Painting Your Home A Guide To Choosing Colors

Submitted by: Gabriel Meriwether

Choosing colors for your home is a big decision. There are so many different colors out there. You will find that your decision can really impact how your home looks. By choosing great colors, you can make your home look its best. However, if you choose the wrong colors, you might find that your home quickly becomes the laughingstock of the block. Here are some ideas to help you choose the best paint colors for your home.

Examine What You Have

You can use color to accent beautiful features on your home. You can also use it to cleverly disguise the things that you don’t like as much. Look at the front of your home and decide what architectural features you love or hate. What features will you accent? Remember that while a burst of color can look great, it should always be used with discretion. Try to stick to one or two accent colors and be careful if working with bright colors as they will really stand out.

Accent Your Door


If you are dying to try a new vibrant color, try painting your door instead of the whole house. This way you can get a punch of the color you love without taking a risk on your whole house. If you love the color and it works, you can always use more of the color to your house. However, if it doesn’t work out, a colorful door is always acceptable.

Think of the Roof

What color is your roof? Using your roof as a guide can help you determine which colors will work best on your home. For example brown roofs generally work best with warmer colors like browns, reds and yellows. Gray roofing looks great with cool colors like blues and grays. The color of your roof will determine the paint you choose. For some inspiration, drive around your town and look for homes where you love the paint. What colors did they use? How do these colors work with the roof?

When In Doubt Go Neutral

While it might be tempting to paint your home a great shade of turquoise or a bright canary yellow, you need to be cautious when selecting your colors. These can look great at times, but unless you are sure, stick with neutral colors. In general you can take bigger risks with accent and trim colors than you can with your main color. Remember that light colors like white or beige will make your home look bigger and darker colors will make your home look a little smaller.

Ask for Advice

Choosing paint colors can be stressful and many people struggle with this decision. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Your local paint store will have magazines and books available for inspiration. Additionally you may be able to ask others for advice. Select a few possible colors and ask friends and neighbors for their opinions. Some people may even choose to consult an interior designer for a little advice on this important question.

Choosing paint colors isn’t a little decision. Don’t be embarrassed if takes you hours and multiple trips to the paint store to finally decide. Take your time and remember that neutrals and natural colors are always a safe bet. Remember, if you don’t like the final look, paint is only temporary and you can redo it any time you like.

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