How Do You Pick an Exterior Paint Color for Your Chicagoland Home?

It can be hard enough to pick a color for your guest bedroom (commitment isn’t easy!), so how in the world will you pick a color for your entire home? What will the neighbors think? Is lime green too bold?

We can answer these questions for you, taking a little of the complexity and stress out of the equation with a handful of practical tips.

And yes, lime green is too bold. See? We’re helping already.

Keep These 7 Tips and Questions in Mind

finding an exterior paint color

#1 Take a deep breath, relax, and don’t rush the process

The last thing you want is to have regrets when it comes to picking your exterior paint, or to wish that you had expanded your horizons a bit rather than just repainting the same color. There’s a world of colorful opportunity out there just waiting for you…

Once you’ve covered your bases, however, it’s time to leap. It’s easy to get lost in a maze of swatches and color samples, so our first tip is to do your research, then go for it!

#2 Talk to a Professional Painter About Color Consultation Services

Did you know that many reputable, local painters can connect you with a color pro? These experts can help you analyze all the factors at play, from architecture to edgy trends, and save you hours and hours and hours of searching. You’ll never regret it!

#3 Walk Through Your Neighborhood, Take Notes, and Steal Ideas

Unless your neighborhood is extremely rare and eclectic, there likely is similar architecture up and down your street. Check out what others have done for color, and take note of what you like AND what you don’t. This also will help you find a color scheme that connects with your neighborhood vibe without matching like a cookie cutter.

#4 See What’s On the Interwebs

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sites like are invaluable resources. You can spend many a happy hour clicking and swiping through examples of colors, style, home improvements, and more. Start with our profile, if you’d like! It’s always nice to see a familiar face when you visit someplace new.

#5 Consider Your Fixed Colors

Roof, chimney, driveway, stone facade… These are elements that need to be factored in and can help narrow down your color options.

#6 Research Your Architectural Style

Especially if you have an older home, or one built in a specific style, there is likely a traditional color scheme that matches your architecture. It can be fun to find out what that is and then develop a historically accurate palette. For example, check out this Victorian Painted Lady. Your home may not have a heritage this drastic (or colorful), but it certainly shows what we mean.

Photo by Warline Painting Ltd.Discover exterior home design inspiration

#7 Add Your Own Personality

Whether it’s in the trim, shutters, or door color, we always recommend having some fun with your color scheme in a reasonable way. After all, adding “spice to your space” is built right into our philosophy of painting! Make your home your own, and reflect your personality and tastes.

If you need more help with your house painting adventure here in the Chicagoland area, we encourage you to contact us at Jalapeno Paint Werx. We are here to help and to make the process fun!

Categories: Exterior House Painting, House Painting