After spending so much time at home over the last year and a half, you’ve decided to repaint your exteriors now that gatherings are becoming normal again. But which color(s) should you choose? What are the best colors beyond white paint?
If you want to read some tips so that when you go into the paint store you know what color to get because in the store you’re instantly surrounded by nearly limitless options, and it can quickly become overwhelming. We’re here to help you make the right choice for exterior painting! Read on to learn what colors are in style right now to guide you in your selection.
Slate or Navy and White
A popular trend in home exteriors is broad, white trim. If your home has a wide frame, you can make it pop with white paint against a dark slate gray or a navy blue. White borders create high contrast, and a blue-gray can look both moody and inviting. It’s hard to go wrong with blue, which is the most common favorite color and even has a calming effect. Within the dark blues range, homeowners can choose from a deep, oceanic teal to a grayish blue bordering on black.
Brown With Warm Neutrals
Slated to be one of the most popular colors of the year, brown can work its way into almost any home. For a more subtle sheen, bronze can elevate the look in any home where brown could also work.
Either way, it looks great paired with light, warm accents like beiges, creams, and grays. We also recommend combining it with metal bronze or copper accents. Bronze metal porch lights and even small details like door handles will look excellent against a bronze paint color. More bold pairings include copper metal roofs or gutters. For a brighter color scheme, you could also choose a warm cream, beige, or even green-gray as your principal color with bronze accents on your doors and shutters or window frames.
Dark, Moody Gray With a Pop of White
While gray may be a timeless and popular exterior paint color, most homes tend to stick to light, warm neutrals. Going with a dark gray is a bold new trend that puts a new twist on a classic color scheme. You can find elegance and sophistication in deep charcoal against a white trim or by itself. Another option could be a medium gray as the dominant color, with a darker gray for trim and accents.
Pale Gray and Brick Red
If you’re looking for a trendier twist on a popular exterior color, consider pairing your main gray color with red accents. Anything from brick red to barn red, when tastefully applied, can make a great statement for your gray home. Paired with white trim, red shutters, doors or porch railings could be just the pop of color you’re looking for.
This color scheme is perfect for a farmhouse. You can even go bolder with larger swaths of barn red against the gray on a contemporary farmhouse. A red door on a pale gray colonial or Craftsman home can also work quite well.
Light Sage Green and Terracotta Red
Homeowners looking for an earthier, natural look might consider a pale green with a muted orange or red. These colors can look great together in a two-toned look or by themselves. These nature-inspired colors tend to play well off each other in a home nestled in the forest or surrounded by plants.
A pale olive or sage green is often associated with these architectural schools. For a subtler combination, you could incorporate both a light and dark olive green. For the splash of red, go with a natural orange or cedar stain on the front door. They can also pair nicely with cream or beige trim.
Black-on-Black, or With an Accent Door
All-black is more than just an intimidating and sophisticated fashion ensemble. It’s also a bold color choice for a home exterior seeing rising popularity. While this trend is not for the faint of heart, it can be a rewarding, stand-out choice for the right home. With white being the most common and expected house color, black has the power to stop visitors in their tracks while still offering a neutral pallet that fits well with its surroundings.
A black house with a black door and black trim is a great way to make your home truly unique. If you want to go even bolder, consider a statement door in a bright color like orange, red, lime green, or turquoise.