Like the hues you choose for indoors, exterior house colors should be ones you love coming home to day after day. With that said, if you’re planning to put your house available available available on the market in the future, the best way is to consider which exterior paint color.
off white The color you paint your home’s exterior could make or break people’s perception of your house,” says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for Behr Paints. Several colors come together to create this traditional look: A lighter shade of paint adorns the brick facade, while a cream-colored entryway and greige shutters provide subtle contrast.
yellow “The color yellow on a home says ‘happy’ right off the bat,” said interior designer Carla Aston, of Aston Design Studio, in The Woodlands, Texas. But to be able to attract the greatest number of potential buyers, stick with a pale shade. When the owners of this stately home chose a brighter yellow, Carla suggested they tone it down and lighten it up, leading to this cheerful hue.
light blue Whether your home is situated on the coasts of America’s shoreline or on a cozy suburb cul-de-sac, fresh color combinations like this light blue and deep aqua can enhance architectural elements. Seen here, Behr’s Watery (HDC-CT-26) provides a tranquil backdrop for shutters and doors in bright Blue Metal (HDC-AC-25).
grey Ever since Ron Sonnek, president of Sicora Design/Build, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, posted a picture of this renovation on Houzz.com, he’s received “thousands of requests for this paint color!” And what’s the magic combination? Benjamin Moore Copley Gray (HC-104) trimmed with Benjamin Moore Elephant Tusk (OC-8).
Taupe In keeping with the natural trend, Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, reveals that Tony Taupe (SW 7038) is among the company’s most popular selections among neutral exterior paint colors. “Sticking with classic neutrals is a great way to play it safe when planning to put your house up for sale,” Jordan says.
Putty “We’re seeing a lot of putties, warm taupe, and gray hues—exterior house colors that blend in with the natural surroundings,” reports Amy Elbert, senior architecture editor for Traditional Home. “Inspiration might come from stone used at home’s foundation or on walls and walkways on the property.”
Blue Gray dark blue-greys like the shade shown in this example “have a nautical, serene feeling,” says Amy Hendel, designer for Hendel Homes, in Wayzata, Minnesota, who oversaw the renovation of this waterfront cottage. “It’s also a good complement to white trim.”
Wheat Not quite white and almost yellow, this buttery in-between feels both warm and clean. Behr Oklahoma Wheat (350E-3) will match up with both dark browns and gray-blues for accents and will glow next to the green of a well-kept lawn.

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