How to Pick the Best Exterior Paint Color

Written by Roxanne Ecklund on August 5, 2020

Paint colors can be tricky, and picking one for the exterior of your home is no easy feat.

Somehow, colors manage to look different in every light and every angle. You could paint all the walls in your house the same color, and that color could end up looking different in every room. The exterior of your home is no exception. These days, curb appeal is everything! That’s why we’re offering you 5 helpful tips on how to pick the best exterior paint color for your home, because doesn’t everyone want a before and after like this?

  1. Narrow Down Your Options- The list of paint colors is endless, and it can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. We suggest to first decide what look you’re going for. Is it light and bright? Dark and moody? Or maybe somewhere in between? For most people, it’s an easy decision. But if you have no idea, that’s okay too! A good place to start is Pinterest. And for all of you men out there rolling your eyes, I promise it’s a useful tool. It will help you narrow down your options and give you a better sense of what you’re looking for.
  2. Avoid High Fade Colors- This is something that’s extremely important in maintaining that “fresh, just-painted” look. High fade colors tend to include certain blues, yellows, and reds along with darker colors that attract more light. Other things that play a roll in fading include a color’s susceptibility to UV rays, certain types of weather conditions, over tinting of paint and siding type. Hardi plank siding tends to have a higher rate of acid burn, which in turn creates a higher rate of fading. Rhino Shield’s primer, along with our special colorants help prevent potential fading on hardi plank surfaces.
  3. Compliment Accent Colors- There are a handful of other factors that need to be considered before picking your paint colors, mainly the color of your roof. You want to make sure that whatever color you pick compliments the colors in your shingles. If you have a black roof, you can pretty much pick any color you want. If you have a roof with browns, reds, blues, or greens, you have to be a little more intentional with what color siding you go with. It’s important to also consider brick color and/or stone color if you have either of these materials on the exterior of your home.
  4. Get All of the Samples- Seriously! This is probably the most important step of them all and we cannot recommend it enough. Pick your top three colors, grab a sample of each (preferably in the specific type of paint and sheen in which you plan to use on your house) and paint all three samples on each side of the house. Make sure you give yourself a large enough area to get the best idea of what it will look like fully painted. Doing this will allow you to see what each color looks like morning, noon, and night on each side of your house.
  5. Choose Accent Colors- Remember, less is more! Find one paint sample strip that you love, and work from that. It will guarantee a more cohesive look, ensuring that the structure of the colors is all similar. If the color of your siding is light and bright, we recommend a bolder front door and shutter color and vise versa.

Remember, the possibilities are endless.

But with endless options also comes the possibility of endless mistakes. That’s why we want to make sure you know that we’re here to help. Give us a call or head over to our main page for more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!