What Color Should I Paint My House?

This question comes up weekly between my readers questions they send in and my client projects and it is one that I love to answer! There are several factors that need to be considered when deciding what color to paint your house coupled with you personal taste to find just the right combination.


Your Surroundings- Take a walk around your neighborhood and look at the paint colors. If you want a neutral tone but your block is predominantly a hue of beige why not try a hue of gray? Neutrals can be warm or cool with taupe being a combination of both warm and cool. Neutrals are timeless and my clients seldom tire of a neutral color, color can be brought in with landscaping, a front door color or architectural accents.


Style of Your Home- Consider the architecture and period the home was built to lend some insight. If you are restoring a home you may want a historic color. Certain styles lend themselves to specific colors, for example a Victorian era home may be colorful while a Craftsman style is better suited in earth-tones. Above, this colonial with Southern charm is lovely in a hue of green with cream color trim and a black door and shutters for definition.


Trim, Shutters & Door Color- You may already know that you want a wood finish for the door, a pop of color for the shutters and light or dark trim. These decisions can drive the house color choice because they all need to work together to create the look you are after. You will need to make these decisions simultaneously or prior to the paint selection.

Stone Selection- Is there brick or field stone on the house? Your color choice will need to complement the stone color and in some situations you may find a hue of color in the stone to pull out for the rest of the house. If you have existing brick and you want to paint it a hue of white is a good option if the rest of the house is white or neutral. In the opposite case if you have painted brick and despise it, don’t be afraid to power wash or sand blast the paint off to expose the true color of the brick.


Color of the Roof- If you have an existing home be sure the paint color choice does not fight the roof color. If you are starting from scratch select the roof color at the same time you select the paint color and other exterior details. Above, I selected this color of red for a client based on an old barn they fell in love with for their addition read more here.


Personal Taste- At the end of the day you may not mind clashing with the neighbors or that the color choice does not suit the architecture if the color choice makes you happy and feels like home. Go with your instincts and make choices based on what’s important to you. I can always assist in helping you find the perfect color for your home in Just Ask cathy

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  • Kate

    What great examples, I love the last one and your comment to go with what makes you happy.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Loving the color is a must :)

  • Tracey Ayton-Edwards

    Make sure it’s classic and something that you’ll love every time you look at it.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Well put Tracey :)