How To Choose The Right Exterior Paint Colour For Your Home

We recently received a customer question about how to choose the right exterior colour scheme: “I’m going to paint my house over the summer holidays but I’m just not sure which colour I should choose. Do you have any tips for me? Thanks, Sile” 

We are asked this by many of our customers so we decided to create the below guide to try and help. When it comes to picking the right paint shade for your home, it’s important to consider the following:

 

1. Think about the colours you love.

Your home is a reflection of who you are. It’s important to consider which tones and shades you love when choosing the outdoor shade of your house.

2. Consider the aspect of the property and surrounding area.

3. Consider the period and architectural style of your home.

  • It’s also worth noting the style and colour of neighbouring properties: you can then decide whether you want to to complement or contrast with them. 
  • Lots of paint manufacturers have beautiful ranges of historically accurate colours.
  • You can also consult a professional who specialises in colour schemes.

5. Think about the visual effect you want. What is your homes’ relationship to the landscape and street?

Light and bright colours ensures that it stands out. Conversely, a darker shades can make the appearance of the house recede.

6. Choose three or more different paint shades.

An exterior scheme has three key parts:

  • Field colour: dominates
  • Accent colour: brings doors, shutters and other smaller areas to life
  • Trim colour: used for window and door casings, roof edging, railings and other trim work.

The trim colour should contrast strongly with the field colour. If your main hue is dark, consider classic white trim or another pale shade. A light field color can look stunning with darker trim — like eyeliner for your home, it produces a crisp, dramatic effect. Feel free to go bold with accent colors, but don’t go overboard. A vibrant door painted with a bright colour can give you an impactful look. Most major paint brands offer pre-selected colour palettes that will help you to coordinate an exterior scheme. Colour consultants can also help you come up with a more unique and bespoke colour combination.

7. Don’t just use paint chips.

Exterior shades can vary somewhat from the way they appear on the chip or card. Painting the exterior of your home is a big project so it’s important that you get it right the first time. Buy a tester pot of paint and use it on different areas of your outdoor walls. Analyse the colour under different weather conditions and times of the day. Does the colour change with light? Testing out the colour beforehand will allow you to be happy with the colour for years to come!

What colour did you paint the outside of your home? Let us know in the comment section below!

  • Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint: Pat McDonnell Paints
  • Outdoor Colour Scheme: Pat McDonnell Paints
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