Painting the exterior of your home


One of the best ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is by updating the paint on the exterior.  If you are thinking of selling, the exterior will be a huge consideration since buyers shop on the internet and the first thing they see is the exterior of the home.  

Selecting a paint color can be overwhelming.  Homes typically look best with 3 colors.  A field color for the body of the home, trim color for the moldings around the windows and an accent color for the shutters and door.  Looking at small paint chip colors or stucco samples can’t represent what the entire home will look like when it is painted.  Paint chip samples often appear 2 shades darker than it will look once painted on the entire home.  Some manufacturers now provide small paint samples.  Some provide color combinations that work well together for you to choose from.  These products help homeowners pick out the best combination of colors for their home.  A helpful activity is to drive around surrounding neighborhoods and select color combinations that appeal to you.  You may want to consider hiring a color consultant.  Painting a home is an expensive undertaking and making a mistake on your color choice can be costly.  

A few considerations when selecting your color combinations include paint finishes, color intensity and your choice of whites if you are using white for your trim color.  The best paint finishes for the field color of the home is a flat latex finish; satin or a semi-gloss latex finish is typically used for the trim, shutters and door.  The sheen will affect the color.  Typically, the flatter the finish, the lighter the color will appear.  Color also effects how large the home appears.  Lighter colors make the home look larger and dark colors will make a home appear smaller.  Choosing white for the trim is often an afterthought.  The white you select can make a huge difference in your finished product.  The warmth and tone of the white you select should match the warmth and tone of the field color.  For instance, Benjamin Moore color Peak White 10C-121 works well with cool light colors and Benjamin Moore color Canvas 1267 works well with warm, saturated colors.

The best way to test out your color selection is to make a 2 by 2 foot “brush out” section made of similar material as your home and place this in different areas of your home at various times of the day to make sure you love the color.  Then you can paint with confidence.