Choosing Paint Colors

Get the right shade with tips from our decorating expert, Turner Carroll


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Turner Carroll, Associate Decorating Editor at Southern Living. Selecting exterior paint colours is a very important process. Remember to be a good neighbor. Think about your surroundings and your neighboring homes. Before you make a decision. Earthy [INAUDIBLE] work well when surrounded by lush green foliage. You don't want to take away from the environment. You want to compliment it. [MUSIC] Tonal combinations create a soft serene view. You can add pops of colour specifically to doors or shutters to really show off your personality. [MUSIC] Take classic white exteriors up a notch by calling out the details. Paint stair treads a different colour. Add instant character and patina with a textural wood door. Then, black becomes the perfect accent. The architecture of a home can also lend itself to a more minimal pallet. This home has a very modern structure, so staying with one colour is a fitting choice. It's simple yet sophisticated. Even neutral exteriors can benefit from a pop of colour. Support the colour with accessories in the same or similar shade. [MUSIC] Take your inspiration from your surroundings. In coastal neighbourhoods, energetic, fun colours mimic sea glass. [MUSIC] Entrances should be warm and inviting. Painting your doors a happy colour really let's your guests know that they are welcome. [MUSIC]
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