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Home Exterior Painting in Milwaukee, WI

Spring is almost here, and that means it’s a great time to refresh your home exterior with a new coat of paint. For To help you make the right choice, Lakeside Painting has put together a short guide for homeowners looking for the best exterior paint color for their home.

Why exterior paint is vital

Beyond enhancing the visual aesthetics of your residential exterior, making it stand out, paint also protects against damage created by the elements (snow, rain, sun, wind, etc), insects, as well as mold, mildew, and decay.

Now, let’s get to the home exterior paint guide.

Your home’s architectural style & materials

A home’s exterior materials will determine what kind of paint and color will fit well with your home. For instance, the colors and paints that will work well with brick will differ from those that work with vinyl or wood siding.

A home’s architectural style will also be a factor for exterior color. A Victorian or Spanish style home, for instance, might have a more particular color palette than a modern American home.

That said, don’t feel like you can’t be creative because of your home’s architecture and materials. Just keep them in mind when choosing the paint and color. And if you have any questions, reach out to paint professionals (more on this below).

Color trends vs. timeless colors

As a homeowner, it’s good to have a more complete understanding of color. Sure, it’s great to know the color trends, and we often talk about them at Lakeside Painting, but it’s also good to know that there are timeless colors that work in any era.

To see home exterior color trends, pay attention to what other homeowners are doing. Alternatively, check out websites like Pantone for color inspiration. But here are a few home exterior color trends we’re currently digging:

  • Black or Charcoal Gray
  • Greens — anything muted to vibrant
  • Cream Whites

As for timeless home exterior colors, here are a few to consider:

  • Classic White
  • Dark Gray
  • Medium-to-dark Blue
Test your color options

An absolutely crucial step in color selection is testing your color options. Paint them on materials that match your home’s exterior, whether it’s wood, vinyl, brick, or something else. Also, look at them at different times of the day, in sun or shade, to get an idea of how the colors will really look.

Consult with paint professionals

Before making any final decisions on your home exterior paint project, contact professionals. At Lakeside Painting, we’ve got over 40 years of experience on consulting with homeowners on the stylistic and technical factors behind each home color.

If you have any questions about choosing your home’s next exterior paint color, reach out to us via email at or by phone at 262-642-9445. We look forward to hearing from you!

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