2022 Paint Color Round-Up

2022 Paint Color Round-Up

2022 Paint Color Round-Up

When it comes to painting, color may just be the toughest hurdle to overcome. As a professional Denver painter, we meet with our fair share of homeowners that struggle to find the right paint colors for their home. Looking back at popular paint color trends can often times be a good place to start.

This blog will hopefully offer some guidance as we reflect back on the most popular 2022 color trends. We’ll also make predictions for the 2023 paint season and give you an idea of where to begin on your own color journey. Let’s jump in!

White Paint Colors

Shoji White

Light Reflective Value (LRV): 74

Right off the bat, Sherwin Williams Shoji White has a lot going on. This particular color is a warmer white with yellow and a hint of red in its undertones. It has the potential to look beige, gray, and maybe even taupe in some conditions due to these undertones. In 2022, Shoji White was not the star of the show as whites go, but that is not to say that it’s a terrible color. Possibly better suited indoors, it can look a little washed out on the exterior of a home when paired with cooler features. For a similar warm white that reflects less sunlight outdoors consider Neutral Ground.

Color Swatch of Sherwin Williams Shoji White

Snowbound

LRV: 83

Moving to the opposite end of the spectrum from Shoji White you will find Snowbound. This white has blue undertones galore. Many gravitate towards this color for the clean, sharpness it exudes. You often see this hue on both exterior and interior trim. This white is fairly universal, working with other cool colors extremely well and creating a sharp contrast when paired with a warm tone. Snowbound will continue to reign as the superior queen of cool whites in the new year. Other wonderful cool white options include Nebulous White and the tried and true, Pure White.

Photo of a painted interior in Sherwin Williams Snowbound

Interior painted in Snowbound

Greek Villa

LRV: 84

If you’re having a Goldilocks moment and are thinking to yourself, “Well Snowbound might just be too cool and Shoji is a little too warm…” Greek Villa may be your ‘just right’. It combines both blue and yellow undertones without compromising its brightness. This white seemed to top the charts for folks in 2022 achieving a best of both worlds appearance. We are sure to continue seeing this fresh, crisp color used on both exterior and interior projects.

Color swatch of greek villa

Westhighland White

LRV: 86

The undertones in Westhighland White are soft, but yellow is certainly visible. This helps to steer away from a clinical feel and bring a coziness to the space. Similarly to Shoji, the creaminess in this color can make or break it for many people who are seeking out that clean-cut white. Other suggestions in this family that are more commonly chosen include Alabaster or Creamy as they offer that subtle warmth while still being bright.

Color swatch of Westhighland

Blue & Green Paint Colors

Gale Force

LRV: 6

Navy’s are an extremely popular choice when it comes to home exteriors and this particular shade of blue is a wonderful timeless option. Gale Force has a very low Light Reflective Value that may skew towards black in some light situations. However, I do not think that it’s ability to function well in many different situations is compromised by this detail. If this color family speaks to you, consider Naval or Outerspace for luxe, rich blues. These dark coastal navy’s, will continue to be high up on the list of popular exterior choices for 2023.

Color Swatch of Sherwin Williams Gale Force

Evergreen Fog

LRV: 30

Evergreen Fog is a lovely mid-tone green hue and was our champion Color of the Year for 2022. It has also been incorporated into Sherwin’s 2023 Color Trends Palettes and I believe this shade is here to stay. Working beautifully into exterior and interior schemes, Evergreen Fog seems to tick all the boxes for those wanting to choose colors that are warm and earthy. This color works well to not overwhelm existing spaces with saturation, but also has enough oomph to create an accent easily and effortlessly. I am looking forward to seeing it continue to transform and beautify homes inside and out.

Photo of a Denver bungalow painted SW Evergreen fog

Denver exterior painted in Evergreen Fog

Other notable greens include Escape Gray and Pewter Green. Escape Gray offers a softer green hue than Evergreen Fog and incorporates gray into its undertones. On the other hand, if you want a more saturated green, consider Rookwood Dark Green to deliver more of a punch on your exterior or an interior accent wall.

