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How to Choose the Right Color for Exterior House Painting

How to Choose the Right Color for Exterior House Painting

Published Date: July 18th, 2022 | Category: Exterior Painting

When it comes time to paint the exterior of your house, you may feel overwhelmed by the abundance of color choices available. You have to decide on a main color, any secondary or accent colors and you have to choose from so many colors that it can make anyone’s head spin. That’s why we’ve assembled a short list of tips to choose the right color! While there are plenty more tips available, we wanted to start you off with some of the ones that we think are the best to get you started down the right path.

For more tips on how to choose the right color for your exterior house painting project in Minnetonka, contact Durapro Painting! In the meantime, however, take a look at these four suggestions to get you started.

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1. Rule of Three

When choosing colors for your exterior house painting job, consider the rule of three. The idea behind the rule of three is that you should have no more than three colors of paint, applied in a ratio of 60-30-10. Black, white and other neutrals don’t technically count towards the three colors, unless you choose to make them!

The rule of three is normally seen on houses with a main color for siding, a secondary color for doors, windows and trim, and then finally a pop of color for an accent.

2. Consider Home’s Style and Neighborhood

Depending on the architectural style of your home, some colors just don’t make sense (think bright, fluorescent green Victorian – not the best fit for most neighborhoods). While this shouldn’t deter you from choosing the color of your dreams, if you aren’t settled on a color, it’s a good thing to consider!

Also, depending on your neighborhood, you may have a homeowner’s association to consider in the color choices available to you.

3. Plan Around Fixed Parts

When choosing a paint color, it’s important to consider the parts of your house that will not be painted, especially the ones you don’t plan on changing. For example, if you just installed a new brown roof, shades of gray may not be the most aesthetically pleasing paint color to choose for the rest of your house. Bricks, patios and metal color are also important factors in deciding on paint colors.

While some fixed elements can be changed, it can also be a good plan to assume they won’t be while deciding on a paint color.

4. Choose a Main Color First

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to decide on your main color first. Secondary colors and accent colors are much easier to settle on once you know that you have a main color you like. If you work backwards, you may find yourself stuck with a color palette that isn’t quite what you were hoping for, taking you back to the drawing board.

Are you interested in more tips about how to decide on the best color for your exterior house painting project? Call Durapro Painting today at 612-701-6552 or contact us!

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