15 Exterior Paint Colors That Are On-Trend for 2021

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Like many of you, we’ve been busier than ever thinking about home improvements. We’re always researching and dreaming up plans for on-trend virtual exterior redesigns that will make our clients’ homes feel fresh and inviting. Part of the design process includes trend forecasting. While we can’t really see into the future, we’ve been in the business long enough to make some pretty accurate predictions as to what styles are on-trend and have staying power. These top exterior paint colors for 2021 get us excited to started designing. Fair warning: This article may want you to pick up a brush and paint this weekend.

At brick&batten, we offer specialized virtual home exterior design services. Whether you want to take on the project as a DIY or use local contractors, we can help. After learning your personal preferences and project goals, we’ll design your home exterior with a realistic rendering and provide a helpful shopping list, so you know exactly what you need to bring it to life.


15 Exterior Paint Colors That Are On-Trend for 2021

Awning Added to Side Window

#1 // Warm, Creamy Whites

You heard it here first. Off-white is one of the on-trend exterior paint colors now, and it is still here to stay in 2021. However, to really nail this trend, opt for a warm, creamy white. We especially love Swiss Coffee and Seapearl by Benjamin Moore. Both of these colors are warm off-whites, but Swiss Coffee is slightly brighter than Seapearl. We typically never suggest a stark, true white for our virtual design clients, so to see these warm whites paired with wood accents is a definite trend to follow.


Repose Gray

#2 // Pale Gray

We, for one, are super happy that gray has been slowly starting to diversify streets, as it provides an alternative to beige. Though we saw a decline of stark gray with cooler undertones in 2020, begin thinking about grays with warm undertones and hints of green. Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams has warm undertones, but it can read as cool in certain lighting, like on cloudy days. It creates such a zen look, and who doesn’t want to feel that way when they arrive home?

Bungalow with brick and siding painted in Accessible Beige

#3 // Beige (Yes, You Read That Right)

If you thought we were straying away from beige earlier, think again. A beautiful beige is hard to beat! The 2021 beige is still warm but without the tendency to turn yellow. It is subtle and almost off-white in different lighting. For this reason, we will be recommending Accessible Beige in 2021 as a go-to color. And when you scroll through Instagram, you might notice that almost every blogger is using a warm, beige filter right now. Coincidence? We think not.


Before and after of a tradition home's exterior design. The after home is painted in Simply White and has pale green shutters added, as well as an extended front porch.

white paint

#4 // Pale Blue and Green as an Accent Color

We are seeing it rise in popularity with pale blue and green as an accent color. Colors like Boothbay Gray and Pearl are calming, yet interesting. We are certainly here for this trend. Use these hues on your shutters or door. Pair them with a creamy white base paint and lush green landscaping, like topiary trees.


Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on home siding in the after photo

#5 // Bronze, Baby!

While it’s truly impossible to bottle up a metallic, we think Sherwin Williams does a pretty good job of it with Urbane Bronze. This on-trend exterior color looks even better when you pair it with actual bronze metal accents, like bronze porch lights or patio furniture.


two complementary colors for 2021 trend
two complementary colors in 2021 trends

#6 // Two-Tone

We’ve seen a rise in split-level, ranch, and contemporary designs recently. The forecasted trend is pointing in the direction of a design with two complementary colors. Think two-tones, that work well together… maybe it’s one on the top and one on the bottom, or one on the side and one in the middle.  In 2021, you’re going to see more houses embrace the look.


Looks like Wrought Iron Benjamin Moore
Looks like Wrought Iron Benjamin Moore

#7 // Dark Gray

There has been a rise in dark gray, almost black, home exteriors recently. Who isn’t a fan of dark, charcoal, moody gray? This trendy color is having its moment but is also such a classic. Some of our favorite dark grays include Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore and with a blue undertone, Bracken Slate by Benjamin Moore.

#8 // Black as an Accent or Main Color

While using black as an accent color is certainly not a new trend, it is still popular. However, a few of the bolder homeowners out there are starting to use it as their home’s main color. In the home above, a dark gray and black color palette is used: Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore on the brick and shaker siding, Onyx by Benjamin Moore on the vertical siding, and Black by Benjamin Moore on the trim and facia. Going dark on your home’s exterior will give you that edge over the neighbors.

