Exterior Color Combinations Done Right

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Getting ready to paint your home's exterior? Find our favorite exterior color schemes and tips for picking house paint colors. This appealing array of homes combine paint colors in charmingly impactful ways.

Pearl Gray + Slate Blue + White

Taking its cue from nearby stone and concrete hardscapes, this home steps quietly into view. Its peaceable palette highlights the home's best features, establishes a sense of symmetry, and fashions a fresh take on midcentury modern style. By placing the slate blue house paint at the front entry and using bright white extensively, the homeowners created a home with a pleasingly streamlined silhouette.

Cocoa + Olive + Off White + Russet

Dark olive-color brick steps and foundation firmly anchor the cocoa brown siding to nearby perennial borders. Olive green lightens to moss green window sashes, which are highlighted by off-white trim. The russet-hue door sports orange undertones that allow it to stand out from the brown siding. This home proves that choosing light and dark shades of one or two nature-inspired neutrals as exterior paint colors is the key to fashioning an entrance that steps lightly on the landscape.

Seafoam Green + White

Seafoam green is expected on a beach house surrounded by sand. But this stunning blue-green home is tucked away in the trees. Its standout exterior color combination is a refreshing contrast to the forest foliage. White is a no-fail complementary color to any pastel hue, and, when used on trim, delicately frames the house in its lush environment. 

Light Gray + Copper + Beige

These neutral exterior paint colors pack a surprising punch at first glance. Passersby are first drawn to the stone accent wall that features varying shades of tan and brown. Its textured look continues onto the porch floor and surround. Meanwhile, two wood beams stained in a copper shade mark the boundaries of the entryway. Cool gray paint on the remaining exterior walls provides a neutral backdrop that lets the other colors do the talking.

Dark Steel Blue + Muted Green + White

Without the muted green gable and door, this home would look dark and uninviting. A small splash of color goes a long way, especially when framed in white trim. The chalky matte finish on the blue and green exterior paint colors is a great way to make non-neutrals pair well together. The choice to paint the picket fence steel blue, instead of traditional white, keeps the attention on the home's green door. 

Red Brick + Navy Blue + White

If you think red and blue should remain only in July, here's a more subtle look you can love all year. Traditional in all facets, this home's rich red brick exterior will stop you in your tracks. Shutters painted deep navy blue match the front door and frame the windows without stealing the show. Bright white trim makes a grand appearance around the entry and on the picture-perfect picket fence. This all-American house exterior will never go out of style.

Sage Green + Cream + Yellow

Incorporate sage green into your home's exterior for a pretty muted color scheme. Green roofing is this home's statement feature and pairs well with the surrounding tree canopy. A soft yellow door and matching curtains on the front porch add a pinch of bright color to the mix. A coat of cream paint on the walls ties the look together. 

Apricot + White + Smoky Gray

A classic farmhouse takes a contemporary turn thanks to a refreshingly cheerful color palette. A soft apricot exterior paint sets the siding aglow, glossy white paint highlights the home's vintage details, and smoky gray paint adds visual weight to the front door and window sashes. Appreciate this home's welcoming outlook? Coat your home's siding with warm paint colors boasting yellow or red undertones.

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Stormy Gray + Paprika Red + Bright White

Cool gray siding fashions an easy-on-the-eye exterior that benefits from warming touches of paprika red. The spicy red highlights the roof peak, outlines windows, accents the front door, and defines the porch trim. White pops up as window sashes to bring dimension and brightness to the facade. Use rich exterior house colors with a touch of sheen to give your home been-around-awhile character.

Salmon + Jade + Rusty Brown

The exterior's rough surface causes one salmon exterior house paint color to appear as varying dark and light shades, which creates a time-weathered look that suits the home's old-world architecture. Saturated jade green shutters punctuate the elegant facade with jewel-tone richness. The brown window trim and front door pair nicely with the salmon because the outdoor paint colors share the same orange undertones.

Chocolate + Chartreuse + Sand

Green and brown naturally associate, but when green takes a turn toward yellow, the pairing pleasantly surprises. Chartreuse trim stands out as a high-energy counterpoint to rustic stone walls and earthen siding and firmly links the home to like-colored garden plantings. When looking for exterior paint ideas, take your cue from exterior features that can’t be changed. Consider your home's roofing, stonework, and landscape to help narrow your color choices.

White + Black + Gray

You don't need multiple exterior house paint colors to have your home stand out. White trim, white siding, and white railings give this farmhouse spick-and-span appeal. A black-painted gable vent and charcoal gray steps take their color cue from the home's metal roof. The dark paint finishes and white surfaces enhance the home's historic country profile and complement its river rock foundation.

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Buttercream Yellow + White + Black

Want your house to be appreciated from the street? Do like these homeowners did: Paint your home's body a creamy yellow and complement the hue with bright-white accents. Set off by a black shingled and metal roof, the calming home paint colors advance from the surrounding greenery. Paint window trim and sashes white when you want windows to appear larger.

Pine Green + Red-Brown + White

Field and forest colors perfectly suit a Craftsman-style home. Shutters painted forest green are dark enough to be seen against the rusty brown exterior. White paint brings the porch walls and columns out of the roof's shadow and also handily highlights green shutters and a front door stained to match the home's siding. Before choosing your outdoor paint palette, research exterior paint schemes associated with your home's architectural style.

Brick Red + Gingerbread Orange + Brown

Though this home's main exterior paint colors are shades of red and orange, they play nicely together because they share brown undertones that give them a muted appearance. Brown shingled roofs and window trim enhance without disrupting the view. Since ever-shifting natural light affects how paint colors are viewed, look at fan decks and paint chips outside on bright and cloudy days. Better yet, experts suggest trying three colors (e.g. shutter, trim, and exterior) on the front of your home and stepping across the street to see how the combination works.

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Olive + Celery + Ivy + Terra-Cotta + Cream

This painted lady does color right! Three shades of green, with olive on the main-level siding, celery on the upper-level siding, and ivy accents on trim, windows, and gables, produce an easy-going, but multifaceted, backdrop for bolder terra-cotta accents and cream architectural details. Like a mostly monochromatic look? Choose the darkest, the lightest, and a midtone color showcased on one paint-chip strip as your palette's primary players.

Taupe + Camel + Periwinkle Blue + Eggplant

Camel-painted trim emphasizes this home's shape to make it appear wider and taller; the rich camel tone shows up again to bring out the windows and entry door. Eggplant-hue window frames sound a playful note and work with periwinkle blue details to add architectural interest to the plainly profiled abode. Take a close look at the roof shingles, and you'll see where the homeowners found inspiration for the blue and purple accent tones.

Gray + White + Cobalt Blue

You can't miss when combining gray and white on a home's exterior. No matter the shade, gray always sets off white trim and all manner of other colors. At this house, cobalt blue appears as an enchanting entry door and lightheartedly repeats as simply applied lines accenting the home's rooflines and soffits.

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White + Aquamarine + Tangerine

White exteriors remain popular for their pristine appearance and go-with-anything properties. This farmhouse takes a flashy turn, thanks to calypso-style accent hues. Aquamarine shutters beautifully frame the windows, while a tangerine-color door moves to center stage. Choose three colors for your home's exterior; a neutral hue for the body, a notable accent color for trim and shutters, and a punchy color for the door to draw attention.

Country Blue + White + Black

Blue is one of the best exterior paint colors. The calming and notable hue works especially well on homes situated in established neighborhoods or set on tree-lined streets. On this true-blue exterior, white-painted trim outlines roof peaks and windows; black paint highlights window sashes and dentil moldings running across window and door trim. White columns frame the front steps to direct traffic to the entry door.

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