Whether you are looking to update your home’s exterior, or you are customizing the aesthetic of your home to suit your taste, your home’s exterior can give your home a completely new look and feel.

Here are the do’s and don’ts of choosing the perfect paint job for your home’s exterior.

The Do’s of Exterior House Painting

  • DO get creative Find a bold accent color to make your home really pop! For example, using a red color on the door or shutters can give the house a very stylish and classic look.
  • DO create a color palette. Pulling out different color swatches can help you find the best color palette for each part of your home. The three main sections of your home, the body, accents, and trim should each have their own color that complement each other. Matching the accent and trim color can work well, especially if you are working with neutral tones.
  • DO research and find out which kind of paint will be best for you. Latex paints are UV resistant and don’t peel, crack or fade as much as alkyd paints. Water-based latex paints also dry faster and are easier to clean up than alkyd paints, which require a tougher solvent.
  • DO take inspiration from other homes. Looking at professionally designed homes will help spark your creativity. Taking a drive through different neighborhood to see what catches your eye can be a great start to finding the perfect color palette.
  • DO use dark tones strategically. Dark tones can work great on the exterior of a home, but over-saturated dark tones can give your home a gloomy feel. If you’re considering a dark tone, remember that ⅔ of your home should be dark, and ⅓ should be a light color to balance and contrast the exterior.
  • DO experiment with texture. Even if your primary colors are in the same family, mixing a matte and glossy finish can be very eye-catching. For example, having matte paint on the walls and a glossy finish on the architectural elements of your exterior can add dimension and make the decorative elements pop.

The Don’ts of Exterior House Painting

  • DON’T buy the cheap paint to save a buck. Premium paints go on smoother, last longer, and have a much more professional look when the job is completed.
  • DON’T choose just one color. While you may be focusing on the main color of your home, chances are your trim, and accent colors will need to be refreshed as well. Don’t choose just one tone and expect it to go with your windows, shutters, accent and trim you already have. Find a second color that compliments the dominant shade you’ve chosen.
  • DON’T choose more than one bright tone. While a bold color can work great as an accent tone, having more than one can create an eyesore in your neighborhood. If you’re looking to use a bold color on your home’s exterior, keep the trim and accent color to a more neutral tone.

The Best Exterior House Painting in New Jersey

Pizzazz Painting has been the top choice for exterior painting in South Jersey for over 20 years! When you plan on painting/repainting the exterior of your home, we give it the pizzazz it needs. Contact a member of our team to discover why we are among the highest-rated painting contractors in the area!