Neutral shades and conservative color palettes tend to dominate the world of exterior painting, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those conventions. When it comes to exterior paint, the sky’s the limit, and you can integrate all kinds of bright colors and interesting designs. Here’s a look at some of the top trends in exterior paint.
Before making your choice, remember to check with your town or homeowner’s association to make sure there are no color restrictions in your neighborhood.
Black Exterior Paint
In recent years, black has made a comeback for both interior and exterior paint. On your home’s exterior, you may want to paint your doors, shutters, or garage door with black paint and then opt for gray trim or siding. You can create texture by using a flat satin paint on the main part of the home along with a shiny finish on the trim.
Candy Box Colors
On the other end of the spectrum, some homeowners are embracing candy colors for their home’s exterior paint. Inspired by the pastel shades of taffy and candy hearts, light pinks, blues, and yellows are making a comeback. These colors look particularly great along the shore in coastal climates. White trim makes these candy colors pop, and brightly colored doors complete the look.
Contrasting Front Doors
Contrasting front doors aren’t just found on candy-colored homes. This look works on a range of home designs. In fact, if you want to give your home an update but aren’t ready to paint the whole exterior, you may want to just paint your front door. Burgundy is one of the most popular options, but you may also want to explore bright blue, energetic shades of green, or the elegance of purple.
Painted Brick Work
When most people think about painting the exterior of their home, they think about painting the wood elements, but advances of exterior paint allow you to paint almost every part of your home’s exterior — including the brickwork. You can lighten classic red brickwork by painting it a creamy shade of white. Alternatively, you can make brickwork accents complement the rest of your home by painting them gray, brown, blue, red, or whatever shades work with your palette. Or, you can simply seal the brick to preserve its natural color.
Coordinated Home Palettes
Ideally, all homes should feature a coordinated color palette, but many people forget to take into account their home’s roof and other features when choosing paint colors. For instance, if you have a lot of brickwork and you don’t want to paint it, you should keep the colors of the bricks in mind when choosing your exterior paint. For the best match, try to identify the undertones of the brick’s color and choose paint that complements or contrasts with those tones.
Then, either go for a contrasting or a complementing look. As a general rule of thumb, complementary colors are near each other on the color wheel, and they can even be different shades of the same color. Contrasting colors tend to oppose each other on the color wheel, and they include striking combinations such as blue and orange, yellow and purple, and red and green.
Colors to Complement Natural Wood Trims
If your trim features natural colored woods that have never been painted, you may want to choose exterior paint colors around those trim elements. For light colored trim, dark colors such as navy blue create a beautiful contrast. Dark wood trim works well with light blues, neutral shades such as taupe, olive greens, and even light grays.
Palettes Influenced by Surroundings
When choosing colors for the exterior of your house, you may want to take a cue from the landscape surrounding your home. For instance, if your home is surrounded by trees and clear skies, you may want to choose a soft pine green for your base color, accentuated by sky blue trim, and a clean white door reminiscent of clouds.
Inspired by these ideas? Ready to paint the exterior of your home? Contact Cape Cod Painting today at (508) 775-2000. We offer both interior and exterior painting along with carpentry and repair services. If you just want to brighten the exterior of your home, we also offer power washing and soft washing services.