Do you suffer from color-picking paralysis? Perhaps you’ve known your home’s exterior paint needed to be updated for some time, but you’re overwhelmed by the plethora of options and afraid you’ll make the wrong choice, so you just keep putting it off. We understand. It’s a big decision. We’ve all had those neighbors that cause you to wince every time you pass their house because they thought they were painting it a “Mediterranean brown” but instead it turned out looking more like…well…you get the picture. No-one wants to invest money in a big project and end up being that person.
The good news is you don’t need to worry any longer. We’re here to help. A great place to start is to consider what other people are doing well, and see what’s trending now. That’s why we’ve compiled the top three most popular exterior paint colors along with their complimentary trim colors (because white is never just white). All of the colors listed below are from PPG Porter Paints. Even if you don’t decide to go with these exact colors, they can serve as a guideline to help you make a choice you’ll be proud to show off.
Greige is one of the most popular neutrals right now because it is the perfect balance between cool gray tones and warm beige tones. It will give your home a contemporary feel while not outshining any pops of color you may have in your landscaping.
Remember the hypothetical neighbor that was going for “Mediterranean brown”? What they probably actually wanted was something closer to Earthy Ocher. This shade is light enough to not risk any confusion with any negative associations. It is a warm, welcoming beige with light undertones of gray and mauve. The Heavy Cream is a little warmer than the other trim colors, so it complements the Earthy Ocher really well.
Light Sage is a great way to incorporate a calming shade of green without leaning into the pastel zone. This color still behaves like a neutral and won’t dominate your foliage or any stonework you may have. It has undertones of gray and blue, which keep it from appearing too green.
There are a few other factors that need to be considered when deciding to paint the exterior of your home. Firstly, if you have an HOA, you will need to be sure your color choices are approved by them. Secondly, the color of your roof should be taken into account. For example, if you have a Spanish-style house with orangey-red roof tiles, that might clash with certain shades. Lastly, the color of your front door greatly impacts the overall curb appeal, and should make a statement. Black or Burgundy/Cabernet are some strong front door accent colors that would work well with the top three choices listed above.
Hopefully, these suggestions relieve any anxiety you might be feeling over picking exterior paint colors. If you’re still unsure, or would like to try riskier options with the guidance of a professional, we provide expert color consultations, and would be happy to guide you through the process. Contact us today for a free quote.