Choosing exterior colors for your home can be a challenge, and when trying to ensure it coordinates with the landscape around it, can make the challenge even harder. For many homes, nature and the built environment should be considered for continuity, and preservation of the neighboring properties and to keep the aesthetics of your neighborhood cohesive and inviting. If you’re trying to compliment your home’s exterior colors with nature and the beautiful habitat around it, here are some helpful tips.

  • Take a walk around your property: While this seems like a straightforward tip, in actuality it involves more than walking by your home. Grab a camera, and walk around your property, and take note of neighboring homes, landscaping, foliage, adjacent colorful buildings, etc… While nature refers to Earth’s resources, you should also consider the built environment and colors and textures around your home. Once you take a look at the photos at a later time, you will see a pattern of color palettes – from neutrals or bright tropicals, or mellow deep tones, take note of these colors.
  • Grab a color from nature: For many homes, nature provides the perfect compliment for grabbing color inspiration for the exterior color of your home. If you would like your home to blend with the warm desert landscape, grab one of the sienna browns, or rustic earth tones to make your home become one with the landscape and environment. When grabbing colors from nature, test several colors in similar shades on your home, let dry for 24 hours and see which ones look the best. Also observe the colors in the morning; noon, and evening, exterior colors look different based on what time of day it is.
  • Absence of color: If you prefer to let the landscape around your home speak for itself, and your home to stand out, consider sticking to neutrals or opt for a contrasting white exterior color. White has the ability to show off the architectural details of your home and make it read as a bold entity. Nature will blend with any neutral palette home, and the ability for your house to become a showpiece, instead of get lost in the background is the approach for many homeowners.
  • Preserve the inherent colors of history: If your home is located in an historical area, or a tropical or rustic environment, traditional and historical colors of the area should be preserved. In tropical environments, colors that mimic nature and the vivacious cultural traditions are shown in the aquamarine blues that mimic the water all the way to bright pinks and playful yellows. When considering exterior colors of your home, take these pointers into consideration. The beauty of living in these geographic areas is the natural habitat around your home can give you a glimpse of how your home should look and feel.

When you consider exterior colors for your home, don’t get overwhelmed with the thousands of paint swatches at the home improvement center. First, take an assessment of your home and the natural habitat in which it sits. Your first clues about its color will start here, and let your creativity make it unique. After all, your house color is no different than the clothes you wear on your back – seek individuality, and make your home strut its own personality and style!

Freshome readers, did you consider the natural environment around your home when choosing exterior colors? We’d love to hear from you.