White House Exterior Paint Colors & Inspiring Images to Help Now!

To say we have a love affair with white interiors around here would be a gross understatement, and it turns out our affection for white house exteriors is also through the roof! Let’s explore White House Exterior Paint Colors & Inspiring Images to Help Now with an admiring eye turned toward the clean, pristine, freshened, pale and lovely whites to which so many homeowners turn. Are you thinking of painting your house white? Love collecting curb appeal inspo? Need ideas for paint colors?

Beautiful traditional house exterior painted Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace - Gathered Group. #benjaminmoore #chantillylace #whitepaint #paintcolors #exteriorcolors #houseexteriors
BM Chantilly Lace@gatheredgroup

White House Exterior Paint Colors & Inspiring Images to Help Now!

When I don’t know an exact white paint color for you, I provide educated guesses – it’s better to start with a handful of samples anyway since your unique geography and exposure dictates how the color will read.

Explore white exterior paint color ideas - Hello Lovely Studio. #paintcolors #whitepaint #houseexteriors
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Whether you’re considering painting your home’s exterior white, building a new home, or renovating an existing one, I hope these lovely white houses help on your design journey.

Sherwin-Williams Shoji White

Here’s Shoji White on board and batten…

Charming entrance to a board and batten farmhouse by @jessenfarmhouse painted Sherwin Williams Shoji White. #shojiwhite #sherwinwilliams #whitepaintcolors #whitehouseexteriors
Shoji White (Sherwin-Williams) white paint on a board and batten farmhouse – @jessenfarmhouse.

and here it is on brick:

White brick house exterior with Shoji White (Sherwin Williams), design by @mrsparanjape and photo by Kristen Mayfield. #shojiwhite #sherwinwilliams #sherwinwilliamsshojiwihite #whitepaintcolors #whitebrick
White brick house exterior painted SHERWIN WILLIAMS Shoji White@mrsparanjape; photo: Kristen Mayfield.

and traditional siding:

White house exterior in Northern Illinois painted Sherwin Williams Shoji White - Christie Kenny Interiors. #shojiwhite #sherwinwilliamsshojiwhite #whitepaintcolors #whitehouseexterior
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Shoji White on an exterior in Northern Illinois – @christiekennyinteriors
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Charcoal Grey Trim

For years now, lots of folks are loving strong contrast for their exterior colors.

Nebulous White (Sherwin Williams) paint color on white brick exterior with SW Granite Peak for trim - LongandLongDesigns. #nebulouswhite #granitepeak #paintcolors #houseexteriors #exteriorcolors
Long & Long Designs/Sherwin-Williams Nebulous White & Granite Peak

Sherwin-Williams Snowbound

Isn’t this a lovely natural combination of colors?

Sherwin Williams Snowbound is the white paint color on this house exterior and shutters are painted SW Jogging Path - David Anderson Architect. #snowbound #joggingpath #sherwinwilliams #paintcolors #houseexteriors
David Anderson Architect/Sherwin-Williams Snowbound (shutters are SW Jogging Path)…in case you need ideas for white paint!

Light Grey Shutters With SW Original White Brick

I’m such a fan of low contrast and subtle accent colors.

White painted brick Tudor style house with dormers - paint color is Sherwin Williams Original White - shutters are SW City Loft - Telich Custom Homes. #sherwinwilliamsoriginalwhite #paintcolors #houseexteriors
Telich Custom Homes/Brick: painted Sherwin-Williams Original White; Shutters: painted SW City Loft

Idea for Choosing a White Paint for Brick

While I don’t know the exact paint color for the exterior below, it offers us a clue as a place to start. Find a piece of white siding (existing or new) that appeals to you and bring paint swatches home to find the closest white match.

Beautiful white modern farmhouse house exterior in Birmingham - Willow Homes. #whitehouseexterior #houseexterior #housedesign #modernfarmhouse
Willow Homes – Ideas for white home exteriors as well as names of the best white paint colors.

