While the visual appeal inside your home is critical seeing as you spend a lot of time there, the color of the outside of your house is also one of the most important decisions you'll make as a homeowner. You want your house to stick out because it looks stunning, and that means you likely want to pair it with the surrounding foliage. Let’s take a look at some exterior house colors to match your landscaping.
Most neutral-colored homes look great with the surrounding landscaping because they aren’t super flashy and look attractive regardless what types of trees, bushes, and flowers homeowners plant. Subtle beiges, browns, or greens are usually not a bad idea and they won’t make your house as bright as some other colors.
Neutral tones may work best for medium-hued landscaping. Evergreen shrubs and plants with a slight hint of yellow also typically work well. A great way to increase your home’s curb appeal if you paint your home a neutral color is to strategically place medium- to bright-colored flowers under the windows.
If you want to get a bit more adventurous with a neutral color, you may want to see how painting the shutters a darker color that makes them stand out in a good way. Some people find black works well for this, but others may go with more of a dark brown or grayish tone.
Pastel paints may also be the best option for your house, and which color you choose will likely depend on the tone of your landscaping.
If your landscaping features more “cool” colors, then a pastel paint with subtle tones of blue or purple might be the best option. Choosing a white paint that has cooler undertones is oftentimes the best option next to lighter landscaping.
On the other hand, darker and “warmer” landscaping may pair the best with a subtle yellow or pink paint job.
Depending on your neighborhood and your personality, you may want your house to really stick out. Great “bright” colors include yellow and blue, and they will work the best if paired with lighter green trees and shrubs as well as very bright, “popping” flowers. Matching pinks and blues, or yellows with red, can really help your home shine behind sprawling landscaping.
Paints that have more of a muted undertone are easier to play with when it comes with the landscaping, as they are better at acting as a backdrop instead of something that stands out. However, if you’re looking to make your landscaping really “pop,” you can paint some parts of the house (e.g., pillars and/or the front door) a brighter color such as white or a cool pastel. This will allow your home to mix with whatever you choose for your landscaping - whether that’s lighter or darker foliage.
We’ve touched a bit on mixing and matching, but purposefully going for a monochromatic theme may work best for your house and your landscaping. By using a monochromatic color theme, your exterior paint will feature multiple hues of the same color. This means, in a sense, that you can have different colors without them looking too different and really having them stick out.
Gray is a great color for a monochromatic theme, as it is subtle yet you can make the differences noticeable. For example, many people choose to paint the majority of the house a lighter gray and make the trim a darker gray, or vice versa. Shades of blue can also be played around with, or if you are the more daring, bold type, red hues may be right for you.
Your landscaping is a significant percentage of the value of your home. Do not ignore the cost of your landscaping, or the style, when choosing a new paint color for your house. Any of these paint color schemes may work for your home depending on what type of landscaping you have and how much you want your home to stick out among it. It is always a great idea to get at least one color palette from your local paint shop to help you determine which one is right for your property.
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