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How To Choose the Right Exterior Paint Colors for Your Rhode Island Home

How To Choose the Right Exterior Paint Colors for Your Rhode Island Home

As winter turns into spring and the weather warms, we’re all naturally thinking about outdoor home improvement projects. Maybe a little yard cleanup (or a lot), landscaping, power washing outdoor spaces, or finally putting in that hot tub.

If you’re like a lot of Rhode Island homeowners, you might also be thinking about exterior painting.

Refreshing your curb appeal can be fun and rewarding, but where do you start? How do you pick the right paint color?

Let’s take a closer look at a few practical tips to help you get started. Five, to be exact. And as always, we recommend that your very first starting point be to find a reputable, local painting company. They can partner with you every step of the way for the most efficient process and best results.

1. Consider Your Home's Architectural Style

Rhode Island's architectural heritage includes a rich blend of Colonial, Victorian, and modern designs, just to name a few. Each style has unique features that should be taken into account when choosing exterior paint colors. For instance, traditional Colonial homes often look best with muted, classic shades like white, cream, or gray. In contrast, a Victorian home may call for bolder, more vibrant colors to accentuate its intricate details. Letting your home’s specific style and pedigree guide your selection process is an ideal way to find inspiration and stay authentic.

2. Take Inspiration from Your Surroundings

In a recent blog featuring how to choose interior paint colors, we suggest looking at the decor in the room for inspiration. For example, if you have a favorite piece of artwork hanging on the wall, look for a color that really speaks to you and match it.

The same applies to your exterior paint. Only this time, draw inspiration from Rhode Island’s natural beauty: local flora and fauna, the shades of the ocean, and the hues of nearby homes. By harmonizing your house with its surroundings, you can create a cohesive and visually appealing look.

3. Keep the Roof in Mind

Not many people think to look at their roof when they’re choosing paint colors, but it’s a good idea. Unless you’re replacing it soon, the color, texture, and dimension will have a big impact on your paint, and vice versa, making it critical that the two play well together. If you have a dark roof, choose a lighter paint color to create contrast. Conversely, a light-colored roof may pair well with a darker paint color. Going a step further, consider the material of your roof, as some lend themselves to specific color schemes.

4. Test Your Color Choices

Before committing to a paint color, it's essential to test it on your home's exterior. Never trust a swatch alone! Invest in a few sample paint cans and apply them to different sections of your home, on different sides, and observe how the colors look at different times of the day. Just like artificial light can drastically alter how an interior color looks, sunlight can significantly alter your exterior paint too. Sample it, test it, live with it, and see which option speaks to you.

5. Don’t Forget About Your Trim and Accent Colors

Trim and accent colors can add visual interest and depth to your home's exterior. When choosing these colors, aim for a balanced look that complements the main paint color. For a classic, understated appearance, opt for neutral colors such as white, beige, or gray. If you're looking for a bolder statement, consider contrasting hues that draw attention to your home's unique features.

Exterior Paint Color Q&A

How to choose exterior paint colors in Rhode Island

Q: How many exterior paint colors should I choose for my home?

A: Generally, it's best to select three colors for your home's exterior: a primary color, a trim color, and an accent color. This combination will create visual depth and interest while maintaining a cohesive appearance.

Q: How do I know if a paint color will fade over time?

A: High-quality exterior paint should resist fading for quite a while. However, some colors, particularly dark and vibrant hues, may be more susceptible. Consult with a professional painter or paint supplier for recommendations on fade-resistant paints suitable for our climate.

Q: How often should I repaint my home's exterior?

A: The frequency of repainting depends on factors like the quality of the paint, the climate, and your home's weather exposure. On average, you should expect to repaint your home's exterior every 7-10 years. Regularly inspect your home for signs of wear, such as chipping or peeling paint, to determine when a new paint job is needed.

Q: Should I hire a professional painter or attempt a DIY paint job?

A: While painting your home's exterior may seem like a manageable DIY project, it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Not to mention dangerous! A professional painter will have the necessary skills, experience, and equipment to ensure a high-quality, long-lasting paint job.

Q: What are some popular exterior paint color trends for Rhode Island homes?

A: Some popular color trends for Rhode Island homes include coastal-inspired hues like blues, greens, and sandy beiges, reflecting our picturesque shoreline. Earthy tones like warm grays, browns, and muted greens are also popular.

Have more house painting questions? Contact us at Dennis Moffitt Painting! It would be our pleasure to talk with you in detail.