How to Choose the Right Exterior Paints for Your Home

Choosing the right exterior paint for your home can be a real challenge. There are so many things you have to consider that just don’t matter when you’re doing interior painting. For starters, the wrong color can negatively impact how your entire street looks. There’s also roofing, landscaping, hardscaping and weather to think about.

Follow these tips to find the perfect exterior paint for your home:

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  1. Consider neighborhood guidelines

Some areas actively restrict what colors you’re allowed to paint your home, especially areas which have Homeowners Associations. Make sure you know what these guidelines are before you start painting or you might have to do it over.

  1. Consider your home’s architecture

You want the color you paint your home to fit well with the style of your home. Several paint manufacturers produce historically accurate color lines for different time periods and many paint store professionals can help you figure out what will go well with your architecture. You want to go with something similar to the historical colors.

  1. Consider the visual effect

Painting your home a brighter color will help it stand out from its surroundings, especially if your house is built well back from the street. Choosing a darker color will make your home appear to recede, even blend in with its surroundings.

  1. Pick three colors

To really make your paint job spectacular you’ll need three shades: a main color, an accent color for things like doors and shutters, and a trim color for things like window and door casings. The trim color should contrast strongly with the main color. Most paint manufacturers will have a series of preselected palettes you can look through to get a better idea what you want.

  1. Consider the material

What type of paint you get is extremely important when you’re painting the exterior of your home since it’s going to be exposed to all kinds of weather. Oil and latex paint are the two most durable types, with latex being easier to use (and less smelly). It’s also a good idea to get specialty paint for your porch; several companies sell this specific type of paint. Depending on what you have to paint you may also want to invest in some paint created specifically for metal.

Don’t forget to buy enough primer for a proper coat too; this step is much more important when you’re painting the exterior of your home.

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  1. Don’t just trust the palette

Once you’ve chosen a palette you like, buy a quart of paint and paint an inconspicuous section of your home. Give it at least a couple weeks and examine it at different times of day and in different weather conditions to see how it holds up. This is really the only way to know how good the paint is and whether or not you actually like the color—the color is often slightly different from what the palette shows.

And remember the most important thing: take your time when choosing the exterior paint for your home. You’re going to have to see it every day for a long time.

Author Bio

Alex is the founder of Pure Envy Renovations, an Australian roof restoration and home renovation company based in Adelaide, South Australia. Alex has a wealth of knowledge on home renovations. For more information and home DIY tips, follow his Youtube channel.

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7 Stunning Examples of the Color Blue Used Awesomely For Home Painting

As one of the top home painting companies in the Toronto area, we absolutely love reading interior design blogs, and figuring out the best color combinations to create an awesome interior.

One of the most underrated colors out there is blue.   Blue when used right can bring a feeling of calmness to your home and help induce relaxation.   Lighter blues especially can bring a relaxed but alive feeling to the house which is perfect for a work room.  If you live a busy life, you know the importance of getting some calm rest in.  Blue used on the exterior of a home can result in an eye catching result that will get a lot of positive attention.

A common thread among the following examples is that nobody skimped on the quality of paint.  Using cheap paint has many downfalls, and it’s something we don’t recommend at all.

Want to Figure Out How Blue Fits Into Your Home’s Overall Color Scheme? Download Our Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Color Palette by Clicking Here.

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1.  Tranquil Blue by Benjamin Moore’s (Source: Mosiac Works)

This relaxing shade of blue is used to create the perfect room to nap in on a rainy afternoon.

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2.  Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore’s (Source: Apartment Therapy)

This dark and stormy color is the perfect color for a bedroom for the writer in your life.  The color evokes imagery of Moby Dick and dark adventures on the sea.

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3.  Custom Paint using a blend of “Spring mint” and “Antiguan Sky” by Benjamin Moore’s (Source: Celebrating Every Day Life)

This incredible custom mix gives an oceanic feel to the bedroom.  Perfect for an Oceanside home.  Imagine waking up to that room right to the sound of ocean waves crashing!


4.  Sherwin Williams Copen Blue (Source: Pretty Handy Girl)

This workspace uses lighter blue for the cabinets, desk, and wall to create the perfect workspace.  The importance of relaxation for work can’t be understated.

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5.  Belizean Blue by Glidden (Source: Apartment Therapy)

The contrast of a bright blue and white in this kitchen works wonders to create a bold, vibrant, and uplifting mood.

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6.  Sherwin Williams Rainwashed (Source: Sand and Sisal)

This laundry room will make you want to actually do laundry.  This particular color gives a lighthearted vibe to a room most of us dread going to.

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7.   Woodlawn Charm by Valspar (Source: Life in Grace)

Painting cabinets with a blue color can be a great way to add in a bit of personality to an otherwise boring room.  I highly recommend having your cabinets painted as it can really transform a kitchen space.

Do you want to use blue for your next project? Our color palette guide will help you choose the perfect complimentary colors to give your home that “Perfect home” look.

We absolutely love interior painting projects!  They can help transform an indoor room into something special.   Our current favorite location for interior painting is Lawrence Park, where people are very open towards doing somethings special with their homes.

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