Ideas for Exterior House Colors

Builders and home owners have more options than ever before when it comes to selecting the right exterior paint colors for a home. Long gone are the limited selections of white or beige. Today's homes boast designer colors that reflect the personality of the owners.

Vinyl Siding Colors

Modern home colors reflect the personality of the owner.

Vinyl siding comes in an array of color choices and is very low-maintenance. Color choices range from subtle shades of creme to more dramatic shades of midnight blue. Choosing the right color of vinyl siding depends greatly on the size and shape of the home. Smaller homes and ranch styles tend to look bigger with lighter shades such as vanilla or pale yellow, as darker colors tend to make more compact sized homes look smaller. Larger homes, such as bi-levels and two-story homes, are best suited for an array of color choices such as heather gray or terra cotta. Darker homes tend to look best with pale trim colors such as antique white or creamy beige, as lighter colors stand out more against the darker siding.

Wood or Cedar

Wood or cedar homes have many options when it comes to color. While some designers and home owners choose exterior paint, others prefer to use stain to give the home a more rustic look. If choosing an exterior paint, be sure to select a color that will hold up to fading. Even the best of paints will eventually fade, so it is important to choose a deeper color that will allow you the most time possible between touch ups. Much like vinyl siding, the best color for a wooden or cedar home is based primarily on size, with smaller homes better suited to lighter colors such as sand or bisque, while larger homes are best suited to darker shades such as espresso or antique gray.

If choosing a stain, there are several important points to consider. If you want the wood's grain to show through, choose a transparent or semitransparent stain in a lighter oak shade. If, however, you want to cover the wood grain, you will need to choose a darker opaque stain such as redwood. It is also important to note that stains will not protect wood, only color it. Therefore, you will need to protect the wood after painting with a clear or matching sealant.

Stucco and Brick

Stucco and brick homes are easily painted to change the home's color scheme or to hide stains that sometimes develop on stucco. Stucco and brick are almost always better suited to lighter paint color choices such as sand or antique beige. This is primarily because stucco and brick both tend to absorb much of the paint and will easily stain with the use of darker colors, which can be difficult to remove.

About the Author

Rebekah Worsham began writing professionally in 2007 and has been published on eHow. She has expertise in the fields of law, parapsychology and the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. She holds a degrees in law from Beckfield College.