5 Welcoming Exterior Paint Color Combinations

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Looking for exterior paint color combinations that will make your home feel welcoming and inviting? These 5 combos will have your increase your homes curb appeal immensely, and there’s one for every style preference!

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Spring is here and, if you’re anything like me, the increase in sunshine stirs up a desire to clean up the exterior of one’s home.

Many times, this includes painting or freshening up the exterior paint, so I wanted to take a minute to share with you 5 of my favorite exterior paint color combinations!

EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR COMBINATIONS FOR YOUR HOME

Before we get to the actual paint combinations, let’s think about the PROCESS of choosing an exterior paint color combination. Painting your home’s exterior is an expensive and time-consuming task, so I want you to make the right decision the first time!

Consider these when reviewing exterior paint color combinations:

  • What style of home do you have?
  • Does your home have any fixed natural elements like brick or stone?
  • What color is your roof?
  • What color of landscaping do you have?

Each of these things can have a drastic impact on what colors will look nice on your home’s exterior, so let’s dive into each of them.

STYLE OF HOME

The first thing to consider when selecting your home’s exterior paint color combination is the style of your home.

  • Is it a single-level ranch, a large modern or a two-story craftsman?
  • Are there lots of square windows with shutters or decorative odd-shaped windows?
  • Do you have a large wrap-around porch with a railing or stucco siding?

While I do believe you should have the freedom to select any paint color you love, I do also think there’s wisdom in matching the colors to your home’s style.

For example, I probably wouldn’t lean towards painting a really modern home a pastel color. Modern style (with lots of straight lines and bold features) might look best with a neutral or solid primary color.

So glance through some inspiration photos of homes in your same style to make sure you’re selecting a color scheme that will accentuate your home’s style, rather than compete with it.

FIXED ELEMENTS & ROOF COLOR

The second thing to consider is if there are any fixed natural elements on your home’s exterior and your roof color.

Most likely, if your home was built with brick or stone accents, you’re going to keep those intact and paint the siding around it.

It’s also likely that installing a new roof isn’t part of your exterior paint project, so it’s important that you review the exterior paint color combinations you’re looking through next to those items.

Be sure the colors your choose will match or compliment the natural elements and roof of your home.

LANDSCAPING COLORS

This may sound silly, but the colors of your already-existing landscaping can be a big eye sore if they’re completely different or clash with the exterior color of your paint.

Review what color flowers come up in your front yard and whether those will look nice with the colors you’re selecting!

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5 Welcoming Exterior Paint Color Combinations

Ok, without further ado, let’s get the color combos! These are 5 homes in my local area that I always gawk at when driving by. 😉 I’m a huge fan of their exterior paint color combinations and hope you are too!

I’ve included beneath each combination links to similar colors from Behr so you can snag some easily at your local Home Depot.

I’m hoping this will inspire you, and maybe even make your life a little easier, if you’re trying to choose what colors to paint the exterior of your home.

Let me know if you have any questions!

1. Classic (Black and White)

This exterior paint color combination of a white house and trim with black shutters and door is a classic and commonly used exterior paint scheme among farmhouse style homes.

Too simple for your style? You could easily spice things up by painting your front door a bold color like red or green!

GET THIS LOOK:

BODY & TRIM / SHUTTERS & DOOR

2. Contemporary (Green, White, Black & Brick)

This exterior paint color combination is very similar to our home. I love the look of pale greens on the outside of a home, and the white trim with the black shutters makes it pop!

Like this house, be sure you paint your garage doors the same color as the rest of the house – painting them the trim color mistakenly makes them stand out which then takes away from the front door’s welcoming curb appeal.

GET THIS LOOK:

BODY / TRIM / SHUTTERS & DOOR

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3. Craftsman (Grey, Beige, White & Wood)

I have a bit of exterior paint envy when it comes to this combination of grey, beige and white.

The natural wood door is another fabulous addition too! Use these colors if you have nice trim around your windows and doors – it really accentuates those details.

GET THIS LOOK:

BODY / ACCENT / TRIM

4. Transitional (Mustard, Black, White & Brick)

This mustard color has just enough of an orange undertone to make it beautiful. I love how classy it looks with the cream trim and black accents.

The yellow tone also makes it feel warm, increasing the welcoming factor.

GET THIS LOOK:

BODY / TRIM / SHUTTERS & DOOR

5. Modern (White, Black, Brown & Stone)

Grey brick is typically found in a grey paint combination, but I love how this white/brown combination puts a bit of a modern spin on it!

The brown has an orange undertone making it appear almost like wood. I love how the black metal lights and house numbers stand out on the white paint too.

exterior paint

GET THIS LOOK:

BODY / TRIM / GARAGE DOOR

Well friends, I hope this gives you some ideas for exterior paint color combinations you could use to paint your home this spring!

They’re all both welcoming and classic, so if you do paint your home one of these combos, I don’t anticipate you’ll be needing to change it anytime soon.

Paint sheen is also a really important thing to consider, so be sure to grab my FREE Paint Sheen Reference Guide here. Exterior paint is an expensive project, you definitely want to get it right the first time!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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6 thoughts on “5 Welcoming Exterior Paint Color Combinations”

  1. I love the look of the different grey and beige combinations for painting a house exterior. My husband and I need to update the paint on our house. We’ll have to have paint contractors come and take care of it.

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  2. I like that you suggest considering the style of your home when planning a paint job. My brother and his wife are building a home this summer. I will send them this information so they can make sure to find a good paint to go with their stucco trim.

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  3. You probably don’t have any stucco houses in your area, like we have in New Mexico, and Arizona. Do you have any thoughts on colors for those area? We have only garage doors, and front doors for color. The stucco is usually done in a very few colors. We just blend into the desert. Our lawns are usually rock with a Little greenery.

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    • I would think using colors that naturally appear in the desert would be great – think a bright red, a vibrant orange or a deep green. You could also use the brown with a tint of yellow like in my last combination in this post! It would look great with a neutral house color. 🙂

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