Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

I love looking at beautiful architecture, and I often admire the choices for exterior paint. Choosing the paint color of a home is a big decision. It can be a difficult process. Today, I want to share a few tips for picking the perfect paint color and a some of my favorite go to colors for exterior paint.

Via Hendel Homes

Tip #1

Now days we have such great resources for exterior inspirations. I have my own exterior folder on Pinterest. Collect several of your favorite exteriors via Pinterest and driving through neighborhoods you love. Then narrow them down to your favorite. Notice how many of the really pretty homes have simple color schemes, maybe one or two colors and they blend well with their neighborhood, geography and landscape.

Tip #2

Consider the size and location of your home. For example, if you have a home that sits far away from the curb, painting it a lighter color will make it seem closer. Also, the size of the lot matters. If you have a larger home on a small lot, painting the house a darker color will make it seem smaller, making the lot seem bigger.

Gray Craftsman Exterior
Leigha Heydt Design via my 80’s Remodel Blog Post

Tip #3

When you are deciding which color to use, put several swatches up on your home. Then, come back at different times of day, in different lighting to determine which is your favorite. You can even take photos to contrast and compare. Shadows, sun and weather affect the color, so take your time, even a week or two to make the final decision.


I hope these tips are helpful to you as you are choosing exterior paint colors. To help narrow down your options, I’ve created the pinnable image above, with some of my favorites with beautiful inspiration images as examples. Have fun with the process and have a great day!


Home Resources

1 – photographed by Becki Owens
2 – Via Houzz

1 – Via La Dolce Vita Blog
2 – Hendel Homes via Bob Villa

Light Gray
Photographed by Becki Owens

Dark Gray
1 – JB Architecture Group
2 – via The House that A-M Built

Via Indulgy photographed by hiya papaya

View all of these homes and more great exteriors on my Pinterest.

6 thoughts on “Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

  1. Lisa Leaf says:

    Love this! Thank you for posting about exterior colors. An area that’s just as important as the interior of a home. What color would you recommend for a craftsman style cabin? We are building a lake cabin in Idaho and I cannot decide on a color!

  2. Julie says:

    Love these colors. What would you recommend for a stucco home in so cal.? We have a red tile roof and all the houses in our neighborhood are beige. Kinda want the house to stand out, but in a good way. Are there certain exterior colors that are off limits for stucco? 🙂

  3. Adam Maire says:

    This is a great post! And what a wonderful tool Pinterest has become for choosing exterior paint. Finding a nice blend of neutral but still eye-catching can be a real art form. I also 100% agree with putting swatches up against your home. Just because you love something on a bright, sunny day does not mean you will love it when the sky is overcast. And when in doubt, consult with a professional. Chances are they’ve seen it all, and will be able to help you make the best decision for your home.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Hi Becki,

    Great post! I plan to paint the body of my house Farrow & Ball all white and the shutters and doors F&B Railings. Should the trim be painted all white as well, but in a different finish? Thanks!

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