Personal preference is a huge factor in choosing your home’s color scheme, but there may be a number of other things you’ll want to consider. Historical preservation, architectural features, Home Owner’s Association (HOA) guidelines, the number of years you plan on staying put, rental and or investment property durability, and neighborhood aesthetics all can influence your decision. It’s a good idea to research current exterior color trends and the impact color has on potential buyers (if resale is in your future). No matter what style you’re imagining for your new exterior, it’s smart to give color careful consideration.

Selecting your color scheme


Neutrals are safe, tried-and-true colors, as they appeal to the most people. Light whites to mid-tone beiges communicate clean lines, fit with most architectural styles, and create a “blank” surface for homeowners to flesh out with landscaping and accessory details.


The “green” movement has influenced homeowners to express themselves by using natural color schemes. Grays, greens, and browns can make a home “blend in” with the surrounding landscape.


Those who don’t want to blend in often select colors like plum, yellow, bright blue and even red.


Paint manufacturers follow color trends closely and create easy-to-use bundles that work together. This helps homeowners narrow their selection and effortlessly match accents to base colors without having to become experts on what “goes”.


Leading paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, recognizing a growing trend toward a mix of softer shades and vibrant, ethnic-inspired palettes, created these collections to inspire homeowners:

Purely Refined--Elegant, classic combinations of understated neutrals and pared-down blues, lilacs, greens, and grays.

Bold Invention--Vivid, high-energy greens, turquoises, blues, and reds balanced with neutrals. These combinations were inspired by urban streets and 3D animations.

Restless Nomad--An adventurous, multicultural palette blending dusky darks with vibrant pinks and reds, earthen tones and food-influenced colors.

Gentle Medley--Grounded yet airy, this palette combines earthy tans, freshwater blues, mint greens, copper, pastel chartreuse, with accents of safari green and brown.

Benjamin Moore has taken an organic approach to the trends of recent years by focusing on grounded, familiar tones. These palettes create a traditional base with brighter details and accents.

Heritage--Rooted in the past, the heritage color palate uses a versatile spectrum of dark, earthy hues and rich, saturated jewel tones.

Process--This palette features modern neutrals, eco-inspired greens, and urban bright colors.

Protection--A collection that plays with combinations of hard and soft colors, with black, steel gray, crimson, and plum with pearly luster and metallic finishes.

Enlightenment--Ethereal, inspirational, misty, shadowy, and light-infused colors are showcased alongside luminous finishes. These colors are often contrasted by intense, blue-inflected hues.

Once you have established the base color for you home, you can begin selecting complimentary accents and accessories. These elements are easy and less expensive to update. You can add a pop of color or highlight a favorite architectural feature with shutters, gutters, front doors, columns, corbels, mantels, decorative moldings, and even roofing shingles. These exterior details come in a wide array of colors, profiles and materials, making it easier than ever to customize your exterior and update your home’s color palate.