Deciding what color to paint your house is a big decision that will have daily consequences for years to come. Choosing a light neutral exterior paint color such as white, beige or gray is a safe bet that won't upset the neighbors and will ensure that your house remains buyer-ready if you don't plan to live in it forever. Darker neutrals such as charcoal or black are a popular choice with a bit more edge but require more elbow grease to repaint if you or your real estate agent decides it's time to brighten the mood.
Timeless, crowd-pleasing colors like blue, yellow, red, or green are go-to exterior paint colors that add a hint of personality without stealing the show. And if you love bold color, live in a place where you are allowed to paint your house any color that you want, and are looking to make a statement, there is a world of vibrant hues to choose from that will give your home some stand-out personality and unforgettable curb appeal.
Here are some wide ranging exterior paint color ideas on a variety of houses in a range of styles and settings that will give you some inspiration for choosing a paint color for your home. Remember that paint colors look different in online image galleries and on paint store swatches than they do in real life, where everything from the time of day to the orientation of your home and the light quality where you live will have an effect on the overall look.
To save yourself from disappointment and unnecessary expense, architect Jimmy Crisp of Millbrook, NY-based Crisp Architects offers this wise piece of advice: "Always paint samples on the exterior before ordering the paint."
Here are 70 exterior paint colors to inspire you.
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This 1920's Spanish-style home in Long Beach, California from Blanco Bungalow was a fixer-upper that was restored to its original charm, painted with low lustre paint in a clean shade of white that highlights the curves of the stucco and adds contrast with the traditional terracotta tile roof.
Paint used: Behr Ultra Pure White
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A coat of warm-toned black paint that leans towards the color of tree bark makes this A-frame cabin from AHG Interiors feel warm and inviting, and perfectly at home in its woodsy storybook setting in the Catskills of New York surrounded by lush green mountains and towering trees.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Black Beauty 2128-10
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Swedish Barn Red
Dark, saturated Falu red barns, fisherman's cottages, and other structures are iconic architectural fixtures in Sweden, and the style has long since captured the world's imagination and been copied around the globe. In this Swedish country house from Fantastic Frank, deep red siding is contrasted with bright white trim, a classic combination that could work anywhere for a timeless feel that will never go out of style.
Paint suggestion: Clare VintageContinue to 4 of 70 below.
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This renovated Cape Cod-style home from AHG Interiors is painted in a deep, dark shade of navy blue, with green undertones that help it to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. White trim adds contrast and a gray slate roof is the perfect complement.
Paint used: Farrow & Ball Hague Blue Number 30
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While original Craftsman bungalows were typically painted in earth tones such as greens and browns, today you can find them in a rainbow of colors. This renovation from A Beautiful Mess traded traditional earth tones for a cheerful shade of salmony pink, contrasted with white paint on the trim to accentuate the historic architectural details on the columns, front porch, and window and door frames.
Paint used: Sherwin Williams Salmon River RunContinue to 6 of 70 below.
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This lakefront home from Crisp Architects is painted in a soothing medium-toned olive green with a subtly grayish cast that adds definition while blending in with the tranquil natural surroundings. A rhubarb red front door adds contrast and marks the entrance.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Kennebunkport Green (siding), Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 (trim), Benjamin Moore Rhubarb (front door)
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Paint designer Annie Sloan used two shades of mood-boosting yellow on the red brick exterior of this Victorian U.K. home that brings on the sunshine in any weather and gives the historic facade with its stunning stained glass doors a cheerful and vibrant lift.
Paint used: Annie Sloan English Yellow (door frame) and Annie Sloan Tilton (porch)
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The stucco exterior of this home from Martha O'Hara Interiors is painted in a soft taupe that adds warmth to the sprawling facade. Black trim adds a graphic modern touch and echoes the sculptural trunks of the trees that define the front landscaping.
Paint used: Sherwin-Williams White Heron 7627 (exterior stucco), Sherwin-Williams Black Magic 6991 (exterior soffit/fascia)
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In this charming Swedish cottage from Fantastic Frank, siding painted chocolate brown adds warmth that complements the earthy tones of the red tile roof and contrasts with crisp white trim, shutters, and picture perfect picket fence.
Paint suggestion: Clare Coffee DateContinue to 10 of 70 below.
