are always free.