20 Inspiring Exterior House Paint Color Scheme Ideas

Blue and white house painted with exterior house paint

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From clean whites and pleasing neutrals to cool 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 color scheme will give you joy every time you return home for years to come.


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Here are 20 gorgeous exterior house color scheme ideas that might spark your vision for your home.

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    Waterfront Blues

    Charming Blue Waterfront Home
    Hendel Homes

    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 color schemes offers a lively yet traditional look. The red-leaf foliage and rosy-colored accents at the door give this house more visual interest—looking great in all seasons.

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    Desert Oasis

    Desert Home Exterior Colors
    Color Design LLC

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

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    Farmhouse Charm

    White Farmhouse Style Exterior Paint Color
    Life on the Shady Grove

    If your dream is a white farmhouse-style home, follow the lead of Wendy Durnwald of the lifestyle blog Life on the Shady Grove. As she puts it, for her "pretend farmhouse," Wendy sought out an elegant white that would steer clear of sterile and dull. She chose a soft, warm, and rich white exterior paint color: Sherwin-Williams Roman Column. This active property is filled with five children and many sheep; things are far from boring at this house.

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    Beautified Brick

    Painted Brick Exterior House Color
    Beneath My Heart

    When home blogger Traci and husband Cy were tasked with reviving a home exterior in Nashville, they knew the first order of business was to brighten up the brick. They began with Sherwin-Williams Balanced Beige (SW7037) and had a local Lowe's store shade it 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.

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    Craftsman Green

    Craftsman House Green Exterior Paint
    ACM Design PA

    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, your surroundings. The light green color scheme of this sustainable home, from Asheville architects ACM Design PA, works in perfect harmony with the lush surrounding trees and the manufactured stone veneer apron and crisp white trim.

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    Timeless Contrast

    Dark Gray Exterior House Color with White Trim
    JB Architecture

    Without a doubt, it's a look that rarely goes wrong. When you have a traditionally styled home with plenty of trim and other details, you best serve that home aesthetically when you increase the contrast between the trim and the field color. 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 House Exterior Color
    Warline Painting Ltd.

    Tudor-style home exterior paint jobs are characterized by dark trim against a lighter field wall color. Heidi Nyline of Warline Painting, in Vancouver, British Columbia, notes that these browns and blacks are a shout-out to the Tudor's historical past when the trim was made of natural wood that had been oiled and darkened over time. Though, what really wins the game is the zesty red front door that beckons owners and visitors alike to visit this gorgeous property. The darker blue accent tone adds drama.

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    Cottage Blue

    Blue Portland Oregon Cottage with White and Red Trim
    Castle & Mason

    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 was not a bright patriotic red but, like the blue, was shaded down into a darker maroon. 

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    Embrace Brown

    Florida Four Square Brown House Design
    Old House Guy

    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 not to 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, much like this Florida home

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    Red Punch

    Red Seattle Area Townhome Exterior Color
    Motion Space Architecture + Design

    Vibrant red exterior paint graces this townhouse from Motion Space Architecture + Design bordering a wetland. This home's color ramps up the vitality with a stately brick-red accented with white and beige that stands boldly against a backdrop of drizzly Seattle skies. Berry shades are also fun and popular. You can select a paler variety for a unique home exterior that keeps the interior cool.

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    Bright and Cheery Yellow

    bright yellow home exterior

    Jane Stroebel / Unsplash

    A light yellow hue is cheery and inviting and is always a solid choice for house owners. Accents of white and gray can make the yellow stand out even more. Yellow plays nicely with greenery surrounding the home—a healthy green lawn, a stand of trees, a well-manicured landscape, and a cottage garden.

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    Victorian in Purple

    Purple Victorian home in San Francisco

    Boogich / Getty Images

    Victorian-style homes are known for ornate details. Vibrant colors are practically expected and often adorn these classic homes. Creamy yellows, purples, greens, and a slate-colored roof—all make sense as a color scheme if you have a Queen Anne or Victorian-era exterior. Multi hue schemes celebrate the home's architectural details, such as spindles and fish-scale shingles. With a Victorian, you have a broad array of colors at your disposal, including saturated shades and bold, daring colors.

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    Beach House Aqua

    Aqua beach home exterior

    Jared Rice / Unsplash

    This seaside-inspired color scheme is perfect if you have a home in a beach town or a tropical locale. The soft aqua is welcoming and refreshing. It's a beautiful canvas for the greenery in the foreground, allowing them to pop and capture your attention. A white, creamy, or buttery yellow trim will allow aquamarine blue to do its job of cheering up residents, visitors, and passersby.

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    Black Contempo

    modern black home exterior

    Fitzer / Getty Images

    Contemporary, art deco, or modern modular homes can handle bold black exterior paint colors without feeling dreary or sad. Designed tastefully with glass and clean lines, these homes practically beg you to peek inside to see how the design is carried on in the interior. Beware, if you live in a sunny locale, a black exterior will absorb more heat—a plus in winter but not so much in summer.

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    Spruce Green Mountain House

    Green mountainside home

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    A rustic green color palette helps mountain homes camouflage seamlessly with the greenery and mountain landscape.

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    Adobe Orange

    Orange, Mediterranean-style home

    Xavi Serra / Unsplash

    Homes with a mission-style influence, Mediterranean or Tuscan-style villa, or tropical flair can beautifully showcase an adobe orange or beige hue with rich green accents or other earthy tones, like brown, beige, or tan.

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    Tuscan Pink

    pink home exterior

    Patrick Tomasso / Unsplash

    Tuscan pink is another classic color for stucco homes in Florida, the Southwest, and California. This muted but cooling pink tone is often dressed up with an orange terracotta tiled roof and arched windows and doors. Corinthian column entryway and black wrought iron details seal the deal on the Mediterranean villa look.

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    Powder Blue on Lake Michigan

    powder blue lake house

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    Lake homes often pull their color palette from the elements from all around them, such as blue skies and the lake water. House trim is often white, much like the clouds framing in the sky, and a dark gray slate roof can complement the landscape. A powder blue falls closer to the cooler color temperature, giving your home a calm feeling.

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    Tasteful Taupe

    taupe home with a red door

    Rowena Naylor / Stocksy

    A medium shade of taupe gives modern homes just enough color without skewing too dark. It blends well with other colors as a primarily neutral color, including this popping red door, a feng shui favorite for south-facing homes. The brown trim amplifies the earth tones and the surrounding foliage, giving this home a comfy, earthy vibe.

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    Totally Teal

    Teal blue house in Jacksonville, Florida

    HGTV / Photo by Agnes Lopez

    A teal home makes a statement with its striking blue hue, especially if that teal is paired with contrasting stark white trim. Teal gives off a calming, soothing, comforting feeling, almost as if it says, "Welcome home," every time you drive up.

  • What are the latest trends for exterior house colors?

    Earthy tones like blues and greens, neutrals, monochromatic white or black, and even colors that give you joy, like playful pastels, are among the top choices for homeowners.

  • What paint colors help sell homes?

    On-trend colors are the same that realtors recommend for exteriors if you want to sell your home, such as white, beige, gray, and earthy, natural tones.

  • What exterior colors make your house look bigger?

    Lighter, neutral, and earthy tones are the perfect colors for a smaller home. To make your house appear larger, look at off-white, light yellow, light gray, or other lighter hues to reflect higher amounts of light than darker colors, creating an optical illusion or tricking the eye's perception.