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Tips For Choosing the Right Exterior Paint Color For Your Home

If you’re thinking of painting your home, choosing the right paint color is one of the most important steps in the process. Finding just the right shade can completely change the look and feel of your home, and it’s a choice you’ll want to consider carefully. Unlike a feature wall in the guest bedroom that you can simply just paint over in the course of an hour, painting the exterior of your home is a significant investment of your time and money and you don’t want to have to do it very often.

At Noble Painting in Fort Collins, we understand that finding the right color for your home isn’t always easy and that’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you make your decision with confidence. Keep reading, and when you’re ready to get started, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate.

Tip #1: Consider the Style or Age of Your Home

Just because you like a particular color doesn’t mean that it will be a good fit for your home. Modern homes look striking in rich, dark colors like charcoal gray, but a mid-century beach bungalow might be better suited in a pale pastel. If you have an older home, you should also consider choosing historically accurate colors. Wondering which colors best represent your Victorian or American Foursquare? You can find plenty of resources online or just ask us and we would be happy to give you some ideas.

Tip #2: Consider Other Permanent Elements of Your Home

When choosing your color, don’t forget to think about how it will look with other permanent features of your home. For instance, what color is your roof? Do you have brick or stonework? Take these into consideration as you select exterior colors. While everything doesn’t need to match perfectly, they should have the same undertones. So, as you look at your home, do you see a roof that has cool gray undertones or bricks with warm, red undertones? Use those cues as a guide to help you pick your paint color.

Tip #3: Compare Multiple Shades

Even if you’ve done all of your homework and think you’ve found the perfect paint for your home, it would be wise to get several samples in similar shades. That’s because paint is like a chameleon — it looks different depending on its location, whether or not it's in the sun or shade, and it can even change appearance next to the other colors that are around it. When you find your desired color, look at a color that’s a shade darker and one that’s a bit lighter to see how it will look once it’s applied to a small section of your home’s exterior.

Tip #4: Consider the Effect of Dark Versus Light Paint

Whether you love the look of rich, vibrant colors, or your preference leans toward bright whites or soft grays, you’ll want to consider how dark and light colors affect the look and feel of your home. Deep, dark paints can create a dramatic look, but they can also make a small home look even smaller. Light colors, on the other hand, can make a home look bigger and brighter.

Tip #5: Choose Light, Neutral Colors if You’re Thinking of Selling

If you’re in your forever home, it’s okay to choose a color that’s a little more daring, but if you’re thinking of selling your home within the next five years, you might want to consider a soft, neutral color such as a pale beige or light gray. That’s because these are the colors that are most appealing to home buyers. The same is true for the interior of your home. You won’t want to paint your master bedroom in bright purple if you’re hoping for a quick sell. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules — an older home painted in historically accurate colors (even if they are vibrant hues) is usually a good choice.

Choose Noble Painting For Your Residential Painting Project

At Noble Painting, we can help make choosing a color for your home as painless as possible. That’s because we offer digital color consulting with our partners at Sherwin Williams. You should never make a decision based on what you see on a piece of paper or on a website which is why we allow you to choose up to six different sample quarts so we can see how the colors will look on your home.

The sample quarts also come in handy if you want to paint different areas to see how the color looks in the shade and in the sunlight, or against other design features such as brick. Plus, depending on where you live, some HOAs require you to submit samples of the color you plan to paint your home for approval so having a sample quart is a great way to do that. When it comes to choosing your paint color, we want you to be completely satisfied so please let us know if there are any questions we can answer to help in your decision.

Are you ready to get started? Don’t trust just any home painters to transform the look of your home, choose Northern Colorado’s Top Rated Local® professional painters to get the job done right and on time. Call Noble Painting to get started on your home painting project today!