Choosing The Perfect Exterior Painting Color For Your Portland Area Home

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Friday, June 07, 2019

Raise your hand if you love the feeling after your home has received a new coat of exterior paint. It’s even more exciting when you choose a fresh color scheme!

Although the end result is always exciting, the process to choose the new colors can be daunting. The sheer number of possible colors and combinations is anxiety inducing.

With infinite color choices and potential, how do you start picking an exterior paint color that you will love?

Consider Your Neighborhood

Good neighborhoods usually have a predominant style or theme. While you want your house to stand out, you also want to consider how to harmonize with the feel of the area.

Another thing to consider is your local Home Owners Association. Often, neighborhood HOAs have certain requirements for exterior paint choices. Make sure that the color you choose complies with these requirements!

Consider The Style

Local Portland homes vary in style. Both architecture and color schemes will influence the overall “feel” of your home. Make sure that your color scheme matches the architectural style of your home.

How do you do this?

  • Go online and do a search for similar houses. There are hosts of websites that offer inspiration.

  • Check with your local painting company. Your trusted Portland Painter knows about the latest trends, as well as the colors that complement architectural structure of your specific home.

  • Visit a local paint store. While we recommend avoiding big box stores, local companies that specialize specifically in selling paint are often color experts. They will be able to advise you on choosing complementary colors for your home.

Keep The Proportions

Most designers recommend keeping a 60-30-10 ratio to determine an exterior painting color scheme. What exactly does that mean?

60% of your home is a single, dominant color. Usually, this includes your siding.

30% of your home should be a second color. You can choose a bolder color that contrasts and complements your dominant color. Use this 30% for your roof color, garage doors or shutters.

10% of your home should focus on attention-grabbing details! Many people choose to use this contrasting color for their front door, but you can also choose your window shutters, gable vent, or another similar architectural feature.

Painting Experts in Portland Oregon

Does this still sound daunting? For expert help with choosing the perfect paint color for your home, Sundeleaf Painting is the company you can trust. Sundeleaf Painting has been serving the Portland area since 1930.

We offer professional house painting services that include interior painting, exterior painting, kitchen cabinet repainting and refinishing and much more. When you are ready to paint your home, you know who to call!

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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