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Warm Gray + White Trim
Finding Lovely painted this 1879 New England farmhouse in a moody dark gray with indigo undertones. The gray paint is set off by creamy white paint that highlights the character of the Victorian window trim and front porch detailing. The front door is painted in a high gloss pale aqua with a blue-green cast and a hint of gray to add a touch of modernity to the historic facade.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Charcoal Slate (exterior), Benjamin Moore Catalina Blue (front door)
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Pale yellow paint adds a hint of glowing color to the facade of this historic home renovation from Crisp Architects set in horse country and surrounded by rolling hills. White trim and black shutters maintain the classic look.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash HC-174 (siding), Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 (trim), Benjamin Moore Black HC-190 (shutters)Continue to 12 of 70 below.
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Dark Blue + White + Pink Door
Martha O'Hara Interiors painted this family home in Prior Lake, MN in a deep blue, with off-white trim and a soft pink door with a touch of gray that complements terracotta planters flanking the entrance and outdoor fabric on the front porch furniture that is set up to accommodate a crowd.
Paint used: Sherwin-Williams Still Water 6223 (exterior), Sherwin-Williams Origami White 7636 (trim), Farrow & Ball Calamine (door)Continue to 13 of 70 below.
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Randell Design Group used pre-weathered zinc cladding in a soft shade of gray on the exterior of this U.K. house, combined with gray brick for a textural feel that looks modern and complements the lush green lawn.
Cladding used: VMZINC Quartz
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White + Black
This home from Crisp Architects demonstrates why an elegant white house with black shutters is a timeless choice that looks good day or night and in any season or weather. With a blanket of snow on the ground and golden light emanating from every window, it's a textbook definition of a warm and welcoming home. While the house appears stark white from a distance, a closer look reveals that the exterior paint color has a touch of off-white warmth. The trim is painted in a cooler shade of white to add definition. And those black shutters are actually painted in a deep nearly black shade of green that reveals the nuances of faux black. A mahogany stained front door adds elegance.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Crisp Linen CSP-305 (exterior), Essex Green HC-188 (shutters), Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152 (trim)
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White + Pink Door
This brick house from A Beautiful Mess has a painted satin white exterior and a blushing pink door, with cacti lining the entry steps that adds some greenery and visual interest to the facade.
Paint used: Sherwin-Williams Marshmallow (house exterior), Noble Blush by BEHR (front door)
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This 1930s Tudor revival home in Boise, ID has a storybook allure. Smoky deep blue paint stands in for the brown tones that are typically used to highlight the signature half timber detailing of Tudor architecture, providing contrast with the white and brick of the rest of the facade.
Paint suggestion: Clare Goodnight MoonContinue to 17 of 70 below.
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Pistachio green paint on the exterior with lighter and darker shades on the gable and front door gives this artists retreat from Crisp Architects a wash of color that blends in with the palette of greens in the surrounding landscape.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams Jardin SW6723 (siding), Sherwin-Williams Glimmer SW6476 (gable siding), Simply White OC-117 (trim), Benjamin Moore Essex Green HC-188 (front door)Continue to 18 of 70 below.
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Martha O'Hara Interiors used clean off-white paint to give this modern farmhouse-style new build a classic feel.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17Continue to 19 of 70 below.
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Jessie Tobias Design painted this waterfront house in a deep blue shade that echoes the lake and is carried through to the deck chairs on the weathered wood dock.
Paint suggestion: Farrow & Ball Ultra Marine BlueContinue to 20 of 70 below.
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This New England country home from Crisp Architects shows off the simple beauty of a clean coat of white paint that complements the classic architecture, brick chimneys, gray roof, pretty windows, and natural mahogany front door.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore White OC-151Continue to 21 of 70 below.
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Sandy Beige + Raw Stone
This coastal Southern California modern farmhouse-style home from White Sands Design Build is painted in a sandy shade of beige that complements the raw stone facade and feels right in the beach-adjacent setting.
Paint suggestion: Clare Neutral TerritoryContinue to 22 of 70 below.
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Sandra Foster used flat white paint on her tiny Victorian cottage in the Catskills of New York to highlight its fairy tale charm, while a green-colored roof blends in with the woodsy surroundings.
Paint suggestion: Clare Snow DayContinue to 23 of 70 below.
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Pale Blue + White
This Florida home from interior designer Maite Granda has a two-tone wash of sky blue and clean white that gives it a breezy coastal feel.
Paint suggestion: Clare Frozen (upper siding), Benjamin Moore Chalk White (exterior)Continue to 24 of 70 below.
