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Best Exterior Colors for Homes

Posted by Nolan Painting on June 23, 2022
exterior paint colors

exterior paint colorsChoosing the exterior paint colors of your home can feel like a monumentally overwhelming task. It is one of the most significant decisions you will ever make as a property owner, and the colors you choose are a major factor in the overall look and feel of your home. While exteriors seem less susceptible to temporary color and design trends, there has been a shift from the traditional off whites, pale yellows, and light blues to khakis, green shades, and blue-grays. If you are ready to trade in the color of your home for something more upbeat and pleasing, check out some tips and tricks for color selection and our favorite Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors below.  

How to Choose the Best Exterior Home Paint Colors

As a homeowner, repainting the exterior of your home is a big investment. Not only can it completely change the look of your home, but it can also enhance the value and boost curb appeal. Whether you like classic neutral undertones or are drawn to more vibrant colors, choosing a new color palette for your home can be fun if you keep these three tips in mind:

Choose three complementary colors.

Typically, an exterior color palette has three elements: the body, accents, and trim. The body is the primary color of your home. The accent color is painted on doors, shutters, and other small areas. The trim color is used for windows, railings, trim, roof edging, and more to complement the primary color of your home and make the colors pop. 

Consider the colors you cannot change.

Remember the colors of your home that you cannot change as easily as your exterior, like the roof, stonework, sidewalk, and driveway, and consider them part of your home’s overall color scheme. 

Consider the style of your home.

Whether you live in a Cape Cod or Victoria-style home, the architectural style and era should be considered with your overall color choices. Certain colors look better on specific styles, so it is critical to find a balance between looking aesthetically pleasing and standing out in a way you had not intended.

Now that you understand the basics, check out three Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors to boost your home’s curb appeal. 

Sherwin Williams Contented 6191

Not quite green, not quite gray, Sherwin Williams Contented 6191 is an exceptional choice for exteriors. When looking to add color without being too bold, SW Contented is a wonderful option.

SW Universal Khaki 6150

Universal khaki is probably our most used tan for exteriors. Not too yellow, not too gray, universal khaki complements most stonework and shutter colors. It is void of any pink or peach undertones, so it is a shade as the name states, “universally” pleasing.

 SW Dorian Gray 7017

When wanting something other than tan, most customers turn to gray. It is a timeless neutral that still sets a home apart from the rest. The best grays for exteriors are darker ones that do not have any blue undertones. Dorian Gray is a great example.

Why Choose the Color Consultants at Nolan Painting?

Whether you are planning to sell your home or are just looking for a change, Nolan is here to help with your exterior home painting needs. We are the Greater Philadelphia area’s go-to exterior house painting company that knows what it takes to deliver a high-quality finish that will keep your home looking great for years to come. If you need help with selecting a color for your home, we invite you to give us a call! Our color consultants are experts in the field. We also offer free color consultations with every booked job. Ready to start your exterior painting project? Contact the professionals at Nolan Painting today at (610) 572-2806 for a free estimate.