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5 Tips for Choosing Exterior House Colours

Updated: Apr 23

What to Consider When Selecting Exterior House Colours


Choosing exterior house colours can be a daunting task. With so many options to choose from, it's hard to decide which one will look best on your home. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that you can follow to make the selection process easier and ensure you are happy with the result for years to come.


Victoria, BC, is known for its beautiful scenery and vibrant atmosphere, making it an ideal place for homeowners looking to express their personal style with their chosen house colour.


In this article, we'll provide advice on how to select the perfect colour for your home's exterior while reflecting Victoria's unique style.


Whether you want something bold or subtle, traditional or modern, read on to find out more about what to consider when selecting the right exterior colour scheme for your property.


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1. Consider The Climate

The climate is always an important factor when it comes to choosing exterior house colours. Thanks to Victoria's mild climate, you can experiment with different shades of paint without worrying about fading from extreme temperatures or too much direct sunlight.


Exterior paint colours that are inspired by natural elements work well in our lush, temporal environment. Natural and neutral shades ranging from deep and rich to pale and bright are all popular and good options.


It is important to consider the exposure of your home, as the direction it faces can impact how a chosen colour will look. Test patch your shortlist of colours to see how they look in different light.


The wet weather we experience for much of the year means it is important for Victoria homeowners to use high-quality acrylic paint or one containing resin binders which are more resistant to moisture damage. Keep in mind that while some of these higher-quality finishes may cost more upfront, they could save you time and money on repairs down the road due to their durability.


Ultimately, no matter what type of finish or colour you choose, our painting contractors at White Wolf Homes understand how best to apply the product for optimal results!


2. Think About the Style of Your Home

In a historic city like Victoria, home styles can range from traditional to ultra-modern and everything in between. It’s important to take the style of your home into account when choosing the exterior paint colour for your home:

  • Consider the unique design and architecture of your home and how exterior paint colours can help accentuate key architectural features. If you have a traditional Victorian-style property, then muted off-whites can create a timeless appearance, while West Coast-style homes may suit more natural blues, greens and greys with wood accents.

  • Consider both traditional shades that are commonly used in your neighbourhood as well as bolder options that could add more personality to your property.

  • Take note of any outdoor features, such as sidewalks and fences, which could be incorporated into the overall design.

  • Look around at other similar homes or online galleries for inspiration - what colour combinations do you like?


3. Consider The Size of Your Home

The size of your home is another thing to look at when it comes to choosing exterior house colours. Just like the inside of your home, colour choice can accentuate, camouflage or overwhelm the building.


Small Homes

  • Keep the colour palette simple. Neutral tones like whites or greys will create a subtle look that won’t overwhelm the size of the home.

  • Consider adding an accent of dark or vibrant colour on the door or window frames to draw attention and give your home more character.

  • Ensure any trim is properly painted, as this will bring out its detail and charm.

  • Keep in mind that lighter shades reflect light better than darker shades, making them ideal options for smaller spaces.

Large Homes

  • You can go bold with deeper and brighter tones such as black, dark blue or deep grey. Experiment with different shades of the same colour for a unique look.

  • Use a complimentary or contrasting colour or texture to highlight key design features or break up a large expanse of wall.

  • Don't be afraid to use multiple colours to add texture and depth, but make sure they don't clash too much.


4. Take Time Making Your Decision

Painting the exterior of your home is a big investment, so don’t rush into any decisions. Your exterior paint should last for years, so you need to be 100% content with your colour selections before committing.


Some things that might help you narrow down your exterior house colour are:

  • Looking online or in your local city for house colours that you admire. Check out some of White Wolf Home’s current and completed projects for examples of colours we have used on our Victoria, BC, custom builds and renovations.

  • Consider the lighting around the area at different times of day - this can drastically alter the overall effect of any chosen colours.

  • Best of all, consult with our team at White Wolf Homes. We are home experts! We understand what will look best for your house based on your geographical location.


5. Look at the Colour Trends

Colour trends influence everything from the clothes you wear to the furniture you buy and, yes, the exterior colour of your home. Homebuilders take colour trends into account when deciding colour palettes for new homes. If you have a modern-style home, or it is set among newer properties, you may want to take inspiration from current colour trends.


Popular colour schemes for 2023 include some of the more neutral tones, such as charcoal grey, earthy green, beige, navy blue and sage. Remember to aim for complementary shades that will bring out the beauty of your house without overpowering it.


* Check out the top exterior paint colours of 2023 from Benjamin Moore here.


Ultimately, investing in quality products and getting help from our experienced design team at White Wolf Homes will ensure that your chosen exterior house colour looks amazing long after 2023!


White Wolf Homes: Exterior Colour Experts

With the vast array of colours available for exterior house painting, it can be overwhelming to decide on a colour palette.


That’s why you can trust our professionals at White Wolf Homes in Victoria, BC. We have decades of experience helping clients choose the right colours for our custom homes and renovations that will withstand our local climate conditions and complement the style of your home.


Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced designers, who can answer questions about what type and colour of paint works best for your new build or renovation.


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