Choosing exterior paint colors can feel daunting and over whelming, let 360 painting Minneapolis help! After all, painting the exterior of your home is a bit more costly and ideally, something you only must do once every 7-10 years.
When selecting a new color scheme for the outside of your house a few things do need to come into play:
- If your home has existing stone or brick areas that won’t be painted, your stone or brick has more of a say in your home’s exterior colors than you do. Any paint color you select MUST “play well” with these materials!
- Even if you love bright colors personally, go with a more muted color on your home exterior... Why? Because unless yours is a beach house, or one of San Francisco’s historic Victorian “painted ladies”, bright or saturated colors on an exterior can look artificial, unnatural, even tacky.
- If you want a white or off-white home, you won’t get to pick an actual bright white. A common mistake is to pick a color that is too light. Colors look MUCH brighter when seen outside. Hold a piece of paper outside in the bright sunlight and it will be almost blinding. You don’t want your house to look like a giant reflector.
- If you love cool colors like gray, you’ll probably pick something much “warmer” than you expect. Natural sunlight already has a very cool color temperature to it. It will “cool down” any color that you see outside, so you need to compensate by picking a color that’s much warmer than you’d expect.
Benjamin Moore Black Satin 2131-10 with Brilliant White OC-150 photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore
SW 6204 sea salt Alabaster 7008 phot courtesy of bell custom homes.
Urban Safari PPU8-4, White 52, Poppy Seed PPU15-20, Cherry Cola S130-7 Photo courtesy of Behr.com
Barnwood Gray PPU24-07, Smoky White BWC-13 porch floor: Maple Glaze PPU3- door: Cellini Gold HDC-CL-18 photo courtesy of behr.com
Burmese Beige 40YY 51/084, Crystal Clear 50 BG 83/009 , Silver Cloud 30YY 63/024 phot courtesy of PPG
Ben Moore New York State of Mind 805, Mt. Rainier Gray 2129-60, Frostine AF-5 photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore