What Colour Should I Paint My Exterior Walls?


We worry so much about what colours to paint the interior walls of our house while so little thought is given to the exterior! As important as it is to make the inside of your home look beautiful, you can’t risk creating an eyesore for the exteriors by picking the wrong wall colour(s)!


There are a couple of things you need to consider when choosing paint colours for the outside of your home; it’s not just about picking a nice, neutral hue that will please everyone. It’s a pretty big decision that we believe is best made with the following factors in mind. Read on!


  1. Interior Wall Colours


There is such a thing as ‘too much colour’! If your interior walls are bright and vibrant, it’s best you stick to a neutral shade for your exteriors. While it’s not necessary to match your home’s interior and exterior paint, that doesn’t mean you should choose random colours that end up clashing with each other. Let your imagination run free while envisioning the colour transition of walking up to your front door and into your home. In simple terms, there’s no need to play it safe with your choice of colour, but rather, smart and mindful of your interior paints.


  1. Architectural Style/Exterior Elements


There are many types of architectural styles for houses which include contemporary, bungalow, cape cod, Colonial, country, Victorian, modern and traditional. Apart from this, you have different types of elements included in the architecture to enhance the aesthetics of the house. These include intricate carvings, brick, stone and woodwork. Now, to pick the right colours for any of the styles or elements just mentioned, you need to base your selection on their colour and density (in terms of design). Basically, the colours that you choose should accentuate the style and element, rather than overshadow or conceal them.


  1. The Rest of the Neighbourhood


You need to determine whether you want your exterior wall colours to blend in with surrounding houses or stand out tastefully. Regardless of what you’re aiming to achieve, there are more ways than one to hit or miss the goal. To blend in means picking neutral colours which are similar to those of your neighbour’s but not identical; they should complement other houses without the colours looking too much alike. Standing out, on the other hand, could mean picking similar colours but much bolder shades. Therefore, your home will stand out without looking out of place. Another important thing to remember is to avoid very ‘out there’ colours that will make your house stick out like a sore thumb!


  1. Colour Combinations


Home exteriors that are painted in one colour look rather boring. This is because every home has exterior elements that can be painted in a different colour to improve aesthetics. These include pillars, balustrades, overhang, ledges, etc. By combining two contrasting paint colours, you can create a more visually appealing home exterior that passersby can’t miss! Remember, the field/base colour (which is the actual flat walls) is generally a darker shade than the trim colour (exterior elements such as edges and pillars). This is because the latter colour is meant to highlight the elements as opposed to camouflage them. While some homeowners have chosen to do the opposite and done a fine job at it, it’s important to select colours very carefully in order to pull that off.


  1. The Yard/Garden


If you have a yard or garden with bright flowers and multiple shades of green, the choice of colour for your exterior walls should accentuate these natural hues. Some houses are painted in bright colours where flowering plants tend to blend in rather than stand out. Therefore, it’s a good idea to plan your garden or yard space ahead of painting your home exteriors to ensure that the colours of the flowers are seen for their natural vibrancy and the walls make for the perfect backdrop!


So, before you head to the store and pick out the paints for your exterior walls, keep the above factors firmly in mind and we’re sure you’ll make the right choice! Remember, a house should be beautiful inside and outside!

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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