Choosing an exterior paint color

In our last blog, we covered the value of painting the exterior of your house – for resale or for curb appeal. Now that you’ve decided to take that step, what color should you choose?

Well, it’s not quite as simple as picking your favorite color. Turquoise may not be the best option for your suburban colonial home. There are several things that come into play before you should settle on a color.

Color Combinations

Firstly, you won’t just be choosing one color. You’ll need to figure out a coordinating color combination for the siding, trim, and accents. Start with the siding and go from there. Once you have picked a main color, you can easily choose two accent colors that work with the main color.

A really popular color for exteriors right now is ‘Greige,’ a mix of beige and gray. It is a neutral and warm color.

Exterior Features

You’ll need to evaluate the existing exterior features on your house, like your chimney and roof. If you have a gray or black roof, compliment it with cooler colors whereas if you have a brown roof your best bet is a warm color.


Keep in mind that the color of paint you choose can directly affect how big or small your house appears. A light color will make your house appear larger and closer to the curb. A dark color will make your house appear smaller and further away. Depending on what you want, choose a color on the spectrum that matches your needs. If your house is quite large, but located on a smaller lot, you probably want a darker color.


Consider your physical location. Are you in the country? Or in a suburban neighborhood? Are you in a desert climate? These aspects will affect what exterior color you choose. For example, bright and fun colors are more appropriate in a tropical climate than in a city or historical area.


If you live in a neighborhood or in close proximity to other houses (like a townhouse), you’ll want to consider the colors of your neighboring houses. You don’t want to paint your house the same color as John Doe who lives next door. Match the intensity of their house without choosing the same color.

Another thing to consider in a neighborhood is your HOA (Homeowners Association). They may have guidelines on what colors you can paint your house, or may require approval for exterior updates. Make sure you know your HOA’s rules or approved colors.

Painting your exterior may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. At Color Expressions Painting, we will work with you to assess your house, figure out a vision, and come up with a color scheme that fits in your neighborhood, with your exterior features, and looks great together. Contact us today to get started!