November 24, 2021 9 min read

There are so many different colors to choose from for painting the exterior of your Long Island home. Choosing from a dark or light shade and ensuring it will pair well with other exterior features of your home are just a couple of things to consider. It can be challenging to make a final decision on the right one. You want your new exterior paint color to match your home's style, after all. 

Benjamin Moore offers a superior selection of top exterior colors that will allow you to find the perfect color not only to suit your home but your style preferences, as well. 


Choose Your Shade

Choosing the shade of exterior paint is the first decision in making an overall satisfying selection. When you envision your home, do you see it with light colors, mid-tones or dark colors? If you have trouble deciding, you are not alone. While some people already have an exact idea of how light or dark they would like the exterior of their home to be, others need a little more guidance.

There are a few places to find ideas and inspiration that will allow making this first step in choosing exterior paint colors a little easier. 

Refer to the Internet for Inspiration

Sometimes taking some time to browse the internet for ideas can be a big help. Use your house's style and design as a starting point for searching images. For instance, if your home is a 'Colonial' or a 'Cape,' you could research either of these words to get a visual idea of what your home could look like in a variety of shades. Doing this could help you comfortably decide between a light, dark or in-between shade. 

Additionally, investigating your home's architectural design and the era from whence it came can lend a hand in choosing the right shade and color. Research the year your home was built and see what the original color scheme was for the time for that particular style of home. You could allow your home to fall back into its authentic self with a little bit of research. 

As you are browsing ideas, remember not to fall into the trap of a trend. While one color may seem like a positive, bold choice now, you may not feel that way a few years later. Stay true to the color combinations that you genuinely feel happy with, and try to ignore all of the 'trendy' ideas found on the internet. You will be glad you did, especially if you would have had to sell your neon-green home in the future. 

Explore Your Neighborhood

Many homes in the same neighborhood have similar architectural styles and share the same natural backdrop. Explore the surroundings of your home and see which shades of houses you like and which ones you do not genuinely find attractive. You may find that the light-colored house two doors down is much more visually appealing to you than the dark house across the street. 

It is important to remember that your home does not have to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood. It can be as unique as you like. However, by exploring different looks, you may come across a lovely combination of shades and colors that you would never have considered before. 


Consider the Other Colors on Your Home

Choosing the right exterior paint colors means also thinking about the other colors on your home, even the ones you may not be painting. Every home has different features, such as gutters, shutters, window trim, brick, stone, roofing color and more. Believe it or not, these are all important to evaluate when selecting the right paint color combination without clashing. Refer to some of these tips for choosing exterior paint colors to ensure your final choice has curb appeal. 

Accent Colors Are Key

From the tinted shingles on your roof to the stone at the entranceway, you should account for every accent color on the exterior of your home. Use the tints of color within these features to help find a color that will pair nicely.

Roofs with red undertones are easily matched with neutral colors, while those sporting green or blue undertones have a little more color freedom. When choosing colors to match stone or brick, pick out one shade within that feature and use that to guide exterior paint color decisions. 

Unless you plan on making a significant renovation to your roof or the stones that wrap your home, it will be in your best interest to go with the flow of the colors they provide rather than try to fight against them. Embracing the accent colors your home already has can be a big help. 

Use a Color Wheel 

If complementary colors have you confused, you can also refer to a color wheel and use its general rules as a guideline. It is easy to find colors that complement one another on a color wheel. Find a color you like and look at the one right across from it to find its complementary match. 

A color wheel will also allow you to compare different hues and shades to find groups that appeal to you the most. This could be an excellent place to start before diving into dozens of paint chip samples without knowing where to begin. 

As always, neutral shades such as beige and brown are always a safe choice if you are unsure of any other colors to make a permanent part of your home. 

Monochromatic exterior paint themes where you paint everything all in one color can look modernized and elegant on a home with attractive architectural design when done in off-white. A black and charcoal gray theme can add drama. It all depends on the tone you want to set. 

Think About the Sunlight

The location of the sun and how much sunlight parts of your home receive can help a lot in choosing exterior paint. Sunlight intensifies the colors that it shines on.

A tip to keep in mind is that you should opt for color at least 2-3 times warmer than the initial color you chose for your perfect exterior color. The sun's rays can make exterior paints have a green or blue hue, and not necessarily the kind you are looking for. Choosing a warmer color will help achieve a balance and get you the perfect color you envision for your home. 

This rule especially applies to white, as some colors of white can cast a bright blue hue that may not be desirable. 

Shade, on the other hand, subdues hues. If your home sits in the shadows of a cluster of trees, a brighter and lighter color can help make a difference and allow your home to stand out. 


