150+ Eco-Friendly Exterior Paint Color Ideas

ECOS 05/10/2015

Painting the exterior of your home is a big job, and not something that you’ll do very often, so picking the right colors can be a bit daunting. The best way to make sure you love how your house looks after it’s painted is to do a lot of research. A good place to start looking at house colors is right here in this big Pinboard we created with over 150 exterior paint ideas. We found all black houses, white houses, striped houses, and even a Hello Kitty painted house! You’ll see there are really no limits to what you can do with the exterior of your house and it really just comes down to personal preference and style. Check out our color palette inspiration and tips for making your paint job more eco-friendly!

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Another great way to find the right colors for your house is to look around the town you live in. Sometimes seeing it in person is the only way you can feel confident that it will look great on your house.

Once you choose your color, consider these tips to try to make your makeover more eco-friendly:

  • If your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance you have a layer of lead paint in there somewhere. Lead is extremely toxic (which is why it’s banned now), so test for it and call in help if needed.
  • Choose a non-toxic* paint (like ECOS Paints!). Don’t be fooled by green-washing. Many “zero-VOC**” paints still have VOCs. Check out these facts about paints everyone should know. Plus, ECOS Paints can color match to any color that you find, so our durable, nontoxic* paint is an excellent choice to make your home as beautiful as it can be!
    *Conforms to ASTMD-4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects.

           **Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here.

  • If your project takes more than a day, don’t clean your brushes and rollers at the end of the day. Save the water and just wrap them tightly in plastic grocery bags to keep them moist. (Note: Keep them stored out of direct sunlight.)
  • When you’re done and ready to clean out rollers and brushes, conserve water by scraping out all the paint that you can with a stir stick or similar tool. The more you can manually squeeze out, the less water you’ll need to wash it clean.

Have any questions about colors or how to prep or apply the paint? Let us know in the comments! We’re always happy to help.

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