Are you still looking to paint your home’s exterior but just can’t commit to a color? We get it! You need home exterior paint colors that work. Choosing exterior paint from a little paint chip, while rushing through the hardware store, is nearly impossible. Many of our brick&batten clients come to us because of this very reason. It’s too big of a commitment just to wing it.
That said, our color experts are always on the hunt for the perfect exterior paint color. Whether you’re drawn toward light colors, earthy shades, or ready to go dramatic dark, we have discovered home exterior paint colors that work and ones that don’t!
Whites that work
Simply White is gorgeous but is not a true plain white…. What white is? It has a slight yellow undertone creating a warm feeling. With an LRV of 91, Simply White is reflective and will pick up surrounding colors. So, if you’re looking for a soft white, this is a strong contender.
Seapearl is in the white family but depending on the direct sunlight you may see a gray undertone appear. It’s a calm color and doesn’t put off any stark or blue vibes. Seapearl has become a favorite because it’s easy to use on many different house styles.
In my opinion, Light Pewter is an underrated white. It is beautiful for the inside or outside of your home. With an LRV of 68, Light Pewter isn’t too reflective and stays true to its hue. Whether your home is in direct sunlight or shade, Light Pewter won’t appear too dark or dead.
Earthy shades that work
Revere Pewter used to be thrown around all the time as the perfect “greige.” It is beautiful? Yes. It pairs well with just about anything… brick, stone, aged copper, metal; therefore, it’s used often on home exteriors. That said, if your house exterior is shaded, Revere may be a tad too dark.
I was on the search for the perfect earthy shade when I came across Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams. For my own home I wanted earthy, warm, inviting, pairs well with black, and wood accents. Accessible Beige was the color I landed on to paint my brick. I’ll say it again…to paint my brick.
Cape May Cobblestone
Cape May Cobblestone is a classic, elegant gray with a warm undertone. When you’re feeling like you’re not sure which way to turn, Cape May Cobblestone is always a great place to start testing because it’s considered a rather neutral shade. In my experience, Cape May works well in direct sunlight and appears darker in areas of low sun.
Dramatic Darks that work
Slightly lighter, Wrought Iron is a deep, dark, soft, gray. If you aren’t fully committed to black, Wrought Iron is a great choice. It still adds drama and interest but isn’t as deep as other shades. Great for trim, doors, and often used on the popular modern farmhouses. With Wrought Iron, you can’t go wrong.
We are loving Bracken Slate by Benjamin Moore. With a blue green undertone, Bracken Slate evokes a feeling of happiness and more dynamic a typical black. We see this color often on houses with a Nantucket beach feel. Looking beautiful with white trim and wood accents Bracken Slate is another go-to dark in our color pallet.
Urbane Bronze is darker gray with a brown undertone. Because it’s highly saturated, Urbane puts off a cozy vibe and brings a warmer feel. I’ve seen Urbane on house siding as well as an accent color on doors and garages.
There is so much that goes into finding the perfect paint color for your home’s exterior. LRV, fixed elements, and undertones come into play in a major way when deciding on exterior paint. You need home exterior paint colors that work. Our brick&batten designers are color experts and trained to see what you may miss standing in the hardware store.