21 Painted Houses to Inspire You in 2021

Painting your home’s exterior can definitely feel like a big commitment; however, with the right paint, it’s a game changer for curb appeal. We’ve curated 21 of our favorite painted houses to get you inspired to grab a paint brush! As you will see in these home transformations, the end result can be absolutely spectacular. We created this list for those on the fence to nudge you in the “pro paint your brick, siding, and stucco” direction and to give you some color ideas that will make you glad you took the leap.

Before and after of a ranch with a front porch awning addition and outdoor fireplace added

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21 Painted Houses: Before & After Transformations

Before and after of a brick ranch painted in a monochromatic white

#1 // Monochromatic Whites

The first of our 21 painted houses is simply beautiful. The paint completely updated this home without taking away from its charm and architecture. Seapearl is our brick&batten color of the year. It’s such a fresh update and works well on all types of home styles.


Before and after of a rustic lakeside home given a modern look with a dark paint job

#2 // Dark Is In

The name of this paint, Black Beauty, certainly doesn’t disappoint. We love these dark colored homes, especially when nestled in natural surroundings like by a lake or in the woods. The color helps highlight the natural beauty of a home’s surroundings. Earthy colors are in, and the home above fits the bill with the wood accents and updated stone.


Before and after of a transitional home with brick painted in Iron Mountain, a charcoal paint color, with new stone accents and new garage doors

#3 // Charcoal Done Right

Iron Mountain is another earthy shade that deserves a second look. It may be our new favorite dark gray with brown undertones. It’s not too dark and works well when paired with contrasting elements like the wood garage and light colored brick in the photo above.


Virtual exterior design of a Victorian home with new James Hardie Evening Blue cladding

#4 // Try a Blue

If your home was originally gray or white, try a new look with James Hardie siding in Evening Blue. With the home above, our designer kept the traditional vibe by using a Craftsman door but added some modern flair with the horizontal railing and wood columns.


Virtual exterior design of a Victorian home with new James Hardie Neighborhood Park cladding

#5// Same House, Different Color

If you’re not sure what color to choose, you have a partner in home design with brick&batten. We give you the option to see two color options before you commit. Earthy shades are big this year. Darker blues and sage greens are stealing the show. Check out this James Hardie siding in Neighborhood Park.


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

#6 // Let Them Stare

If you really want to be the show stopper on the street, don’t stop with just a new door. Updating windows, adding wood accents, painting with Romabio, and a fireplace in the backyard — definitely a place we want to be! Beware, you may catch neighbors standing on your sidewalk and staring at your home in amazement.


Before and after of a cottage modernized with white paint and a new fence

#7 // Go All White

When different materials and colors on your home’s exterior compete against instead of complementing one another, giving it all a busy look one solution can be to paint everything the same color. This allows the textures to bring depth and interest without being visually overwhelming. The results in the example above are simply outstanding.


Virtual exterior design of a bungalow painted Black Magic with Seapearl accents and xeriscape features

#8 // Bold Black

This brick&batten client wanted to go black, which is coming out in full force again this year. We lightened it up with white windows, Xeriscape, and Corten steel planters.


Before and after of a traditional brick home painted in Olympic Mountains

#9 // Olympic Mountains

The paint used on this home, Olympic Mountains by Benjamin Moore, carries with it the strength and sophistication the name of the color embodies. With a midrange LRV, there is balance, keeping a home from becoming too white.


Virtual exterior of a brick ranch painted in Chelsea Gray with a statement orange front door

#10 // Lovely Gray with a Statement Door

It’s amazing the difference painting brick can make. If you can’t decide between painting your home charcoal or an off-white, why not try Chelsea Gray with a statement door? It did wonders for this home.


Before and after of a transitional home painted in Iron Mountain and Light Pewter with Jet Black accents. New front porch awning and double front doors.

