Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and California Paints offer free exterior and interior paint color charts on their websites. Each chart allows a user to select a primary color and then narrow color options by hue and paint type.
Benjamin Moore's color gallery provides access to its complete catalog of more than 3,400 paint colors. Sherwin-Williams breaks down their available colors by nine families that include over 1,500 shades. The company also claims to have the highest customer-satisfaction rating among retailers. California Paints offers both timeless classics and undiscovered trends, and designers ranked its online gallery number one in a blind test, according to BLC Painting. Each company also offers a variety of stains. In addition to color choices, advice regarding color combinations and accenting is also available.
Each company suggests that an exterior paint or stain serves as a structure's first defense in protection against the elements. Quality, type, preparation and application directly determine how well it achieves that goal and how long it lasts. Attributes to look for include durability and resistance to mold and mildew. Resistance to fading and ultraviolet radiation are also important color considerations. Information regarding the environmental impact of the paint or stain type and color is also readily available on each company's website.