The Top Five Exterior Paint Colors for Your Home
Interior designers share their go-to hues.
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An exterior paint color does more than up the curb appeal of your house—it also gives guests their first impression of your home. "A good exterior paint color is like a little peekaboo of what's to come inside of the home," says Jessica Gellar of Toledo Geller. "It sets the stage for what to expect." That's why it's important to pick a shade that speaks to your distinct style and enhances the unique architectural features of your home. "Not all colors will look the same on different styles of homes," explains Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design. "I advise you to really look at your home's exterior façade and decide which color would bring the best accent to your specific home."
In the market for an exterior paint color that will make your home stand out in a good way? We asked five interior designers to share which outside paint colors they swear by, and here's what they had to say.
While you can always count on a crisp coat of white paint to brighten up the exterior of your home, LeeAnn Baker says it takes the right shade to keep it looking fresh and clean without much upkeep. "White Dove #OC-17 by Benjamin Moore reads as a true white but has enough gray in it to prevent the need for constant pressure washing," she explains. "It's low-maintenance and works well for homes with black, white, and brass interiors."
If you're looking for a chic way to set your home apart from your neighbors, Geller suggests playing up a neutral exterior by painting the trims in a muted shade of blue. "While you might not necessarily want to match the houses next door, you also don't want to clash with them," she says. "A cool white with gray undertones, like Moonshine #2140-60 by Benjamin Moore, reads as pure white in direct sunlight, while a soft blue hue, like Under the Big Top #1675 (also by Benjamin Moore), brightens up accents without looking too electric."
For a moody, yet modern vibe, Magon recommends painting your exterior in a saturated shade of dark gray to make a statement. "Twilight Zone #2127-10 by Benjamin Moore is a nice deep gray that pairs beautifully with black accents and really makes your home stand out," she says. "Despite almost being black, this shade can also heighten your home's architecture in a bold way."
A little pale gray paint goes a long way on the outside of your home. Along with brightening up the façade, Marie Flanigan says it also allows its architectural features to take center stage. "I love the lightness of Benjamin Moore Sheep's Wool #857 on a home's exterior," she says. "Whether as an accent color for doors and shutters, or for the entire façade, it creates depth and warmth without appearing dark."
Prefer an exterior paint scheme with a bit more oomph? Caroline Rafferty suggests painting your shutters and railings in a rich shade of blue. "Patriot Blue 2064-20 by Benjamin Moore is a bold shade that doesn't look too bright when the sun hits it," she explains. "If you're unsure about what shade of blue to use, apply different colors to the façade of your home and check on them throughout the day to see how they change in sunlight.