Home Exterior Colour Ideas & Inspiration


Home Exterior Colour Ideas & Inspiration

When painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.

Choosing the best paint colour for the exterior surfaces of your home means picking colours that look great–and last. Benjamin Moore Aura® Exterior has you covered, with a line of durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and offer a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.
A light gray coloured house with vinyl siding and a dark gray front door

Foolproof Colour Picks

To narrow down your colour choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components.

If you want to highlight the architectural elements and add dimension, choose a contrasting trim colour. Here, trim in Simply White OC-117 provides striking contrast against mid-tone Revere Pewter HC-172 siding. Conversely, if your home’s exterior is painted in a lighter hue, consider a trim in a darker colour.
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Take a Look Around

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colours inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favourites that are perfect for any home including Stonington Gray HC-170, Edgecomb Gray HC-173, and Narragansett Green HC-157.
Stucco exterior with colourful shutters and brick walkway

The Right Light

Just like interior paint colours, exterior colours shift depending on how the light hits them. Outdoors, surrounding landscapes also play a role in how a paint colour is perceived.

Always “try on” your paint colours with a paint sample, available at your local Benjamin Moore retailer. Once you’ve applied colour samples, observe the colour during different times of the day to see how both light, and your home’s natural environs, impact the colour you are considering.
Dark blue barn exterior with large stone walkway with stairs

Finish Lines

Colour is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding colour—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make colour look richer but magnify surface imperfections.
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