Denver Brick Tudor Home Painted White

Black against a white backdrop can be jarring so it is helpful to see how to use it in a more understated way:

Beautiful white Tudor home exterior in Denver by Studio McGee with brick painted Benjamin Moore China White and front door Greyhound. #whitebrick #studiomcgee #bricktudor #houseexterior #benjaminmoorechinawhite #benjaminmooregreyhound #paintcolors
Studio McGee – white paint color on brick: BENJAMIN MOORE China White and color on door: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound.

Right?

Benjamin Moore China White PM-20 white paint color. #benjaminmoorechinawhite
BENJAMIN MOORE China White

Same White Paint on House Exterior Different Times of Day

My best guess for achieving this shade of white for a house exterior is to try Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. Notice how different the white house looks with the time of day!

Beautiful white modern farmhouse house exterior in Birmingham - Willow Homes. #whitehouseexterior #houseexterior #housedesign #modernfarmhouse
Willow Homes – White House Exterior Paint Colors as well as Inspiration.

I mentioned to you recently that I thought Alabaster would be perfect in the entry of our new house, and because of the sunlight, it read much too yellow.

Beautiful white modern farmhouse house exterior in Birmingham - Willow Homes. #whitehouseexterior #houseexterior #housedesign #modernfarmhouse
Builder: Willow Homes – Ideas for white home exteriors as well as names of the best white paint colors.

That is why it is so critical to sample and take your time. Don’t feverishly choose your whites while standing under fluorescent lighting in a showroom or warehouse!

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Tiny White South Carolina Cottage

I thought this was simple and beautiful with black porch swings and all the symmetry.

Adorable white 1800s cottage in Beaufort. #whitecottage #houseexterior #historiccottage
GLIDDEN White High Hide on siding and DULUX Light’s Out on shutters; Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Design: Michelle Prentiss – Renovated 1889 cottage with 660 square feet in Beaufort, SC available as a vacation rental HERE.

See this Tiny Cottage’s Before & After

And isn’t this a modern yet sweet placement of house numbers above the door?

Charming 1880s white cottage front door flanked by simple lanterns and tall topiaries. #frontdoor #cottagestyle #frontporch #housedesign
Southern LivingGLIDDEN White High Hide; Ideas for white home exteriors as well as names of the best white paint colors.

Go Inside This Eclectic White Brick Tudor!

China White Paint on Brick House

Let’s face it, small and simple can pack a huge punch.

Beautiful white Tudor home exterior in Denver by Studio McGee - paint color on brick: Benjamin Moore China White and paint on door: Benjamin Moore Greyhound. #paintcolors #benjaminmooregreyhound #benjaminmoorechinawhite #houseexterior #whitebrickhouse #housedesign
Studio McGee – door color: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound; white paint color on brick: BENJAMIN MOORE China White.
A gorgeous soft grey-green paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound. #benjaminmooregreyhound #greypaintcolor #paintcolors #interiordesign
BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound

Light Grey With White

If you’re looking for a light atmospheric grey with warmth, you might like Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray. Here it is on a traditional exterior:

Repose Gray (Sherwin-Williams) paint color on house exterior with trim painted Alabaster White and shutters/door Dorian Gray - @bellsheepstudio.
@bellsheepstudio – Sherwin-Williams paint colors: Repose Gray (siding), Alabaster White (trim), Dorian Gray (shutters/door)

And how gorgeous is it on cedar shake?

Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) paint color on a beautiful house exterior - via LifeonSummerHill. #reposegray #paintcolors #houseexteriors
Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray (via LifeOnSummerHill)

The entry in our new home is also Repose Gray, and I just may keep it even though the only grey walls I have ever lived with were BM Classic Gray (which is actually a greyed-white).