 

 

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Gray Paint Colors

Peppercorn

LRV: 10

I can say for certain that when Peppercorn is mentioned to my fellow Color Consultants and me, we are quite excited! This hue is completely unique in that it combines blacks and browns like you would expect to see in the actual spice. There is an unusual depth and warmth to the color that is lost in other shades of black and dark gray. With that being said, this is absolutely going to be in the forecasts for 2023 projects. It functions well as both the main character and in a supporting role. It can be customized to work well over a wide span of design goals.

Color swatch of Sherwin Williams Peppercorn

Dovetail

LRV: 26

Dovetail is a mid-tone greige with a good amount of warmth to it. The brown undertones here make it inviting and help to make this color applicable to many different projects. However, there are stronger contenders in the Sherwin Williams gray color sphere. These include Acier and Dorian Gray which are definite close relatives to Dovetail but less saturated making them a bit lighter on the eyes. 

Photo of an exterior home painted in Sherwin Williams Dovetail

Exterior painted in Dovetail

Summit Gray

LRV: 30

Another mid-tone gray, Summit Gray, shows off more of a warm, purple undertone. It’s easy on the eyes and does not call too much attention to itself. That makes this color malleable to a variety of schemes and able to function both inside and outside well. Grays certainly top the list for exterior schemes as they feel modern and updated. Though warm tones are the big predictions for 2023, grays will absolutely make their way onto many homes this year. Other popular colors in this family are Tin Lizzie, Cityscape, and Grizzle Gray.

color swatch of Sherwin Williams Summit Gray

Repose Gray

LRV: 58

When talking about very light gray colors like Repose Gray, I find it to be even more crucial to view the color in many different lighting conditions. There have been clients in the past who have chosen a hue similar to this one only to be underwhelmed with its actual ‘grayness’. It other words, it appears closer to white. With Repose Gray’s high LRV, this can be expected that under intense light the tone reflects much more than anticipated and loses what little depth it had to begin with. Due to the unpredictable nature of colors like this, opt for grays with more saturation like Mindful Gray.

Color swatch of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Beige Paint Colors

Kilim Beige

LRV: 57

Kilim Beige is often a great jumping off point when deciding on color in the beige family. This hue can be helpful in deciding whether you want to go lighter or darker with your scheme. It can also be the perfect mid-tone color for those wanting a warm tone without being so heavily brown. It feels modern, but also ages well. For a darker beige consider Antler Velvet. If Kilim Beige feels too dark to you, give Natural Linen a shot.

Photo of exterior painting of a Littleton home with Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige

Exterior painted in Kilim Beige

Accessible Beige

LRV: 58

For a cool-toned beige, Accessible Beige is a solid option. Again, something to keep in mind is that this hue is very susceptible to appearing white or gray in intense light conditions due to its lightness. When I consider what people often look for in a beige, this is not the first color to come to mind. Accessible Beige is certainly light and airy, but to really make a contrast in most schemes, I would opt for a more saturated brown like Shiitake or Loggia.

color swatch of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

 

I hope this 2022 recap is a helpful tool for your 2023 projects. As always, I encourage you to view your color choices with sample sheets or test quarts to consider under many different lighting conditions. This is the best way to make a comprehensive decision on what colors you love the most!

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Is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace a Good White Paint?

Is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace a Good White Paint?

Is Chantilly Lace a Good White Paint Color

When considering the wide array of whites that are offered by top paint companies, Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace OC-65 has topped many a list and blog. Controversial as it may be, I will be discussing the distinct attributes of this color and why it’s probably the last color you should be painting on your home. Don’t fret though! I will offer other suggestions with explanations as to why the hues will function much better for you than Chantilly Lace.

image of benjamin moore chantilly lace color swatch

Chantilly Lace High Light Reflectance Value 

To begin, Chantilly Lace is Benjamin Moore’s whitest white. Initially this sounds perfect for achieving that crisp, bright white that many search for. However, if we look at the Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of this hue we learn that it sits at 90.04 out of 100. That is an extremely stark white and it reflects nearly all the light that hits it. In direct sunlight it is sure to be an eyesore, even blinding. If you were to paint the inside of your living room with Chantilly Lace it would even reflect the colors of your furniture. So if you happen to have a red couch, for example, the room would pick up those pink tones. 

