Selecting Exterior Paint Products & Colors

For years, homeowners have turned to BEHR to provide them with a virtual rainbow of premium quality paints at a great value.

For Best Results:

Choose the right product to improve the look, longevity, and beauty of your home.

Always use primer on an exterior paint project-especially on hard-to-paint surfaces.

Determine if an existing paint coating is oil-based or water-based.

For a dramatic color change, tint with BEHR Exterior Primer to provide a uniform surface of topcoat.

Tip 1

When selecting a color, keep in mind your home's surroundings . Do you want your home to stand out, or blend in?

Tip 2

Consider the amount of light your home receives during the day. For very shady areas, you may want a lighter color to reflect more natural light, whereas very sunny areas can handle a darker shade.

Tip 3

To make your color choices easier, visit for inspiring ideas or visit the BEHR Color Solutions Center at your nearest The Home Depot location to explore scores of exterior color options.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (Nylon/Polyester)

  • Paint Tray

  • Stir Stick

  • Painter's Tape

  • Drop Cloths

  • Ladder

  • Roller Cover and Frames

  • Checklist

More How-tos
Additional Resources
Paint and Stain Calculator

Inside or outside; paint or stain: Let’s figure out how much you’ll need to make amazing happen.

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Color Studio

So many colors and so many ideas: Visit Behr’s Color Studio for inspiration, color tools, design advice and everything you need to find your project’s perfect color.