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It’s getting to that time of year, and you are starting to look at the exterior of your house to have it either painted or stained. Choosing the right exterior paint color is one of the biggest challenges that our clients seem to have. That is because it is such a significant investment. They don’t want to choose the “wrong” paint or stain color when it comes to choosing paint colors for the exterior of your home.  


Choosing Paint Colors for the Exterior of Your Home

When it comes to painting or staining the exterior of your home, the style plays a part in the color selection process. Because colors that work on the exterior of one house might not work on the exterior of another house. And that is because it might look silly or horrible on the exterior of your home. This is because there are five or six different styles of homes that we see in the Midwest. I have listed the six different styles here.

  1. Contemporary Home Style
  2. Cape Cod 
  3. Colonial
  4. Georgian
  5. Tudor
  6. Victorian

How to Select Exterior Paint Colors for a Home

The Contemporary style home integrates beautifully with plants and is designed to flow with the environment. For this style of house, the exterior typically has earth tone colors on it so that it can match with nature. When it comes to picking out paint for this style of house, it is better to stick to a one-color or two-color application. It is best not to be overdramatic with a contrast between the two colors, but to be subtle. The subtle two-color look for this style of home is called tone-on-tone.

Cape Cod homes aren’t seen as often. But people love them for their simple and less ornate look. And with its larger lap siding, Cape Cod homes are often called quaint. Marigold, buttercup yellow, or a light yellow is one of the favorite paint colors for the exterior of a Cape Cod. It turns out to be very stunning. Often homeowners will even paint the corner boards or soffits the same color as the siding. While the dormers or shutters are often accentuated, it is the front door that is the star of the show in a Cape Cod home. The front door should make a bold statement. You can paint the front door a bright red, burgundy, cranberry, deep blue, deep greens, teal blue, charcoal, or slate, and all these colors look great with a yellow home. 

Painting Colonial-Style and Georgian Style Homes

When it comes to the colonial-style homes, they are typically lighter. 7 out of 10 times, most of the colonial-style homes are either white or some version of off-white or Navajo white. But with this white, people typically do a very stark contrast color like a deep color for the shutters like deep plum, charcoal grey, or black. By contrasting the colors like that, it will help pick up the roofline better. Just like with the Cap Cod homes, the front door is the star of any Colonial home. It should make a real pop or impression with a bright, bold color. 

Generally, Georgian style homes are mostly brick with tall columns and white trim work. White is typically the primary color that is used on the exterior. And contrasting colors, such as black or charcoal slate, are used for the shutters.

Home Tips: Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

Tudor Brown is, believe it or not, the typical paint color that is found on the exterior of Tudor style homes. White or a Navajo white is what’s painted on the stucco panels and trim work. A tone-on-tone looks amazing as well. An amazing color to use on Tudor style homes is SailCloth by Benjamin Moore. When it comes to the Tudor style, people are often not huge fans of doing a contrasting color for the front door. 

Victorian-style homes don’t have hard or fast rules when it comes to color. You can pick whatever color you want and roll with it. The exterior paint color options are endless. There are Victorian-style homes that have as little as five colors and up to twenty different colors on them. Otherwise known as Painted Ladies, Victorian homes are another style that looks good with a yellow painted exterior on them. Yellow paint colors give such a classy and unique look to the house. My favorite is Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow. Using white, blues, plums, blacks, deep black, or charcoal colors is a great way to accent the yellow. On a Victorian home, the color can be determined by the amount of money that you want to spend on the house. The more colors that you use, the more costly the exterior paint project will become. 

Lotz of Logic

Driving around the neighborhood is a great way to get ideas for choosing paint colors for the exterior of your home. If you find a house that you love the exterior paint colors on, make sure that their roof color matches the roof color of your own home. This is because the exterior colors have to blend well with the roof color. Keep that in mind as you look at other houses in your neighborhood. Once you have decided on what color(s) you want to paint your house, drive over to a professional paint store. Stores like J.C, Licht, which carries Benjamin Moore paint or a Sherwin-Williams store. As multi-billion-dollar companies, they have paint charts up for a reason. Now they typically will have the exterior paint colors selected for you as well the accent colors that go with the siding color(s). 

You can also call up an interior designer who specializes in color selection. Ask the designer if they are comfortable with picking out color choices for the exterior of your home. The designers are great to work with because they can take all the surroundings into account as well.  

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on choosing paint colors for the exterior of your home, give me a call. My team and I would love to be of service to the Northwest Indiana communities such as Long Beach, Beverly Shores, Lake of the Four Seasons, Schererville, Kreitzburg, Michigan City, Grand Beach, and New Buffalo, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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