Painting Your Home's Exterior: 4 Tips To Help You Choose

When painting your home's exterior, it can be exciting, as you could end up changing the entire look of your home. Paint can do a lot for your home and really add curb appeal, but without the right color, you could end up with an eyesore instead. If you aren't sure what color to choose, follow the tips below to help you make this decision before you hire your exterior painting services to get the job done.

1. Do Some Research

Take a walk or a drive around your neighborhood (or the one next to yours) to get a good look at other homes that may look similar in style to yours. Take note of what colors you like and which ones you don't. If you find one that you really like, knock on their door to see what color they used (if you aren't that brave, you can snap a quick photo and ask your painter to help you find this color). 

2. Use A Paint Website

Some paint websites or hardware store websites will allow you to upload your photo of your home and change the color of the exterior using their color swatches. This isn't exactly realistic, since lighting can make a big difference, but it can still be helpful. 

3. Paint A Few Swatches

You can take small samples of the paint you think you may like and paint your home with these swatches to see which ones you like best. Don't over-do it with too many options to choose from. Take only a few at a time to make your decision, then narrow it down from there. Too many paint swatches can get overwhelming and they may start to look the same. Take a look at the swatches in different light throughout the day. Also add your trim color to see which looks best with the trim color you like.

4. Think Outside The Box

If every house in your neighborhood looks the same, go with something to make your house stand out from the rest. Think about using a color such as a blue-gray, red or olive. Paint your front door a bold color, or use black for trim rather than white. Don't be afraid to take a risk with your home.

When choosing paint colors for your home, it can become overwhelming with so many options. Ask your painter for help making this decision, or help with choosing complimenting colors for your trim and door, as well as your siding.