11 Best Exterior Paint Colors (With Real Examples)

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I think you might agree with me when I say, “choosing the best exterior paint colors can be a bit overwhelming.”


Or maybe you haven’t started yet and seen the vast color selections and various paints.

Either way, I wrote this article to help make choosing the best exterior paint color a bit easier.

In this article, I discuss:

  • Key things to consider before choosing a paint color
  • 11 Best Exterior Paint Colors (With Real Examples)
  • Essential steps to make sure you choose the perfect color
  • #1 Mistake most homeowners make


Let’s go!

Key considerations before looking at color options

Large house with orange colored roof

Before you start to become overwhelmed looking at all the color options, there are a few things you may want to consider:

  1. Do you have an HOA? If so, it’s likely they have a list of colors to choose from and in most cases, you won’t be allowed to paint you house the same or similar color as your neighbor. Every HOA is different, so you will need to check with your HOA specifically for guidelines.
  2. Choose The Brand / Type of Paint You Want To Use First: Every paint brand creates their own “proprietary” colors so before you go to Home Depot and look at the Behr colors, decide on the brand of paint you want to use. If you think you can just “color match”, it’s never 100% accurate. That said, my team used to liked to use Sherwin Williams Duration or Emerald or Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec (most affordable) or Aura for exteriors. These are great paints and do come at a cost so that is something to consider.
  3. Consider your landscaping, siding, roof and other surrounding elements so they coordinate. One of the number 1 things we used to see people overlook is their roof. Unless you are replacing it soon, you may want to consider it’s color and how it will go with the rest of the house.
  4. How long will you be living at this property? If you plan on moving in the next 2-3 years, you could use a lower grade of paint to save money.
  5. Dark colors tend to fade in the sun faster: Just like when you are wearing a dark colored shirt, the sun is attracted to dark colors on your house and tend to break down faster.
  6. What side faces gets hit with the most sun? May you’ll want to ask the painting company you hire to add an extra coat of paint on that side.

Taking these questions into account will put you on the right path to choosing the perfect exterior paint color.

So now that’s out of the way.

Let’s get down to the fun stuff.

Here’s are our most popular exterior paint colors for 2022 and beyond:

#1- Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams – SW 6258

Tricorn black single story home with stone pillars on either side
Iron Ore Paint by Sherwin Williams on House Exterior. Credit: Brick & Batten

Looking for a color that demands attention in a really good way?

Look no further than Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams.

This daring and elegant black paint was one of our go-to paint colors for exterior paint projects.

It looks great as an accent on shutters, trim or the front door because it adds a tons of depth and dimension.

Lareg double front door painted Tricorn Black
Tricorn Black Front Door. Credit: Studio McGee

For example, when you pair Tricorn Black on the trim, fascia and soffits next to white, you get very dramatic dimension that looks incredible:

Front of house with 3-car garage and the siding painted white and trim painting Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
Tricorn Black on Trim, Fascia, Soffits and Garage Doors. Credit: Mr. Happy House

While tricorn black looks great as an aceent or trim color, it can also look great on an entire home exterior.

Because this color tends to absorb so much light, we would typically only recommend on smaller exteriors such as 1-story homes.

Even though larger homes and broader surfaces usually aren’t recommended, I’ve seen it look great on some large homes:

Tricorn Black on Entire Exterior of 2-Story home
Tricorn Black Exterior. Credit: HomeBunch.com

Bottom-line, this dark black hue is a neutral favorite among designers and homeowners. Its lack of strong undertones makes it suitable for use in any color palette, making it an excellent choice as an accent to exterior color palettes.

#2- Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore 2128-10

Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore is a bold, saturated color that brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color.

When contrasting between Black Beauty with white and wood, it makes for a stunning look.

Black beauty by Benjamin Moore paired on the gorgeous exterior. Best exterior paint colors for 2022 and beyond.
Black Beauty on Exterior of House: Credit: Benjamin Moore Paints

I would definitely use this option if there was a lot of natural sunlight and little to no shade.

Best exterior paint colors on a barn exterior of Black Beauty by Benjamin moore
Black Beauty on Exterior. Credit Benjamin Moore

#3- Iron Ore By Sherwin Williams – SW 7069

Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams on House Exterior ranks as one of our best exterior paint colors
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore on Exterior. Credit: HomeBrunch.com

Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams is a pure, very rich, dark gray charcoal paint hue that continues to demonstrate its elegance and refinement over time!

It’s clean and clear, with no undertones whatsoever!

Iron ore shown on color strip by sherwin williams
Iron Ore and Where It’s Located on Color Deck

Iron ore is a touch lighter than Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, Caviar, Black Magic, and Inkwell, as it oozes breathtaking luxury in a room.

Exterior house painted in Iron Ore by sherwin Williams
Iron Ore with White Trim. Credit: Andrea Instagram

If you are looking for a perfect dark gray neutral with charcoal shade, I must say there is no better option than Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.

If you’re looking for a charcoal-toned black that’s neutral, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is the finest option.

#4- Aegean Olive by Benjamin Moore – 1491

Aegean Olive by Benjamin Moore on House Exterior
Algean Olive by Benjamin Moore on House Exterior with Stone. Credit: Pinterest

Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Olive is a timeless paint color that blends well with both classic and modern styles of décor.

