Choosing the Right Color When Painting the Exterior of Your Home

 In Exterior Painting

One of the first things you notice when arriving at someone’s home is the color. When painting your home, choosing the right color can be very stressful. Often times you don’t know where to start, and it can be very hard to find the right color. The process can be a long and painful one if you don’t know where to start. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect color, without all of the stress.

Considerations for Choosing a Color


From expressing yourself to increasing home value, color choice can have many effects on your home. There are many things to be considered before choosing a color. One thing to look at is the surrounding environment. If you are living in the Rockies, with pine trees surrounding you, the color choices may be different than a house on the beach in California. Homes in the country have a different look than homes in downtown Ft. Wayne. Another thought is that dark colors can make a house look smaller, while light colors can make it look bigger. You may also want to consider the color of your roof, patio, and landscaping. Often these are permanent fixtures that you are not planning on changing, so it is important to keep these colors in mind when selecting a new color for your house.


If all you want to do is brighten up your faded siding, then you’re in luck. This is the easiest way to find the color you need, requiring only one trip to a Sherwin Williams Store. Simply take in a paint chip, at least the size of a quarter, in to a Sherwin Williams store and they can match the color for you. It doesn’t get much easier than that. They will then mix the paint on the spot, and you can leave with the right color.


before-after11Color Wheel

If you don’t know where to start, pick up a color wheel from Sherwin Williams, or ask an employee to help you look. They have lots of colors, so it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Once you narrow it down to a few colors you think you may like, it’s time to try them out with the next option, Color to Go.

Color to Go

This is a small sample of the color you think you may like. You can take this home, and actually paint a small portion of your home with the color. Give it time to dry before making any decisions, because there will be a difference in the way a wet paint and a dry paint look. If you have a few colors you liked, put them both up and see which one you like best. If you plan on painting siding that will be next to trim of another color, you would want to put a sample next to the trim color, in order to see how they compliment each other.


If you’re interested in doing an exterior painting project, give us a call or click the link below to set up your estimate and FREE color consultation!

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