#11 // Two-Tone Home

Exterior design trends in 2021 are all about mixing things up: using a variety of materials, multiple colors, borrowing from multiple styles, you name it. Along with it, adding an accent wall or color to your home is totally on-trend.


Before and after of a contemporary home with updated cladding, a new porch awning, and wood accents

#12 // Lean Into Your Home’s Architecture

If you have a contemporary house, lean into the architecture. Consider going for large hung panel cladding, as in the project above. This home also includes a beautiful, simple entryway and wood accents that fit its style.


Before and after of a traditional Old English style home with painted brick in the Studio McGee style

#13 // A Grand Makeover

Are you ready to get rid of the Old English look and update your home with a Studio McGee type makeover? Check out this stunner for inspiration!


Before and after of a traditional brick home painted white with dark accents for a modernized look

#14 // Light Base, Dark Accents

A great way to add depth to your home’s look is to go with a light base color and create contrast by painting your windows, doors, and garage in a dramatic dark color.


Before and after of a home given the farmhouse look

#15 // Looking for a Farmhouse?

The farmhouse trend is still in full swing. Wood accents, white paint, an X porch railing, and a farmhouse double front door did the trick on the virtual home design above.


Coastal modern home painted in Hale Navy

#16 // Hale Navy. Hale Yes!

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is another excellent color choice if you’re looking to go dark and dramatic without committing to black. Paired with white accents and green landscape, Hale Navy becomes a beautiful backdrop.


Before and after of a traditional two-story home with painted brick, a new front porch and awning, and a bright red double front door

#17 // Create Depth

A lot of times a painted brick home isn’t reaching its true potential because of one thing: lack of visual depth. Adding depth doesn’t necessarily mean adding a front porch (although it might). It’s about adding visual depth that draws they eye to a focal point, rather than quickly scanning a flat surface, unsure where to look first. This is what intentional design is all about.


Before and after of a home updated in a modern way to reflect the owner's Italian heritage

#18 // Find Your Roots

This client was looking for an exterior design update that reflected their Italian heritage. You don’t need to settle for just painting your brick and cedar. Why not try using new materials, like stone and siding? The arched, wooden front door with a speakeasy window and wooden garage doors with hardware fit the style perfectly. Our designer added modern twists like removing the bay window and adding a Corten steel planter.


Before and after of a California bungalow with beachy vibes

#19 // Embrace the Beach

This California client wanted to transform their bungalow and embrace the beach. A coat of Yarmouth Blue by Benjamin Moore, a new front railing, and a fun weather vane did just that.


Before and after of a home with Revere Pewter trim and a teal jewel-tone front door

#20 // Keep the Character

Even when going with dark base paint color, nothing says your trim must be white. Try using a trim color like Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, as in the example above, to add beautiful contrast without looking too stark. Here, the design draws all eyes to the doorway with a teal jewel-tone — another on-trend paint color for 2021.


Before and after of a traditional two-story brick home painted with limewash

#21 // Limewash

Last but not least of our 21 painted houses is a limewash finish. If you are still not ready to commit to painting your brick home, consider a compromise. Limewash allows the brick to still show the through while brightening up the home. Checkout Classic Finishes to get inspired… and be sure to tell them brick&batten sent you.


Inspired to Paint Yet?

From dark to light and everything in between, painted brick, stucco, or siding can make your home simply beautiful. If you’re not ready to commit to painting your house, consider painting your front door to add curb appeal. Just remember to keep your home’s architecture, as well as the fixed elements surrounding the house, in mind when choosing the perfect shade.

If you’ve looked at all these inspirational before-and-afters but are still having a hard time visualizing what your home will look like when it’s completed, you’re not alone. That’s why we started this company! Partner with the exterior design pros at brick&batten, and order a custom home design online. We provide custom exterior design services and help our clients visualize their home’s transformation, with a realistic rendering as shown in the example above. We also provide links to our suggested resources, making you the expert when working with local contractors or giving you the confidence to work on the project yourself. Get started with your own exterior design makeover today!