The roof, driveway and chimney are existing elements that won't be painted but that should play a role in determining your color choices. For a façade that's partially stone, for example, using a similar color will add visual harmony. If the fixed colors are intense, like a terra-cotta tile roof, a neutral color will bring balance.
The landscaping is another important factor. Select colors that fit in with the surrounding palette. If you have brilliant-colored spring blooming trees or a sea of green foundation plantings, choose colors that will complement them.
Choose a color scheme that is compatible with the other houses in the neighborhood. You don't have to imitate the palette or application exactly, but can put your own individual spin on similar color combinations.
Where you live are bound to affect your choice as you account for the local terrain, seasons, interplay of natural lighting, even history and culture.
Don't paint vinyl siding a much darker colour than its original shade – one or two shades darker is fine, but not more. Unlike metals and wood, which can accept any colour with the proper surface preparation and primer, the increased heat absorption of dark colours can cause vinyl to buckle or warp, ruining an expensive paint job.
It goes without saying that you will want the most durable paint for your exterior surfaces. Talk with your painting contractor or paint store about the different brands and types of paint that will work the best for your specific needs.
You want, high durability & performance, but what does that mean? Resistance to mold & mildew, fade resistance, ease of application & environmentally friendly are just some of the qualities you look for in an exterior paint.
When using a stain, think of whether you want transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid or solid. Each stain provides different levels of protection and opaqueness. It’s best to try the stain on the same time of wood you are going to be using it on to see it’s true coverage and colour as different woods can change the look of the stain.