Choosing exterior paint colors for your house can be daunting. Inside, you have more freedom to express color, but outside, you really need to get along with everyone else, and match the style of your home. This is why most paint companies offer two categories of paint: tame exterior colors, and a wider, more vibrant range of interior colors. We pulled together some of our favorite paints and we hope you can be inspired by these beautiful combinations.
Let's start with simple neutrals: whites, tans, taupes and greys. These colors are the most popular exterior colors and are the go-to colors for most builders. There's a good reason for this- they are simple, and go with almost any style of home. Neutral colors allow you to choose virtually any accent color for trim, doors, or shutters. Manchester Tan HC-81, Woodmont Cream 204, and Sebring White 1492 by Benjamin Moore are some beautiful light neutrals. Don't be afraid to pair these lighter hues with deep reds, blacks, and dark wood tones. When the majority of your home's paint color is unassuming it's perfectly acceptable to add bold contrast on shutters or doors.
Grays have certainly undergone a radical transformation in the past few years. No longer is gray only associated with dreary days, serious attire and a gloomy outlook. This quiet neutral has shaken off its bad rap. Gray has not only replaced beige as being the "It" neutral, but grays are now synonymous with style, sophistication and glamour. Anew Gray SW7030 Web Gray SW7075 by Sherwin Williams, and Gunmetal 1602 by Benjamin Moore are some shades that can feel grey/green or grey/blue- adding a bit more interest to your home.
If you aren't afraid of a bolder choice for your exterior, navy blue can be a great option. When offset by elements like white trim, cedar shingles, and natural wood tones- the palette is rather sophisticated but not stodgy. Some great hues include Hale Navy HC 154 and New York State of Mind 805 by Benjamin Moore, and Naval Blue SW6244 by Sherwin Williams. This color works well on homes with siding and shingles, so it can mesh well on multiple styles.
If you're looking for a beachy palette for your Cape Cod or tropical-style home, or you aren't afraid of color- try soft blues, pastel green tones, and fresh orange and yellow hues. Some of our favorites are Rainwashed SW6211 by Sherwin Williams and Pineapple Orange 158 by Benjamin Moore. They look great offset by a crisp white trim and simple door color.