Deciding to paint your house or choosing a new shade for your humble abode can be pretty daunting but rewarding at the same time. There’s nothing like paint to transform the look of your home’s exterior, but since there’s no shortage of shades from which to choose, it can be challenging to make a final selection.

Compliment your neighbors

'Colores de los conventillos de Caminito' photo (c) 2008, Noelia Diaco - license: //

While it’s a great idea to get creative, it’s usually a bad idea to choose colors that may clash with your neighbors’ exteriors. You can always stand out, but try to do so in an complimentary manner and keep in harmony with your neighbors  Also please bear in mind that some communities have rules in relation to maintaining a certain color scheme.  Furthermore, be aware of the fact that certain colors look more at home in certain surroundings and weather conditions. While we love the port houses of the Caminito in Buenos Aires, perhaps your neighbors may not appreciate your new cultural perspective!


Coordinating house colors can be confusing. Most houses will use a palette with at least three different colors for siding, trim, and accents. Add character and charm by painting your window trim and architectural details in a contrasting accent color. Accenting will work when done correctly. You need to take care to accent  the more attractive elements of your home and avoid drawing attention to dull uninteresting features like pipes or air conditioning units.

To paint or not to paint..

Choose wisely when it comes to making the initial decision to paint naturally occurring stone work or brick house. In some cases such houses are best left untouched, having their own naturally occurring characteristics and once you paint it unfortunately you cannot go back! Perhaps take the alternative of leaving some of these areas untouched, and choosing a colour  that may pick up the color of a non-painted area.

Remember your proportions

As a rule keep in mind that generally speaking light colors  have the effect of making a house look larger, brighter and more inviting, and if painted on a house that’s situated a little away from the curb, they can aid in bringing the structure visually forward. Darker colors, on the other hand, can have the effect of  making a property look more bigger and more substantial and solid, and especially if applied to a home’s lower portion, they suggest strength and permanence.

Finally remember that painting the exterior of your home is a big undertaking. You will need the right type of paint, quality tools and guidelines on getting the job done, and getting it done successfully.