5 Pro Tips for Choosing Exterior House Colors

5 Pro Tips for Choosing Exterior House Colors

Choosing the right palette for your house’s exteriors can be fun; but truth be told, it can be tricky as well. A lot of factors come into play like the color of the roof, landscaping, your home’s architectural style, the list goes on. You wouldn’t want to pick dull colors that will make your house look boring, neither would you go for overly bold ones that can overwhelm your neighbors. Striking the right balance of color aesthetics comes after careful consideration of several factors. We’ve rounded up a few handy reminders to help you choose the right colors for your home’s exteriors. Read on and be guided.


Get Inspiration from Nature

Your house is already a palette of color ideas. If you’re surrounded by trees, shrubs, or a carpet of trimmed grass, a good mix of earth colors like greens and browns will make a nice exterior paint. Houses fronting shores or beaches can take inspiration from the sea’s expansive blue-green color. Meanwhile, homes with colorful gardens abloom with flowering plants can also make use of different color splashes.

Consider Other Surfaces

Admit it, some parts of a house can be non-negotiable when planning to have your exteriors re-painted. These are nooks and surfaces that “remain in place” and can dictate your available color choices. Roofs, pathways, driveways — these are your non-negotiables. Start with what’s there already. Pick colors that will harmonize all these fixed elements. 

Think of your Painting Goal

Colors give off illusions that make an area look large, add a hint of drama to a property,or  exude grandiose and prominence in a certain part of a house. Go back to what you want to achieve. Lighter colors plus enough sunlight make a house look larger. Darker colors usually play with the drama of light and shadow. Meanwhile, white is usually used for homes with classic architectural designs.

Watch Out for your Color Swatches

Colors can be deceiving.  Much of that has a lot to do with sunlight and size of surfaces which largely affect how a specific color looks like in different situations. Often, colors look very different when they are viewed under natural lighting. They also appear lighter when applied on large surfaces versus if they are used in smaller ones. When scrutinizing a color sample, do it outdoors but never in direct sunlight as brightness often distorts a color. It’s also advised to test a sample of your color on a chosen section of a house. Have a small portion painted and observe it at different times of the day before finally deciding to buy gallons of paints to have the whole exterior painted.   

Know your Shades

Bear in mind that your exterior scheme has three different color parts:  field color, accent color, and trim color. Field color is your dominant shade, which means a large part of your exterior will have this hue. Accent color applies to doors, shutters, and other smaller areas. Trim color is used for roof edgings, window and door casings, and railings. If you’re using a light field color, a darker trim is advised. Similarly, if you opt for bold accent colors like orange or bright yellow, you might have to tame your trim colors.


Your house is your canvas and the final output is your masterpiece. It can be a family project, it can be a personal endeavor. Whatever your goal is, the rule remains: experiment, have fun. 

For exterior surface painting that guarantees superior adhesion and long-lasting colors, use Island Prima.






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