When choosing exterior paint colors for your home, consider three factors: architectural style, environment, and personal preference. The latter proves easy enough-just think about the colors you like-but the other two challenge many a homeowner. Get expert advice from both the paint companies and your professional painter to make your final decision.
The Right Paint Colors for a Particular Style of Home
Leading paint companies present their exterior paint colors by architectural style, making it easy to narrow your options to those that suit your home.
For example, Behr offers several standout color combinations for Craftsman homes, including Fleece Finish, which paints the brick White and the accents Mocha. Red Hot covers the door trim to make the front entrance pop.
With Spanish Mediterranean homes, it presents the eye-catching Light Limoncello color combination, which uses Expedition Khaki as the base, Toasted Marshmallow on the trim, and Island Palm as an accent.
The company also offers schemes for Colonial, Modern, Ranch, and Victorian Tudor homes.
Benjamin Moore overlaps with Behr in terms of presenting by style, offering paint color options for Federal and Chateau homes as well.
Its Fresh Federal color combination embraces monochromatic for an organically elegant look. The gray of Fusion coats the stucco walls, while the creamy Deep in Thought and the dark brown of Silhouette serve as contrasting trim and accent, respectively, highlighting the architectural details of the home.
For the company's Contemporary Chateau, it uses the soft beige of Coastal Path as a subtle base. The light Mascarpone highlights window trim, with the taupe of Weimaraner adding balance and depth.
Glidden also presents paint color combinations by architectural style. The company paints a Federal style home in Antique Silver, combining it with Icy Waterfall, French Gray, and Leather Brown. A Mediterranean style home gets seven palettes, including the distinctive Peach Crayon as a base, with Antique Beige, Hazy Sage, and Bronzed Ivy for the trim and accents. Another striking option is Cyprus Grass with Misty Summer Day, Stormy Night, and Shaded Fern.
The Right Paint Colors for a Particular Environment
Sherwin-Williams takes a more regional approach to presenting its exterior paint colors.
Desert and Southwest style homes, for example, get their own palette. The colors highlight the warm, earthy tones of sun-baked adobe homes, terra-cotta roof tiles and desert sands with just enough contrasting hues of cooling green and gray. The yellow of Birdseye Maple on the body, the creamy brown of Lanyard on the trim and Link Gray as the accent work in such harmony.
For the Southern Shores and Beaches style, the company embraces the region's charm with sun-washed tones that are welcoming on a variety of homes, whether a beachfront hideaway or grand plantation. The contrasting Festoon Aqua with Polar Bear and Sassy Green make quite the color statement, as do Banana Cream with Extra White and Roycroft Brass.
Considering environment as a factor, as Sherwin-Williams does, also involves looking at your particular neighborhood and even street. While you do not want your home to stick out like a sore thumb in relation to those surrounding it, you do want your color choices to make a personal statement, reflecting your tastes. That being said, how long you plan to stay in your home also must be considered. If you plan to resell with several years left on the lifetime of the paint job, more mainstream choices may be your best options.
Your professional painter can help you consider all of these factors and steer you toward the right paint color combination for your home in 2014 and well beyond.