Age of the Home
For some homes, choosing colors that will match the homes architecture is critical. For example, A fluorescent colored Victorian paint job that looks splendid in Alameda will seem out of place in a suburban neighborhood like Redwood City. Consider the look and feel of the home when browsing through potential color palettes.
The house across the street can give you paint color ideas, but don’t copy your neighbor exactly. Choose colors that set your house apart, without sticking out like a sore thumb. Go around the block and look for colors you like.
Around your house, the landscaping will bring inspiration to all the color palettes you need. A neighborhood with lots of trees may suggest an earthy palette of greens and browns. A newer track community is a good spot to use darker, more modern colors. Even the park across the yard can inspire exciting color combinations.