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The color of your home will vary according to the time of day and the quality of the light. A soft shade of pistachio green on this Litchfield County, CT home from Crisp Architects has a taupe-y appearance as night falls that sets it apart from the dark greens of the surrounding landscape.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Kittery Point Green (exterior), Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 (trim)Continue to 25 of 70 below.
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Denim Blue + Cream
Rich denim blue is complemented with wintry white trim to highlight the columns and architectural details of this classic two-story home.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Bainbridge Blue 749 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Frostine AF-5 (trim)Continue to 26 of 70 below.
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Soft White + Slate Gray Trim
This Coral Gables, FL home by Maite Granda is painted in a soft shade of white, with gunmetal gray paint on the door frame, handrails, and trim that adds definition.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore White OC-151 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Gunmetal 1602 (trim)
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This 1923 Craftsman bungalow has a fresh coat of greenish-gray earth toned paint that honors the original aesthetics of the home.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams Mountain RoadContinue to 28 of 70 below.
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Blush Pink + Pale Green
This Mediterranean-style home from Fantastic Frank is softened with pale salmon pink paint complemented with delicate sage green exterior wood shutters and doors that look like they've faded naturally in the sun.
Paint suggestion: Farrow & Ball Pink Ground (exterior), Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre (shutters and doors)Continue to 29 of 70 below.
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Mindy Gayer Design Co. favors neutral paint on home exteriors, like this Southern California home painted in a bright and rich shade of white with warm undertones that make it feel inviting rather than stark.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
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Teal blue paint with a touch of gray gives this beach house from Michelle Berwick Design a slightly weathered allure that pays homage to the coastal Canadian setting.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Bella BlueContinue to 31 of 70 below.
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White + Black + Red
This modern farmhouse style New York home designed by Crisp Architects has a traditional palette of white and black, with a bright red door to give it some sass.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 (siding), Benjamin Moore Black (shutters), Benjamin Moore Heritage Red (front door)Continue to 32 of 70 below.
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This classic soft yellow house from Charles Almonte Architecture / Interior Design has white trim and a factory finish black roof and door. A stained Ipe hardwood staircase with a reddish tint adds contrast.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Pale Moon OC-108 (siding), Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 (trim), Minwax Currant (staircase)
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Mindy Gayer Design Co. used soft white paint to contrast with the glass and black metal doors and outdoor sconces of this Spanish-style Southern California contemporary home that complements the Moroccan limestone flooring that runs from the entryway to the backyard.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17Continue to 34 of 70 below.
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Martha O'Hara Interiors painted the facade of this home in a soft greige, adding definition with steely gray shutters and a deep gray hue on the front door.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Nimbus 1465 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Gunmetal 1602 (shutters), Benjamin Moore Graphite 1603 (front door)Continue to 35 of 70 below.
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This Mallorca home from Fantastic Frank is finished in a warm and vivid orange stucco that adds eye-catching color and texture that fits in with the Spanish island setting.Continue to 36 of 70 below.
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Randell Design Group chose pre-painted Russwood Scotlarch cladding with an opaque black finish to give this modern A-frame home a crisp and graphic feel.
Paint used: Teknos Jet Black RAL9005 and Ebony F1046Continue to 37 of 70 below.
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Pink + Gray
Bubblegum pink paint on the exterior and warm gray shutters is a classic color pairing that gives this imposing two-story Andover, MA home a friendly and approachable feel.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Elephant Pink 2087-70 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Gray Gardens CSP-55 (shutters)Continue to 38 of 70 below.
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White Sands Design Build chose a soft neutral off-white without gray or yellow undertones to complement the Moorish facade of this 1929 bungalow in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams AlabasterContinue to 39 of 70 below.
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This Swedish lakeside house from Fantastic Frank stands out from the natural landscape thanks to a coat of buttercup yellow paint that glows in any weather.
Paint suggestion: Clare Golden HourContinue to 40 of 70 below.
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Optic White + Blue + Brick
"We used a classic palette for this historic brick estate addition and renovation," says designer Melinda Kelson O'Connor of Melinda Kelson O'Connor Architecture and Interiors. "Brilliant white siding and trim with black shutters are failsafe on the historic red brick. It feels timeless and smart. Adding a light or medium blue hue to the door lightens the feeling and gives the house an approachable look."
