Choosing the Right Exterior Paint Color for Your Home

Ah, the joys of homeownership – mowing the lawn, fixing leaky faucets, and of course, the perennial struggle of choosing exterior painting color. It’s like choosing the right emoji for a text message – you want to convey the right vibe without ending up with a moment. Fear not, fellow homeowners! We’re here to sprinkle some color magic on your life and make choosing exterior paint as easy as ordering pizza on a Friday night.

Exterior Building

What’s the one thing that is frustrating when planning a residential exterior painting? Choosing the right or perfect color. Why? It’s just frustrating. Either they are too light, too dark, too pale, or simply not what is envisioned. 

One thing homeowners want is for their homes to have an exterior paint color that enhances their curb appeal and increases their value. A paint color that breathes new life into the home, making it stand out. But getting that is one of the biggest frustrations for homeowners because there is never the right shade of that color. Since all of them are in versions, finding the perfect one for the Exterior is challenging.

This frustration is what leads to fear – the fear of making a costly color mistake. Let’s face it: The outside of the home is the attraction point. It is the first thing you, neighbors, visitors, passersby, and potential buyers will see. Getting the outside paint color wrong is highly unacceptable. It is something that you will not easily forget because everyone will notice it, which is why the need to get it right the first time is highly important.

Since choosing paint colors is a big decision that will significantly impact the overall look and feel of the home, many homeowners are asking, “Are there recommendations for choosing exterior paint colors other than spending a small fortune on paint samples or having to rely on swatches or color palettes that look nothing like the actual color?”

The answer to this is explained in this article. Here, you will get what you need to choose the perfect paint color for an amazing aesthetic appeal and property value. Continue reading to learn more.

Six Essential Things You Need to Know When Picking the Perfect Paint

Here are six effective ways to pick the perfect paint to boost your home’s color confidence and improve your aesthetic appeal and property value.

1. The Quest for the Holy Grail of Undertones:

Undertones – the sneaky little ninjas hiding within your paint, ready to sabotage your color dreams. They’re like the unexpected twist in a movie plot. Before you dive headfirst into a sea of paint chips, arm yourself with knowledge about undertones. Think of it as understanding the secret language of colors. Are you team warm undertones or cool undertones? Once you decipher this ancient code, you’ll be one step closer to paint perfection.

2. Paint Samples: Your New BFFs (Best Friends in Finishes):

There is no way you will get the perfect paint color for your residential exterior painting without testing with paint samples. This helps you know which color or shade will go well on your wall.

Real fun begins when you start swiping paint samples on your walls. Yes, it’s time to play Picasso with your exterior. But beware! Don’t commit the cardinal sin of painting samples next to each other. That’s like inviting drama into your home. Instead, spread them out like confetti at a parade and let each color shine in its own spotlight.

3. Don’t Trust Those Sneaky Paint Chips:

Imagine you walk into a paint store, grab a handful of chips, and believe you’ve struck gold. But hold on! Those seemingly innocent chips are masters of deception. What appears to be true may not always be the reality, particularly with exterior lighting. So, how do you outsmart these color imposters? Simple– breathe life into those chips by using the ColorSnap tool which is the latest digital innovation from Sherwin Williams. This revolutionary tool allows you to virtually test paint colors against your home’s exterior with just a few clicks. No whiteboard is needed! Simply upload a photo, let the colors adapt to different lighting conditions, and voilà! You will see their true hues come to life right before your eyes. Say farewell to guesswork and hello to accurate color visualization!

You can also get professional advice on color visualization by booking a color consultation with Sherwin Williams or Southern Perfection Painting, Inc.

4. Do Not Ignore Your Surroundings

Your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it’s part of a vibrant neighborhood ecosystem. Sometimes, the things around you are the best way to get the perfect color for your home’s exterior.

Use your fencing, garden, streetscapes, landscapes, exterior decor, and more as inspiration. You can also check out the paint colors of the homes around you. This can give you the perfect color choice. A home that blends well with the colors of its surroundings will definitely look the part.

Let your surroundings be your guide, and soon you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood (in a good way).

5. Architectural Style: Your Home’s Fashion Sense:

Just like you wouldn’t wear stilettos to a yoga class (ouch!), your home’s exterior should reflect its architectural personality. Is it a mid-century marvel or a Victorian gem? Embrace its unique style and choose colors that complement its character. It’s like dressing your home in a designer outfit tailored just for her. Classic neutrals for the traditional dame, bold hues for the modern maverick – the world is your runway, darling!


Building Design

Take inspiration from the architectural style of your home. This is very important when choosing a paint color. If you have a modern home, you can go for colors with bolder and more vibrant colors. On the other hand, if your home is traditional, you can go for neutral, classic colors.

6. Talk with a Professional

When all else fails, don’t be afraid to call for backup. Whether you’re a DIY diva or prefer to leave it to the experts, a professional opinion can make all the difference. Plus, they come armed with top-notch paint and insider tips that even Google can’t compete with.

They can provide expert advice on which color will look best for your home and also help you get the exact paint you want.

One of the best things about working with a professional is that they don’t compromise on quality, so you are sure to get high-quality paint.


Choosing exterior painting color is like finding your soulmate – it takes time, patience, and a little bit of fortune. But fear not, intrepid homeowner! Armed with these color commandments, you’re ready to conquer the paint aisle and transform your home into a masterpiece. So go forth, paint with confidence, and let your home shine brighter than a double rainbow after a summer shower.

At SPPI, we are eager to help you choose the perfect color for your residential exterior painting. With a team of certified color experts, you can be rest assured that you have the best help at your corner, willing to help you get the color and shade to make your home what you want.

Ready to paint the town (or at least your home) with color? Contact SPPI today for expert advice and elevate your curb appeal to new heights. Whether you prefer to chat over the phone or slide into our DMs, we’re here to make your color dreams a reality. Don’t wait – let’s paint the town together!

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