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Choosing an exterior paint color can seem like a daunting task. There are so many options out there and it’s difficult to know what will look best on your home’s exterior.

Fortunately, I’ve compiled a list of my absolute favorite exterior paint shades to help you with your choice. No matter what look you are aiming to achieve – you will find a color here to make your home look amazing!

Sherwin Williams Pure White

Sherwin Williams Pure White is a stunning choice if you are looking for a paint color for your exterior home which is a soft bright white without any strong undertones. It’s also one of the best whole house colors for interiors!

I simply love how pure white pairs so well with SW Tricorn Black on doors – it provides such a beautiful contrast.

modern farmhouse style house painted sherwin williams pure white
SW Pure White via Chelsea Hood: The House of Hood

Benjamin Moore Simply White

Put simply – Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is a stunning white exterior choice with a little cheer.

This is all thanks to Simply White’s slight yellow undertone, which stops this shade of white from being too glaring or stark.

Of course, Simply White is an equally popular paint color for interior trim and doors. This exterior paint shade looks beautiful paired with wood tones.

white farmhouse with cedar posts and a green lawn
BM Simply White via Project Ugly House

Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a breathtaking choice if you’re looking for an exterior paint color that’s white, but verging on a creamy off-white.

This is a wonderful warm shade that looks stunning alongside exposed wood.

house painted sherwin williams alabaster
SW Alabaster via EE Architecture

Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash

I’m not going to lie – I’m low key obsessed with how beautiful this creamy green gray tan paint color looks on a home exterior. This beautiful shade spells timeless elegance and looks so perfect with that just off white trim.

house painted with lancaster whitewash
BM Lancaster Whitewash via Laura Bernin Interiors

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know of my love for Repose Gray. I’ve used it throughout my house, at both full strength and (my preferred) lightened by 50%.

I always thought it would look washed on an a house exterior until I came across the photo below.

Repose Gray, is in fact, the perfect color for a beach house. Even though the pictured house is in Florida, I feel like this soft warm gray is the quintessential Cape Cod vacation home shingle color. It’s just perfection!

Repose Gray house exterior
SW Repose Gray beach house exterior via Home Bunch

Sherwin Williams Warm Stone

Sherwin Williams Warm Stone is an excellent choice is you are looking for a neutral-warm mid-tone grey-beige for your exterior home.

This may appeal to anyone who see’s repose gray as being too light for their home. This gray-beige which will look great with white trim and either a darker grey or beige roof as seen in the photo.

I kind of want those garage doors to be white in that photo, right? It would make this color pop even more!

house painted sherwin williams warm stone
SW Warm Stone via Ella Claire Inspired

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is a wonderful exterior paint color for those looking for a gray with a little more depth.

It typically looks slightly darker in real life than how it translates in photo however it is a stunning midtone gray which looks even more stunning with a crisp white trim.

Mums and pumpkins on the front steps of a house
BM Coventry Gray via Driven By Decor

Benjamin Moore Gray Huskie

Benjamin Moore Gray Huskie may be a moodier choice for indoors however always bear in mind that any color will wash out more when painted on an exterior.

Gray Huskie is a wonderful warm toned smooth gray with some very mild blue undertones.

This is a really pretty choice for your home and pairs lovely with a darker gray roof.

A large lawn in front of a colonial house
Benjamin Moore Gray Huskie via Nina Hendrick

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

I’m kind of obsessed with how Chelsea Gray looks with unfinished stone work on an exterior home.

Chelsea Gray has a slight green undertone to it so it’s definitely leaning towards the warmer side.

This color would look wonderful on most types of homes and I especially love how this warmer shade of gray gives a timeless, modern look to a home.

modern style house painted benjamin moore chelsea gray
BM Chelsea Gray via West Magnolia Charm

Sherwin Williams Cityscape

Sherwin Williams Cityscape is a breathtaking neutral toned gray with a deep green undertone.

This gray is such a wonderful choice if you are looking to make a statement but you’re not entirely sure whether you need to go warm or cool toned.

It is a wonderful versatile shade which looks amazing against white or dark trim and exposed brick work.

A car parked in front of a house painted with Iron Ore
Sherwin Williams via Schuelove

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy is a wonderful choice if you are looking for a deeper, darker toned paint for your exterior home but you don’t want to commit to something too dark either.

Hale Navy has a beautiful gray undertone and works nicely with gray or white doors and roofing.

I especially love how these home owners have chosen beautiful pink foliage to really show off that navy color.

A house painted benjamin moore hale navy
BM Hale Navy via Home Bunch

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage

Benjamin Moore’s Saybrook Sage is a gorgeous sage green – and as we know for this year, sage green is on trend!

This green is definitely a warmer, creamy and almost pastel green so it pairs really nicely with a warm or off-white trim.

I think you’ll agree just how quaint and pretty this color is!

exterior of house painted saybrook sage
BM Saybrook Sage via Lynne Rutter

Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green

Benjamin Moore’s Caldwell Green is a stunning and moody choice of color if you are looking for something unique, earthy and inspired by nature.

This is a beautiful mid green shade with some blue undertones – it would be a wonderful color on the exterior of a home surrounded by greenery – almost allowing the home itself to sit and camouflage in with nature.

house siding painted cauldwell green
BM Caldwell Green via Benjamin Moore

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Tricorn Black is known to be popular and stunning choice for front doors, but it’s equally awe-inspiring for a whole-house exterior color.

A color this dark and bold may not be perfect for everyone, but if you want to be daring and different, this is certainly an elegant and modern paint color for a house.

Modern farmhouse style home painted completely with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
SW Tricorn Black exterior via Home Bunch

Benjamin Moore Authentic Pink

Can we all take a minute and appreciate how beautiful this shade of pink is on a home exterior?

Okay, it’s certainly not a color for the shy, but done well, this can look absolutely stunning!

I absolutely love this pink with the crisp white trim and the beautiful purple pink of the flowers that really accentuate its quirky color.

This would be an excellent choice for a quaint cottage or even a beach-side home.

If you are the playful type, I dare you.

victorian style house painted benjamin moore authentic pink
BM Authentic Pink via Heir and Space

Final Thoughts

Have any of these inspiration images swayed you in a different direction for your choice of exterior paint color? Are you going to stick with the classic white or delve into the world of color? I’m excited to hear what you choose!

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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  1. When we built our American Classic Style home in 2013 all of the homes were to be a different color in our subdivision. When I looked at the choices which had been made all I saw was a sea of grey, blue, white, greige, another shade of blue or another shade of gray, one green and one brown. So I went outside of the box and I had our house painted – YELLOW, white trim and a big brick front porch with railings. It is known as the Sunshine House, I have been told that it makes you feel like you are coming home. We love our outside the box.

    1. Good for you!! I think it’s so important for your house to have your personality stamped on it and not just do what everyone else is doing!

  2. Afton Jackson says:

    The example of a black house exterior you gave was definitely something I really liked reading about. Going for a look like this with our farmhouse can really help us modernize it in a very unique way, something I was trying to do with a lot of my house makeover ideas. If I can find a painting service in the area that can help me get something like this, I’m sure I’ll be satisfied with the way it will look.