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What to Consider When Choosing Exterior Paint Colors in Omaha, NE

May 24th, 2022 | 2 min read

By Bill Carlson

Choices make the world go-'round! It's great to have options for food, music, and just about anything. But when choosing something such as paint colors, too many options can be overwhelming. We understand how scary this can be, so we're here to help!

Our color experts at Brush & Roll Painting are always ready to help you pick out the best paint shade for indoors and out. You want to make sure you're choosing the color to best accentuate your home and provide the curb appeal you crave. We're going to walk you through some steps for picking out the best paint color and combination for the exterior of your home!


1. Choose light or dark.

You don't have to have the exact color in mind, but having an idea of wanting light or dark shades is a great place to start. What vibe do you want your home to have? Light and airy? Dark and moody? Or somewhere in-between? Most people at least have an idea of what they want and feel pretty strongly one way or the other. If you're still unsure and open to anything, this is something you can discuss with your color experts and browse inspiration on blogs or social media to help!


2. Consider your surroundings.

Does your home have brick? What color is the roof of your home? Do you already have porch furniture and decor that you love? Think about the undertones of your roof—if it's gray or black, you're good with just about anything. Other colors with red or green undertones should factor that in so there isn't any crazy clashing. This is where a neutral shade with neutral undertones comes in handy, as it won't be competing with the existing characteristics of your home's exterior.



3. Don't forget light!

Light has a major impact on the colors you choose for your home. It can make paint shades look completely different, similar to natural light available in your home when you choose interior paint colors. Keep that in mind, including which direction your home faces. Sunlight on the exterior will change the color to a more cool-blue shade, so keep that in mind and consider going two or three shades warmer than what you were thinking. When you go with a professional painter, your color experts will know to account for that as well. 


4. Always Get samples.

When it comes to choosing a paint color (whether it's for your interior or exterior), samples are your best friend. It's almost impossible to know what a shade will look like and how it will transform in daylight without getting a sample. What you see on a paint swatch card is not what you get on your house! 


5. Choose trim AND ACCENT colors. 

So you've chosen the main paint color for your exterior (great job!), it's time to think about trim and accent colors. Keep this part simple because you don't want to go too crazy with contrast and accentuating different features of your home. It could end up having the opposite effect.

If you choose a light gray or white shade as the main color, you can't go wrong with picking a darker color as the accent and trim. If you want a darker blue or charcoal shade, white trim will always look great. A good rule of thumb is to stick to only two or three shades for the exterior of your home. Anything more can look too busy. 


At Brush & Roll Painting, we know that home painting is a serious investment. We also believe that any paint job is only as good as the prep. If you want a quality paint job that will stand the test of time, give us a call at (402) 932-9764 or schedule an estimate online.


Next, check out our Guide To Exterior Painting. Beginning this project, you may feel overwhelmed, so get ahead of the game and find out all you need to know and what to expect.


Bill Carlson

Bill is the owner and operator of Brush & Roll Painting.