Best Exterior Color Trim Tips

by / Published in Color Choice, Exterior Paint

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Color

Contra Costa Painting ContractorChoosing the best exterior trim color for your house, HOA, or place of business can seem like a daunting task. There are so many choices, where do you start? First thing to remember is how important it is to choose the trim color for your project. Trim color can make or break the finished look of your exterior painting project. Here at Whit’s Painting, Inc. you have a staff of trained color professionals to guide you in the process and make it enjoyable and stress-free.

Features such windows, doors, shutters and trim along your roof line provide opportunities to add color and interest to your home or business property. The accent color you pick can highlight details such as shutters, windows, doors and other architectural details.


Choosing Your Trim Color

Bay Area Painting ContractorOne of the main factors in choosing your trim color or accent colors is the color of your roof. When choosing a trim paint color you have the opportunity to pull together the notable features of your house while coordinating your roof color with the main color of your structure.

An array of colors are available for use as your trim or accent color. Your trim color will add definition to your house or place of business and should provide a contrast. An example of a poor trim choice would be choosing a white trim with a light gray house color, there isn’t enough contrast and it can look as though you were trying to match colors and failed.

A contrasting trim color needs to be complimentary to the structure’s main color. Use a color wheel to find a complimentary color. A wonderful tool is a color picker or color calculator:


The Door is the Focal Point

Bay Area Painting ContractorsYour front door should be the focal point of the house. It is how people enter your home, the front of the house is the first impression people have of your home, and you want to use this focal point to it’s best advantage. Avoid using more than one trim or accent color; the one exception is picking a color for your front door that pulls the look together and makes the whole look work. You don’t need to match the rest of the color principals when it comes to your front door, think bold and bright! Lighter colors make the home feel approachable, more intense colors make a statement.

Make sure your gutter colors are painted the same color as your trim, you don’t want to draw the eye to your gutters, you want them to blend. Many color experts suggest keeping the garage door the same as the house color or slightly deeper to help it recede. This will keep your front door as a focal point to your home or place of business. Wood front doors and garage doors work very well with both Spanish and Craftsman style homes.

Color Trim Hints

Bay Area Painting ContractorsKeep in mind some of the following ideas when choosing your trim or accent colors for your residential or commercial painting project:

  • Light trim around the windows of a south or west facing house will show fading less and will reflect the sun’s glare.
  • If you choose white for your trim, make sure it is a stark white so your paint job looks fresh and pops.
  • An alternative to light trim colors is choosing a darker trim color or a complimentary color for your trim.
  • For front doors consider red, burgundy, purple, navy blue as an accent color; all of these colors look beautiful with shingled structures if the wood is stained a cedar color.
  • Avoid painting the trim of your house black or dark brown because it will cause the windows to look smaller; the exception being if your home has large windows and a lot of light you can get away with dark trim colors.

Above all ask a color expert such as Whit’s Painting, Inc to lend their practiced eye to giving you the best advice when it comes to color choices for your home or business. Give us a call today for a free estimate at 925-429-2669 or fill out our contact form and one of painting experts will be in touch promptly to answer your questions and provide a free estimate.

Leave a Reply