Dorian Gray (Sherwin-Williams) painted front door with Repose Gray siding - @bellsheepstudio. #doriangray #frontdoors #reposegray
SW Dorian Gray on front door; Repose Gray on siding – @bellsheepstudio
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SW Nuance on a Shed

I love the name of this paint color, and seeing the window boxes just makes me wanna build a shed and cover it with blooms!

Nuance (Sherwin Williams) is name of white paint on this shed exterior with windows and window boxes - RoomforTuesday. #nurance #whitepaintcolors #exteriorcolors
Sherwin-Williams NuanceRoomforTuesday

Young House Love’s SW Moderne White Painted Brick Colonial

I love how classic and gentle the following color combination is:

White brick house exterior with pastel front door - Young House Love. #whitebrick #houseexterior #paintedbrick #sherwinwilliamsmodernewhite #benjaminmooretranquility
Young House Love – Brick: painted with Romabio Masonry Paint in SHERWIN WILLIAMS Moderne White; Door: BENJAMIN MOORE Tranquility.

…and of course I’m going to admire a paint color with a name like Tranquility!

A soft pastel green-gray paint color: Benjamin Moore Tranquility. #benjaminmooretranquility #paintcolors #lightgrey
BENJAMIN MOORE Tranquility

See the Before/After of This Painted Brick Home

Sherwin Williams Moderene White paint color. #sherwinwilliamsmodernewhite #paintcolors #whitepaintcolor #bestwhitepaintcolor
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Moderne White

Would you, could you, paint your brick house white? We’ll be moving into a red brick home in a few weeks, and I have no plans to paint the exterior. As much as I love white houses, the tone of the brick on our exterior is beautiful as is.

White painted brick house exterior - Young House Love. #whitebrick #houseexterior #housedesign #whitehouses #sherwinwilliamsmodernewhite #benjaminmooretranquility
Young House Love – Brick: painted with Romabio Masonry Paint in SHERWIN WILLIAMS Moderne White; Door: BENJAMIN MOORE Tranquility.

Then again, maybe I’m feeling just too exhausted to add another project to the long list of tasks in front of us!

*I need an energy boost about now, and these are a healthier way to get it:

Inspirational quote about gratitude on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #gratitude

White Brick Exterior With Charming Green-Grey Front Door

Another white and gray-green combination! Apparently, it is a well-loved look.

Magnificent white brick house exterior with soft minty green arched front door and pair of bay trees - John Lewis. #whitebrick #housedesign #curbappeal #houseexteriors
Thompson-Morgan (try Benjamin Moore Greyhound for a green-gray door)

House Design With White Brick & Rustic Wood Accents

A stained wood door against white painted brick…what do you think?

Beautiful white painted brick house exterior with natural wood double door entrance - AACMM. #housedesign #whitebrick #curbappeal
Magnolia HomesSherwin-Williams Dover White on brick; Magnolia Garden Trowel on trim

It certainly is a less formal look and popular with country and farmhouse design lovers.

Bleached (Magnolia Home) paint color on white brick "after" house from episode 1, Fixer Upper Welcome Home. #paintcolors #bleached #exteriorcolors
Paint: MAGNOLIA HOME Bleached paint color on brick exterior; photo: Lisa Petrole for Magnolia
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Modern Farmhouse White Exterior With Blue Gray Trim & Door

If you’re looking for a great light blue paint color for a door, be sure to look at the gray swatches first. They often read blue when natural sunlight hits them.

Extra White (Sherwin Williams) paint on house exterior with SW Uncertain Gray on doors and trim - ChrissyMarieBlog. #extrawhite #paintcolors #exteriorcolors
ChrissyMarieBlogSherwin Williams Extra White on siding – Uncertain Gray on door

The color above reminds me of BM Boothbay Gray which I used on the shutters and front porch of the tiny house we renovated. I still don’t have an official reveal for that project since our son moved in before its completion.

