Which Exterior Paint Colors Fade the Fastest?

December 09, 2021

Close-up of a hand holding a paintbrush and painting bright yellow paint on a house exterior.

If you’re thinking about painting the exterior of your home or building, it’s important to plan for the long term. While a fresh coat of paint will look great as soon as you put it on, certain exterior paint colors can fade faster than others. By opting for a more fade-resistant option for your home, you can ensure your exterior painting project will continue to look great for years to come. For homeowners throughout the southern United States, choosing a fade-resistant exterior paint color is especially important for holding up to the harsh exposure from the sun.

Which Exterior Colors Should I Avoid?

The color that’s most susceptible to fading in the sunlight is red. This is especially true of intense red colors, which may fade even faster. When driving around the neighborhood, you may have noticed that red is a rather uncommon color on the exterior for homes. Because it can quickly fade and turn to more of a pinkish color, it’s often avoided altogether on home exteriors.

What are the Most Fade-Resistant Colors?

Now that you know what to avoid, you may be wondering which colors are the most fade resistant. Typically, lighter earth tones such as beige and tan are the most stable for exterior applications. As a general rule of thumb, more vibrant colors are likely to fade faster while more neutral tones will hold their color the best.

Additional Considerations for Exterior Paint

In addition to considering different colors, investing in high-quality paint is important for ensuring lasting results. Choosing a durable painting material that’s specifically designed for outdoor applications is essential. At Southern Painting, we are The Interior and Exterior Painting Experts. If you’d like assistance finding the right exterior paint products and colors for your home, contact us today.

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