How to Select a Color Scheme for Home Exterior Paint

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There are lots of varieties of color schemes available to you to paint your home exterior. The palette of color possibilities is almost limitless, so much so that it can be tough to make a choice. You may also find that you are afraid of making a glaring mistake. The best way to avoid that is to test your colors first by painting them on your exterior. You can always paint over it again later.

  • Go with historic colors. These are classic combinations that give a refined look but don't skimp on color. They work because the colors are not of the highest intensity, but are compromised a bit by the addition of gray, black or brown. Most paint lines have historic palette combinations available for your review, or you can mix and match from the historic color palette.

  • Use a monochrome scheme. This is a simple way to introduce color without risking a scheme that clashes. Start with a color you love and use variations of it. For instance, if you want to go with green, you could use a soft, sea-foam green for the main colors, and darker, richer greens for other parts of the house like the shutters.

  • Select complementary colors. Complements create strong contrasts; they work as opposites where color is concerned. If you want a yellow for the shingles and main walls, a purple or pastel mauve will combine strikingly.

  • Start with white. White is a simple, classic choice to which you can add any color you want for trim and the like, with scarcely a chance to go wrong.

  • Look around at your neighbor's houses if you lack ideas. You may find houses nearby that you want to contrast, or that you want to fit in with an established color theme, for instance if earth tones dominate.

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