You may be asking “What colors should I choose to paint the exterior of our house”? Selecting paint colors for the exterior of your home can be a tricky proposition. More often than not, people make their paint selections based on colors they like. There are a few rules, however, that will help you achieve a unified look.
The suggestions below target homes that are single-family dwellings built past the 1980’s. Many are cookie-cutter homes because the builders went into mass production during the 1990’s in Deltona, Florida. Painting historic homes takes on an entirely different dimension and color schemes. Homes with intricate architectural elements would need to be addressed individually as well.
When you choose paint for your home’s exterior, earth tones are best. In Florida this would include grays, browns, ivories, greens, blues, and yellows as these are the colors in our environment. Although I’ve described some possible colors for Florida, you want to select colors indigenous to your area. A palette of lighter colors (tints) tends to not hold heat. Darker colors (shades) hold heat. A good example to demonstrate this effect would be black cars get hotter in the summer sun than a white car. This is because lighter colors reflect the heat and darker colors hold the heat. This is certainly a consideration when living in Florida. That will get you started for the body color, or where the bulk of your house accepts paint.
Now onto trim colors: When choosing a trim color, look at the other elements you see from the front of your house. Do you have brick, shingles, or a tile roof? What colors do you see in these elements? Your favorite color of what your house already displays would be your trim color. This way, when you paint your trim, shutters or bands, it will tie back to another color already dominant in your architecture giving the exterior of your home a cohesive look.
Perhaps you like the color of your roof and don’t want to paint the body or trim this color. How about going with light neutrals and then bringing the color of your roof onto your front door?
Here are a couple photos. Which one is your choice and why?
Photo #1: The roof tile color matches the front door. They complement each other and look balanced and unified.
Photo #2: This is not a color combination you want to do if you’re staging your home to sell as it will not appeal to the majority of home buyers. I do, however, like the blue because it’s pulling colors in from the brick. For this application though, I think the blue is too intense (vibrant) of a color for the exterior of the house, especially with the sun reflecting off the shutters.
Want to try a few combinations yourself, Benjamin Moore has a fun little application that you can upload a photo to and apply different paint colors.
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