Gutters, downspouts, and similar elements are usually painted the trim color to help them “disappear” into the background. But always be open to considering how existing structural elements can enhance the color scheme. Using copper or black (deep colored) gutters and leaders can add dramatic effects.
The accent color is where the excitement is. Once you’ve chosen an attractive combination of field and trim, make it “pop” with an eye-catching accent color. It’s a tool to give life to an otherwise muted color scheme and draws attention to the important features of the house.
The front door, shutters, and window frames (not the trim) are good places for accent colors. Windows painted with an accent and trim colors together can be the most interesting part of the composition.
Exterior Home Colors Apps and Resources
Now that we have covered the basics, let’s go over what tools you can use to get a visual of what color combinations will look best for your home.
It used to be that you would go to a paint store and get a couple of paint decks (those color wheels that fan out) to get started. From there, you would narrow your choices down to two or three paint schemes, then buy a quart of each color – AND a quart of several other colors that are nearby on the color strips.
Today, you can do all of that from the comfort of your home. Exterior house color apps through Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams allow you to color match and even provide suggestions based on your selections.
This allows you to truly test out the inspiration you’ve gathered from social media and confidently move forward with no regret.
Forget about worrying whether your choices will look good on your walls during day and night time. The Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer and Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer® apps, allow you to upload photos of your home’s exterior and add the colors you’re interested in. The result is a virtually painted option for your house’s exterior color combinations.
Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for Resell
If you’re painting your home to get it ready to put on the market, neutral colors work best because they allow the potential buyers to visualize their style in place. Neutral colors are also light, bright, and welcoming which will go a long way to help sell your home.
What neutral tones have proven to sell? Shades of blue that trend toward dark gray and light gray, provide a neutral feel with a modern twist. And of course, warmer colors with earth tones like sage green can accentuate brick or stone. If you’re going for a modern farmhouse look, try a pale gray with white trim for the window frames and a white accent for the front door.