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It’s finally springtime, and that means warmer temperatures and longer days have many homeowners starting to think about their upcoming home improvement projects. If updating your house with a fresh new coat of paint is on your to-do list this year, you might be wondering what color to choose. Should you stick with the same trusted shade, or is it time to try something different for a new, more updated look?
At Horner Painting of Fort Collins, we’ve painted a lot of homes over the last 20+ years, and we understand that choosing an exterior paint color is no simple task. That’s why we have decided to share our thoughts on the most popular exterior paint colors for 2023. Read through our suggestions below, and if you have any questions or would like to set up a personalized color consultation, please contact us!
2023 Color Forecasts
Every year, paint manufacturers and color experts come out with a list of up-and-coming colors. Companies such as Benjamin-Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and color authority Pantone announce their pick for “color of the year” as well as what they believe will be trendy colors for the upcoming year. Keep in mind, that the color of the year and even many of the other named colors aren’t intended to be used without question, for any all purposes, but reading through current color reports can give you some insight into the overall feeling or direction that design is taking. They can also help you identify which hues are more contemporary and which ones may make a home look old or outdated.
For instance, Pantone's 2023 color of the year is a vibrant Magenta – clearly not a color most would choose to paint their home. However, it’s not just about the color itself, but what it represents (boldness, empowerment, self-expression) that is the key takeaway here. To put it another way, although the most popular exterior home colors still tend to fall into the white-gray-blue-tan categories, the current color forecast is predicting that even exterior home colors will be brighter and bolder than in previous years.
Popular Exterior Paint Colors in Colorado
No matter where you live in Colorado, nature’s beauty isn’t far away. Whether you have a home in the mountains or just have a view of the mountains from your city home, when it comes to design influences in Colorado, it’s all about highlighting the colors of the surrounding landscape. Instead of the pale, muted grays, tans, and off-whites of the past, today’s colors can be best described as rich, warm, earthy, and bold. These are colors that stand out and complement their surroundings beautifully instead of just blending into the background.
Take a drive through some of the newer Colorado neighborhoods and you’ll notice some common themes: dark grays with even darker trim, bold browns, and warm creams with charcoal trim. If your goal is to give your home a fresh, updated look, these new, eye-catching combinations are sure to do the trick. For more information and ideas on Colorado-specific exterior home colors, check out this article from Benjamin Moore on Rocky Mountain home colors.
Best Exterior Paint Colors if You’re Planning to Sell Your Home
If you’re going to be putting your home on the market in the near future, then you might want to give special consideration to choosing an exterior paint color. Certain trendy colors, although striking, can be polarizing. In other words, they might appeal to some, but they can be offputting to others. That means, if you want your home to appeal to the most people, you may want to forego painting it Olympic Range or New London Burgundy, and instead, stick to more traditional, neutral colors.
Another thing to consider is your home’s style. Is it contemporary? Craftsman? Mid-century modern? When choosing paint colors for your home (whether exterior or interior) it’s important to choose ones that fit in with the architecture and time period. The best way to do this is to do some research online so you can get some ideas, rule out certain colors, and choose a palette that will enhance your home’s style and charm. Some paint websites such as Behr even offer the option of choosing your home style as a way of narrowing down paint color suggestions.
Choose the Right Exterior Home Paint Color with the Help of Horner
Choosing the right color for your home’s exterior doesn’t have to be a stressful process. At Horner, we do more than just paint houses, we’re here to provide our customers with the information and support they need to make the right decision for their homes. Whether you’d like us to make some color suggestions or you want a variety of paint samples so you can see what certain colors will look like in real life, we’ll do what it takes to make sure you’re completely confident in the color you choose.
Exterior painting season is upon us! Don’t wait, contact us today and ask about our spring painting special!