Chantilly Lace Undertones 

Chantilly Lace’s high LRV is partly due to the fact that it lacks easily identifiable undertones. That makes it quite unpredictable and there is a higher probability for Chantilly Lace to be sterile and cold. Most people want the color they see on the swatch to appear as true as possible. With the nature of Chantilly Lace, it is quite impossible for that to happen. Don’t shy away from the idea of having touches of yellow, green, or blue in your white undertones. The undertones are key to getting to a white that is balanced and will read true to your unique environment.

photo of an interior painted in Sherwin williams snowbound

Sherwin Williams Snowbound

Preferred White Paint Colors

Whites that fare much better in direct sunlight indoors or outdoors include cool-toned Snowbound and Eider White from Sherwin William’s. Similarly, Benjamin Moore offers Oxford White and Paper White for similar blue-based whites. 

The blue undertones in the white will help to achieve that fresh white color with a modern feel. If you want to opt for a timeless warm toned white, Sherwin Williams’ Dover White and Creamy will be better suited for the project. For Benjamin Moore, consider Mountain Peak White and Dove Wing. The addition of a bit of yellow goes a long way to make a home feel inviting and warm instead of clinical when it comes to the perfect hue of white.

photo of dining area painted in Benjamin moore mountain peak

Benjamin Moore Mountain Peak

Your Home Environment

Taking into account the current hue of your home will drastically change the amount of time you invest into your paint project. If your paint colors currently have pigment to them or are on the darker side, you will have to invest much more labor and much more paint to achieve full coverage with a color like Chantilly Lace. To make painting effortless, opt for a hue that has an undertone that can stand up to what’s on your home now. If your project is starting with a warm tone color, use Sherwin Williams’ Ice Cube or Benjamin Moore’s Vanilla Milkshake to assist in the transition. On the other hand if your project is beginning with a cooler tone, you can combat this by choosing whites like Benjamin Moore’s Moonlight White, Cloud White, or Sherwin’s Alabaster.

Conclusion

To recap, Chantilly Lace’s LRV, unrecognizable undertones, and light coverage makes it a very difficult color to work with. The environment drastically changes the look and feel of any color. That’s why it is imperative to take into account the direction your surfaces face, the amount of natural versus artificial light, and the fixed features or furniture and decor that will be in the space. Especially with whites, having a true paint sample to consider under all lighting conditions is the only way to make a well thought-out decision. 

I hope this has given you a new perspective on a “favorite” white and insight on your color journey! For more color inspiration, visit our Instagram or learn more on colors HERE.  

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Sherwin Williams 2023 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams 2023 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams 2023 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams 2023 Color of the Year is Redend Point! As 2022 comes to a close, we look to the new year and prepare for a season of healing, understanding, and unification. Sherwin Williams 2023 color of the year, Redend Point SW 9081, aligns well with these initiatives as it is all about personal wellbeing. 

As a Denver exterior and interior painter, Kind Home Painting Company receives a lot of questions about the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year. You can find out if this years color is the right fit for you and your home by setting up a free painting estimate HERE.

Redend Point

Color can evoke feelings such as excitement, compassion and calmness. When thought is put into your paint color choices, it can reflect your best style and personality. Color is inspired by the things we wear, where we travel, the food we eat, the books we read, and the things we watch. Color has the ability to inspire, relax, and make you feel safe, yet playful. With such a great impact, it’s easy to see why color plays such an important role in our lives.  As we reflect on the past year and what’s to come, Redend Point tells us that 2023 will be a year of rejuvenation and connection.

