Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Paint Color

Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can be intimidating: This is a big, expensive job, and whatever color you choose is going to be there for a while. Here are a few tips to help you choose wisely.

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Start by looking at the colors on your home that you can’t change. If you have brick or stonework, for example, your paint colors will have to work well with these elements.

Also consider your home’s location. A house in the woods usually looks great in earth tones, and homes near water look good in blues, greens, or cream shades.

Take the color of nearby homes into consideration, as well. You probably don’t want to paint your house the same color as your neighbor’s, but you’ll want a color that looks good in the context of the other houses.

Then consider the style of your home. A stately Greek Revival home looks great in white, and old Victorians look their best when sporting bold colors that accent their many architectural details. And of course think about what colors you just happen to like.

Whatever you do, don’t commit to a color until you sample it. Paint a section of your house with a few possible choices, and live with them for a while before you decide.

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