Painting a house is no small investment, so choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your house means picking colors that look great and last. Benjamin Moore Aura® has you covered with durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and have a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.
To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components. Pick contrasting but complementary colors to highlight architectural elements and add dimension. Similar color undertones will link the elements together.
The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.
Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them—and can look different when applied than they do on a chip. Make regret-free choices by buying a quart of paint and applying it on inconspicuous areas of all sides of your house. Visit your samples throughout the day until you’re comfortable with your choice.
Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.
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Refreshing your deck and protecting it at the same time is made easier with ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stains, ensuring both durability and style when spending time with friends and family outdoors.
When it comes to the impact stain will have on your deck’s design, understanding opacity is key.
Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood, achieved by using one of the following…
When thinking about color for your deck, consider the same shade as your home’s trim. This technique will make it stand out against the main field of your house for a unified look that still highlights your deck’s architecture.
For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color, a good choice if you want features like your fire pit or dining area as your deck’s focal point.
There’s a huge spectrum of color to explore, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.
Wood remains the most common choice for decks. More expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or ipe offer gorgeous grain and texture that shine through when using a more transparent stain like Transluscent or Semi Transparent. Softer, less expensive woods, including pressure treated southern yellow pine or cedar, benefit from Semi Solid and Solid stains’ innate weather barrier.
Wood alternatives known as “composite decking” are also a popular choice. While often sold as maintenance-free, composite decks demand protection from color fading as well as from the elements–just like their wood counterparts; Arborcoat Solid Deck & Siding Stain provides excellent color retention for these popular decking choices.
Not ready to go big? Repainting or staining wood outdoor chairs and tables is less of an intensive project than redoing your entire deck. Almost any bright color pops off neutrals and wood tones in an eye-catching way and revitalizes decking with ease.
Another option is to stain your deck’s handrails and bannisters only. Pull from your interior color palette to visually–yet subtly–unite indoors and out. Or consider using a combination of stains to designate where one section of your deck begins and another section ends.
It’s easy to “try on” stains on the actual wood you want to coat: In fact, there’s no better way to see true color accuracy.
Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch our how-to video to see how we do it, then download the PDF for the step-by-step method.
Pint-sized samples are available in all ARBORCOAT opacities as well as Solid Stains, which are available in all 3,500+ Benjamin Moore colors.
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With 900+ colors to choose from, Regal® Select REVIVE® offers an enhanced vinyl siding design opportunity. From hundreds of deeper, richer colors to lighter, soft neutrals, REVIVE reshapes the aesthetic potential of vinyl siding.
Benjamin Moore debunks the misconception that you can’t paint vinyl siding.
Pushing that theory further, we’ve developed a paint specially formulated for vinyl siding and trim in a remarkable range of 900+ premium colors.
From Wedgewood Gray HC-146, seen here, to darker hues like Tarrytown Green HC-134 and Night Horizon 2134-10, there are hundreds of colors to from which to choose. In fact, many colors in the REVIVE Colors for Vinyl Siding color collection are from the Historical Collection, Affinity® Collection and other Benjamin Moore color palettes that designers and discerning homeowners consider essential.
“REVIVE EMPOWERS HOMEOWNERS TO REPAINT THEIR VINYL SIDING, NOT REPLACE IT, OFFERING POPULAR EXTERIOR SHADES THAT WERE FORMERLY UNAVAILABLE FOR VINYL SIDING HOMEOWNERS.”—HARRIETTE MARTINSSENIOR BRAND MANAGER
Here is a small sampling of the 900+ color collection, specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim.
In addition to the deluxe look a fresh coat of REVIVE brings to your vinyl-sided home, there are also many important practical perks:
REVIVE ensures your most valuable investment–your home–will always look its best.
Regal Select REVIVE is specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim, for a fresh look in a wide range of colors.
Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance® line, specially formulated for front doors, is available in any color.
Most exterior paint colors and materials lean toward neutral shades, so a colorful front door is a chance to express your personal style through a central exterior architectural feature. Adding a statement color to the front door is comparable to what a silk scarf or tie does for an outfit—a small dose of color can do wonders to uplift the façade of a home while complementing the architecture and surrounding landscape.
Hot shots of red, yellow or orange are naturally warm and exuberant. Vivid accent colors make a strong design statement but mix surprisingly well with most other shades, especially the neutrals most often used as the primary color of a house.
