Choosing The Right Color For A Stucco Home
When it comes to choosing a color for a stucco home three blends of composite slate are selected time-and-time again by homeowners Canyon, Brownstone and Sonora.
Once that decision is made most homeowner turn their attention to selecting the main color for the body of their home.
Tan is a traditional color that works well on stucco. My recommendation is to go a bit lighter rather than darker when selecting a nice neutral tan. A color like PPG Pittsburgh Paints FLLW840 Wright Grey Tan would be a good choice.
Yellow is another color that is often used on stucco. Finding the perfect yellow or gold can be a bit tricky so take your time and always test out a large patch before giving the painters the go aheand. Yellow visually expands very quickly as you go from the color that looked just right on the small swatch to a large wall on your home's exterior. Suddenly your color may seem way too bold or bright. Look for a toned down golden yellow or wheat rather than a true yellow. One that I like is PPG Pittsburgh Paints Turning Oakleaf PPG1107-3
White is color for stucco. Sherwin-Williams Alabaster or Benjamin Moore Simply White are popular choices. Take a good look at the white you choose by comparing it to other white paint chips. This will help you to really see the color and its undertone. Some whites are bright and clear, others grayed down a bit and still others are a bit pink or blue or yellow, etc.
Most homeowners prefer a true white or one that is slightly yellow. White that is slightly grayed down is another type of white that works well. Steer clear of any whites that have a pink or blue undertone when you compare them with other whites. The reason that this is important with stucco is that the textured nature of the stucco tends to make subtle undertones of the color you choose stand out as the light of the day changes. For example, even a hint of yellow or gold in your white paint can make your home take on a slightly golden glow at sunrise or sunset. This would be very nice with your roof color whereas a bluish cast would not be as attractive.
As for accent colors, use one color on your stucco banding, and trim (soffits, fascia, door trim, garage doors etc.). Use a second color on the front door to create a focal point. A stained front door is a nice choice while a paint door will have more contrast. Traditionally blues, blue/green or greens were used although just about any color could work. Why not go non-traditional with a color you love. Just find the right tone so that it stands out while fitting into your overall scheme.
Do you want to step out and try a non-traditional color for the body of your home? Green, pink or just about any color could be a possibility. It is important to remember that a little color can go a long way. Go too bright, bold or strong and your color will feel overwhelming. It also may not go over well with the neighbors. A hint of an unexpected color may be all you need to give your stucco home a big personality.