Harmonizing exterior elements

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Harmonizing exterior elements


Selecting the right color palette for your home's exterior isn't just about the surfaces you are painting and staining — it is about the total look. For the perfect color combination that will give your home a stunning appearance, consider the hues of all existing elements, including the natural and rich hues found in brick, stone and grout.

Harmonizing exterior elements

How to Make a Match

Start by creating your "permanent color palette" – these are the colors of your exterior, such as your brick, stone or grout, that will not change and will always be represented in your home's exterior design.

Pair your "permanent color palette" chips with the color chips you are considering for your base, trim and accent areas. Together, this makes up your "comprehensive color palette." Looking at all of these colors together will ensure that your exterior elements work together in harmony.

Hues to Choose

  • Dominant Color: Choose your dominant color from your "comprehensive color palette." This color tends to be used heavily and may come from a hue in your stone or brick, especially if those materials dominate your exterior façade.
  • Accent Colors: Be sure to reference your dominant hue when selecting accent shades for your exterior elements. Your accent colors can come from many areas like existing painted surfaces, grout, roof tiles, and other elements.
  • Putting It Together: By factoring the colors of your permanent exterior elements into your color palette, you can achieve a harmonious and beautiful designer-look for your home.