Green, gray and blue doors are a naturally gracious expression for the entrance to your home, especially when they contrast with a house’s warm undertones. For impact, search for saturated colors that will pop from surrounding architecture.
Take your color cues from inside the house to pick a paint color you’ll love. Think about the colors of the space your door will open into. Pull a strong accent color from those spaces for color continuity or choose a more saturated shade of a primary interior color. And don’t worry about fading. Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance is as durable as it is beautiful, specially formulated to go on smoothly and retain its color and gloss.
Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch our how-to video to see how we do it, then download the PDFfor the step-by-step method.
When it comes to choosing paint, we often spend several hours selecting the perfect shade, but tend to overlook the actual product, its quality and composition. With so many options, it can often be overwhelming to choose the right product for your project. Benjamin Moore Color and Design Expert, Sharon Grech, shares her criteria for choosing quality paint with lasting color, for any upcoming project. “You’ve probably spent days, weeks or even months choosing that perfect color and are excited to see your space come to life,” says Grech. “It’s important to consider the quality of the product you are using and its ability to deliver a vibrant color that has full coverage, longevity and durability. Benjamin Moore® paints engineered with its proprietary Gennex® Color Technology delivers impeccable quality and one-of-a-kind hues for unrivaled richness of color.” Color That Doesn’t Compromise Coverage You may have chosen a bold shade of red paint for your project, but if you’ve opted for an inexpensive, low- grade product, you may be disappointed with the performance of your color and finish. Choosing a premium quality product can save you on several coats of paint and time. “This is especially important when painting with bold and vivacious hues like blue, purple and red,” says Grech. Gennex Color Technology uses proprietary resins and colorants to deliver a wide range of vibrant hues that last, while providing superior hide. “Our color consistency is the precise result of Benjamin Moore paint and Benjamin Moore Gennex colorant, together. This particular pairing is what makes Benjamin Moore products impossible to replicate and helps you achieve your desired look, with fewer coats,” says Grech. Paint That Goes the Distance There’s nothing better than the look and feel of a freshly painted space. The question is, will it withstand the test of time? Benjamin Moore paints engineered with Gennex Color Technology resist color fading inside and outside of the home, while standing up to harsh weather conditions outdoors. So whether you’re painting a high-traffic area indoors or your exterior front door, it’s important to choose a product that will continue to perform years after application. “Fewer applications means less product and less time spent painting,” says Grech. “Benjamin Moore paint provides both premium color and proven performance across the entire color spectrum, so you only repaint when you want to, not because you have to.” Unmatched Performance There is much more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing the right paint. “Most of us choose our color and finish without considering the product itself or how it’s formulated,” says Grech. Making paint is a very technical and scientific process that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and ultimately impacts the overall life and performance of the product. “All paint manufacturers use a different formula of colorants and chemicals to develop their products, however, the more unnecessary chemicals added to a product, the weaker the formula,” says Grech. “More than 100 chemists, chemical engineers, technicians and support staff work tirelessly to ensure Benjamin Moore formulations are best-in-class.” Gennex Color Technology, was specifically designed without the use of unnecessary chemicals that often weaken paint. This innovative formula, is exclusive to Benjamin Moore products and is the reason why its quality and color simply cannot be matched or replicated by other brands. For more information, stop by The Paint Centers today.
You want to love the colors that surround you. So when imagining (or re-imagining) a room, remember the influence color will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.
To begin to understand color’s emotional impact, start with these color groups:
Pales – Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.
Neutrals – It’s no surprise that earthy, nuanced colors keep you grounded.
Whites – Pure and pristine, these timeless colors offer a blank canvas to express your style.
Deeps – Bring drama to a room with colors that are rich and mysterious.
Pale colors like dusty lavender, ballet pink and sky blue are comfortable and easy to live with. They feel positive and encourage expression, while enhancing other colors.
Neutrals go beyond gray and brown into earthy hues like slate, clay, sand and ochre. Colors in this family can be warm or cool, but are always reliable and levelheaded. And because they transition beautifully with shifting light, they’re a good choice for rooms used throughout the day.
Whites can easily feel contemporary, classic or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colors and a great place to start, as they complement any style. You might call it a perfect backdrop for the life happening around it.
Voilet, onyx, sapphire and ruby—even the names evoke something dramatic. Deep colors dissolve boundaries and create depth. They are the opposite of understatement and can fill a room with energy, creativity and confidence.