15 Modern House Colors for Your Home's Exterior

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If the exterior of your home is looking a little dated, what better way to refresh it than selecting a clean modern paint color? The outside of your home makes an important first impression, so you'll want to think through your decision carefully. With so many colors to choose from, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed as you begin to explore options. But if you need help deciding which direction to go in, we've asked design experts to share their 15 favorite modern paint colors that work well for exteriors.

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    Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

    Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

    The Spruce

    "Typically, modern homes have large windows, sleek details, and flat roofs, so the overall aesthetics of the exterior palette should complement the form, the scale of windows, and the play or push-and-pull that modern houses typically incorporate. For this reason, I love using a darker color, such as Wrought Iron, to make the other features look more prominent and sharp." — Diana Rose of Diana Rose Design

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    Sherwin-Williams Black Magic

    Sherwin Williams Black Magic

    The Spruce

    "It's a wonderful warm black that works well with traditional, transitional, and modern styles. The fact that it is so versatile and does not read too warm or cold makes it a very bold yet safe exterior paint color. It has a true black undertone, which makes it a neutral paint color in my mind." — Kristyn Harvey of Kristyn Harvey Interiors

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    Benjamin Moore Grant Beige

    Benjamin Moore Grant Beige

    The Spruce

    "If you're looking for a lighter approach that still exudes modern elegance, look no further than the Benjamin Moore Grant Beige. This stunning color is the perfect blend of beige and grey tones, bringing a touch of warmth and softness to your space. Beige is back, and it's here to stay!" — Michelle Murphy of Demi Ryan

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    Sherwin-Williams Colonnade Gray

    Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

    The Spruce

    "My favorite modern house color for a home exterior would be gray with white trim and black accents. This combination is timeless, classic, and always feels modern." — Trina Rogers, Five Star Painting of Temple, Texas

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    Farrow & Ball Railings

    Farrow and Ball Railings

    The Spruce

    "I love this for a modern exterior paint color especially with Farrow & Ball Vardo trim. The black blue with turquoise is the perfect combination in sunlight and cloudy days while saying, 'I am modern and bold, but humble all at the same time.'" — Cecilia Casagrande of Casagrande Studio

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    Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

    Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

    The Spruce

    "Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black is a favorite black of mine to use often, especially for an exterior of a home. It's a really deep black that makes a home striking, standout, and ultra-modern. I recently used this color for the exterior of a home, and the entire neighborhood was in awe—many people came up asking what the color was we used to paint the exterior." — Linda Hayslett of LH.Designs

    "Tricorn Black adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your exterior. The lack of undertones in this color helps to make it a versatile shade. It can pair perfectly with warm or cool tones of gray, white, and taupe." — Richard Fung of Forever Homes

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    Farrow & Ball Studio Green

    Farrow & Ball Studio Green

    The Spruce

    "Farrow & Ball Studio Green is a great modern color to use for an exterior of a home. It's not the usual pine type green. It's a nice dark green that you'd see right before fall hits with all the different color leaves. It's a rich color that goes with natural elements which makes it modern for the exterior of a home. I've used this as well for a project, and the results were cool, different, and outstanding." — Linda Hayslett

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    Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Wood Protector Black

    Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Wood Protector Black

    The Spruce

    "My favorite modern home color is black. It depends on the type of siding: For stained houses I prefer Rubio Monocoat HWP Black because it allows the grain of the wood to shine through, to be expressed, allowing a more organic feel." — Rachael Grochowski of RHG A+D

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    Sherwin-Williams Egret White

    Sherwin-Williams Egret White

    The Spruce

    "We love using light neutral colors for exteriors. One of our favorites is Sherwin-Williams Egret White. We especially like combining it with black trim. When we do, we like using Sherwin-Williams Caviar." — Anna Popov of Interiors by Popov 

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    Benjamin Moore Nightfall

    Benjamin Moore Nightfall

    The Spruce

    "In 2023, a dark, sexy, modern home is the ultimate in sophistication and style. And I have just the perfect colors in mind to make it a reality. Benjamin Moore Nightfall or Sherwin Williams Andiron are my go-to shades for achieving a deep, rich, and inviting atmosphere. These hues have warm undertones that create a cozy and inviting ambiance that will make your home feel like a sanctuary." — Michelle Murphy

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    Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green

    Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green

    The Spruce

    "Moody is in for 2023, so this statement making dark green is perfect. I think it’s relevant today while also being neutral enough to be timeless—it's actually listed on Benjamin Moore's list of historical colors. In dim lighting it gives more of a black green, and in bright light it’s a warm green, which is desirable, as people are wanting more of a connection to nature." — Kristyn Harvey

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    Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray

    Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray

    The Spruce

    "While black has reigned supreme as the de rigueur modern house paint for the last few years, I'm loving dark green, blue, or even dark brown again. Modern homes tend to have lots of large windows and prominent roofs, which means the actual area of painted surface is usually less than a traditional home. As a result, these homes can stand up to—and benefit from—bolder color choices." — Bethany Adams of Bethany Adams Interiors

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    Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

    Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

    The Spruce

    "Dark saturated tones are adding a modern flair to old homes and contemporary builds alike. A color like Kendall Charcoal highlights a streamlined modern structure and can either meld seamlessly into a natural setting or highlight light trim and a burst of bright color on a front door for more traditional neighborhood homes." — Noel Gatts of beam & bloom

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    Benjamin Moore Decorator's White

    Benjamin Moore Decorator's White

    The Spruce

    "White is a great color to feature when looking to modernize exteriors. I like an all white exterior because it is fresh and can easily be accented with dark windows to create more contrast and interest. I'm personally drawn to a very clean palette, which is easily accomplished with thoughtful use of white shades. You can also do a lot with contrast in the details of the home as white paint allows for greater visibility of texture than dark paint. Decorator's White is a go-to white with a touch of cool gray that is sleek and stylish." — Regan Baker of  Regan Baker Design

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    Benjamin Moore Brewster Gray

    Benjamin Moore Brewster Gray

    The Spruce

    "I have a deep infatuation for anything in the mineral color category—a little bit blue, a little bit green, giving you all of the vibes of a fresh, spring day. My house color is actually painted Brewster Gray, which, don’t get it twisted, is everything but gray. — Ashley Macuga of Collected Interiors