Choosing exterior house colors

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Choosing exterior house colors
The colours of your home must be inviting and fit the surrounding environment. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The exterior of your home is perhaps one of its most important aesthetic aspects because of its visibility. When people drive down the street or when visitors come to your home, they notice the exterior colour. Exterior colour also can enhance the curb appeal of your home, which can help you sell it for the best price. The exterior colour of your home should complement the style of your home and your neighbourhood while still making your home look special.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Write down the main colours surrounding the exterior of your home. For example, if your home is surrounded by green bushes, you want a colour that complements the greenery. If the exterior of your home is mainly red brick, you need a colour that works with the bricks. Also take note of house colours in your neighbourhood; you don't want your house to look odd next to its neighbours.

  2. 2

    Drive through neighbourhoods within your city. Note interesting colour schemes that might work on your home. This is especially helpful if you are looking for ideas for a colour scheme.

  3. 3

    Select a colour appropriate for the size and geographical placement of your home. If your home has a significant amount of direct sunlight, choose a lighter colour; excessive sun exposure can bleach darker colours. Also select a lighter colour if your home is small, because lighter colours can make it seem larger. On the other hand, dark colours tend to make a home look smaller.

  4. 4

    Review accent colours to add a visual dynamic to the home. If you desire a more vibrant colour such as lime green or burnt orange, adding it as an accent colour can brighten up the home without overwhelming onlookers.

Tips and warnings

  • Always review colours outdoors in the sunlight to see the true colour value.
  • Select an accent different colour within the same colour pallet to ensure the colours match.
  • Don't add an accent colour to unattractive fixtures of the home such as air conditioning units, gutters or a downspout.

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