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Tips for Picking Exterior Paints That You (and Your Neighbors) Will Love

Exterior paints come in a wide selection of colors, hues, and finishes, but having so many options comes at a cost. With such a wide variety of exterior wall texture paints to choose from, picking one or a few is not only tricky, but it can also be downright distressing for any homeowner.

There are so many things that could go wrong. In some situations, if you pick colors that are too safe, you end up making your home look bland and unappealing. On the other hand, you don’t want to choose colors that are too bold as these can change the way your property looks (and not in a good way).

However, when you do pick the right colors, your home will look inviting and will effortlessly cause heads to turn. Here are a few tips to help you choose paints that will make you (and the rest of the neighborhood) fall in love with your house even more than before.

Tips for Picking Exterior Paints

1. Consider the property’s history

You may have purchased a property that has a lot of history behind it. If you want to stay true to its original colors, you can hire a professional painter to check the paint along the siding and trim.

Over the years, the previous owners may have painted over the original layer of paint. By scraping some of the uppermost layers, you may discover what original paint colors were used. If you live in a neighborhood where the houses look the same, you can take a drive to see how the other properties look. Along the way, you may discover a house from the same era that still has its original paint.

For history buffs, an alternative method is to head on over to the local library to check out what resources are available on similar properties in the neighborhood. You may not find the exact name of the colors used, but perhaps you may come across a color chart from the era or a list of popular shades during that period.

2. Think about being consistent vs. being bold

Depending on where you live, you may need to consider what the neighbors are doing, and not just as a source of inspiration. In some neighborhoods and regions, acceptable color schemes may be limited to create a consistent look among different properties. While this could be convenient (because you won’t need to overthink which paints to buy), this could also drastically limit your options to a few colors.

On the other hand, if there are no stipulated restrictions, then you can be as bold as you want. Instead of going for historical accuracy, you may want to paint your vintage home with bright colors to make it stand out from the rest of the properties.

3. Consider the components you can’t change

When renovating or painting an existing home, there are components that already exist which could affect the colors you choose. For instance, roofing materials, brick, pathways, driveways, and stone elements do place some limitations on colors. Always remember that it is easy to change your home’s architectural coating, but replacing the shingles on the roof is not.

4. Pick a palette

When painting your exterior, it is essential to pick the right number of paint colors to use. Too many colors can make the house look like a mess, while too little will make your house look blank and boring. Two to three different colors are generally enough for most homes.

A safe yet popular approach is to pick colors that fall under one of three categories: body, trim, and accent. The body is the main color for your exterior while the trim is reserved for the areas around openings such as doors and windows.

Designers typically use the same color for both the body and trim, but in different shades. The aim is to add some depth and drama without going overboard.

Accent paints are applied to elements that you want to stand out, such as the door. To create this effect, the accent color is typically in direct contrast with that of the body.

5. Take note of the local climate

Some colors may look fabulous on TV shows or magazines but may not be practical in real life. It all depends on the climate and weather where you live. For instance, if you live in hot, arid regions such as the Middle East, dark colors are not a sensible choice as dark colors absorb heat, making your home warmer.

Paint colors can affect energy costs and keep your home comfortable. Take note of this factor when choosing paint colors.

For a More Beautiful Home

Choosing paint colors for the outdoor components of your home does not have to be a stressful or terrifying experience. By taking note of these tips, you can feel more confident in your choices and pick colors that fit your environment, needs, and tastes.

As with any paint job, remember to always test your samples beforehand in several inconspicuous parts of your home, preferably areas that receive different amounts of light. Look at the paint at different times of the day to see how it changes the way your home looks. Once you are happy with your choice, purchase your selected paints, get the work started, and watch your home become more beautiful before your eyes.


Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and pain

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