We’re pleased to share our list of the best exterior house colors 2023 has to offer. Exterior paint colors are one of the biggest reasons people turn to the experts here at brick&batten. As such, we love sharing some of the trending hues and palettes we’re seeing for residential curb appeal every year. (Check out our roundups for 2022, 2021, and 2020.) If you’re in the market for an exterior overhaul in 2023, or if you just love to keep your finger on the pulse of exterior design trends, read on.
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Benjamin Moore’s Best Exterior House Colors 2023
#1 // Nightfall
Dark and moody exterior paint colors aren’t going anywhere, and Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall is an excellent choice. This blackened gray with subtle blue undertones is reminiscent of midnight (hence the name). With an LRV of 6.36, it’s definitely dark. (Learn more about LRV and why it’s super important when painting exterior surfaces here.)
We love pairing Nightfall with natural building materials: wood, brick, and stone. Its depth highlights the layers on contemporary homes like the one above. On the other hand, this tone can ground façades that have a lot of mixed materials, like the one below.
#2 // Regent Green
Taking things a couple of steps darker, we find ourselves with Regent Green. With an LRV of 4.19, Regent Green can appear almost black in certain lights. However, Benjamin Moore refers to it as a deep, muted pine green. You’ll note its jewel-like blue tones in the rendering above. This home is one of our team member’s favorites because of how Regent Green pulls out naturally occurring blues and greens in the stone on the front side. The back of the home is more modern, with a greige on the upper level and a near-black on the lower. Regent Green pulls it all together.
#3 // Bear Creek
Bear Creek is one of our favorite earthy neutral exterior house colors for 2023. It’s deep, rich, and woodsy with a prominent smoky brown undertone. Above, Bear Creek brings warmth to a contemporary exterior with lots of industrial accents.
#4 // November Rain
The next top exterior house color of 2023 is quite a chameleon. In certain executions, like the one above, November Rain can come across as an off-white. However, it is in fact a light gray with subtle green undertones. Note how the reds and purples in the stone on the home in this design mitigate any green and make November Rain come across as a pure neutral.
#5 // Grant Beige
We’ve been saying it for years — beige is back. It’s a fantastic choice for homeowners looking for a mid-range neutral with depth and warmth. Grant Beige is a particular favorite of our expert exterior designers because of its versatility. It has an equal mix of gray and beige tones with slight green undertones. On the contemporary home above, the designer suggested Grant Beige as a field color because it brings warmth and softness as a balance to all of the square edges.
#6 // Mohegan Sage
There’s no arguing that neutrals will always have their place in exterior design, but we do love the moment green is having right now. And Mohegan Sage is a stunner. Equally effective on modern cabins like the one above as it is on Craftsman-style homes and even Victorians, Benjamin Moore calls this hue ‘malleable’ for a reason.
#7 // Fieldstone
Fieldstone is a lovely organic neutral with an LRV of 42.18, putting it in the mid-range. It has plenty of depth and a notable earthy green undertone. One of the most versatile of our top exterior house colors of 2023, there’s almost nothing Fieldstone can’t do. We love it as a field color, and it can even look stunning on brick, as on the transitional home above. Below, it provides a soothing warmth on the shutters of a traditional home, which features Cloud Cover on the brick and lap siding.
#8 // Westcott Navy
One of our favorite blue exterior house colors, Westcott Navy is a classic shade that’s a wonderful selection for updated traditional exteriors. When paired with light and/or bright design elements, like the off-white and natural red brick above, the rich blue of Westcott Navy comes through. However, Westcott Navy can read more dark gray when paired with even darker hues.
Sherwin Williams’ Best Exterior House Colors 2023
Sherwin Williams is the other paint vendor we recommend regularly for homeowners looking for on-trend exterior color palettes. Out of our 16 Sherwin Williams favorites for the year, we’ve narrowed the list to the following 7 top contenders.
#9 // Andiron
Sherwin Williams’ Andiron is flying under the radar right now, but we think that will change in 2023. This dark complex neutral has an LRV of 5. We think of it as a deep olive green with a strong dose of brown and all the warmth of its namesake — gorgeous alongside a roaring fire. Andiron looks beautiful on traditional and contemporary homes alike. It’s surprisingly versatile, pairing well with notoriously difficult red brick (see above), black or white trim, and popular wood and stone cladding options.
#10 // Inkwell
Inkwell has an LRV of 4, so it’s unabashedly dark. However, its strong blue undertone makes this hue come across as more of a deep charcoal than a black. It’s moody and dramatic, and we love it in all sorts of applications. Above, our designers paired Inkwell with Sherwin Williams’ Porpoise on the gable and front entry cladding accents with Seapearl on the trim, to beautiful effect.
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.
#11 // Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray has an apropos name. This warm greige is just that: agreeable. It has an LRV of 60, making it a lighter mid-range color, and it works on just about any texture and with light and dark accents. Use it as a field color, or as an accent, and it will bring a warm and inviting touch to your curb appeal.
#12 // Mountain Road
The next green-leaning exterior house color that’s on-trend for 2023 is Mountain Road. It’s a lovely, earthy neutral with an LRV of 23, meaning it has solid depth. Mountain Road feels bright and open when paired with prominent white elements, as on the home above. It can also feel warmer and more rich as part of a darker color palette, with blacks, dark woods, and copper tones.
#13 // Universal Khaki
Sherwin Williams’ Universal Khaki is warm and rich. It pairs nicely with other warm design elements, like walnut-stained wood features and off-white trim. We love how it looks in the monochromatic design above.
#14 // Software
#15 // Dover White
Dover White by Sherwin Williams made our list of the best warm white paint colors of 2021 and, now that we’ve been using it for a solid two years, we’ve decided to give it its due as one of the best exterior house colors of 2023. Dover White is light and creamy, calm and relaxing, and pretty much always delivers cozy vibes. It was the perfect choice for cladding on the cottage-style home above.
The Best Exterior House Colors 2023 Has to Offer
There you have it! Our ultimate list of the best Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors for 2023. We think there’s a hue in here for everyone, and we’re ready and waiting to help more homeowners pick the paint color that’s perfect for them in 2023.
If you want to see one of the paint colors above on your façade, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert designers recommend paint colors and use them to develop virtual renderings like those in this article. We’re here to help you see before you commit to costly changes — and ultimately to create lasting value on your biggest investment. Get started today.
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