Changing up the colour your home's exterior is a quick way to give your house a face-lift, whether you are preparing to list it for sale or just want to increase curb appeal. There are a number of things you should consider before you choose your new colour scheme. Your local area can be influenced by a colour scheme, and so too can your neighbourhood hues. You will likely have to coordinate three colours; siding, trim, and accents. Don't be mistaken, this is a big project, and investment, and not easy to change, do everything you can in advance to make sure you will love your new colours.

Siding Colour

When it comes to square footage, a home's siding takes the cake for curb appeal; unfortunately it is usually the most difficult (and most expensive) area to paint. To ensure success, you should decide on a paint colour for your siding first, and then match your trim and accents to it. To start your colour selection, know that your home is not a blank canvas. You have will have many fixed elements to consider when establishing your palette.

1. The Roof

If you have a brown roof, steer toward a warm siding colour. If you have a gray or black roof, you can go cooler. Take a step back and observe any other fixed, unpaintable elements on your home's exterior, like copper awnings, stone chimneys, and brick features.

2. Your Neighbours

If one house next door to yours is navy blue and another is white, don't duplicate with one of these selections, instead choose something that will compliment your neighbourhood exteriors.

3. Test Before You Commit

Always paint a test patch and observe it at different times of day to see how the sunlight affects it. Keep in mind that colours will always appear lighter on the exterior of your house than on a paint chip in the store. Natural lighting makes everything appear lighter and brighter -- always go darker than you think you'd want.

4. Keep Scale/Depth In Mind

The colour of your home can trick your eye. If you plan on painting your home a light colour it can make it seem larger than it is, and visually will bring it forward to the curb. Conversely, dark colours can make a home look smaller, but more substantial and set back.

5. Choose the Right Extension Ladder

You want to make sure that if you are doing the work yourself you are properly and safely prepared with all of the supplies you need. Perhaps the most important and least considered, is the size of your ladder.

Height to Gutter
or Support Point
Buy this Size Ladder (include a 3-foot extension above roof line)
9-foot max.16-foot
9 to 13 feet20-foot
13 to 17 feet24-foot
17 to 21 feet28-foot
21 to 25 feet32-foot
25 to 28 feet36-foot
28 to 31 feet40-foot