I’m a fan of the wood tone of the porch ceiling with all of the white (above). And look at the beautiful curb appeal of this:

Sherwin Williams Extra White paint color on a gorgeous modern farmhouse with blue shutters - CrissyMarieBlog. #whitehouses #swextrawhite #whitepaintcolors
SW Extra WhiteChrissyMarieBlog

Not sure the exact blue-gray on these French doors below; however, SW Uncertain Gray is a smart choice to emulate this look:

Look at how these black gooseneck sconces from Rejuvenation pop against white siding!

Beautiful white modern farmhouse porch and exterior with metal roof and dome shade barn style sconces from Rejuvenation. #modernfarmhouse #houseexterior #metalroof #barnlights
via Rejuvenation (Siding resembles SW Extra White)

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

White brick home with arched entrance and light gray trim and shutters - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart.. #benjaminmoore #balboamist #intellectualgray #houseexterior #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Balboa Mist – photo: Sherry Hart; design: Ladisic Fine Homes (trim/shutters: Intellectual Gray)

Not sure what the color of this stucco exterior is, but Balboa Mist may give you this effect:

Board & Batten Modern Farmhouse

Extra White (Sherwin Williams) paint color on board and batten siding of a modern farmhouse by @thehouseonpineridg #extrawhite #paintcolors #exteriorcolors #housecolors
@thehouseonpineridgSW Extra White
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(Carbs are definitely my soul mate right now…I highly recommend carb loading when you are in “moving mode” and are burning so many more calories with all the schlepping of boxes, bags, and the barrage of stuff!)

Black & White in Virginia

Sherwin Williams Extra White paint color on a gorgeous modern farmhouse exterior - @virginia.farmhouse.project #extrawhite #whitepaintcolors #modernfarmhouse #houseexteriors
@virginia.farmhouse.projectSW Extra White
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Psst. I’m so tired of the modern ways we now communicate digitally. There’s so much misunderstanding and manipulation that can happen when you don’t pick up the phone or discuss important matters in person. (And this from someone who was never a fan of picking up the phone!)

Garden House With Black Metal Roof

Paint colors to get this two-tone look? Try Farrow & Ball All White and Farrow & Ball Railings for the door.

Bear in mind though that F&B Railings can read navy in some lighting conditions.

Sweet mini black and white garden house - Schoolhouse.
Schoolhouse

What is it with Dutch doors!?!

Low Country Board & Batten White Cottage

Coastal cottage white board and batten exterior with interior design by Lisa Furey. #coastalcottage #houseexterior
Lisa Furey Interiors – board and batten siding is Benjamin Moore White – see the house tour HERE

Outdoor Shower With White Stucco & Arches

Just a little fantasy thrown in for no good reason…

Lovely luxurious tropical white outdoor shower with arched details and large pots. #outdoorshower #lucuryhomes
D. Stanley Dixon Architect (exterior resembles BM Simply White)

Benjamin Moore Simply White on House Exterior

White house exterior painted Benjamin Moore Simply White - Avenue B Development. #bestwhitepaintcolor #benjaminmooresimplywhite #housecolors
Exterior paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Simply WhiteAvenue B Development
Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117. #benjaminmooresimplywhite #simplywhite #paintcolors #bestwhitepaintcolors #whitepaintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Simply White
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Hope this finds you safe, cozy, and warm. It’s freezing out right now, and normally I would be in hibernation mode. Instead, it’s full steam ahead. Pray for us as we labor with this new project in the works. And just in case you care to indulge in some cozy things for yourself or your home:

The paint color (No Filter) above is one I am using for walls in a bath that are currently a dark green-brown. I love the ease of ordering paint from CLARE and having it delivered right to my door considering lockdowns, sucky weather, and gas prices!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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32 Comments

  1. Lynn
    September 23, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    I was so happy to see these white homes as I am about to have my home painted white. However I was unable to see the named colors due to 90% of them being covered by google adds. When I tried to delete them, a blank white space remained, covering the print.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 24, 2020 / 1:36 pm

      That sounds like a headache. There are often issues with my captions, and I’m going to try to get away from using them at all and will try to incorporate the info in the alt text (which you’ll see when you pin an image) or in the body of the text. As for the presence of ads, here’s the thing: we can’t ask bloggers and content creators to work for free – each post typically demands days of work.

