5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

Posted by Polar Shades on May 17, 2019 3:29:01 PM

For some homeowners, choosing an exterior paint color is fun and adventurous, while others may feel daunted by the entire process. The color scheme you choose should match the style, design and theme of the rest of your home, as well as your neighborhood. But it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming decision. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help narrow down your options:

5 Questions to Ask to Help You Choose Your Exterior Color Palette

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Settling on Exterior Paint Colors

1. How does your landscape look?

The landscape of your yard will play an important role during color selection. If you have a colorful garden with tall, bright shrubs, choosing another bright color for the home may look too busy. Consider contrasting the appearance of your garden and your home. If the outdoor space is simple and relaxed, a bold color palette will create an exciting backdrop.  

2. What style is your home?

The architecture of your home should also be considered when selecting a paint color. For example, older, Victorian-era homes mostly have a neutral or more natural color scheme (such as grey, brown, and dark blue), while modern homes may be bolder and more expressive.

3. What does your roof currently look like?

Unless you’re considering a new roof for your home, your exterior paint color should complement the roof. Bright red asphalt shingles may contrast well with warm colors or earth tones (think beige, cream, dark brown, or even a subtle green). 

A neutral colored metal roofs may give you more options when it comes to selecting bold hues. You should also consider how the roof reflects light, and whether or not that reflected light gives your roof a brighter appearance.

In addition to your roof, you should also take into account any exterior additions to the home, such as exterior shades or awnings. If you already have shades installed, make sure the new exterior color you choose works well with the color and style of the shades. However, it is worth noting that exterior shades come in a variety of styles and colors to complement your home’s design. So, if you have not already had them installed, once you choose your exterior paint colors, you can select shades to beautifully accentuate them.

4. What do your neighbors’ homes look like?

When choosing an exterior paint color, consider how other homes in the neighborhood look. If yours stands out significantly, you may have trouble selling the house down the road. It’s also important to consult your HOA (if applicable) to make sure you adhere to any color regulations they may have.

5. What’s trending in modern home design?

The internet makes it easy to keep up with what’s hot in exterior home design. Don’t forget to check out other homes that look like yours to get innovative ideas. You may come across a trim color, a paint hue or an accent that will perfectly complement your home.

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