Another factor you can’t ignore: the style of your house. A hunter green that would look just right on craftsman bungalow or midcentury ranch could be overkill on a farmhouse. Bright, fun colors play well on beach houses in sunny locations, while Victorian homes lend themselves to more muted variations of those tones (for instance, a Carribean blue in Boca versus a slate blue in Boston). “Look up your style of home on Pinterest or Houzz to get an idea of what works,” suggests Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services for Behr Paint Company.
Occasionally, it’s a good idea to strategically work against the style of your house. You can make a ’90s build with eclectic windows look less McMansion by painting it a crisp white, say, or reimagine a cookie-cutter new construction in statement-making black.