Design Tip: Choosing Paint Color

Paint color plays a huge role in the ‘feel’ of your home so it’s no surprise it’s a difficult decision to make when building or remodeling.  When making this decision you have to weigh the many options.

Exterior paint color

A home’s exterior provides a huge canvas so a few key items need to be taken into consideration when choosing color:

  • Be neighborly – look at the homes in your neighborhood – do you like the look of nearby homes, do you want your home to compliment your neighbor’s houses, are there association rules you need to follow?
  • Accents – are there trim, shutters, gables, or columns that can be painted an accent color? You may even need to consider the shingle, gutter, window trim, and garage door color to make sure it compliments the siding color.

Fortunately, colors used for home exteriors are more limited than those for interior mainly due to what is socially acceptable (think your neighbors would love a BRIGHT PINK house?) and what is trendy. 

Interior paint color

Compared with exterior paint color, the options for interior paint colors are ENDLESS!  If you watch HGTV shows or follow color trends, rich, deep colors can provide a trendy look in your home.  What to consider when deciding on a paint color for inside your home:

  • Furniture and decor – what color scheme does your furniture already offer in a room? Does your decor give you inspiration for what you want the room to look like?
  • Accents – similar to exterior paint colors, what else in the room provides an accent color? Think of things like window trim, cabinetry, tile, countertops, lighting and plumbing finishes.
  • Mood and room use – should the room have a certain mood, such as a calming feel in a master suite? Or does the room have a specific use that dictates color? Areas like exercise rooms and laundry rooms should be bright and cheery, whereas theater rooms should be dark and relaxing for quality movie watching.

There are a lot of online tools made to make the paint color decision a lot easier. We love the Color Visualizer by Sherwin Williams to visually see a current space in a new color.

Behr’s website organizes rooms by color, so if you have a color in mind but aren’t sure which tone to go with, their website provides great inspiration!

Another great source for color inspiration are the specially curated color collections that all paint suppliers offer. Sherwin Williams has a Pottery Barn collection, Benjamin Moore has a Revive collection for vinyl siding, and PPG offers various color collections from the designer Vicente Wolf. These help narrow down your choices and provide options for complimentary and accent colors. The collections can be found online or in store.

Pioneer Ridge Estates Model Home

Model Home Featured in the Spring 2018 Parade of Homes

1st Choice Builders LLC presents our model home in Pioneer Ridge Estates in Somerset, WI.  The location provides stunning views of the Wisconsin countryside with rolling hills and wooded backdrops. 

The home is nestled on 3-acres near the St. Croix Crossing bridge and in the Hudson School District.  The quality of workmanship can be felt throughout the 3600 finished sq ft.  The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath single-story custom home with walkout basement provides all the space necessary for a busy family.  All aspects feature upgrades including lighting, finishes, fixtures, and design.  Comfort upgrades include spray foam insulation, on demand water heater, & zoned high efficient heating.  Purchase of the home includes a 10-year warranty.

Our model home is featured in the Spring 2018 BATC Parade of Homes, with tours starting February 24 through March 25, 2018.  We can also provide private showings of the home upon request – please contact us at  Be sure to check out for event details and mark your calendar for this great event!

Get the best of both worlds with a country-life feel that is 15 minutes from the Twin Cities metro!

Pioneer Ridge Estates Model Home


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