10 Inspiring Exterior House Paint Color Ideas

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    Curb Appeal

    From cool whites and neutrals to melancholy blues and vibrant reds, exterior paint colors are your home's calling card to the world. Calibrate the color right and you'll have a house exterior that welcomes visitors when they roll up to your home. More importantly, the right exterior color will give you joy every time you return home, for years to come.

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    Waterfront Blues

    A Twin Cities builder of high-end properties, Hendel Homes chose a spot-on perfect blue for the exterior of this waterfront cottage. The combination of blue and white exterior colors give this waterfront home a traditional look.

    Gorgeous Blue Waterfront Home from Hendel Homes

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    Desert Oasis

    Like an artist coordinating all elements of a painting, a house color consultant draws in many aspects of a home before choosing the eventual color. Designer and color consultant Kimberly Laten expertly gauged the tan intensity of this Arizona home's stucco exterior based on many factors, including the dazzling blue desert sky and white clouds, lush green lawn, and earthy olive-green succulents.

    Desert Home Exterior from Color Design LLC

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    Farmhouse Charm

    If your dream is a white farmhouse-style home, follow the lead of Wendy Durnwald of the lifestyle blog Life on the Shady Grove. For her "pretend farmhouse," as she puts it, Wendy sought out an elegant white that would steer clear of sterile and dull. After all, for an active property filled with five children and many sheep, things are not boring at all. She chose a soft, warm, and rich white exterior paint color: Sherwin-Williams Roman Column.

    Farmhouse-Style White Exterior from Life on...MORE the Shady Grove

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    Beautified Brick

    When home blogger Traci and husband Cy were tasked with the job of reviving a home exterior in Nashville, they knew the first order of business was to brighten up the brick. Ubiquitous in much of the U.S. South, brick is a hardy, highly functional exterior siding material that looks exactly like what it is: brick.

    Painting brick is the quick solution to those exterior design woes. Traci and Cy began with the Sherwin-Williams color Balanced Beige (SW7037) and had a local Lowe's store shade it...MORE down to a darker, friendlier beige color. The turquoise door (Sherwin-Williams Reflecting Pool) in semi-gloss plays well with the beige paint and the dark natural wood shutters.

    Exterior Home Makeover from Beneath My Heart

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    Craftsman Green

    When you have a gorgeous, sprawling Craftsman style home set in the woods, you'll want an exterior paint color that works with, not against, the environment. The color of this sustainable home, from Asheville architects ACM Design PA, works in perfect harmony with the lush, surrounding trees, as well as with the manufactured stone veneer apron and crisp white trim.

    Sustainable Craftsman Green from ACM Design PA

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    Timeless Contrast

    Without a doubt, it's a look that rarely goes wrong. When you have a traditionally styled home with plenty of trim and accouterments, you best serve that home aesthetically when you increase the trim vs. field color contrast. For the broad white trim of this new-construction home, Illinois-based JB Architecture wisely shaded down the field color's gray to emphasize its difference from the white trim.

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    Tudor Bold

    Tudor-style home exterior paint jobs are characterized by one thing: dark trim against a lighter field wall color. Heidi Nyline of Vancouver, British Columbia's Warline Painting notes that these browns and blacks are a shout-out to ​Tudors' historical past when the trim was made of natural wood that had been oiled and darkened over time.

    What really wins the game, though, is the zesty red front door that beckons owners and visitors alike to visit this gorgeous property.

    Tudor Exterior Home...MORE Color from Warline Painting Ltd.

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    Cottage Blue

    Can you balance blues, whites, and reds on a home exterior without going the full-on patriotic red, white, and blue route?

    Taylor Cabot, a Portland, Oregon architect, did just that with his 1923 cottage. Saying that he most decidedly "did not want the house to look like an American flag," he went with a deeper, shadier blue for the main body of the house. The red, too, was not a bright patriotic red but, like the blue, was shaded down into a darker maroon. 

    Blue Portland Cottage from Castle...MORE & Mason

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    Embrace Brown

    As a professional color consultant who has appeared on HGTV, Ken Roginski knows all about colors. And his advice to homeowners who avoid brown is to not be afraid of darker colors. Brightening the trim dials up the contrast with the brown paint, producing a classic effect that's very easy on the eyes. 

    Florida Foursquare House from Old House Guy

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    Red Punch

    Vibrant red exterior paint graces this townhouse bordering a wetland. This home's color ramps up the vitality with a stately brick-red that stands bold against a backdrop of drizzly Seattle skies.

    Red Exterior Paint from Motion Space Architecture + Design