My 6 Favorite Exterior House Paint Colors

My 6 Favorite Exterior House Paint Colors

There are so many exterior paint colors to choose from!  But the color you choose to paint your house makes such a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the exterior of your place is the first impression that your home makes to the world, so you want it to be a good one!  If you have a cool, sparkling personality, do you think it would reflect who you are to have a home with a “blah” color painted on the front?!  Of course not!  So it’s always puzzling to me when I see people leave this super important detail off their design list.  But, I get it: if it makes such a big impact and covers such a large amount of space, it can be intimidating to choose the perfect color!

Whether you’re gripped with fear that you’ll pick the wrong paint, or just need to be pointed in the right direction, I’m here to help.  I’ve painted so many homes over the years – and yes, repainted when the color didn’t turn out quite right – and I have 6 favorite exterior paint colors that have risen to the top.  Curb appeal, here we come!


My 6 Favorite Exterior Paint Colors


1. Grizzle Gray

I’ll tell you what, this paint color is sharp!  Grizzle Gray is a gray paint with just the slightest blue undertone in it, which gives it a richness that I think a gray color really needs when it’s used on exteriors.  This color would work on a lot of different architecture styles, too!



2. Dutch Tile Blue

I LOVE Dutch Tile Blue.  It’s such a soothing color you’ll love coming home to when you’re driving up the street and pulling into your driveway.  It’s also a great color to dip your toe in the pool of using a less “traditional” color on your home’s exterior without it feeling too bold or over-the-top.  This would work really nicely on homes that feel more Craftsman.



3. Pure White

Let’s be real: white houses are classic!  If your heart is set on the quintessential white house, this is, in my opinion, the best white paint.  And yes, it’s possible to pick the wrong white paint color (like, really possible).



Above are a handful of ways I’ve used Pure White paint.  I used this paint color 9 times in Season 2 of Hidden Potential!  It really works, people!



4. Colonial Yellow

If you’re someone who would want to paint your house yellow, I feel like you already know who you are.  So here’s my favorite, sunny yellow paint color.  Now go paint your house to be as cheery as you are!



5. Forestwood

This Forestwood color is the perfect option if you want to use a darker color, but take a little more of a leap than a dark gray.  It says, “hey, I’m green, but I’m not too green, okay?”  I think it works really well when paired with white trim and some natural wood accents in the architecture – like the home above!



6. Silverplate

Last but certainly not least, we’ve got Silverplate.  This color is a creamy gray that would work really well if you want to trim your house in white.  And if you’re going to choose a more neutral overall color like this, I dare you to paint your garage door (or front door!) a bolder color.  It’ll take your curb appeal to the next level!

Which color would you choose?




  • Hi! We’re building a beach house in OBX and I’ve been looking at paint colors for two months straight! There are two pictures you have on your page that I am absolutely in love with. The one is the photo with the Hubbard squash door. May I ask what siding color that is because it is a great combo? The other is you standing at the half yellow door that is very pale yellow. I am absolutely in love with both the siding and the front door. It’s what I want! Can I ask what both of those are? I’m pretty sure I’m going to go stir crazy if I continue to look at paint colors! Thank you so much! :)

    Jenni Baltzelle

    on February 28, 2023

  • I have read your article; it is very informative and helpful for me. I admire the valuable information about favorite house paint colors that you offer in your articles.

    Home and Office Professional Painters Perth WA

    on January 31, 2023

  • All of the six paint colors that have been mentioned here and are also your favorite colors are just so boring. Why not innovate a little bit when choosing the right paint colors?

    Greg Rusch

    on January 17, 2023

  • I just ordered Gerkin black vinyl casement to replace existing windows, a new slider & full light exterior doors to be painted black. I’m struggling with siding, soffit & gutter colors. Love the look of horizontal cedar as a feature, but still looking for a low maintenance option. My goal is to push to modern, MCM vibe for my small ranch. Any suggestions for a paint color. It’s hard to find design assistance on this very important exterior remodel.


    on August 06, 2022

  • Thanks so much for specific color ID #s

    Ted Ross

    on August 06, 2022

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