15 BEST Exterior Paint Colors for Your Home in 2021

White house with painted black trim

Finally, 2021 has arrived and with it, new trends in exterior home design that we can’t wait to share with you. Here, we will be diving into one of our favorite topics, exterior paint colors. We have named the 15 best exterior paint colors for your home in 2021.  Read on, as we reveal brick&batten’s color of the year. So be sure to read all the way through so you don’t miss it!

A key trend in 2021 is to use contrasting textures, materials, and colors that work well together. You may have found homes made of the same material throughout before. However, now modern homes are selecting earthy tones with metal and wood accents.

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15 BEST Exterior Paint Colors for Your Home in 2021

Virtual exterior design of a California modern home painted in Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore with lots of wood accents

#1 // Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

We absolutely love Kendall Charcoal for its unique ability to bring a variety of elements together. It’s no wonder we will repeatedly come back to it for homes in 2021. It has a very neutral gray tone that plays well with darker accent colors, while bringing out the warmth of stained woods. Kendall Charcoal is also an excellent back drop for potted greenery on your porch- adding a beautiful  accent color.


Virtual exterior design of a country traditional home painted in Alabaster
Virtual exterior design of a modern Mediterranean style home painted in Alabaster
Before and after of a home transformed from a sketch to a virtual exterior design, with the home painted in Alabaster and featuring natural stone and charcoal gray accents
Virtual exterior design of a mountain home painted in Alabaster with natural stone, an outdoor fireplace on a deck, and a large patio

#2 // Alabaster by Benjamin Moore

If you love off white as much as we do but also have fond memories of the traditional beige home you may have grown up in, then you will want to consider Alabaster. We find the color to be perfect for the transitional modern look that works with a variety of styles, from cozy modern farmhouses to coastal estates with stucco cladding. This color is available by both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.


A modern home with a metal roof and stone accents painted in Soot

A transitional home painted in Soot with Seapearl trim and wood and copper accents

#3 // Soot by Benjamin Moore

This dark gray is a paint color that we see trending for dark accents in particular, but also is ideal for homes in secluded wooded areas, like the Colorado mountains. The darker shade nestles nicely in the landscape, helping to complement the natural beauty of its surroundings. Its dark neutral tone provides excellent contrast in a variety of applications, and it makes warm natural materials really stand out.


Virtual exterior design of a traditional brick home painted in Olympic Mountain by Benjamin Moore

Before-and-after of a traditional two-story home with both siding and brick painted in Olympic Mountain by Benjamin Moore

#4 // Olympic Mountains by Benjamin Moore

Speaking of mountains, the Olympic Mountains paint color by Benjamin Moore is a truly exceptional off-white that homeowners with a lot of brick are taking a liking. The LRV of the color is just right for homes that get a fair amount of sun, and it has subtle warm notes that lean towards beige while remaining bright, clean, and cheery.


Virtual exterior design of a traditional two-story home painted in Repose Gray with copper accents

Before and after of a home painted in Repose Gray with a new front porch, wood accents, and a carport

#5 // Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams

For homes that make use of building materials like bronze metal and deep browns such as dark walnut, a more neutral paint color can keep those browns from getting lost because of the competing tones of its surroundings. Repose Gray is the trending go-to paint color for a bright neutral grey that gives dark brown accents a crisp contrast.


Virtual exterior design of a modern farmhouse style ranch painted in Simply White with brick, black accents, and a tin roof

Before and after of a two-story home painted in Simply White with updated shutters and a new awning creating a front porch

#6 // Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Simply White made our list for 2020 and is back again for 2021. Why? It is just the right amount of white without being too bright from the reflection of the sun. You will continue to see homes painted entirely in this color in 2021, but also it will be a common color for trim on modern homes that have just a slightly darker siding.


Virtual exterior design of a two-tone modern ranch painted in white and Onyx. Wood accents and a metal roof over the front porch.

#7 // Onyx by Benjamin Moore

We are kind of in love with Onyx by Benjamin Moore. This color is all about adding contrast. It works beautifully on garage doors and windows, but can also be used to paint sections of the home or as the trim for darker-toned siding.


