How to choose color for the exterior of your home. Paint it white. It’s a no-brainer. NO! There is a lot to consider before you do and here’s a few reason why choosing white for your home may not be a good idea.
How does white get so complicated? How can it? IT’S WHITE! No undertone, no color, no thought into choosing it because it goes with everything, safe, safe and safe … and boring, boring, boring, boring!!!
One of my Designer friends is in love with white. I have to chuckle because you can’t paint your home white just because you love white. You have to choose white for what it can do for your home both interior and exterior. I have definite color preferences to but I put them aside and use my professional mind to choose color not my personal choices.
In her recent blog post she stated that white really is the only choice for your home because it’s timeless and just classy with black accents – end quote. Is she right? To an extend but there are so many factors to think about before you jump into an exterior color especially white.
In her case, she HAS to choose white because the interior of her home is very colorful as you would expect and very beautiful because she’s a Designer. How odd would a home look if let’s say she chose green or blue for the exterior then walked into her home to only get greeted with even more color? This would be very unsettling. White is the choice for her not only because she has significant color on the inside but her home is small and would look great in white to make it look larger and simplify it.
Now for my home, I would NEVER choose white. Why? My interior is colorful to, shouldn’t I choose white as well? Here is where color knowledge and design training come into play. First of all, here is a picture of my home so you can see why it wouldn’t look good in white.
Here’s what it looked like when I first bought it five years ago in March. It’s a soft, light gray and I’m ok with this color. To me, gray white and black screams class and timelessness.
Here’s what it looks like in the winter. Yet another reason not to choose white for a home. If you live in a state that gets snow, your home gets washed out or turns blue. So keep seasons in mind when you choose exterior color for your home as well.
If you look to the left of the house, you can see that my very close neighbor has a cream home. Her home is even bigger than mine and it looks beautiful in cream. Choosing white for homes this size is really not a good choice and come to think of it, in my subdivision of 117 homes, there is not one white house and it’s like that for a reason – someone designed and chose colors for these homes correctly.
I’m not saying white doesn’t have it’s place in a large home but so much rides on this decision other than the fact that you just like white. Think. Design. Choose. Paint. Enjoy.