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Best Ideas for Picking Exterior House Colors

Linda holds several years of career experience with home improvement projects, retail home decor, and home design.

This is a wonderful heritage exterior color palette.

This is a wonderful heritage exterior color palette.

Painting the exterior of your house is nothing short of transformational. It protects your house from the elements, improves its curb appeal, and increases its value. Then why is it so difficult to get motivated to take on a house painting project? Paint color selection may be the culprit. Overcome your fears and use these simple ideas to help you pick the perfect house color.

12 Exterior House Paint Colors

  1. Yellow: Stick with a pastel shade. If you decide to choose a brighter yellow, it should be toned down and a lighter pale yellow.
  2. Putty: It is a combination of warm taupe and gray. The exterior color blends in with the natural surroundings.
  3. Off-White: A soft cream color and taupe shutters provide a lovely subtle contrast.
  4. Light Blue: If you give your home a fresh light blue color, it can look like the coastline or fit right in a cozy suburban neighborhood.
  5. Gray: The variety of grays are in the literal hundreds. Homeowners love these trendy gray paint colors.
  6. Wheat: This wheat color in between white and subtle yellow looks warm and graceful.
  7. Blue Gray: This deep blue gray gives the home a nautical and waterfront cottage sentiment.
  8. Sage Green: A cross between gray and green, sage green is a soft neutral that can be warm or cool.
  9. White: This house exterior is a clean American image that has a timeless appeal.
  10. Sable Brown: One of the best exterior house colors, it's a dark, earthy sable brown that makes a statement.
  11. Barn Red: This is a barnhouse red that feels both traditional and cheery. Unlike other exterior house paint colors, Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red (2003-10) pops out against greenery.
  12. Taupe: Keeping within the natural trend, taupe is one of the most popular neutral exterior paint colors.

Before Painting Your Home's Exterior

Check With Your HOA

Before you run to the home center and purchase paint, consult with your neighborhood association about changing the color of your house. Each association has specific rules governing the selection of paint colors for houses within the community.

Some require submission of new colors to the neighborhood board for approval. Others limit the choices to existing colors within the community. The most restrictive prohibit any exterior color changes.

Get Assistance From Paint Retailers

Take cues from your house and landscaping to guide your paint color selection. Consider the color of the roof, doors, brick or stone accents, decking material and landscape vegetation. Color combinations that look good on paper may clash with the static elements of your house.

Keep It Authentic

If you live in a heritage home, do your research on authentic colors for houses of that particular period. Local historic organizations are a great resource, or check out the National Trust for Historic Preservation website for publications dealing with exterior color selections. Several paint manufacturers have created exclusive lines of historic exterior paint colors, some of which are approved by the National Trust.

Check Out the Neighborhood

Do your neighbors' houses reflect the warm, sunny hues of Tuscany or lean toward classic neutrals? If so, resist the urge to paint your house the color of your favorite chartreuse designer shoes. Instead, look to your neighborhood's color palette for ideas. Yours will fit in with the other houses on the block and keep the peace with your neighbors.

Refer to Magazines and Television

Home design blogs and shelter magazines are great resources for color inspiration. Both are a visual wealth of information regarding house colors. Pay attention to popular interior color schemes that can easily make the transition to the exterior of your house. Grab the remote control and tune in to shows that deal with curb appeal—you’ll get plenty of ideas for your exterior painting project.

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Bring in the Pros

If all else fails and you are still in a quandary over paint colors, make an appointment with a color consultant. They are equipped with the knowledge to help you make appropriate exterior paint selections. A color consultant will analyze the situation to create an aesthetically pleasing color solution based on your preferences. A 2-hour color session may take away from your overall budget, but it is money well spent.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 18, 2020:

Umesh, it is a moderate color that helps with the exterior. Dust looks dirty on light and dark paint colors. Thanks for reading this article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 18, 2020:

Nice information and useful one. I prefer grey or light brown or even some dull colour so that dust does not show on them.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 04, 2020:

Eman, there are some hideous colors around the neighborhood! It is much better to create coordinated colors that are home associations of conformity. Glad you like the article!

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on March 04, 2020:

An interesting article. I focus on the point. (Check Out the Neighborhood). Sometimes I find a residential area in which all homes are in color harmony except for a house that is completely different from them in color and this looks somewhat bad. The color harmony in the one residential area is really beautiful. Thank you, Linda, for these valuable tips.

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