The exterior paint of any house is a part of its kerb appeal. It is important to choose the exterior paint carefully as it enhances the kerb appeal as well as the energy efficiency of your house. Some homeowners prefer light and bright colours, while others choose dark colours for their home.
However, both light and dark colours have their own pros and cons and are suitable according to the location and requirements of homeowners. It is necessary to do some research before choosing a paint colour for your home. Let us check some tips to choose the right exterior paint colour for your house.
Consider the elements you cannot change on the exterior of your home
Unless you choose to do an entire renovation, elements like tiles, stone pavements, pathways, and roof shingles remain in their place. Therefore, it is essential to consider these things while selecting a colour for your exterior walls. Look for undertones between these elements to choose a colour. Consider choosing a colour of paint that can tie them all in a harmonious way.
Paint finish of the exterior of a building
In addition to choosing the right paint colour, you also need to consider the paint finish. Homeowners don’t benefit by using high gloss paints for exterior walls, even though they have the highest durability. On the other hand, satin and eggshell finish paints are the most suitable for external walls. Satin and eggshell paints are durable and easy to clean when required. Moreover, satin and eggshell finishes can enhance the kerb appeal of your house.
Light and Dark Colours
The colour of paint on the roof and exterior walls affects the energy efficiency of a house. Light and bright colours reflect most of the heat and light and prevent the walls from heating up. Homeowners in hot and warm locations should choose light colours of paint for their exteriors.
However, the dark colours absorb most of the light and heat approaching them and keep the surfaces warm. Homeowners living in locations with cold climate should prefer painting the exteriors with dark colours like brown, grey, red, or blue.
Colour of your roof
The roof of a house is its canvas, but not a blank canvas. Some colours have already been there. All the roofing materials like shingle, metal, slate, clay, and terracotta have their own colours. You don’t need to match the colour of your exterior walls with your roof, but the paint should harmonise with the roof colour. Moreover, your stone or brick paver and driveways also influence the selection of your house colours. It is best to consider the roof colour and other elements while choosing paint for your outer walls. The paint of the house walls is easier to change than changing a roof or pathway.
Colour ideas for your home
Green and white
A combination of green and white looks perfect if you want to match the colour with your front yard. If you have a green front garden, you can paint the front wall with green colour and trims and edges in white. While using the green colour, we have a variety of shades to choose from, such as pea green, or dark green and many other shades between them. You can use one which suits the best according to your outdoors and surroundings.
White Farmhouse style
If you like the white farmhouse style, you can use a glowing and rich white paint for your exteriors. You can choose a white colour pallet that could steer clear of dull and sterile. Moreover, if you live in a warm location, the white colour absorbs less heat and improves the energy efficiency of your home. If the front side of your house receives direct sun, it is better to paint the front wall with warm white paint as it reflects the light partially as compared to dazzling white.
By timeless contrast, we mean a look that never goes wrong when you have a classic styled home with plenty of trims and other details, when you increase the contrast between the trim and the field colour, you better represent the home aesthetically. For example, if you choose to paint the walls in a light and bright colour, you should paint the windows, trims and other details in dark colours.
Navy Blue and white
Navy blue is a dark colour that works well if you have a small home. You can paint the front wall in navy blue and trims in white. Alternatively, the reverse combination with the front wall in white and trims in blue also looks awesome. Paint the roof in chocolate brown or another dark colour to create high contrast. The combination looks best if you have a front porch. You can also use it to decorate the wooden details in front of your house.
Chocolate Brown and Beige
If your house has a large colonial with plenty of roof-lines and windows, then you can use dark colours like chocolate brown and ancient copper. Use a beige colour for trims and areas surrounding the windows.
It is best to use a beach trim, such as deserted beach colour, to create a unique look and contrast between the house and blue sky. You can also try another combination with dark granite and chocolate brown combined with beach colour.
Pea Green, White, and Grey
If you have a sloped roof and a lot of windows in the house, you can use the combination of pea green and grey paint. The combination looks best if you have a grey colour of pavements or pathways in front of your house. Paint the walls in pea green and roof in grey colour, keeping the windows and trims white.
The right paint job for your home will enhance its value
These are some paint colour ideas for the exterior walls of a house. To get a high quality paint job it's best to avoid the DIY attempt and hire professional services. The key to getting a high-quality paint job is to hire professionals and choose two paint colours to create a sharp contrast. It is also important that the colours you choose should complement the external elements like the garden, driveways, and stone pavements.
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9/3/2022 08:27:17 pm
Hiring a professional exterior painting company can make all the difference when it comes to the finished product of your home. A good painting company will have the experience and expertise to properly prepare and paint your home's exterior, resulting in a beautiful, long lasting finish.
14/7/2022 03:16:33 pm
Having a navy blue and white home where the blue contrasts the bright color of the white sounds interesting to me. This kind of combination could show my neighbors and visitors that I want my home to be as humble as possible since blue is a very calming color. As soon as I find a home painting expert in the area, I'll tell them about this color combination so we can use it as a reference.
20/7/2022 06:49:41 pm
It got me when you mentioned that satin and eggshell finishes can improve the kerbing of a property. My friend wants a kerb that can enhance the appeal of her house. I should advise her to hire a contractor that can execute her desired design.
27/12/2022 07:56:26 pm
These are the finest tips on the internet when selecting the correct exterior paint colors for your house.
I like that you talked about navy blue and white which would be perfect for a small house by having the trims in white. I should suggest this to my husband so that our apartment will look more appealing for us and for our neighbors as well. We only have a small place because it is what we can afford, so I hope that I can find painting services at the most reasonable price.
24/1/2023 05:38:07 am
We moved to another area a few months ago, and we'd like to change our house's exterior look by replacing its paint color. We live in an area where people say it gets really hot during summer, so we'll follow your tips and find the right colors that help reflect the heat. We appreciate your information on why the paint color we select affects our house's energy-efficient.
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