Spring is a great time to paint the exterior of your house. The weather is nice, you’re spending more time outdoors and, when you are outside, you’re noticing your house could use some new paint. If you’re thinking of painting your house this Spring though, what exterior paint colors should you use? Does it really matter what exterior paint colors you choose? And what exterior paint brands should you buy this spring?
This spring, just like at any other time, choosing the right exterior paint colors is actually quite important. First, depending on where you live, you might have rules regarding what exterior paint colors you can use. Some sub-divisions and gated communities are quite specific about exterior paint, so make sure you check into this before buying the paint. Second, even if your neighborhood is painted in low-key colors and you’d like to brighten it up a little, you don’t want to have your house looking too brash next to all the grays and creams. Third, make sure everyone in the family likes the new exterior paint colors. There’s nothing worse for your marriage then having your wife come home every day already hating the color of the house that YOU painted. And fourth, choose the correct exterior paint colors for the location of your house. If you’re in a hot climate, don’t choose dark colors as they tend to fade in the sun much faster than their lighter siblings.
Some of the best exterior paint colors that will suit most houses and most locations this spring are the following ones:
Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White would make a very pretty exterior paint this spring. It’s a beige-white, very low-key, yet sweet. It will also warm up the exterior appearance of your house, giving it a lovely clean spring look and it’s not too loud for the neighbors. Don’t forget, also, an exterior paint job should be made up of at least three colors so that the trim and every accent of your house can be seen. It’s usually better to go with a lighter trim and accents and a slightly darker house color. This way the window frames, doors and accents don’t look like they’ve been stuck on there by a happy-go-lucky five year old in his very first ‘me and my house picture’.
Dutch Boy’s Dura Weather Exterior Paint is perfect for wood siding, stucco, brick and hardboard. Dutch Boy has some very nice paint colors, but I particularly love Long Beach 5B-1. It definitely has a California feel to it and reminds me of early LA mornings, sunny evenings and barbecues on the back lawn. Lovely for a nice new look for spring.
Sherwin-Williams isn’t one of the top paint companies for nothing. This spring, why don’t you paint the exterior of your house in Downing Stone? Downing Stone is a gray color, but not a drab, dull gray. Downing Stone is a warm, elegant gray and is especially lovely for those home owners who like their homes to be a little darker but still chic.
Don’t forget Sears when it comes to exterior paint this spring. Sears has a gorgeous light green paint, Frosty Mint, which would give your house a cool and elegant look. Frosty Mint is perfect for spring as it’s crisp and clean. Match it with a lighter green for the trim and accents or even beige, and your house really will be pretty this spring.
Finally, Sherwin-Williams has a Color Visualizer tool on their website that is just stupendous. It allows you to look at over 1,500 different paint colors. You can pick a photograph of a house, then drag and drop different colors to the photograph so you can actually see what a house would look like with the exterior painted in the colors you choose. There are many house photos, so one of them is likely to look similar to yours. It’s here that I discovered Sherwin- Williams’ Rambling Rose, a deep pink exterior paint color that’s really gorgeous, especially when it’s matched with Likeable Sand for the trim and Chateau Brown for the accents.
Don’t forget, if you’re not an exterior paint color expert there are several websites that can help you choose colors or tell you which paint colors are preferable for the exterior of your house. Lowes.com has some excellent tips on paint colors as well as information on what qualities a paint needs to make it a good exterior paint. CBN Color Charts is an online database of tons of paint manufacturer’s colors, and here you can also download all the colors they have in their database onto your computer to refer to at will. It also enables you to match any paint colors in their database with similar colors from other manufacturer’s – a very cool tool indeed. And, as I mentioned, Sherwin-Williams’ Color Visualizer tool on their website is an amazing way to make sure your spring exterior paint colors are really what you want.
So, if you’re a little nervous about choosing an exterior paint color for your house this spring, really, don’t worry about it. Any information you need is on the websites I mentioned, and you can’t go wrong choosing any of these brand name paint colors. Happy painting!