We were not surprised to see Sherwin Williams chose a neutral paint color, but admittedly we were a bit taken back by their choice. Redend Point SW 9081 is a medium beige with pink undertones. Redend Point is a lighter version of the red, orange Rockwood Terra Cotta SW 2803 that gained some popularity in 2022. When we look at this color we feel it embodies that effortless, earthy, free-spirited boho style. From a world traveler, to the rocky mountains, you can be sure to express your eclectic style through this neutral, earth toned hue. 

photo of a bathroom with walls painted redend point

Redend Point Exterior Painting

Redend Point also gives us southwest adobe vibes due to the raw clay-like coloring. We picture this type of exterior paint in desert climates where it can work with the natural landscape to blend in. Although we don’t anticipate this color being right for everyone, this earth-toned beige would work well as an exterior paint color on a stucco home. While Redend Point can work within the proper environment and neighborhood, we feel that it is best suited for interior spaces.

Redend Point Interior Painting

Your interior is sure to create some inspiration when visualizing this color in your home. Try Redend Point in a powder room, as an accent wall, in an office, child’s bedroom, or even your laundry room for a splash of color and change of pace. This color can really help any space feel cozy and welcoming.

When painting interiors, color gives you the ability to express yourself. When you add different color combinations it can provide an outlet to display your favorite treasures, trinkets, and memorabilia. You can complement any color with a textured rug, curtains, pottery, artwork, decor, and plants. We’d love to see this color paired with Sherwin Williams Rainstorm SW 6230 as an accent. You can create an impactful mood when mixing colors, but it must be done tastefully with many layers to harmonize mixed patterns and textures. This look is very on trend right now, so it’s a great way to venture out of the typical gray or white neutrals.

photo of interior office with walls painted redend point

Whether your goal is to brighten up your space or make it feel more airy, you can neutralize Redend Point SW 9081 with different accents such as Ripe Olive SW 6209. We love the depth that Ripe Olive gives as it counteracts with the beige. The two colors really balance each other out. We also love the idea of using Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany SW 2838 for added richness and a timeless look. The beautiful thing about painting is you can use your imagination and take risks. Remember, smaller spaces are perfect for trying out new colors. You can always change smaller accent walls and doors rather than painting your whole house again.

Cons of Redend Point

Some of the con’s we’ve heard about Redend is that this paint color looks similar to a beige band-aid. Remember, everyone sees color differently and there is no wrong or right answer here. It’s all about how the color makes you feel and how it pairs with your surroundings. You can do a variety of things to best balance the color without feeling too saturated or too bland. When considering this color we always encourage you to get actual paint samples. 

Undertones and Paint Samples

Each paint color has undertones. When different lighting interacts with the paint it will pull out more of the undertones. This can change how it looks within a space. If you get actual paint samples from your local Sherwin Williams we suggest you paint the color on a big piece of posterboard. That way you can tape it up in a variety of places and see it in different light and surroundings. 

Remember, lighting changes everything! In a North facing room your colors tend to look cooler and darker, while in a South facing room colors tend to look brighter. Light, shade, and different colored light bulbs will also affect your paint colors. Make sure to test your paint samples in different lighting to make sure you are happy with your colors!

Conclusion

Overall, Redend Point has the potential to bring some warmth and pep to your home. We think it is best suited for interiors, but can work well as an exterior paint given the right substrate and environment. This color pairs nicely with a variety of colors, so we think we will see some really creative uses of Sherwin Williams 2023 color of the year, Redend Point!

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Our Favorite Fall Color Schemes for 2022

As Autumn rolls in, the fall foliage finally starts to arrive and those luscious summer greens turn to hues of gold, orange and deep reds. We are here to embrace the cozy earth tones and welcome a new season of comfort for your inviting exterior sanctuary. If you are painting your home before winter arrives, the fall colors may inspire your paint color choices. To help you with your fall color inspiration, we tapped our professional color consultant, Lexi, to dish out her favorite fall color schemes for 2022.

