Deciding to paint your home’s exterior might feel like an overwhelming task. After all, it’s such a large space to cover and a big commitment to make!
Thankfully, it’s easier than ever before to make an informed decision that you can feel confident about. With a little pre-planning, you can navigate the most popular colors and choose one that will work for the style and aesthetic of your home. And if you have trouble deciding, our free professional color consultation service can help!
Once you’ve nailed down the perfect shade, our team is ready to help you tackle the next steps. First, let’s take a look at 10 on-trend hues to consider.
1. Slate Gray
In the past, the Pantone Color of the Year has run the gamut, celebrating everything from cerulean blue to chili pepper red.
In 2021, the Color of the Year was Ultimate Gray, paired with a much brighter shade: a happy-yellow one called Illuminating. Together, the two colors are meant to convey a symbol of unity and hope for the future.
For 2022, the Color of the Year is Very Peri, a refreshing and inspirational red violet-blue.
Consider what this means for your exterior home design. A bright, bold front door looks striking against siding painted in a simple, slate gray. When in doubt, this neutral is a go-to that works on any style from craftsman bungalows to contemporary single-family homes.
2. Pure White
If you can commit to the upkeep, there’s nothing quite like a house painted entirely in a stark, crisp white. Whether you’re covering brick, siding, or any other material, it can look sharp and help your shutters shine.
The only caveat? You may need to pressure wash it routinely to keep dirt, grime, and debris from accumulating, especially near the base of your structure. Our team is here to help and can provide an effective, deep clean that doesn’t strip away your color.
Taupe paint can have a wide range of undertones, including green and gray. It’s especially stunning when applied to stucco, where it can provide a rustic, Italianate-style look.
At the same time, it also looks right at home on a cottage-style home, or a modern farmhouse. Taupe is richer and softer than a standard brown and has defined the test of time for decades. It also isn’t likely to turn yellow over the years, which gives it a leg up over similar shades.
Love the look of gray exterior paint, but want something a little cheerier? Gray-blue is a little more whimsical and can even look nautical on some homes, which makes it an especially popular choice for properties near the water!
To keep this look fresh, opt for bright white exterior trim, gutters, and shutters. This classic combination is gorgeous on a Cape Cod-style home!
5. Sage Green
Want your home to blend in beautifully with your gorgeous landscaping? A sage green exterior conjures up a sense of nature, even if you live in the heart of the city.
This tone is warm and inviting, compared to other, brighter green shades. It looks especially inviting on a Victorian-style home with intricate trim. Lean on the lighter side to brighten up your outdoor space and amplify your curb appeal.
6. Charcoal Gray
This deep, rich gray looks incredible with contrasting white trim. While it’s a natural go-to for many of the farmhouses popping up today, it also looks beautiful on a more traditional home, too.
The key to nailing this color is to get the right depth. A gray that’s too chalky could make your exterior look drab, while one that’s too dark could saturate or shroud it. Look for a gray that has a little warmth to it, as well as a slight green undertone.
A blend of gray and beige, greige is a designer darling, used often in both exterior and interior painting. There is a wide range of different greige tones, and some read more green while others can look blue in the right light.
To truly gauge your shade, test it out on a portion of your home to see how it will look when the sun hits it. Greige can be tricky to get right, but once you do, you’ll love the finished look.
If you’re in doubt, stick with Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. This particular greige has been a brand best-seller for years!
8. Deep Navy
You don’t have to live by the sea to appreciate a gorgeous navy exterior. A happy detour from the many gray paints dominating this list, navy is color that’s unexpected yet always fresh.
As usual, pair a dark color like this with a bright white trim shade to help your accents pop. In addition to white, it also complements cream and ivory trim gorgeously. Here are some tips on choosing the right shade of blue.
Want to add depth and dimension to your craftsman bungalow? Jewel-toned burgundy offers just the right pop of color. You’ll also stand out from all the other neutral homes on the block!
Less is more with this shade, so use it sparingly in exterior areas with a smaller square footage, rather than as an all-over color.
10. Creamy White
While we love the minimalist, bright white look that’s dominated the design boards lately, there will always be a place for softer, creamier whites as well.
Cream isn’t just softer and warmer than white. It’s also more forgiving, and won’t show dirt or debris as easily. This exterior color looks spectacular when paired with wooden accents, such as front porch beams or window gables. There are dozens and dozens of shades of white, so here are some tips for choosing the right white paint color.
Which of These Popular Colors Will You Choose?
You should smile every time you drive up to your home! The exterior paint color you select should be a welcoming and inviting sight, no matter how many times you approach it.
While these are 10 of the most popular colors right now, feel free to let your own style preference be your guide. Will you go with a cool slate gray, a creamy white, or somewhere in between? There isn’t a right or wrong answer, so go with what you love!
Along the way, we can help bring your vision to life. At SurePro, we offer professional interior and exterior painting, as well as drywall repair, pressure washing, minor carpentry, and more.