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Brilliant White (siding), Benjamin Moore Britannia Blue (door)Continue to 41 of 70 below.
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This Colonial-style home built in 1935 and located in Boise, ID is painted in a fresh shade of cornflower blue that makes it look like it was born yesterday.
Paint suggestion: Farrow & Ball Cook's Blue
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Black + Stone
Matte black cladding adds contrast with the stone facade of this waterfront home from Randell Design Group.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Blacktop 2135-10
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This Connecticut home designed by Crisp Architects is painted in a soothing shade of grayish green that makes a change from the usual white without altering the classic feel of the facade.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Gettysburg Grey HC 107 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 (trim), Benjamin Moore Black HC-190 (shutters)
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Whitewashed Brick + Off-White
This Southern California home from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has a whitewashed brick chimney and a warm off-white exterior that looks fresh and welcoming.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45Continue to 45 of 70 below.
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Orange + Yellow
This French Quarter home is painted in cheerful shades of yellow and orange that show off the architecture and embrace the anything-goes color palette of the city of New Orleans.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Yellow Marigold 2155-30 (siding), Benjamin Moore Tangy Orange 2014-30 (shutters)
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Kate Marker Interiors traded pale yellow for deep charcoal paint with clean white trim on this inviting cottage renovation.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze
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This Berkshires home designed by Crisp Architects is washed in a barely there blue-gray-violet hue that subs in for classic white, adding a bit of nuance to the facade.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Blue Heather 1620 (siding), Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 (trim), Benjamin Moore Black Iron 2120-20 (shutters and front door)Continue to 48 of 70 below.
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Blue + Yellow
A palette of complementary colors including a deep blue-green facade, pale conch shell pink and yellow-orange trim, and a rich burgundy-colored door highlight the architecture of this three-story home.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Fair Isle Blue CSP-715 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Morning Sunshine 2018-50 (trim), Benjamin Moore Shell Pink 883 (trim),
Benjamin Moore Classic Burgundy HC-182Continue to 49 of 70 below.
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This little house from Crisp Architects set on a lush green lawn in the shadow of some mature trees has clean white paint with just a touch of soft gray and crisp blue, a matching fence, and a greenish-black front door, making a case for keeping it simple and classic.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Pure White OC-64 (siding), Benjamin Moore Essex Green HC-188 (front door)Continue to 50 of 70 below.
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A tonal palette of dark and silvery grays and an orange-red door gives this lakeside home a cozy feel that harmonizes with the slate roof and gray shingle siding.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Silvery Moon 1604 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Calico Blue 707 (trim), Benjamin Moore Merlot Red 2006-10 (front door)Continue to 51 of 70 below.
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Shades of Purple
Bold shades of purple make this New Orleans, LA home stand out from the crowd.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore 1406 (siding), Benjamin Moore Victorian Purple 1370 (front door)Continue to 52 of 70 below.
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This lakeside home in the Berkshires designed by Crisp Architects is covered in a pale pewter gray paint that blends in with the natural setting.
Paint used: Benjamin Moore Vintage Pewter CSP-110 (siding), Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152 (trim)Continue to 53 of 70 below.
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Beige Pink + Blue
Pale beige-pink paint softens the exterior of this home, while teal blue trim and russet red doors add definition to the facade.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Early Sunset 2096-70 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Baltic Sea CSP-680 (trim), Benjamin Moore Rich Chestnut 2090-20 (windows and doors)Continue to 54 of 70 below.
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Blogger Liz Marie re-sided her 1800s farmhouse to make it look closer to the original design, using pre-painted siding in a pure white hue to create an all-white aesthetic that is carried through to the interior of her rustic farmhouse-style home.
Paint used: LP SmartSide Snowscape WhiteContinue to 55 of 70 below.
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Mindy Gayer Design Co. collaborated with Dana Webber Design Group and Fairbank Construction Company to build this Puget Sound vacation home. The front entryway to the home is defined by warm off-white paint that gives the sprawling facade some dimension and contrasts with the darker siding and mixed tone wood accents.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45Continue to 56 of 70 below.
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This home from interior designer Colleen Simonds is painted in a moody shade of blue-gray that is soothing by day and showcases the golden glow of the interior when night falls and the inside lights are on.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams 6250 Granite Peak
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White Brick + Pale Pink Doors
This brick home from A Beautiful Mess has a soft white exterior that give it a fresh look, while pale pink double doors add a dose of personality.
