A fresh coat of paint is often a requirement if you want to attract new tenants to your rental house.

Prospective tenants wouldn’t give your rental property a second look when it has peeling paint and smudgy walls. Also, paint spraying equipment is one of the best options for color work on your property.

Potential tenants will also lose interest in going inside your property for a more thorough viewing if they find its exterior unappealing and shabby.

As a lessor or property manager, you have to remember that the right exterior wall paint can make a positive, lasting impression and help keep the outside of your property looking sharp. An attractive, well-kept facade will boost its overall curb appeal and value.

If you think your rental property appears a bit outdated, the right paint color can give it a newer, more appealing look.

Investing in a paint job before putting your property on the market, therefore, is a good idea that can help make it easier for you to find new tenants in the fastest time possible.

Narrowing Down Your Choices for Your Exterior Paint Colors

Selecting the right color is crucial if you want to have your rental property painted before letting potential tenants view it.

If you pick hues that are dull, your home will look flat and featureless. On the other hand, if you choose colors that are too bold or bright, they can overwhelm the architecture or make your property stand out for the wrong reasons.

Since a lot hinges on your choice of color for your rental property’s exterior, below are some tips that can help you narrow down your options smartly:

  1. Get inspiration from the other houses in your neighborhood.

The colors of neighboring houses can help you limit your choices quickly and efficiently.

If most of the houses in your neighborhood are Victorian, you’ll have to avoid bold, vibrant colors since your home would stick out like a sore thumb.

If many of the neighboring properties are ranch style, consider narrowing down your options to beige, brown, and gray hues, since these colors work best for this type of house.

Take inspiration from the surrounding houses in the neighborhood as a starting point to create your color palette for your rental home’s exterior paint.

  1. Consider your rental property’s architectural style.

Aside from taking into consideration the neighboring houses, you also have to consider your rental property’s architectural style.

Whether you have a ranch-style, rustic cottage, or Mediterranean-inspired home, your exterior paint color palette should complement or be appropriate to its style.

Again, look for inspiration from houses in the neighborhood done in the same style as your rental property.

You don’t have to copy the same palette of these homes unless the local codes state that you have to. However, for a pleasing effect, don’t stray too far from the same hues.

If you are not satisfied with the options, look for an architect or color consultant to help you select suitable hues for your rental house’s architectural style.

  1. Factor in the fixed fixtures on your rental property.

Since you are only investing in a paint job for your rental property, your driveway, pathways, roof shingles or tiles, stonework, and outdoor furniture will stay the same. And they will likely remain unchanged for many years until they need replacing.

Taking the hues of these fixtures into consideration can help you select your exterior paint color palette smartly as well.

Start by looking for undertones among the permanent outdoor fixtures to use in your palette. They could either be warm, with hues of brown, khaki, and rust, or cool, with blue, black, and gray tones.

Once you have determined the undertone, you can choose paint colors that can tie your house exterior to the other fixed outdoor elements on your property.

If you have a front garden, consider the plants and hardscape in your choices too. Hues of green, pastels, and soft neutrals can make your rental house appealing and easy on the eye.

  1. Remember the color wheel rules.

To get the right palette for your rental property, you won’t go wrong with studying and following the basic color wheel rules.

Many successful house exterior paint color combinations comprise three hues:

  • Field color – serves as the background or hue for most of the house surface.
  • Accent color – the color used for and gives life to doors, shutters, and other smaller parts or areas of the house.
  • Trim color – used for window and door casings, railings, roof edging, railings, and other exterior trims.

You can select the three hues by following the guidelines of the color wheel.

Hues in the same family, or monochromatic colors, such as different shades of gray, work well for a house exterior.

Analogous colors, or those next to each other also work well together, as do complementary hues or those opposite each other.

However, avoid going overboard. If you choose an earthy stone shade for the field color, don’t choose white tones as your accent and trim hues since this combination doesn’t work well together.

If you don’t want your rental property to stay unoccupied and unprofitable for a long time, invest in an exterior paint job.

With the right color and the expertise of professional painters, you can have a house that’ll attract potential tenants interested in your home.


Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.