Exterior house painting is an ideal way to spruce up a house, increase the home's value, and add a new look. There is a lot more exploration of different exterior home paint color choices than there used to be – going beyond the basic white with a dark trim – and this can be beneficial to a neighborhood, or it can be a disaster. Below is a list of the most popular colors, and why they're the most popular.

Whites, creams and beige tones.

White continues to be the most popular exterior house painting choice – for several reasons. White looks clean, and goes with any trim – including basic black, or even pastels. It's also a safe choice for a house, as it is historically an acceptable color for most neighborhoods as it does not have the potential to clash with other neighboring homes.

However, creams and beige tones have been gaining popularity, for similar reasons. The clean look remains with these colors, and they still manage to go well with almost any trim, but they are a just a little bit different , meaning that a homeowner can infuse a sense of individualism and "standing out" from the other homes, without overwhelming them to the point of being gaudy.

Yellow .

Light yellows and pastel yellows give a more bold appearance to a house, and are a good match for homes that are in areas where seasonal changes are dramatic. Nothing looks nicer than a yard of yellow, orange, and red maple leaves against the backdrop of a yellow-toned home exterior.

Light grays, blues, and greens.

The darker these tones, the more dramatic a statement they make. The lighter tones are best for those neighborhoods which do not encourage personalization (such as housing developments with residential restrictions), but allow for some flexibility for personal tastes.


Light or deep, brown is increasing in popularity, mainly because it is a great match for any kind of landscaping – from desert scape lawns to lush, verdant green lawns, a brown toned house will match the area beautifully.

Do not forget the trim. Light trims can help reflect light and heat from the sun, while darker trims will make a house look more traditional, but will absorb light and heat from the sun. Trim can be important as a bold statement in contrast with the rest of the house, or it can be blended with the overall face of the house to give a more look look.

Some Words of Caution

Go with the overall look of the neighborhood. Matching up 100% with the neighbors homes is not necessary, but going with an overall match will help keep the neighborhood property values ​​up, and will keep that one house from sticking out like a sore thumb, approaching animosity from the surrounding residents.

Match the landscaping of the grounds, to those items that can not be painted. Choose hints of color in the surrounding rocks, trees, and other unchanging surfaces to make the house part of the landscape.

Article originally published at Source by Steve Mike Levy