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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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Customer Reviews

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“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

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“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

“Thank you for the support you have given the Women's Cancer Resource Center over the past year!”

— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, 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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch