Picking out paint colors for your home's exterior is more complicated than it seems. You have to consider three different complementary hues—siding, front door, and trim—and given the cost (and effort!) involved in painting your whole house, the pressure to get it right is real. Benjamin Moore gave us the deets on what colors are the hottest to paint your house right now, so you can rest assured knowing you're at least on trend. And aren't choosing something that's destined to be dated in six months.
First things first, you need to consider your siding. Since it covers the biggest square footage (and therefore costs the most), it's the best starting point. Keep in mind when selecting this color what other fixed elements it needs to work with, like the color of your chimney or even your neighbor's bright blue exterior. Grays, whites, and brick are all safe bets. Go for a warmer undertone if you want curb appeal that energizes you; go for something cooler if you crave coming home to a space that relaxes you.
These shades, specifically, are particularly popular:
Next, brighten things up with the trim. It may be tempting to play it safe with a very similar shade to the siding (or save money and paint it all the same color), but resist that urge: If things get too matchy-matchy, the overall effect can make your house look flat, and even a little boring. Sure, you don't want to get too wack-a-doo either—that's why you should pick a color in the same family as the siding, only a few shades lighter. Varying shades of white and light grays are it when it comes to trim.
Accent colors are where you can take a few risks, like your front door and shutters. A range of blues, red, and even black are where it's at right now. Black accents, particularly in matte, can give your house that Joanna Gaines-y, modern farmhouse look, framing your windows like a couple coats of mascara does for your eyes. Here are the top picks:
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