Paint used: Romabio Masonry Flat in Richmond WhiteContinue to 58 of 70 below.
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Reddish Brown + Blue-Green
Deep reddish-brown stained siding with contrasting medium-toned blue-green trim make the facade of this home stand out from the leafy green surrounding landscape.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams 3507 Riverwood Stain (exterior), Benjamin Moore Spirit in the Sky 676 (trim)
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A soothing periwinkle blue with purple undertones is contrasted with cool white trim in this home from Crisp Architects.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Swiss Blue 815 (siding), Benjamin Moore Ultra White CC-10 (trim)Continue to 60 of 70 below.
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Soft pale coral is a peachy choice for this Spanish villa from Fantastic Frank that is softer and warmer than stark white.
Paint suggestion: Clare PopContinue to 61 of 70 below.
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Red + Black
Crimson red siding and black shutters give this rural New England home a classic look that is timeless but especially appealing when the autumn leaves are turning.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Candy Cane Red 2079-10 (exterior), Benjamin Moore Black HC-190 (shutters)Continue to 62 of 70 below.
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Mindy Gayer Design Co. added rich dark gray paint to this 1910 Victorian home renovation in San Francisco.
Paint suggestion: Dunn Edwards Charcoal Smudge DE6370
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White + Blue-Gray Shutters
Interior designer Susan Spath of San Diego-based Kern & Co. added blue-gray paint to the wooden shutters of this Spanish style home that illustrate how versatile the nearly neutral shade can be.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Wales Gray 1585Continue to 64 of 70 below.
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Purple + Red
Lilac paint gives this classic Craftsman bungalow a modern twist, and a cherry red door frame adds a vivid accent.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore California LilacContinue to 65 of 70 below.
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Cool medium gray paint gives this 1918 Colonial-style house in Savannah, GA from Calimia Home a soothing feel.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore StormContinue to 66 of 70 below.
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Blue + Stone
This house from Amy Peltier Interior Design & Home has a mixed facade that pairs deep cool blue and stone.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue HC-155Continue to 67 of 70 below.
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This contemporary Denver, CO home from Fantastic Frank is softened with a coat of off-white paint with beige undertones that complement the eco-friendly landscaping.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin-Williams AlabasterContinue to 68 of 70 below.
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Mindy Gayer Design Co. choose a cool-toned soft black for the outside of her home office showroom that makes a nice foil for green plants and white flowers that soften the facade.
Paint suggestion: Benjamin Moore Blacktop 2135-10
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Pale gray paint softens the exterior of this large new build, while a teal door and some red flowers dotting the front yard landscaping adds a smidgen of color.
Paint suggestion: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray SW 7015Continue to 70 of 70 below.
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Shades of Blue
This cozy Costa Mesa, CA home from K Shan Design is painted in two shades of blue that make the facade and front porch feel homey and inviting.
Paint suggestion: Clare Summer Friday (siding), Clare Blue Ivy (trim and porch railing), Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy 2067-10 (door frames)
What to Consider When Picking a Paint Color for Your House
There are several factors to consider when choosing an exterior paint color, from the history and architectural style of your home to the construction materials used on the facade, to the natural setting and surrounding landscape. It's up to you to decide whether you want an exterior paint color that blends in or provides a vivid contrast, whether you live in a beachfront cottage, a suburban new build, a cabin in the woods, or a historic country farmhouse. While painting the house red can give it a whole new lease on life, keep in mind that you can also create a new mood with something as simple as changing the door color.
Should you paint the exterior of your home white?
Even if you decide to paint your house white, keep in mind that finding the perfect shade of white for your particular home can be more complicated than it seems, and take some time and effort to nail down. What looks fresh and bright on one house exterior can look too stark on another; that soft creamy white you think you see in an inspiration photo can end up looking too yellow when you see it in person. Just when you think you have it all figured out, that seemingly simple shade of pure white can end up looking too gray, or too cool, or not cool enough when you see it up close and unfiltered in real life.
What paint colors help sell homes?
If you want to sell your home, realtors advise that you stick to crowd-pleasing colors such as white, beige, gray, and earthy, natural tones.
What exterior colors make your house look bigger?
Lighter neutrals and earthy tones will make a smaller house appear larger. Consider off-white, light yellow, light gray, or other pale hues to reflect higher amounts of light than darker hues, creating an optical illusion or tricking the eye.