Exterior Painting Pointers – Exterior Wall Paint Ideas for Suburban Homes

Sprucing up the external façade of your home may mean taking the exterior wall paint into account as well as the garden. Being aware of the different options to choose from will help you to make a decision about which design will suit your home.


You can make your home stand out with the use of contrasting exterior wall paint. Even using it subtly can make a rather dramatic impact depending on the colors used. Limiting the contrasting color to the borders of the windows and doors will create a nice effect without requiring a significant amount of effort.


The previous popularity of pebbledash means it can still be found on a number of properties. This surface covering manages to make a property look rather dated but can be difficult, if not impossible to remove. To improve the look of a pebbledash surface, it is a good idea to apply exterior wall paint. The dowdy look of the brown pebbles can be made vastly better with white paint that is suitable for the pebbles.


If you have any artistic talent, a large expanse of bare wall will be crying out for an image to be added to it! Consider creating a mural on the wall with the use of spray paint or stain, this option will enable you to memorialize special events or obtain the assistance of children in the household so they can contribute to the image. Before beginning any work on the mural, find out whether you require permission to put up the image and which neighboring properties it will be seen by.


Many properties from Tudor periods comprised thick vertical stripes on the upper story, particularly around windows. Use black paint on a white background to create a Tudor effect to the external façade of your home.

Country Cottage

A suburban home can be made to look like a country cottage with some clever application of some exterior wall paint. Images of plants and flowers can be applied to a plain base to make them look as if they are growing from the ground. Paint an image of creeping ivy or similar plant so that it loops up and around the door frame or up the side of the property and beneath the guttering.

Brick Effect

Using an exterior wall paint of the same color as bricks will enable you to create the effect of a different type of masonry. Plain external cladding can be made to look like bricks with the right type of stain. Application of the base coat will allow you to choose the color of the brick that you wish to replicate.

Testing out the paints first will also enable you to determine what colors you are going to use together. It will enable you to use whichever color of ‘grout’ that you think is suitable. To decrease the amount of work it takes, you can merely clean the existing surface of the exterior wall before applying the lines of ‘grout’ in a contrasting color.