As a professional painting contractor I have learned being in the color business that we cycle back and forth between warm brown tones and cool gray tones about every ten years. Currently in the south we are in the middle of the gray trend. Many homeowners are moving to gray/green, gray/blue, warmer brownish grays and, for that battleship look, gray/blue. It is important to keep in mind that, no matter what the trends are, when painting outside you are always bound by the fixed elements -- roof shingles, stone cladding, brick veneer and mortar color. Do not fight these set in place colors or you will have a difficult time selecting a complimentary palette.
On the exteriors of the home we are seeing more requests for very dark colors on eaves, cornices, door and window casings, decorative columns, and moldings. Bold moves from white to dark brown or even black are becoming more common but customers need to be aware of some challenges when considering darker colors. Dark colors will enhance imperfections in wood trim and panelings. If the builder did not install clear materials, wood knots, checks, and chips will be more apparent to the eye. All paints eventually fade and flake over time darker paint flaking and peeling is more noticeable. Lastly, most dark colors will require several coats, and in some cases tinted primers, to produce a uniform appearance. If your home is located in a community with a HOA, you want to check if the colors you select meet HOA approval before painting your home. So whether you choose to go with today's trendy colors or elect to stay with traditional earth tones, it is important to work closely with an experienced painting professional who can educate you on products, proper preparation, maintenance, and assist you with color selections.
Author: Scott Specker of Five Star Painting