 

Here are our top four fall exterior color schemes we are loving in 2022:

 

Fall Color Scheme #1

If you want a medium brown for the body of your home, Nuthatch SW 6088 is a perfect choice. It is a grounding color that represents stability. It pairs beautifully with a deep brown roof for just the right amount of contrast. Since Nuthatch is a rich brown we want to brighten up the trim to add some interest to your color scheme. 

image of color schemes featuring nuthatch

We chose Nacre SW 6154, which is an off white with a tinge of greige as the undertone. As for accent color, we love a dramatic front door. For lovers of rich colors that pop, Merlot SW 2704 for you. Merlot is a deep purple with undertones of deep red. This color makes us want to cozy up right by a fire with our favorite book! This color palette is inviting and will be sure to bring you depth and happiness. 

 

Fall Color Scheme #2

We are always here for a cool, earthy green to compliment the fall shades of gold, browns, and reds. We chose Sage SW 2860 out of Sherwin Williams Historic Collection. Sage is forever a timeless look. Sage represents wisdom, harmony, and nature. 

Let’s add a little contrast and lighten up the trim with Natural Linen SW 9109.  Natural Linen is a neutral that can almost look white when the sunlight hits it. Natural Linen is the perfect happy medium because it’s not too stark (like a true white) and not too warm, so it doesn’t look washed out. It’s polite without being too overpowering. We love it because it’s not overly saturated with green, yet muted down with the perfect amount of gray and a splash of yellow.

image of color scheme featuring sage

Fall Color Scheme #3

As we continue to see darker exterior paint colors trending this year, richer, deeper hues of browns are getting utilized. We love Virtual Taupe SW 7039 for its mixture of warmth and coolness. It is a medium brown with green and gray undertones that would pair perfectly with a lighter, neutral stone on your home. We chose Neutral Ground SW 7568 to help balance the robustness of Virtual Taupe. Neutral Ground SW 7568, just as it says in the title, is a neutral off white that can even be considered a greige. 

Now for the accent, we are obsessed with Inkwell SW 6992. It is not your average black because it has undertones of a moody blue. Once you get up close and the light hits just right, you will see what we are talking about. We always encourage a strong front door, as it is the gateway to your beautiful home. We love Polished Mahogany SW 2838. It is a sophisticated and elegant color, and happens to also be in the Sherwin Williams Historic Collection. It is sure to be a showstopper that represents strength. If you are unable to get a natural mahogany door, we recommend this luxurious color to fill the gap. 

image of color scheme featuring virtual taupe

Fall Color Scheme #4

To round out our list, we give you one of our favorite fall-inspired color schemes… Shiitake SW 9173 remains a favorite body color. It feels grounded, organic, and peaceful. It is a perfect neutral that can do both gray and beige. To give Shiitake contrast we chose a classic trim color, Creamy SW 7012. Creamy is great because it doesn’t have an overbearing yellowish undertone and it’s not too cool, which means it won’t create too much contrast. It’s smooth, silky, and here to be seen. 

image of color scheme featuring shitake

We chose Eastlake Gold SW 0009 for our front door accent color. It reminds us of a golden maple leaf that is not too saturated and not too dull– it hits just right, creating a cohesive flow for your favorite place! Golden hues create a feeling of divinity, luxury, and a warm welcome.

 

Best Fall Paint Color Schemes

Please keep in mind that there can be some changes to paint colors when applied. Virtual colors appear different, which is why we always recommend testing your colors, either by getting test samples or using a service like samplize (peel and stick samples). It’s always a great idea to see your colors on your exterior or in your interior space so you can see how they appear in different lighting.

We hope that these palettes will help keep you connected to Mother Earth with grace and style. The fun thing about these color schemes is you can always mix and match. They are everlasting and will remain versatile. Be sure to follow our Instagram for more ideas and color trends! 

