There are clear trends when it comes to modern exterior house colors, but modern color schemes are not necessarily one-size-fits-all. Depending on your design style, you might lean toward a sleek aesthetic or something more striking and bold. Furthermore, small details, like the color of the front door or trim, make all the difference with modern homes. Whatever your tastes might be, we have tons of color ideas below to inspire you.
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Color palette trends for modern homes
Modern homes encompass a variety of design styles and color preferences. Specifically, modern exterior house colors tend to follow a minimalist, neutral approach. We frequently use monochromatic color schemes and those that combine contrasting dark and light shades. Daring aesthetics that make use of bold, saturated shades of charcoal and black are on-trend, but white exteriors with darker accents cultivate a fresh, timeless appearance. Plus, another trend we can’t get enough of is incorporating a bold pop of color for the front door on a modern home. If you’re searching for the perfect color for your modern exterior, read on for some of our favorites.
#1 // Sherwin Williams’ Caviar
Despite its LRV of 3, Sherwin Williams’ Caviar is a black paint color with dimension. Caviar has deep brown undertones that give it a warmer feel. The earthy tone of this color pairs well with natural elements. In the rendering above, our designers combined Caviar siding with wooden accents, bringing in a rustic feel. Because of its quiet complexity, Caviar is one of our favorite modern exterior house colors and is on our list of the best Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors for 2022.
#2 // James Hardie’s Night Gray
Are you looking for modern exterior house colors that will add drama and depth to your home’s aesthetic? Look no further than James Hardie’s Night Gray. This sophisticated hue looks incredible with the light gray stone in the rendering above. As you can see, combining light and dark shades is a great way to bring dimension to a modern exterior. New to James Hardie? They offer a variety of siding options with different textures and tons of great color choices.
#3 // Sherwin Williams’ Black Fox
Another dark shade we recommend for modern homes is Sherwin Williams’ Black Fox. Modern designs make use of clean lines and incorporate geometric elements. Using dark colors for an exterior accentuates this sharpness. If you want to go with an almost-black shade that isn’t too stark, Black Fox should be on your radar. This brown-meets-black shade pairs perfectly with wood and copper accents, which our designers often include on modern designs.
#4 // Benjamin Moore’s Sussex Green
Looking for neutral modern exterior house colors that don’t live in the gray, black, or white realm? Benjamin Moore’s Sussex Green is a warm, deep green that pairs perfectly with natural accents like wood and stone. In the rendering above, the color is amplified by the landscaping and subtle wooden additions. This shade is so appealing that we included it in our list of the best Benjamin Moore exterior paint colors for 2022.
#5 // Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty
We can’t talk about modern exterior house colors without including an example that uses a black-and-white color scheme. We love Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty so much that we named it our top exterior house color for 2022. On the home above, our designers used Black Beauty for the brick, columns, trim, and other accents. Additionally, the siding is painted with Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster, one of our favorite warm white paint colors. For mid-century modern homes like this one, the classic color palette is elevated by the pop of color (Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise) on the front door.
#6 // James Hardie’s Iron Gray
Coming in at sixth on our list, James Hardie’s Iron Gray is a bold, elegant shade that works great for modern exterior house colors. Our designers used Benjamin Moore’s Black on the trim above, creating a daring aesthetic. The wood and stone accents give the exterior a layered look, enhancing the depth of the design.
#7 // Sherwin Williams’ Olympic Range
Sherwin Williams’ Olympic Range is a beautiful deep forest green shade that looks incredible on modern exteriors. In the rendering above, our designers used Olympic Range on the siding to highlight the home’s sharp edges and unique structure. This home makes a statement.
#8 // Benjamin Moore’s Deep River
Next on our list of the best modern exterior house colors is Benjamin Moore’s Deep River. This saturated dark gray features blue undertones. It also has a warmth to it. Deep River pairs nicely with the walkway pavers and wooden accents on the home design above. We also love it alongside the unexpected burst of Benjamin Moore’s Wasabi on the front door.
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.
#9 // Sherwin Williams’ Anonymous
Neutrals are on-trend modern exterior house colors. And Sherwin Williams’ Anonymous is quickly becoming one of our favorite complex neutral shades. This mid-to-dark tone creates a sophisticated appearance on the home above. The Galapagos Turquoise front door draws the eye to the entry, and the black accents showcase the home’s sharp lines.
#10 // Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster
White is timeless, classic, and works for any style of home. This is why we included Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster in this list of modern exterior house colors. It has a sleek, refreshing appearance, especially when combined with black accents. Alabaster’s warmth creates a smooth canvas for the home above, allowing the accents to stand out and elevating the curb appeal in turn.
Wrapping up our favorite modern exterior house colors for 2022
At brick&batten, our designers often work on modern home upgrades for our clients. This work almost always includes recommendations for updating exterior paint colors. And we consider every detail — from accent and trim colors to landscaping suggestions and light fixtures. Our designers will harness the right modern design elements to take your curb appeal to the next level.
Ready to transform your exterior design goals into a reality? Not sure where to start? Tell us your vision and design style, and we can help you achieve the look you’re after. Get started today!
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