Best Colors for Home Exteriors

WIndham-PicChoosing a paint color is always a challenge. Here are a few ideas to help make choosing the best exterior paint colors for your home simple:

The roof, driveway and chimney are existing elements that won’t be painted but that should play a role in determining your color choices. For a façade that’s partially stone, for example, using a similar color will add visual harmony. If the fixed colors are intense, like a terra-cotta tile roof, a neutral color will bring balance.

Landscaping is another important factor. Select colors that fit in with the surrounding palette. If you have brilliant-colored spring blooming trees or a sea of green foundation plantings, choose colors that will complement them.

Choose a color scheme that is compatible with the other houses in the neighborhood. You don’t have to imitate the palette or application exactly, but can put your own individual spin on similar color combinations.

Regional influences also are bound to affect your choice as you account for the local terrain, seasons, interplay of natural lighting, even history and culture.

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