exterior & outdoor living

Exterior Paint Color Combinations

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comLately, I’ve really been analyzing and pinning exteriors to my heart’s content. Maybe it’s because I’ve been dreaming of adding a garage and architecturally changing the exterior aesthetic of my own home, or maybe it’s the fact that Emmett and I have been focused on improving our backyard and carport area since the warm weather has settled in for good. Either way, I thought it’d be fun to share exterior color palettes and combinations I think are timeless, classic, and true winners- no matter the style of your home. Click through for the paint colors and good examples of uses for them!

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comI’m kicking things off with a classic light and neutral palette. It doesn’t get better than soft creamy gray and greige tones for an exterior. It looks fresh and timeless- yet modern.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comNext up, dark and moody… aka, the beautiful high contrast that occurs when you paint an exterior black. We’re actually in the process of painting our carport black right now and I’m loving the way it instantly modernized the exterior. I’m happy to see this trend sticking around. I think it’s pretty timeless, despite the fact it continues to gain popularity.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comI’m officially on board with desaturated exteriors- with the tiniest bit of navy mixed in. I love the way the greenery pops off of this gray abode.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comIf you have a home that is begging for painted brick, but you want to keep the “look” of brick… try using a terra cotta tone. I love this fresh take on it! Add a hunter green / almost black front door, and you’ve got yourself a chic looking exterior.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comAnother classic combo that will NEVER go out of style is timeless black, white, and gray. I’ll never tire of exteriors that look like this- especially when landscaped with classic, traditional greenery- such as boxwoods, topiaries, and flower-filled window boxes.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comIf you’re not afraid of a little color, navy or blue hues are always a classic option! I love when it’s paired with a light black / charcoal shade and crisp white for added contrast.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comThis soft and subtle taupe home is ideal for terra cotta planters and lush green landscaping. It feels very old-world and traditional, yet the color palette modernizes the entire exterior. I love that the gutters were painted in contrast to the white body. That’s one way to make a home look much more expensive and unique.

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comI’m all about a brick home with blue and black accents. The blue color on this timeless home almost goes a little in the direction of teal- and I’m digging it!

Classic Exterior Paint Color Combinations - roomfortuesday.comLastly, don’t be afraid of classic colors when paired with wood. I especially enjoy the application of the paint on this exterior- with the second level being painted in a contrasting navy. If your home is naturally “sectioned off” try some exterior color blocking like the example above!

Do you have other favorite exterior color palettes? I’ll definitely be pinning these for when the time comes to address my own exterior. You can’t beat a classic color combo! Exterior paint is a bigger commitment than interior, just because of the amount and square footage. It can be costly, and nobody wants to paint their exterior every single year. It’s important to get it right and choose a style that will last for at least 5-10 years.

For more exterior inspiration, follow: my front door Pinterest board // my garage Pinterest board // my general exterior Pinterest board

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    May 16, 2018 at 5:37 am

    THIS POST!! I love all of these combos. Do you think that Labradorite color would work as a main siding color, too (brick second to last house)? Or do you think it might be too saturated to be more than just an accent color? I love it so much!!

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      May 16, 2018 at 8:59 am

      So happy you like it Jacqui! I definitely think it could work as a main siding color with neutral accents / brick… it’s so pretty! xo

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    May 16, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Whatever you choose, make sure you try out several samples! Our home’s exterior (1978 modern ranch) is stucco, wood trim, and warm-stained cedar siding, and we had the entire house re-painted/stained about a year ago. We went through a few rounds of paint/stain samples to end up with the right ones. And I’m happy to note my husband selected the winning stucco paint, I would have never even considered it b/c it looked really yellow in the store, but on our stucco it was just warm enough once next to the dark wood trim paint and warm stain.

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      May 16, 2018 at 8:59 am

      I’m all about samples! I always use them and recommend them to clients as well- you never know until you see the paint applied with the correct lighting / surroundings / etc. Such a good point, Karen! xox

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    May 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I’ve been mulling this over lately too, we bought a total dump and my brain is occupied with fixing the inside currently but I also know that we may need to address the exterior maybe as soon as this summer since we have seasons in the PNW. Right now the exterior is raw cedar that could really use some power washing and love or paint and the trim is a weird kind of blue with maroon around in weird spots. The facade is mostly garage/shop doors (3!!) and I am really wondering what to do here. I love contract exteriors and even dark colors but I’m not sure if that make this place seem odd with that much garage door space and do we paint the cedar or leave it!?!.. I wish I could send a picture and get reader (or professional) advice…it’s one of those things that’s really got me stumped…

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      May 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      contrast not contract

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    May 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Love this! The exterior of our home was alllll brand new when we moved in, two years ago… but all in beige/brown tones. No white or contrasting colours to be seen. We’ve added some easy updates but eventually want to do a lot more work. How does one find someone who can do realistic drawings/renderings?? It’s so hard to plan when you can’t visualize!

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    May 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Where are these paint colours from?

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      May 29, 2018 at 8:29 am

      All of the paint colors in the post are Sherwin-Williams brand.

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