Virtual exterior design of a two-story brick Old English cottage painted in Revere Pewter with natural wood accents

Before and after of a modern transitional home painted in Stone Cutter and Revere Pewter

#8 // Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter has been around for a long time and finally made our list this year. It is so versatile! We frequently see it in use as the trim color on dark gray or blue homes. It can also be the perfect color for brick or siding to achieve a sophisticated yet cozy feel. It’s dark enough to be the main color but light enough to play a supporting role. You can see why our designers love to use it.


Virtual design of a traditional home painted in Seapearl with shutters in Seahaze

A modern home painted in Seapearl with a clay roof, natural wood, and black accents

#9 // Seapearl by Benjamin Moore

While interiors have been using Seapearl for a while now, it is making its way to modern and traditional exteriors. The color’s LRV and neutral tone makes it a sophisticated and contemporary choice for homes that want to be on-trend with contrasting colors, textures, and materials — like in the examples above. (We also named it our exterior color of the year for 2021! Read more about that at the end of this article.)


Virtual exterior design of a house painted in Iron Ore with stone accents and a metal roof

Before and after of a lake house with large windows painted in Iron Ore with black accents

#10 // Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams

Dark grays are making their mark right now in exterior home design. The darkness of Iron Ore one falls between the Kendall Charcoal and Soot paint colors. The warm tones make it all the more inviting to guests. Iron Ore pairs well with brown accents in stone, mulch, bronze metal, or copper accents.


Virtual exterior design of a mid-century modern ranch painted in a dark charcoal gray with natural wood and Amazon Green as an accent color

#11 // Amazon Green by Benjamin Moore

While most of the on-trend exterior colors of 2021 are neutrals, there is one more-satured color we wanted to add to this list that pairs well with the rest. Amazon Green is almost a hunter green color that isn’t overly bright or loud, making it a great color for an accent wall.


Virtual exterior design of a rustic ranch painted in Tricorn Black with natural wood and black accents

#12 // Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams

For the max amount of contrast, there is Tricorn Black. Darker then Onyx by Benjamin Moore, it’s a beautiful accent color for garage doors and shutters. It can provide an ample amount of contrast against dark gray siding.


Virtual exterior design of a mid-century traditional split-level home painted in Thunder by Benjamin Moore with white trim, copper gutters, and natural stone

#13 // Thunder by Benjamin Moore

Along with the lighter off-whites, a modern spin on darker beiges is also trending in 2021. Think more warm earthy gray. We love how Thunder by Benjamin Moore looks with white siding, giving it a clean and airy vibe.


Rear exterior virtual design of a home painted in Iron Mountain with greige trim, a large deck, and an outdoor fire pit

#14 // Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore

If you couldn’t tell by now, charcoal and dark neutral siding is in style for 2021. Iron Mountain is a win in our book every time.


Virtual exterior design of the rear of a home with lots of windows, painted in Urbane Bronze with a warm off-white trim. Second-story deck, patio below, outdoor fire pit

Virtual exterior design of a transitional brick home painted in a creamy off-white with Urbane Bronze accents

#15 // Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams

Last but not least, Urbane Bronze has earned a top spot in our 15 best exterior paint colors for your home in 2021. Like you see on the door and sidelights in the picture above, this bronze color is primarily used as an accent color. That said, it can also be used as a base color in the right environment, bringing some extra warmth with stone, gray, and black surrounding.


Before and after of a traditional brick home painted in Seapearl with copper gutters

brick&batten’s Color of the Year

For 2021, we chose Seapearl for the color of the year! While Kendall Charcoal was seriously considered, Seapearl by Benjamin Moore tipped the scales for us because of its unique versatility. Great as a trim, accent, siding, stucco, and brick color across a wide variety of home styles, Seapearl seems to have it all. It also won points for its nod to the current reprise of updated beige colors we are seeing in modern home trends.

Get Painting in 2021

This year, we will continue to see neutral colors from light and bright to moody and dark used on homes of all styles, especially when other materials such as wood and iron are incorporated into the design. In addition to neutrals, updated earthy tones will make a resurgence, for traditional and modern homes alike.

Remember, color is just one aspect of achieving your curb appeal goals. To identify the best exterior paint colors for your home, with the peace of mind that your remodel will turn out great, use brick&batten’s exterior design service. An exterior designer will create a custom design of your home and provide a realistic rendering so you know exactly what your home will look like before you even start the project. Get started today!