Choosing the right color for the exterior of your home can be a daunting task, especially if you have no idea what you want or what will look best on your home. In a world where colors are literally endless, it can feel like there are so many different options and routes to go. And there are many factors involved in selecting the right paint: architectural style, finishes, trimmings, not to mention weather specifications and potential future marketability of your home. When approached without knowledge or inspiration, choosing the right paint color for the exterior of your home really can be a difficult task! At JD Hostetter, we take the stress out of a home exterior remodeling project by empowering you to make design choices that are right for your personal style, needs, budget, and timeframe.
The good news is that you don’t have to make this important decision alone. With a few quick tips, some research under your belt, and a few paint swatches in your back pocket, you can feel ready and up for the challenge. Picking out the exterior color of your home can become a fun and exciting project instead of a dreary and difficult one.
For the most part, there are a few things you can settle on for sure. Most, if not all, homeowners want their home to feel like it’s theirs, like it fits their style and vibe, ensuring that it beautiful in their own eyes. After all, this is the place you are going to return to day after day, and it’s only right that you absolutely love it — both inside and out.
Read along for seven ideas for choosing the perfect exterior paint color for your home!
White and Bright
Few homes could go wrong with the classic American farmhouse white. For many, the most obvious choice for brightening up the exterior of your home would be a white or off-white, leaning toward warmer tones (the hue of the sun tends to turn cool exterior colors blue). Warm whites are inviting, classic, and clean, and they pair well with almost any trim and accent color desired. Typically, if the body of the exterior is going to be white, the shutters, doors, and accents will be a darker color to fully contrast and accentuate the home.
Shades of Blue
You don’t have to live on the coast or even by a body of water to boast stunning shades of blue on the exterior of your home. Whatever your color preferences may be, soft hues of blue or bolder aquatic shades will brighten and beautify any home’s exterior. The key to choosing blue is to opt for lighter trims (preferably white) to complement the blues and tie the colors together.
Modern Grays/Trendy Blacks
A quick Pinterest search of “home exterior colors” will reveal a litany of gray and black inspired colors that would give any home a beautiful, modern touch, making these colors a popular choice. Keep in mind, the roof of your home is going to play a huge role in defining what colors you’re able to work with for the rest of the exterior. If your roof color is a dark/black color, this will give you huge leeway into what kinds of color schemes and hues you can dive into for the body and trimmings. Many homeowners who veer toward grays and blacks prefer the body to be a darker blue-gray and leave the brightness to the door, windows, and trimmings. This style is classic and modern at the same time, the likes of which will be in style for years to come.
Some homes have the ability to pull off the bright, joy-inspired canary yellow that often attracts potential homebuyers and homeowners. For it to really work, the color has to be planned and tested out before applying to the entire exterior of the home. This will ensure that the shade will look just right at every time of day, without fading or chipping. If the proper measures and precautions are taken, a beautiful yellow can be one of the most inviting and stunning colors to paint the exterior of a home.
Staple Barn Red
Like the bright yellow, the right preparations and measures need to be in place for a barn red home to play out attractively. But when done in the right shade, nothing says “welcome home” like the brightness and warmth of a red home.
Nature Green Hues
If you live in a particularly wooded area, or if you simply love nature, choosing colors that would blend your home with its natural surroundings can be a lovely choice. There are various shades of green that would accomplish this while looking both trendy and classic at the same time. Opt for some deeper hunter greens paired with a natural wood door and accents for a look that will last.
Traditional Neutrals (Brown, Taupe, Earthy)
Neutral tones are arguably some of the most classic colors to paint the exterior of a house. Deep browns paired with off-white accents or an earthy taupe siding with darker brown trimmings can truly create some of the most welcoming and timeless looks for homes from the outside looking in.
Whatever color and style you choose to fit your home best, you want to make sure you choose a trusted painting contractor to do the job. You could pick out the most beautiful colors, but if you don’t put those colors in the hands of the right people, the entire project can be completely botched. A great painting contractor makes your home look beautiful so you can enjoy its beauty, worry-free.
AT JD Hostetter & Associates, we know that your home is one of your biggest investments. We pay attention to the details and offer expert home exterior care so you have a home that you love. Call us anytime at 317-517-7847 to request a free painting estimate to have JD Hostetter get started on improving your home today.