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What Colors To Paint The Outside Of Your House

Transform your home with the right exterior paint color scheme


Picking the right exterior color scheme can breathe new life into your home. A single color has the power to bring architectural features to life or help hide blemishes. You want to pick a smart color scheme that harmonizes with its surroundings, flatters your landscape, and complements your home’s architectural style.

Start with your architecture

Celebrate your home's architectural style when updating its overall look. Many architectural styles have distinct color palettes that enhance the style's characteristic, architectural elements. The Olympic paint color collection can help you find the perfect palette for your home.

Use cool neutrals to balance colorful landscaping

Your landscape can be your inspiration. You can complement natural colors with beautiful neutral shades to make landscape elements your focus.

Warm up with colors that blend with brick, stone and wood

Your home may have multiple materials and surfaces that make up its exterior. Take advantage of them when choosing new paint colors! The right hues will naturally blend in with your existing looks.

Try before you buy

Testing colors with color chips or 8 oz. samples before you start your project can help you feel confident that you are making the right choice.

Select the color chips that you prefer for your base, accents, and trim. You should also pick a cooler, a warmer, a lighter, and a darker shade of each color to have five options for each element. Don't forget to label each chip to avoid confusion when you are ready to make your decision.

Tape your color chips to the exterior elements on your home and observe each one at various times of the day as colors change in different lights. Consider how the colors look in the morning, mid-day and in the evening. Completing this easy step will help ensure that you choose colors that you are always happy to see.

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