Tips for Choosing Your Home’s Exterior Color

No matter what type of neighborhood you live in, your home’s aesthetics affect your neighbors. Its architectural style, landscaping, and color all impact the houses around you, whether it’s an eyesore or an asset. If it’s an eyesore, you’re likely to hear from unhappy neighbors that you’re affecting the value of their homes. If it’s an asset, you’ll probably be invited to a lot more backyard barbecues. Because the exterior of your house is such an important part of your neighborhood’s identity, as well as your own, here are some things to consider before repainting.

Take a Look Around

Drive through older and newer neighborhoods to see how colors work, or don’t work, with each other. Snap a quick picture when you see one you like and consider how it would look on your home. An industry professional, Crash of Rhinos Painting will supply digital renderings of your home with different color palettes so you can see exactly what your home will look like before you commit to a color scheme.

Things That Won’t Change

Your driveway, sidewalk, and roof tiles are things you’re probably not going to change. Our eyes have been trained not to notice those things, but they do have an impact. Examine them for similar undertones, such as brown, khaki or rust, which fit into the category of “warm” earth colors. Blue, gray, and black fit into the category of “cool” colors. Consider how your palette will work with these large elements.

Architectural Style

Is your home a Victorian with gables, lots of gingerbread, and steep, pitched roofs? Some have a circular tower and plenty of ornamentation above windows and doors, and some feature porches with columns. Traditionally, these homes have additional colors in their palettes because they are heavily detailed. Perhaps you live in a neighborhood featuring federal-style homes with cornices and fanlights above the door? Many paint manufacturers offer historically correct palettes that you can use to play up the uniqueness of your home.

Color Palettes

Your color palette should have three or more colors. A basic exterior scheme includes a base color, or “field color,” that serves as the main color for the house. An accent color can be used to highlight doors, shutters, and gables. A third color can be used on trim, such as roof edging, window casings, and railings. If you are overwhelmed by the multitude of color combinations, contact a professional paint company such as Crash of Rhinos Painting, which offers consultations with a color expert who can help you choose a pleasing palette.


Do you have a lot of trees or landscaping that you don’t want to change? If the trees take the main stage and camouflage your home, consider a palette that will make the house stand out a little more. Imagine your home in all seasons; will your flowering shrubs be lost against the new color background?

If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA and bylaws, your color choices are more limited. That doesn’t mean you can’t change things up a little, however, and it never hurts to try.

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