Photo by M. Marceny, trim and siding are the same color, SW Pure White Exterior paint colors for your existing home or new build can be the most difficult decision a homeowner can make. The choices for exterior paint color combinations are endless and overwhelming. Homeowners with existing homes are limited by their hard finishes (roofs, bricks, and stone). A production (tract) builder will usually give you choices that are curated so they don’t clash with each other, but there are still pitfalls. Exterior Finishes are the first decision homeowners make after they contract a new home, and are usually required for the building permit.
We chose Richmond American (not a blog sponsor) as our builder because they have a great reputation in our area, and their quality is fantastic. Siding – Wood, shingles, or composite planks that cover the exterior walls
Rainware – Gutters and downspouts used to carry water away from the house when it rains The difference is that for new builds you need to pick hard finishes such as the roof and stone or brick.
For existing homes, you are limited by the roof and stone or brick that is already in place. So, what can you do to pick great exterior paint color combinations for your home?
One of the most common mistakes we see homeowners make is picking a color that is too bright or way too light once it’s applied outside. Higher altitude areas – like Colorado where The Color Concierge is based – can have the same problem. The key is to keep patterned finishes like stone and brick fairly simple.
This will make choosing exterior brick and paint color combinations easier. For red brick, grout is usually a gray color with green undertones. Your home’s windows have a bigger impact on your exterior paint color schemes than you might think.
Remember – light colors tend to look much brighter outside, so you can choose a slightly darker white to create a smooth transition between the windows and brick, stone, or siding. If your siding is very light, then you can pick Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa or Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee.
That is usually not our preference because White Dove can be over-bright outside, and Alabaster can skew yellow.
Photo by Color Concierge Client, Pewter Green trim, front door, fascia, and soffits. Basically, if you have a white trim color inside your home, it will look over-bright outside. If possible, paint soffits and porch ceilings the same color as the fascia for a unified look.
White soffits and front porch colors help brighten the interior by reflecting light inside. Photo by Color Concierge Client; Fascia, soffits, and window trim are SW Egret White. The siding is Intellectual Gray with a Tricorn Black front door. A bright, contrasting color is often a fun choice for front door paint.
But a deep, rich hue – like Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue – can also look beautiful. Check out some of my favorite front door paint colors that I saw while traveling in Paris.
Sherwin-Williams Exterior Paint Color Scheme with Red Front Door This is the Sherwin Williams exterior color combination that we picked for our home. Benjamin Moore Exterior Paint Color Scheme with Red Brick Check out this lovely Sherwin Williams blue-green palette for a new home build for our client in Eastern Colorado. Sherwin-Williams Black Exterior Paint Color Scheme with Red Brick Sherwin-Williams White Exterior Paint Color Scheme with Red Brick
When I visited the home for a color consultation, I had just returned from New Orleans, where so many of the shutters are green. As long as you follow some basic guidelines, you can pick beautiful exterior finishes for your existing home or new build.
If you have an existing home, please don’t forget to test your paint colors!
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