From clean whites and pleasing neutrals to cool blues and vibrant reds, exterior paint colors are your home’s calling card to the world. Calibrate the color right, and you’ll have a house exterior that welcomes visitors when they roll up to your home. More importantly, the right color scheme will give you joy every time you return home for years to come.
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Here are 10 gorgeous exterior house color scheme ideas that might spark your vision for your home.
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A Twin Cities builder of high-end properties, Hendel Homes chose a spot-on perfect blue for the exterior of this waterfront cottage. The combination of blue and white color scheme offers a lively yet traditional look. The red-leaf foliage and rosy-colored accents at the door give this house more visual interest—looking great in all seasons.
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Like an artist coordinating all elements of a painting, a house color consultant draws in many aspects of a home before choosing the final colors. Designer and color consultant Kimberly Laten, from Color Design LLC, expertly gauged the tan intensity of this Arizona home’s stucco exterior based on many factors, including the dazzling blue desert sky and white clouds, lush green lawn, and earthy olive-green succulents.
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If your dream is a white farmhouse-style home, follow the lead of Wendy Durnwald of the lifestyle blog Life on the Shady Grove. As she puts it for her “pretend farmhouse,” Wendy sought out an elegant white that would steer clear of sterile and dull. She chose a soft, warm, and rich white exterior paint color: Sherwin-Williams Roman Column. This active property is filled with five children and many sheep; things are far from boring at this house.
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When home blogger Traci and husband Cy were tasked with reviving a home exterior in Nashville, they knew the first order of business was to brighten up the brick. They began with the Sherwin-Williams color Balanced Beige (SW7037) and had a local Lowe’s store shade it down to a darker, friendlier beige color. The turquoise door (Sherwin-Williams Reflecting Pool) in semi-gloss plays well with the beige paint and the dark natural wood shutters.
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When you have a gorgeous, sprawling Craftsman-style home set in the woods, you’ll want an exterior paint color that works with, not against, your surroundings. The light green color scheme of this sustainable home, from Asheville architects ACM Design PA, works in perfect harmony with the lush surrounding trees and the manufactured stone veneer apron and crisp white trim.
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Without a doubt, it’s a look that rarely goes wrong. When you have a traditionally styled home with plenty of trim and other details, you best serve that home aesthetically when you increase the contrast between the trim and the field color. For the broad white trim of this new-construction home, Illinois-based JB Architecture wisely shaded down the field color’s gray to emphasize its difference from the white trim.
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Tudor-style home exterior paint jobs are characterized by dark trim against a lighter field wall color. Heidi Nyline of Warline Painting, in Vancouver, British Columbia, notes that these browns and blacks are a shout-out to the Tudor’s historical past when the trim was made of natural wood that had been oiled and darkened over time. Though, what really wins the game is the zesty red front door that beckons owners and visitors alike to visit this gorgeous property. The darker blue accent tone adds drama.
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Can you balance blues, whites, and reds on a home exterior without going the full-on patriotic red, white, and blue route? Taylor Cabot, a Portland, Oregon architect, did just that with his 1923 cottage. Saying that he most decidedly “did not want the house to look like an American flag,” he went with a deeper, shadier blue for the main body of the house. The red was not a bright patriotic red but, like the blue, was shaded down into a darker maroon.
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As a professional color consultant who has appeared on HGTV, Ken Roginski knows all about colors. And his advice to homeowners who avoid brown is not to be afraid of darker colors. Brightening the trim dials up the contrast with the brown paint, producing a classic effect that’s very easy on the eyes, much like this Florida home.
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Vibrant red exterior paint graces this townhouse from Motion Space Architecture + Design bordering a wetland. This home’s color ramps up the vitality with a stately brick-red accented with white and beige that stands boldly against a backdrop of drizzly Seattle skies. Berry shades are also fun and popular. You can select a paler variety for a unique home exterior that keeps the interior cool.
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Bright and Cheery Yellow
A light yellow hue is cheery and inviting and is always a solid choice for house owners. Accents of white, gray, and red can make this shingle and clapboard Lake Oswego house featured by Laurel Home Interior Design stand out even more. Yellow plays nicely with greenery surrounding the home—a healthy green lawn, a stand of trees, a well-manicured landscape, and a cottage garden.
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Tricolor Victorian in Purple
Victorian-style homes like Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, Maine, are known for their ornate details. Vibrant colors are practically expected and often are adorning these classic homes. Creamy yellows, purples, greens, and a slate-colored roof—all make sense as a color scheme if you have a Queen Anne or Victorian-era exterior. Multi hue schemes celebrated the home’s architectural details, such as spindles and fish-scale shingles. With a Victorian, you have a broad array of colors at your disposal, including saturated shades and bold, daring colors.
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Beach House Aqua
This seaside cottage at Ocean Island Beach in North Carolina is perfect if you have a home in a beach town or a tropical locale. The soft aqua is welcoming and refreshing. It’s a beautiful canvas for the flowers in the foreground, allowing them to pop and capture your attention. A white, creamy, or buttery yellow trim will allow this aquamarine blue to do its job of cheering up its residents, visitors, and passersby.
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Contemporary, art deco, or modern modular homes can hold up to homes with black exteriors like this house featured by Decoist without making it feel dreary or sad. Designed tastefully with glass and clean lines, these homes practically beg you to peek inside to see how the design is carried on in the interior. Beware, if you live in a sunny locale, a black exterior will absorb more heat—a plus in winter but not so much in summer.
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Rustic Green Mountain House
In western North Carolina, this secluded mountain home is dramatically set atop a breathtaking mountain and with views of Lake Nantahala to the south. The rustic green color palette helps it camouflage seamlessly with the greenery and mountain landscape.
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Homes with a mission-style influence, Mediterranean or Tuscan villa-style, or tropical flair can beautifully showcase an adobe orange or beige hue with rich green accents or other earthy tones, like brown, beige, or tan. This example from Villa Baha in Costa Rica may not be in the U.S., but you can easily picture it in American subtropical, coastal, and Southwestern desert locales.
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Tuscan pink is another classic color for stucco homes in Florida, the Southwest, and California. This muted but cooling pink tone is dressed up here in this Miami, Florida, home with an orange terra cotta tiled roof and arched windows and doors. The Corinthian column entryway and black wrought iron details seal the deal on the Mediterranean villa look.
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Powder Blue on Lake Michigan
This Lake Michigan home pulls its color palette from the elements from all around it, such as blue skies and the lake water. “Blue is the common thread that holds it all together. It’s the husband’s favorite color,” according to designer Martin Horner. The house trim is white, much like the clouds framing in the sky, and the dark gray slate roof complements the stone paver landscape. A powder blue falls closer to the cooler color temperature, giving your home a calm feeling.
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A medium shade of taupe gives this modern Orange County house just enough color without skewing too dark. It blends well with other colors as a primarily neutral color, including this popping red door, a feng shui favorite for south-facing homes. The brown trim amplifies the earth tones and the surrounding foliage, giving this home a comfy, earthy vibe.
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This 1911 home in Jacksonville, Florida, makes a statement with its striking teal blue hue, contrasted with its stark white trim and red staircase. The red flowers in the landscape accent the entryway, tying the look together. Teal gives off a calming, soothing, comforting feeling, almost as if it says, “Welcome home,” every time you drive up.