One of the most important decisions you’ll make when building a custom new home is choosing your exterior paint colors. After all, it can have a major impact on your curb appeal and it determines the overall look and feel of your home. Before you begin picking out these colors, keep in mind that some neighborhoods have HOA guidelines regarding which paint colors are allowed, so you’ll need to look into these just in case.

With that said, our team at North Homes put together a few tips to guide you through this process. Read on to see how you can pick the right exterior paint colors for your new home.


Factor In Lighting

Sunlight can drastically change the way your exterior paint colors appear, and while a color may look beautiful indoors, it may not look the same outdoors. The sun and other surrounding elements such as landscaping might affect how the light reflects off the exterior of your home. Consider testing your paint out by placing poster boards with different color swatches outside of your home. Pay close attention to how the light changes them during different times of day and this will help you determine which colors are best. 

Think About Your Home Style

You’ll want to choose an exterior paint scheme that fits the style of your home to ensure it complements the overall aesthetic of your home. For example, if your home is in a contemporary style, opt for muted neutral tones such as navy or grey over bright, colorful tones. It might be helpful to ask your custom new home builder for some tips and to look at other homes in the area for color inspiration!

Consider Non-Painted Surfaces

Non-painted surfaces such as your roof, brick, or stone are important to consider because they have the risk of clashing with your exterior paint colors. Be sure to take a look at whether these elements are warm-toned or cool-toned. If they’re black or white, there’ll be less risk of color clashing, but if they have underlying tones like red, blue, or tan, you’ll want to be mindful of which colors you choose.

Think About The Visual Effect 

How do you want your home to stand out? As you go through the process of building your own home, think about the visual effect you want to have. Darker colors can create a strong, striking appearance while lighter colors can make it appear larger while highlighting the smaller details.  


As a custom new home builder, our team of experts at North Homes can help build your dream home exactly the way you envision it. If you’d like to discuss what this process looks like for you, contact us here or call us at 765-482-2444 for a free consultation!