19 Most Popular Exterior Colors Pro Painters Should Know
‘Wow’ your customers and make paint projects pop with these popular home exterior paint choices.
Blues and grays have been a popular exterior color for the last decade. Now designers are combining the two for blue-gray tones that result in a welcoming color choice for home exteriors. The hue is a great complement to stonework and wood trim.
An Unexpected Pairing
An emerging trend is to paint a home in two hues that normally wouldn’t be found in the same exterior color scheme. For example, try a gray on the siding with turquoise accents or a warm green with shutters in a cooler green hue.
Wood for Warmth
Warm up nearly any home’s exterior color with wood, which works extremely well when paired with a medium to dark color. Try wood shake siding, wood shutters or a wood garage door.
Bright yellow is out, but deeper mustard yellows are trending. Mustard tones go well with both browns and whites as accent exterior home colors.
Greens, particularly sage and olive exterior color hues, work well with Craftsman-style homes. And while the color is rich, greens allow a home’s design to shine.
White as an exterior color never goes out of style. And the classic look can be updated with a bold front door and colorful landscaping.
Peaches and Cream
It’s not quite pink, not quite orange. Trending colors peach and apricot evoke a warm feel and work well in nearly every part of the country. And pair peach with black and white for a classic look, or try greens for an unexpected twist.
With the explosion of minimalist modern styles, layers of black are trending as a striking home exterior color. Blacks pair well with brick and wood and will work with both primary exterior home colors and grays for accents.
Classic exterior home colors such as tan and beige are getting an upgrade. And whether your home is a traditional Victorian, Colonial or a Craftsman bungalow, gray-beige or a warm tan will look nice. And it pairs well with classic white and black, along with a door painted in a deep burgundy or a classic wood stain.
Warm and Cool Tints
Light and easy warm greens, yellows and blues can make your home appear larger. Using the warmer tints of color themes with a simple white trim visually brings the home closer to the curb to make your home stand out in your neighborhood. Once you’ve selected a basic color, it’s easy to create many different and warmer versions within the same family. All you need to do is combine that color with a neutral in order to make it warmer or cooler, lighter or darker. This is known as tint and shade. Tint is lightening a color by adding white. Shade is darkening a color by adding black. Check out this resource on how to choose paint colors.
Monochromatic colors on the wheel are one basic color (hue), but have different values — lightness (tints) or darkness (shades). A dramatic and bold way to use the monochromatic paint trend is to paint your home all black. While contrasting siding and trim colors is typical, choosing monochromatic — especially black or gray with a darker or glossier black for the trim — really enhances the architectural and structural features of the home. Be careful when choosing your exterior paint colors in the store because they may appear lighter on the home exterior than on the paint chip in the store because of the natural lighting.
Trim draws attention to your home’s architectural details. Dramatic trim is one way to feature your home’s beautiful windows or doors. Try dark red trim, dark blue or black trim, or other bold trim colors for a classy exterior statement.
The roof can be up to 40% of your home’s exterior. If you have to replace your roof, take the opportunity to consider your color choices. Bring home samples and see how they look with your other exterior colors. To find out how the color of your roof impacts function, take a look here.
Senior Color Designer, Sue Kim of Valspar, believes 2019 will be all about high-intensity shades that mimic artificial light. “Smart technology in the home is driving the color experience differently,” Kim said. Twilight Mist from Valspar is a blue-lilac hue that pairs well with ultra white. Choose the right paint color, for inside and out, with these tips.
Bold and unexpected, citrus colors will be popular in 2019. Whether lime green or citrus orange, add something unexpected to your home’s decor this year. Citrus make a statement and are especially effective on an exterior door. “If you’re looking to make a change, look at the shades of colors that your neighbors have selected and avoid making the same choice,” said Bruce Schmidt, chief brand officer of CertaPro Painters.