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7 Simple Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color in the Bay Area

7 Simple Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color in the Bay Area

It’s not too hard to get excited about choosing interior paint colors, right? You know you’ll be able to love and appreciate those new colors every day, and that if your tastes change you can alway switch to a new look pretty easily. This makes it feel less risky to go bolder, too, maybe trying something that pushes the boundaries of your color comfort zone.

Exterior painting, on the other hand, can feel like a more of a commitment. This is because, well, it really is. Your home’s color and curb appeal is an undertaking, and it can be a little intimidating to commit to a particular option.

We have a few practical tips to help you make sure you find the right color for your Bay Area home, but let’s first start with a local case study that might just inspire you.

Trying Something New with Your Exterior Paint Color Can Pay Off!

Before we share a few more conservative tips, take a look at this home we recently painted. The owner stepped out and chose a totally new look, and we think it paid off in a big way.

So, here’s our first color selection tip: talk to a local, professional painter. This is the ideal way to gain quick, practical insights into trending colors of the day, and (perhaps even more importantly) what style might really draw the most character and beauty out of your house.


6 Ways To Find Your New House Color

  • Don’t Rush - This may sound simplistic, but it’s important. Take your time researching color options, and don’t be afraid to paint a few samples directly on your home. This is the best way to make sure you like the color after it has dried, and that it looks the way you want it to as the lighting changes throughout the day. You can’t pick a house color from a handful of cardboard swatches!

  • Explore Color Consultation Services - Many local painters (like us at MB Jessee) can connect homeowners with professional color services. There’s no substitute for brainstorming with a pro!

  • Research Sites Like - Whether you search for homes of a specific architectural style or a specific color you’re interested in, has millions of photos to peruse.

  • Start with Your Fixed Colors - Architectural stone, your driveway, chimney, and other fixed elements of your property will help narrow your options. And, don’t forget to consider your roof! Many homeowners overlook this essential component of your overall style and color palette.

  • Explore Your Neighborhood - There is nothing wrong with stealing color ideas from the neighbors, or taking a concept and modifying it a bit. In fact, especially if your neighborhood is fairly compact, they might appreciate you picking a color scheme that goes with the flow.

  • Add Your Personality - Even if you don’t want to drastically change the primary body color, you might consider adding a brighter, bolder door color, or selecting a more unique option for the shutters or trim. Make it your own!

Connect with a Quality Exterior Painter You Can Trust

It is so crucial that the process is handled carefully, from color selection to the final cleanup. We encourage you to thoroughly research your painter, avoiding just the best deal (find out why here!) and instead looking for the best product and experience as a whole.

If you have questions for the team here at MB Jessee, we hope you’ll contact us. It would be a pleasure to serve you.

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“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy

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— Paul Markovich

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo

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— Heidi B
Walnut Creek

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA