How Can Sunlight Make Exterior Paint Color Appear Different?

Exterior house paint colors

If you are planning to paint the exterior of your house, choosing the paint color is a big decision. It is the first thing your visitors will see. Therefore, you should give this matter the attention it deserves so that you have no regrets later. One important thing to keep in mind while selecting exterior paint color is sunlight. Sunlight can make a paint color appear different, depending on the weather, the time of day, and the direction your house faces.

Weather: It is an important factor to consider when selecting an exterior paint color. Make sure that the color will look as great in direct sunlight as it looks on a cloudy, rainy day. The color you choose may look fine on a cloudy day but too intense in direct sunlight. Similarly, if it looks great in sunlight, but looks too dark or dull on a cloudy, rainy day, it is probably a color you should stay away from.

The direction your home faces: This is another factor in determining an exterior paint color. If your home is facing north, it will get less sunlight during the day. Choose a brighter color to make it look lively and bright. If it is facing south, it will be warmer and the color will appear more intense. If you don’t want the color of your house to look too intense, go with a softer or cooler color. Homes facing east will get more sunlight in the morning and homes facing west will get more light during the second half of the day. Therefore, the light will be softer.

The time of day: Drive around your area and look for exterior house colors that you like. This can help your decision-making process. Make note of the time of day you are looking at the house, as it will help you determine how each color looks at different times of the day.

If you have more than two color choices, test each paint color on different areas of the house. You can paint one color in an area of the house that will be in direct sunlight, another in an area that will often be in the shade, and still others in areas that will go in between those two levels of light. This way you can check each color in each type of lighting and make your decision.

If your house is in direct, strong sunlight, the color will fade faster than usual. Colors like reds, blues, greens and yellows fade more quickly. As experts in the area of exterior house painting, we suggest you choose a high quality paint.

Contact us for exterior house painting.

Exterior house painting is a huge job. Doing it on your own is a lot of work. That is why the professionals from Prism House Painting Plus are here to help. With our exterior house painting services, we can restore your home’s exterior surface to its original beauty. Your home will once again have the new look of a freshly painted home. Call us at 203-653-8440 or email us at

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