If you are needing Exterior Painting services in Denver, you can submit for a Free Estimate HERE. And if you need help with color selections, one of our talented Color Consultants would be more than happy to assist you.

Most Popular White Paint Colors In 2022

Most Popular White Paint Colors In 2022

Most Popular White Paint Colors In 2022

If you’ve ever had the tedious task of selecting a white paint color then you know just how overwhelming it can be.  You might think picking a white paint color would be simple, but Sherwin Williams alone has nearly 100 whites to choose from. That’s a whole lot of options so we put together this list of our most popular white paint colors in 2022 to help you narrow down your choices. 

Alabaster

Starting off with a classic, Alabaster SW 7008 from Shewin Williams is tried and true. This is a very classic white that can be used on both interiors and exteriors. What we love about Alabaster is that it’s what would be considered a “true” white but it has a little bit of warmth in it. This helps it not feel too sharp or too cold. We always recommend this white color for clients that want a clean white to pair with natural elements or warmer features like brick, stone, and warm-toned roof shingles.

photo of exterior painted sw alabaster

Alabaster SW 7008

Snowbound

If you like a little bit of a cooler look to your white, then you have to try Snowbound SW 7004. This is a perfect white to pair with cooler body colors like navy blue or the always popular blue gray. We particularly like to see this white used as a trim color on a home that does not have any brick or stone. It creates a clean, crisp finish that feels contemporary and bright. 

photo of interior painted in sw snowbound

Snowbound SW 7004

Pacer White

Pacer White SW 6098 is a newer addition to our most popular whites, but clients can’t seem to get enough of it. Pacer White is great for both body or trim colors and it brings a softer finish to the overall look. We really love to see this paired with other warm colors like greiges and taupes, because it adds contrast without sharpness. Pacer White does have a slightly yellow undertone, so if you want something a bit more modern then check out some of our other options below. 

interior painted in sw pacer white

Pacer White SW 6098

Panda White

This is another great option to consider if you’re looking for a white body color. Panda White SW 6147 is quite similar to Pacer White, but has less yellow undertones and more of a red undertone. This helps bring a lot of warmth to the color scheme. We love to see this paired with a darker trim like Black Fox SW 7020. It’s a great way to achieve the modern farmhouse look without using a stark black and white color combination. Warmer tones like this make your home feel more welcoming and approachable.

Nacre

If you have red brick then you absolutely must consider Nacre SW 6154 as a possible trim color. We recommend this beautiful Sherwin Williams color constantly for our clients who have a predominantly warm red brick home; it can create a wonderful contrast without the sharpness of a white like Alabaster. The warmth of Nacre works harmoniously with the red brick to establish a unified and timeless look.

Shoji White

Looking for a modern and contemporary white that isn’t too warm or too cool? Shoji White SW 7042 is the perfect white for you then! Shoji has held it’s popularity for the last few years and we don’t see any signs of it slowing down anytime soon. This is a great option for both interiors and exteriors and is most commonly used as a body or wall color. It has a touch of warmth, and a slight touch of gray, which makes it feel very dynamic and allows it to work in a variety of spaces with many different features.

victorian exterior painted in sw shoji white

Shoji White SW 7042

How to Choose the Perfect White Paint Color

Our best advice when it comes to white is don’t play it safe. We see a lot of clients who take the easy way out and just ask for a “stock white”. Although these do exist, and in a pinch can be a great option, the whites with a little more pigment and dimension will provide better coverage. Plus, they’ll look more intentional and sophisticated. White colors do not have to be boring and choosing the right white paint color for your exterior or interior painting project can create a very interesting overall look. As always, we do recommend you pick up some samples to test your paint out before beginning your project. 

For more color inspiration, be sure to check out our Instagram. If you are struggling to find the right color for your project, we suggest you read a little more about Color Consultations HERE. One of our talented Color Consultants would be more that happy to assist you in choosing your colors!

