The Best Exterior Colors for a House

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The Best Exterior Colors for a House
Light home exterior colours complement an open, green yard well. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Giving the outside of your home a makeover means choosing new colours for the siding and windowsills that will complement the porch furniture or new flowers you've planted in the front yard. The best home exterior colours depend on the style of your home, as well as your decorative taste, and even where your home is located.

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City or Suburban Home

Brighter colours are usually more appropriate for a home in the city. If you live in a suburban subdivision, you may have to adhere to the regulations of the neighbourhood and build a home in pastel or neutral exterior colours to blend in with the rest of the houses. For instance, a medium brown or tan home with off-white siding may be appropriate for the suburbs, with a slight colour accent like a reddish brown door. A downtown home entirely painted red or blue with grey siding can come across as chic and modern.

Roof Color

Use the roof colour to determine which hues of brick, wood or stone to incorporate into the rest of the home's exterior. Warm colours like burgundy or pastel yellow will complement a dark grey roof well; lighter variations of grey pair well with an understated or medium shade of blue. A black roof is directly contrasted with a white or off-white house; deep red brick looks good on a black-roofed home as well. A light neutral colour is also fitting if the roof is a prominent colour, such as tan, brick or stone with a red roof.

Style of Home

Cottages or bungalows look attractively whimsical when painted vivid and noticeable colours. For instance, a Victorian-style cottage adorned in a jewel tone like emerald green or ruby red complementing the home with neutral-coloured metallics like bronze paint on the windowsills or silver paint for shutters is ideal. Bungalows in kitchy colours like pistachio green or lemon yellow are appropriate for this style of home as well; the colours are attractive with a medium grey roof and grey or tan patio furniture. A modern home is best painted white or grey. The understated colour will complement bright red or purple colours in the front garden well.

House Positioning

If your home sits far back on the lot, painting the home a light colour like ivory or an understated shade of blue or grey will make it appear closer to the curb. A lighter colour paint will also last longer and doesn't absorb heat as readily as a darker shade. A darker shade of grey or green is appropriate for a home that is near the curb since pronounced shades have a receding effect; darker shades are also appropriate for larger homes. A big house on a tiny lot will also take on a dark colour well to take the attention away from the small land space.

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