Know the Different Finishes

Exterior paints typically come in four main finishes. Understanding the purpose of each finish, as well as the look they can provide, can make a big difference in the one you choose for the exterior of your home. 

Flat 

Flat, also known as matte, quickly hides blemishes on the surface. This kind of paint finish also lacks light reflection, giving a home's exterior a softer look. However, the paint is difficult to clean and lighter colors show signs of dirtiness rather quickly. 

Satin

A satin finish is also decent for covering blemishes as it is not highly light reflective. It has some sheen to it, making it easier to clean than the flat finish. It works well on surfaces made of vinyl, fiber cement, aluminum and more. 

Semi-gloss

This finish is more and more accessible to clean than the other finishes. It works well on exteriors exposed to bad weather, such as window sills, gutters, shutters, and garage doors. However, the sheen will allow brushstrokes and other imperfections to be seen, so it is best only to highlight architectural details. 

High-gloss

High-gloss is ideal for adding depth and richness to any color. It is also an excellent choice for repelling dirt, although it will be easiest to see blemishes. Please refrain from using this paint on vast areas as it can make your home take on a plastic appearance. This finish is effortless to clean, making it ideal for high-traffic areas, such as doors. 

Sample Your Favorite Exterior Paints

The beauty of selecting exterior paint colors is the ability to test samples before you invest in the final color. 

While paint chip samples can give an approximate idea of what paint colors look like on average, it is not a 100% guarantee. Paint cards can not properly simulate the color on certain materials or under specific amounts of sunlight. Taking some paint samples home is the best way to test a color or two and get accurate results to examine. 

Apply sample paint to a large spot on your home. It is typically recommended that a 4" x 4" area with a double-coat is ideal. Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours before deciding, as wet paint looks different when it dries. This will allow you to see what it will look like. 

You should also see if there are any weird hues you do not like that may be seen throughout the day as the sunlight changes. Checking for these things will help you decide whether or not you need to adjust your color selection. 

Additionally, some paints apply better and have a more excellent final color on only certain surfaces. When choosing your paint, consider the texture of what you will be painting. You may need heavy-duty paint, or a color that provides better coverage may be necessary. Testing paint and applying it directly to the area will allow you to see how well your chosen paint will work for its intended application. 

Choose Your Trim and Accent Colors

Not everything has to blend seamlessly together. It is a lot more exciting and appealing to the eye when a home has color variation. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the application of light and dark colors. If you have a darker roof, go for a lighter shade of exterior paint. If the home is made of red brick, select a contrasting color for the trim. 

However, it is possible to have too many colors going on at once. When choosing the right exterior paint colors for your doors, shutters, and other features, it is essential to remember that less is more. Sticking with one primary trim color to accompany the body color will help all of the details of your home stand out without getting lost or looking entirely chaotic. 

For example, a darker green-colored home with natural details, such as stone, can be beautifully complemented with white hues for the trim to lighten up the entire look. You can compliment lighter-colored homes with darker colors of accent features such as a darkly colored door that can make a statement. 

A tip for choosing the best contrasting color is to select colors from the same sample color strip. When you look at a multi-colored paint sample strip, colors range from the lightest shade to the darkest shade of that one particular color. It typically works out well when choosing contrasting shades to select one of the most delicate and one of the darkest because those colors already complement one another. 


Shop Aboff's Paints for Benjamin Moore Exterior Paint

At Aboff's Paints, we have over 90 years of paint expertise. The #1 retailer of Benjamin Moore on Long Island, we provide our customers with superior-quality paints. Whether you are looking to do a personal home project or are seeking supplies to complete a contracting job, we have what you need to get the job done right. 

Our extensive selection of exterior Benjamin Moore paints includes leading products including the following: 

  • Aura Exterior Paint: Designed with Benjamin Moore's Color Lock technology, these colors are richer, offers ample coverage and resist fading. It is ideal for a wide range of outdoor surfaces and comes in multiple finishing options, so you can find one that suits your preferences. 
  • Regal Select Exterior High Build Paint: High-build paints allow for optimal coverage with fewer coats. Heavy-duty and easy to apply, it resists cracking, peeling, fading and mold growth. It also dries fast and comes in three different finishes for the perfect look. 

We understand the importance of finding the perfect color the first time around. That is why Benjamin Moore paint color samples are available for purchase in-store and online to help you make the final decision. With paints available in many colors and a variety of finishes, we are sure you will find the best color for your vision with us. 

Whether you are shopping in one of our 32 stores located in Long Island or shopping with us online, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to help you find the right exterior paint for your project. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us today. We will be happy to help you! 

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