Which Exterior Paint Colors Are Right For You?

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With some 1500 shades of exterior paint to choose from, it may be a delightful challenge to plan your Rhino Shield makeover. Do you want your home to stand out as a masterpiece, blend peacfully into its surroundings, or perhaps match its original tones if it is a heritage home? Not to worry. We have specialists who can help.

Georgia Coatings Owner Roxanne Ecklund explains:

“When there is a problem with color choices, they [clients] can get assistance from a decorator, or I can assist in guiding them in how to look at colors. But hiring a decorator will give them guidance as well.

“There are many factors to work with and look at, from roof color to trees around the house that will play on color. If they have brick, they may want to play off the color of the mortar in the brick. That is usually a good starting point.

“If they have stone, then picking a color in the stone they would like to accent, whether it be a gray color on a redddish brown color —  choosing one color to pull out is a good place to start.

“Getting color samples from any paint store is acceptable. We can match any color to about 95%.  All exterior paint stores use different colorants and that will affect how our color comes out as well.”

Once you choose your main exterior paint, it’s time to create a color scheme using accent colors for doors, trim and shutters.

The most important rule here is to stay within a palette of either cool tones or warm tones. Cool tones have a blue or steel gray base color; warm tones have a yellowish base. That doesn’t mean, for example, that if you pick warm tones, you are limited to red/brown/orange/yellow. Look very closely at blues, greens and whites. You’ll see that some are kind of yellowish. They will look fine in combination with the above.



Again, we can help you with the entire color scheme. Look at the bottom of our home page for  some suggested color schemes to start with. Then give us a call or talk to your decorator. It’s amazing — with the right color scheme, any home can look elegant.


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