A brief guide to the latest trends, the long-standing classics, and how to choose the right one for you.

Choosing the right color for your home’s exterior can be a bit daunting. After all, you’re committing to the same look for at least a few years. If you pick wrong, it’s not necessarily cheap—and certainly not quick—to fix it.

And with exterior color trends changing all the time, there’s extra pressure to strike a balance between cool and classic.

We’ve written a brief guide to help you decide whether you want to go bold or stick with a classic. Plus, we’re sharing a third, middle-ground option you may not have considered.

Craving something wild? Now’s the time.

According to the experts, people are more willing than ever to experiment with bright, bold, surprising colors. We’re seeing vibrant shades and unusual hues in neighborhoods that have traditionally stuck to neutrals and classics. Blues and greens are especially popular from home exteriors, as are pastel shades.

Another show-stopper trend: All black exteriors. The look has been hailed as extremely modern and fresh compared to past trends. While it may be impractical for warmer climates, many people are embracing the bold move.

If you’re hesitant to go big, paint your door instead.

The color of your front door is arguably more important than ever. More and more homeowners are opting for sharp contrasts, bright colors, and visual statements when choosing a front door. And for good reason.

An eye-catching front door is excellent for boosting your home’s curb appeal. In fact, a charming front door can actually increase the perceived value of your home. Plus, if you invest in a new door, you’re likely to recoup at least 75% of that cost when you sell.

So if you’re itching for a change but not ready to go big, think about a front door makeover instead. There are two benefits to going bold with your front door over your entire house:

  1. You can be a little more bold. A lemon yellow house is pretty outrageous in most parts of the country, but a lemon yellow door is charming.
  2. If you go a little too bold, it’s affordable and fast to redo it.

You can’t go wrong with a classic.

We may be experimenting with more wacky shades, but the classics are still going strong. Earthy neutrals are popular right now, along with navy and gray. And of course, warm whites and creams will never go out of style.

There’s nothing wrong with opting for a tried-and-true home exterior color if you’re not excited about a brighter hue. You’re never obligated to make a dramatic choice for the sake of trends.

Plus, you may simply want to protect yourself from a fleeting fad. Many people may repaint in a year or two when their chosen color goes out of style. The risk of such an expensive fix is much lower when you choose a classic color.

Regardless of the color you choose, consider exterior coating over classic house paint. TEX•COTE® COOLWALL® exterior coating systems last much longer than traditional paint products. Plus, COOLWALL® actively deflects the heat of the sun away from your home. The result is more efficient interior climate control—and a lower utility bill.

Want to talk colors or COOLWALL®? Talk to an expert at Texas Home Improvement. We can advise you on trendy and classic shades and walk you through the exterior coating installation process.