How to Pick the Right Colors for Indoor and Outdoor Paints


The inside of your home uses colors that work with your personal taste. Selecting the right paint for this update involves the correct hue with the quality you need to accomplish your goals. Almost any brand can offer choices that are suitable for this purpose.

When you pick the right colors for outdoor paint, your first concern should involve durability. The hue is less important that the protective qualities you receive by repainting your home.

Since a house is the biggest purchase and investment most people have, it is crucial to avoid a quick decision in this area. Redoing it will take more time and money, so don’t rush this process.

As you think about what color to use, here are some ideas to keep in mind while deciding.

Steps to Follow When Updating Your Home’s Paint

1. Plan to Spend More

You should invest in a premium paint product for your exterior. The brand you choose should give you about ten years of excellent service, with some offering twice that guarantee. It should resist stains, weather, and whatever else the world throws at it. Behr Marquee Exterior paint and primer all-in-one is an excellent example of what to think about using.

2. Review Your Permanent Installations

If you have existing stone or brick accents, your exterior paint can promote the underlying colors found in them or create contrasts. Today, a popular choice is to pair a cool gray exterior paint with red and brown brick to create an appealing exterior.

3. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Most paint providers can match your existing colors, with computer help, to create an updated look. Some manufacturers, including Behr, let you use an online tool that recommends coordinating or matching tones from their current inventory. Using options like this during your decision-making process can help you experiment with different combinations to imagine what the finished project results will be.

4. Update the Trim

Most houses today use white trim to create visual highlights. You don’t need to follow that unwritten rule. Consider using a color shade that’s a few tones lighter than your primary exterior paint to create an elegant and subtle effect.

5. Start with Test Sizes

Instead of jumping in head-first with your painting project, use a few test sizes of the paint colors you are thinking about using. A brush-out can let you see what it looks like for real. Some products might look incredible on samples or online, but they don’t meet your needs once applied. It helps to visit the sampling throughout the day to understand how your home will look.

6. Know Your Paint Type

Two paint types are commonly used on homes in the NYC region (and throughout the United States): latex or oil-based. If you use the latter option, you’ll get a hard finish for your home. That’s why it is the preference of most professional painters. It needs to get stirred often, and your brushes and rollers must be prepared to accept this medium.

Latex paints are more comfortable to use, especially if you’re doing a quick update instead of a full remodeling project. It dries quickly, resists sunlight, can clean up with only water. Use an acrylic-based product to cover any building material on your home.

7. Start the painting work.

Before you start to paint, your house’s exterior surfaces should be clean, dry, and dull. Scrape away any cracked or peeling paint before sanding and priming the area. If you use an all-in-one product, you might paint your trim first with a semigloss product. 

Latex paint applies better with a polyester-nylon combination. Oil-based products work well with natural bristles. Once you start applying it to the exterior, keep your fingertips on the metal band above the brush, using your wrist as a guide for fluid motions.

One Final Word of Caution About Painting

When you select your interior paint color, choose a product from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, or other top manufacturers that meet each room’s conditions.

Bathroom and kitchen paint should offer high moisture resistance levels. Your color choice depends on what you like to see.

When you paint the exterior of your home, don’t apply latex paint on top of an oil-based one. It will almost certainly peel and crack prematurely, exposing your siding and structures to the weather.

It also helps to paint on low-humidity days. If your fresh paint gets exposed to direct sun, it could cause heat blisters to develop.

If you have any questions about how to paint your home, be sure to contact us at your convenience. We’ll be happy to discuss your project!


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