At the end of every year, we use our design expertise to compile a list of exterior paint colors we expect to be trending in the coming year. Whether you plan to paint your home’s exterior soon or simply want to stay up to date on industry trends, you’re going to want to check out our roundup of the best Benjamin Moore exterior paint colors for 2023.
If you’re looking to spruce up your home’s exterior in 2023, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you determine which paint colors are right for your home. But that’s not all. We can also help you visualize how other cosmetic updates will impact your home’s appearance. Learn more about our virtual exterior design services.
We love trend forecasting and could happily spend all our time pouring over paint chips, chatting with vendors about their offerings for the coming year, and reflecting on our designs from the last year to see what worked well and where we can do things differently in the future.
In our roundup of top paint colors for 2022, we predicted an increase in the use of earth tones and nature-inspired hues. As it turns out, our designers did in fact use variations of green, olive, and forest quite often in their work throughout the year. You’ll even notice some of these hues carry over into 2023. Additionally, keeping in line with Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2023 palette, many of our selections for the year to come are colors that make a statement.
Curious which Benjamin Moore exterior paint colors are poised to be trending throughout 2023? Keep reading to find out!
#1 // Soot
If you’re looking for a dark, moody hue for your home’s exterior, Soot might be the solution. With an LRV of 4.11, this rich, bold shade is almost a true black but is still light enough to let some of its cool blue undertones shine through. (Not sure what LRV means? We break down everything you need to know, including why it’s important to consider LRV when selecting a paint color for your home, here.)
We named Soot one of the best exterior paint colors for 2021, and we’re still in love with this shade. Our designers like to use Soot on modern homes as the base color with even deeper, darker accents, but they also use it as an accent color to create contrast against crisp, bright whites and lighter grays.
#2 // Nightfall
Black and dark gray exterior paint colors are becoming increasingly popular, and Nightfall is one we expect to see a lot more of in 2023. This moody blackened gray has an LRV of 6.36 and subtle blue undertones.
Nightfall has a richness and depth to it that makes it a stunning choice for a field color. We often use it in conjunction with a lighter hue to create a high-contrast color palette, as seen in the rendering above.
Nightfall also looks striking against wood elements and really pops as a secondary color.
#3 // Cloud Cover
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s Cloud Cover, an off-white hue with an LRV of 81.8. This soft white shade has subtle cool undertones that read gray-blue. It’s a versatile hue that works well on a variety of house styles, though we most commonly use it on modern and contemporary homes. Cloud Cover is also a fantastic accent color and pairs nicely with tons of other shades.
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#4 // Regent Green
Regent Green is a deep, muted green that verges on black. This bold, saturated shade has an LRV of 4.19 and jewel-like blue undertones. Regent Green feels luxurious without being flashy and is a great choice for homeowners — or business owners — wanting a dark exterior paint color option that isn’t black.
Regent Green works well with natural elements, such as the various wood accents in the design above. We love how the hue nestles in nicely with the surrounding greenery.
#5 // Wind’s Breath
Wind’s Breath is a beautiful off-white with warm gray undertones. This neutral hue has a welcoming, relaxed quality to it and can make any home look cozy and inviting. Our designers use Wind’s Breath as a field and accent color on a variety of home types. It also works well with a wide range of other colors, both light and dark.
In the design above, Wind’s Breath is used on the home’s brick to create contrast with the dark siding, painted with Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze.
#6 // Copley Gray
Copley Gray is a grayish neutral with a green undertone and an LRV of 24.51. It’s got some warmth to it and can definitely feel more like an earth tone in certain situations. To determine how Copley Gray will read on your exterior, be sure to test first!
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.
#7 // November Rain
November Rain is a light gray with soft, gentle green undertones. With an LRV of 72.71, it’s almost creeping into off-white territory, but it’s still dark enough to be considered gray. This comforting hue is warm and plays well with wood tones. Our designers tend to use November Rain as a base color but have also used it on trim and shutters.
#8 // Raccoon Fur
Raccoon Fur is a near-black paint color that can bring unique character to your home’s exterior. It’s a rich, inky hue with an LRV of 6.34 and strong blue and violet undertones. We love using Raccoon Fur as a field color on modern homes, but it can work well on other house styles, too. When paired with light trim and stone, such as in the design above, it creates a striking contrast.
Raccoon Fur also makes a fantastic accent shade, as seen in the above rendering, where it’s used in the entryway and on the trim.
#9 // Black Beauty
We named Black Beauty our top exterior house color of 2022, and our love affair with this rich black hue is far from over. Black Beauty plays nicely with other colors and is a lovely complement to natural stone, natural or painted brick, stained wood, and more. If you don’t want to use Black Beauty as your home’s main paint color, you’ll be happy to know it also shines as an accent hue.
#10 // Mohegan Sage
If earthy sophistication is what you’re after, Mohegan Sage might be the shade for you. This dark green hue has golden undertones and looks stunning in all sorts of situations. We’ve used it on modern homes, cabins, Victorian houses, and more. On the home above, Mohegan Sage perfectly complements the stone siding, wood columns, and wood front and garage door.
#11 // Baltic Gray
One of the things we love most about Baltic Gray is its versatility. This refined mid-tone has hints of greige and an LRV of 44.3.
Baltic Gray can go modern or traditional. It can stand alone as a home’s main exterior color or work in a color-blocked situation like the one above, where it’s used on the siding along with Benjamin Moore’s Cheating Heart, wood, and stone. Our designers also use it as an accent on trim.
#12 // Fieldstone
Fieldstone is another medium-tone neutral, but it has an elegant green undertone that sets it apart from other similar shades. It’s slightly warm and goes with just about any other paint color.
Fieldstone is great as a base color, or as an accent like in the rendering above, where it’s used on the trim, gutters, and downspouts. Our designers also frequently use Fieldstone on shutters.
#13 // Bear Creek
Have you noticed a trend yet? Earthy hues that make you feel like you’re out in nature are going to be increasingly popular in 2023. Bear Creek — a deep woodsy neutral with smoky brown undertones — fits the bill nicely.
In the design above, Bear Creek is used on the gable of a winery and looks elegant juxtaposed with the classic stone siding.
#14 // Grant Beige
So many of the colors on this list are highly versatile — and Grant Beige is no exception. This tried-and-true neutral hue has an LRV of 56.65 and works well on just about any texture. It has slight green undertones and looks particularly nice with earth tones.
#15 // Westcott Navy
Westcott Navy is one of our favorite blue exterior house colors. With an LRV of 8.01, it comes off as slightly more dark gray than navy, but that can change based on what colors it’s used with. For example, when paired with lighter shades, its rich navy tone comes through more strongly. But when paired with darker colors, Westcott Navy leans more on the deep gray side and gives off moody vibes.
We tend to use this rich, classic shade as a field color with lighter accents, like in the design above.
#16 // Steel Wool
We’re rounding out our list of the best Benjamin Moore exterior paint colors for 2023 with Steel Wool, a deep gray with strong blue undertones. This shade leans slightly cool and acts as an excellent base color on a variety of home styles.
Steel Wool looks good with wood accents, but we especially love it next to light stone siding, as seen above.
The Bottom Line on the Best Benjamin Moore Exterior Paint Colors for 2023
From dark, moody hues to shades of white reminiscent of clouds, our list of the top Benjamin Moore exterior paint colors for 2023 covers all the bases. We can’t wait to start using these colors more frequently and hope this roundup has inspired you, too!
If you want to update your home’s exterior in 2023 — with new paint colors or other design elements — enlist our expert team of designers to help. Let’s get started!
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