When you purchase your home, you may not think twice about how the multiple exterior colours interact with each other. In fact, you may not think past the main exterior colour. But the colour of your trim, which includes exterior window frames, roof fascia and other accents, must complement your main colour to create a unified exterior.

You know how much a damaged or rotten wood element can disrupt and diminish your home’s appearance. But once you have a professional repair or replace that element, what colour will you paint it?

Whether you just replaced a window sash or your home’s front just needs a lift, choosing the right trim colour can give your home a perfect new look. In this blog, we give you four tips for finding the right colour.

1. Decide What You Want to Convey

Before you even start to look at paint samples, go outside and survey your home’s exterior. What adjectives would you use to describe the current colour palette? Then, consider what you want your home to convey in the future.

To help in this process, you may want to take pictures of your home at different times of day. These images can show how natural light changes the appearance of your paint colour.

If you want chicness and sophistication, you’ll want a rich, smooth colour. But if you love the idea of a cosy and welcoming-looking home, opt for a warm, textured colour.

2. Don’t Settle for Cloud White

You might think of white right away when considering trim paint colours. Many homeowners use white because it represents a safe neutral colour that matches almost any main colour.

White may look right on your home too. However, you don’t have to settle for generic white, also known as ‘cloud white’. White paint often contains a tint. If you decide to paint with white, choose a tint that enhances the main colour of your house.

For example, if your home features earth tones like brown and dark red, choose a warm red white or an off-white colour.

3. Light Trim is Almost Always Preferred

You don’t have to confine your options to white. But most homeowners stick with a trim colour lighter than their other exterior colours. A light trim colour emphasises the attractive elements of the house and makes the structure appear larger.

If you want to go beyond white, consider these light options:

  • Grey or blue-grey for a subtle elegance
  • Tan or natural wood-browns for a homey quality
  • Yellow or understated orange for a hint of colour

If you know what paint makes up your main colour, you can also opt for the same trim colour just a few shades lighter for a truly unified appearance.

4. Match Your Neighbours Without Duplication

You want your home to look like it belongs in your neighbourhood, without blending in too much. Look at the homes you admire in your neighbourhood for trim colour ideas. If many of your neighbours use bold statement colour palettes, feel free to get adventurous.

But if, on the other hand, most homes in your neighbourhood have a subdued exterior palette, choose a traditional neutral trim colour. A simple trim colour, like pale grey or tan, enhances your home’s exterior without creating an overwhelming appearance.

If you don’t feel certain which colour will suit your home best, work with a professional contractor or painter. Many of these professionals can help you match the colour you already have or find a better complementary colour.

As you upgrade your home’s exterior, keep these tips for your home’s trim in mind. For more tips on improving your home, explore the rest of our blog.