Aegean Olive on Home Exterior in 3D rendering
Algean Olive By Benjamin Moore on House Exterior Rendering. Credit: Brick & Batten

In 2022, you’ll see a lot more of Aegean Olive, which is a lovely deep earth tone green. It’s part of Benjamin Moore’s traditional and timeless color palette that never goes out of style.

With an LRV (Light Reflective Value) of 9.59, it’s a strong and dark option that looks great as an accent. However, for some of our color suggestions, we anticipate utilizing Aegean Olive as a base color.

#5- Dried Thyme by Sherwin Williams – SW 6186

Dried Thyme by Sherwin Williams ranks in our best exterior paint colors for years to come. One small exterior of house.
Dried Thyme on Farmstyle Exterior. Credit: Textbook Painting

We can’t discuss green Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors for 2022 without mentioning Dried Thyme.

Dried thyme as an accent wall
Interior Room with Sherwin Williams Dried Thyme (exterior surface)

When combined with wooden accessories, this complex hue of green has khaki and gray undertones that emerge to the surface. Dried Thyme is a deep, yet delicate color with an LRV of 21.

#6- Deep River by Benjamin Moore – 1582

Deep river by Benjamin Moore Exterior
Deep River by Benjamin Moore on Exterior. Credit: Home Brunch

Deep River, a modern, dark gray color option with blue undertones is not to be confused with the green-gray Deep Creek. Both are earthy hues that are approachable.

Benjamin Moore Deep River on Exterior Siding and Trim of 2-story house
Deep River by Benjamin Moore on Exterior Front. Credit: Home Brunch

Deep River, on the other hand, is considerably darker (LRV of 5.7), making it a more versatile hue for interior design projects and architectural renderings.

#7- Naval by Sherwin Williams – SW 6244

Naval by Sherwin Williams ranks as one of the best exterior paint colors for 2020
Naval by Sherwin Williams on Complete Exterior. Credit: Echelon Custom Homes

The lovely Sherwin Williams Naval is a blue paint color that exudes wealth and splendor, with shades of navy as its primary hue.

Deeper in hue and more powerful in appearance, this cool-hued paint is a must-have in your house if you want an authentic yet creative touch.

Naval is also one of the most popular blues across the interior design industry.

You know why?

That is because Naval provides an incredibly stunning backdrop with a rich deep and eye-catching hue that may be used to seamlessly boost the mood of any space.

Sherwin Williams Naval painted front door
Exterior Front Door With Naval by Sherwin Williams. Credit: Laura Stoltz

So, just in case if you have stopped by here to learn if this is the right paint for your home project – we would say, absolutely yes! As long as it matches of course.

#8- Polar Bear 75 by Behr

Polar Bear by Behr on entire exterior siding
Polar Bear by Behr on Exterior of Farmhouse. Credit: Behr

Polar Bear by Behr is a less creamy white and more of a milky white. It’s a very crisp, clean white.

If you need some ideas or want to see how Polar Bear actually looks through an entire house, check out this article.

#9 Shoji White by Sherwin-Williams – SW 7042

Shoji White by Sherwin Williams ranks one of the best paint colors for exteriors
Shoji White by Sherwin Williams on Exterior. Credit: MAGZHOUSE

Shoji White by Sherwin Williams is an excellent off-white option. It’s warm, yet not overly yellow or beige, so it looks great in any light. If you’re torn between greige and cream, this could be the color choice for you.

I love pairing Shoji White with warm browns and bronzes, like SW Urbane Bronze.  

Shoji White works wonderfully with more traditional exteriors since it gives a neutral color palette while also keeping the house looking fresh and modern. It’s great with deep reds, blues, greens, taupes, greys – almost any color.

Shoji White on house exterior
Shoji White by Sherwin Williams on Exterior with Brick. Credit: MAGZHOUSE

This is color ideal for those who prefer off-whites that are more creamy than harsh.

#10- Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore – OC-23

Exterior house with Classic gray as the base. Classic gray is one of the best exterior paint colors in our opinion
Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore on Exterior. Credit: Home Bruch
Gorgeous classic gray paint colored exterior house
Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore on Exterior Closeup. Credit: Home Bruch

If you want to avoid white, gray is the next best alternative. Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore is actually more of an off-white than it is a gray. It has a purple undertone, which you should be aware of, but it doesn’t show too often on an exterior.

Classic gray will go with just about anything. This hue is easy on the eyes and looks great with virtually any decor.

#11- Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams – SW 7015

Repose gray by sherwin williams is one of the best exterior paint colors that is timeless and look great for years to come.
Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams on Exterior. Credit: The Harper House

This bright neutral gray, which is a bit more vibrant, may be used as an alternative to white or off-white. Repose Gray is a breathtaking foundation tone waiting for dark charcoal accents or deep brown fittings such as dark walnut and bronze metal.

Concluding Thoughts

There you have it – our choices for the best exterior paint colors.

Whether you’re going for a classic look or something more modern, there’s sure to be a color here that will suit your needs.

And if you need help deciding which color is right for you, schedule a free color consultation with us today.

We’ll help you choose a color and show examples of what it looks like on your house before you buy it.

Either way, have you tried these exterior colors? Which one is your favorite?

Let us know in the comments below.

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