What you should know about HOAs & Paint Colors

What you should know about HOAs & Paint Colors

What you should know about HOAs & Paint Colors

 

What To Know About HOAs

As a Denver painter that handles projects in neighborhoods throughout the entire metro area, we deal with a lot of HOAs (Home Owner Associations). If you are considering painting your home, one of the first things you need to know is if you have an HOA. If you do, it is vital that you have an idea of what it’s like to work with your HOA. Depending on the HOA, getting HOA approval for your desired colors can take some time. Certain HOAs can be fairly strict, so it is important to plan ahead of time if you want to get your project completed in a timely manner. Keep reading to learn more about HOAs and what you can expect when getting your paint colors approved.  

How long does HOA color approval take?

We get this question asked all the time: how long does HOA approval take? This can be a tricky question to answer. Every HOA is different. Some HOAs have very quick turnaround times for color approval while others can take months. It really depends on the size of your HOA and how they handle inquiries for different projects. We always suggest that you figure out the color schemes that your HOA approves of before beginning your color selection process. 

One of our favorite HOAs to work with is HRCA, Highlands Ranch HOA. They are very responsive and will get colors approved in no time at all. They are also fairly flexible with their residents’ color choices. This allows their homeowners to exercise a little more creativity and control over their color options. 

An HOA that a recent client struggled to get color approval from was West Gold Meadows HOA. This particular HOA is located in Castle Rock, CO. This client had their colors denied twice and took roughly 7 weeks to get approval. We aren’t throwing shade at West Gold! But we wanted to include a real example from a local HOA. In our experience, there are a lot of HOAs that can be a bit more strict on colors and may have a longer turnaround time similar to West Gold. This can be due to staffing issues and the type of homes that make up the neighborhood. 

photo of a blue denver exterior home

How do I find my HOA colors?

Homeowners can sometimes struggle to even locate their HOA online, let alone figure out how to best submit colors. Finding your HOA approved color schemes can be a challenge sometimes. For some HOAs you may be able to find their pre-approved colors at Sherwin Williams. Sherwin tends to keep HOA colors on file for clients, but that isn’t the case for every HOA. 

You can typically find your HOA online if you do a simple search for your neighborhood, city or county, plus the keyword “HOA”. From your HOA website you may need to register with your HOA if you have yet to do so. After that you should be able to submit a request through the resident portal. Or you may need to email them for color approval. The process may be a little different for each HOA, but should be fairly simple. When submitting your colors be sure to include the paint color name and paint code.  

Be sure to check out our previous blogs about some specific HOAs and our favorite approved colors:

5 HOA friendly colors 

Our favorite Highland Ranch HOA color schemes 

Broomfield’s most HOA friendly colors

Top 10 Tallyn’s Reach color schemes

How to submit colors to HRCA

 

Why do HOAs deny colors?

Some HOAs can be more strict than others. Your HOA may deny colors if they don’t fall under their specified guidelines for what they allow. This is because HOAs often have desired color schemes to create a cohesive look throughout the neighborhood. It also helps them to exercise a little control over the look and feel of the homes. You should be able to find your HOAs approved colors on their website. This is a good place to start when selecting colors. 

photo of a highlands ranch exterior home

Can my painter help with HOA approval?

Your painter may be able to help find your HOA online or they may have knowledge of your specific HOA and the color schemes that they approve. However, you will need to personally submit to your HOA for color approval; your painter won’t be able to do this for you. 

Your painter may be able to suggest some fairly HOA safe colors schemes as well to get you started in the right direction.

What about a color consultant?

Professional color consultants are extremely knowledgeable about color schemes that work for HOAs. If you are struggling at all with your color selection, we always suggest getting some insight from a certified color consultant. They will help you easily narrow down colors and find the perfect fit for your home, your preferences and your HOA requirements.

Check out our Color Consultation page to learn more about our color consultation services.

And if you are ready to get some pricing for your paint project, you can easily request a quote HERE. Thanks for reading! We hope this answered some of your questions about Home Owner Associations and getting color approval for your paint project.

photo of a kind home painting estimator