The exterior design of a coastal bungalow with a large porch featuring James Hardie siding in Aged Pewter, wood accents, and stone.

#9 // A Perfect Pewter

Not everyone can instantly envision what the color pewter looks like, but we think after 2021, that could change. This color is starting to become one of the on-trend exterior paint colors. While we don’t know what has sparked its sudden rise in popularity, we do know it looks great with natural wood accents, which are also here to stay. The home above uses two types of James Hardie siding, both in Aged Pewter.


wood stain 2021 trend

#10 // I’ll Take the Wood

Don’t get us wrong, paint is a game changer; however, if you can stain or add some wood to your home’s exterior definitely do it! In 2021, there’s going to be push toward earthy shades and natural elements. Wood is a perfect way, in big or small doses, to embrace the trend.

We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.

white trim 2021 paint trend
White trim for 2021 paint trends

#11 // White Trim

Looking for a way to add a little flair in 2021? Add some extra trim around your windows and paint it a beautiful white. A soft white trim can look gorgeous on a dark color home or even a lighter color for a more monochromatic look. Don’t be nervous to use this look around white or black windows.

Slate Blue shades in 2021 Paint Trends

#12 // Slate Blue

When blue and gray come together, great things happen. A slate blue is tranquil, and it reads like a unique neutral. This color is perfect for the homeowner who wants to show a little personality without straying too far from traditional neutrals. Slate blue is one of those colors that comes in so many different varieties, so we highly suggest swatch testing multiple options. Pay attention to how the slate paint varieties look during different times of the day and under different levels of cloud coverage.

#13 // Navy Blue

Just like slate, navy is one of those colors that ranges greatly. Some of them appear bluer and even traverse into the royal blue territory. For exterior purposes, we suggest a navy blue that is more of a neutral, like Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. It works on coastal bungalows, historic cottages, and midcentury modern homes alike. There really aren’t too many rules when working with a good navy blue!

Earthy Green Neighborhood Park James Hardie 2021 Paint Trend

#14 // Earthy Green

Green is a color that takes some envisioning before committing, so we suggest hiring a virtual exterior designer, like brick&batten, to create a realistic rendering of what your home would look like with this mother-nature-inspired hue. Earthy green especially works as an accent color, but we’ve also seen some houses pull it off on the body. James Hardie has perfected the look with Neighborhood Park above.


Colorful door 2021 paint trend
Antique Coral colorful door 2021 paint trend
Colorful Door Greyhound 2021 paint trend

#15 // Colorful Door

For clients who want to show a little personality on their home’s exterior, pinks and greens seem to be trending colors for front doors. Lately, we’ve been seeing more homeowners opt for pink as a statement door color rather than yellow or red. If you’re going for green, we highly suggest a color like Greyhound by Benjamin Moore, pictured on the door above.

Small porch with large lights

Exterior Paint = Curb Appeal Game Changer

It’s truly amazing what a difference paint can make to a home’s entire look! If you’re wanting to update your home’s curb appeal, check out our exterior design service to unlock your home’s full potential. We’ll help you choose on-trend exterior paint colors that will remain timeless, and then provide you with a helpful shopping list to get your project started. We’d love to give your home an exterior makeover!

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what one of our past clients has to say about their experience with brick&batten (as posted to Houzz):

I cannot say enough positive things about this company.We had them do our virtual exterior design a few months ago and have been able to implement a decent amount of the ideas (it’s a fixer upper so we are taking our time!).We have been stopped by multiple neighbors complimenting the changes, asking where we got our numbers, how we came up with the colors, etc.Not only was their product exactly what we were hoping for, their professionalism and responsiveness was incredible.They truly helped get our house in the right direction, answered countless questions (as I am not a color or design expert by any means!!) and also worked with us on options that we could do now (with the hope of completing in the future).I am so happy we did this, we will keep their design forever and can’t wait to add it all!!!They turned our eye sore into something we absolutely love.Thank you Brick & Batten for making our forever home something we actually like to look at when we pull in our driveway! 🙂

We’ve rounded up more client reviews here. Our fantastic clients are the reason we’re the leading virtual exterior design company!