Good colour choices for exterior paint for houses

Updated February 21, 2017

Deciding what colour to paint the exterior of your house can be a challenge. While some choose to go with a standard neutral colour, even that presents challenges, because there is a wide spectrum of neutrals to choose from. For those who want a brighter colour, picking out exterior paint may seem even more daunting. If you keep in mind that there are certain colours best suited for the exterior of a house, choosing a paint colour will be a bit easier.


Although neutral colours may seem standard and ordinary when it comes to exterior house paint, they are practical for a number of reasons. Neutral colours blend well into any neighbourhood, look great against any style of landscaping and can easily be cleaned, with the exception of bright whites. When dirt collects on a neutrally painted house, it is not as noticeable as on a house painted in a brighter colour.

Neutral exterior paint choices to consider: ivory, grey, off-white, ecru, mocha, white (not bright white). If you want to choose a bright white shade, keep in mind that dirt will show up easier on your house, and you will need to take extra care to keep it clean to avoid the paint from looking dull and dingy.


When you want just a touch of colour without your home standing out a great deal, consider going with a pastel-coloured exterior paint. Pastels look lovely, especially on homes that are decorated with country or shabby-chic decor.

Standard pastels that are used for exterior house paint include light sky blue, pale yellow, pale rose and pale sage. If you'd like a bolder, brighter pastel, try lavender or light coral.

Bold colours

If you are in a neighbourhood that allows it and you like the look of bold, bright colours, there are a few options available for you. You can paint your house a bold colour without it looking odd or out of place. This is a great option for those who have homes that have modern or contemporary decor.

Some brighter colours that look great on the exterior of homes: cobalt blue, turquoise, burgundy, bright yellow, emerald green and cherry red.

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