  2. Amy
    February 6, 2021 / 9:53 am

    I so agree with you! White is ABSOLUTELY the best color to paint the exterior of a house …especially if you want a timeless look that NEVER ever will look dated or go out of style! We chose Shoji White to paint our exterior, but truly ANY of the whites you have pictured here would have been just as lovely! So if someone is laboring over which white to use (as I did for about a year! Ha!) they can just choose any one of these shades and they will be so happy! We’ve lived in our new home just over a year now and one of the things I’m MOST happy about is that we chose to paint it white & all your posts about white paint colors were a huge help to me in that process! So thanks, Michele!!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 6, 2021 / 9:45 pm

      Awwww – thank you so much for sharing all of these endorsements. I have always daydreamed about a white farmhouse and love the idea of Shoji White or Chantilly Lace. 🙂

      • Katie Miller
        August 25, 2021 / 2:56 pm

        We are looking into exterior paint colors now (brick)! We have to use Sherwin Williams and we are between Shoji White with Iron Ore trim or possibly Snowbound. I am worried Shoji will look on the darker side and that Snowbound will be too bright. Amy, in daylight is your house pretty bright with Shoji?

  3. Jessica
    February 23, 2021 / 9:46 pm

    Hello,
    Do you happen to know the color of the trim and shutters on the brick home painted with BENJAMIN MOORE Balboa Mist? – photo: Sherry Hart; design: Ladisic Fine Homes

    Thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 24, 2021 / 9:30 am

      Hi there! Yes – it is Benjamin Moore Intellectual Gray. Hope this helps – I’ll add it to the post as well. 🙂

      • Jessica
        February 24, 2021 / 8:06 pm

        Thank you so much!

        • Michele
          Author
          February 25, 2021 / 8:51 am

          You bet – hope your design project goes well! 🙂

      • jessa
        March 17, 2021 / 2:25 am

        Your painting contractor should pay attention to the details and extra special attention to the quality of paint you use. I recently painted a statement wall in my master bedroom with interior limewash paint

        • Michele
          Author
          March 17, 2021 / 4:35 pm

          thanks for sharing and reading!

  4. Painting Contractor
    March 26, 2021 / 8:50 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. It looks beautiful, so far.
    Keep up the great work! I find this article very useful and informative.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 26, 2021 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks for reading.

  5. Hawkeye Painting
    June 29, 2021 / 11:54 am

    I really liked the color white on my house, but the problem is I found it that it is easy to get dirt, because of some stained from the leaves fallen from the tree. When I visit your site I take time to wacthed your podcast, I learned so many things about the color white in the house.

  6. Teresa Cameron
    July 7, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    Is there anyway to find out the colors used on the house that is shown on the cover of the site? It is a Pinterest picture but links to this site; however, I did not see the house on this page. Thank you! It is a brick house that appears to have the German Smear look to it as well as pretty siding and shutters.

  7. Lynn
    July 25, 2021 / 4:52 pm

    Repainted our home’s exterior with BM White Dove – trim in SW Anew Gray. Front door in BM Wythe Blue. We LOVE it & many passers-by have stopped to compliment us.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 25, 2021 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much – can’t wait to check out Anew Gray, and the Wythe Blue is a favorite. Peace to you!

  8. Suzan
    September 4, 2021 / 4:40 pm

    Thank you for the exterior paint color suggestions.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 4, 2021 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  9. Natalie
    September 6, 2021 / 9:29 pm

    Do you have any suggestions of a white or soft grey that would go with a light grey metal roof? I’m going to try some of the colors listed here but didn’t know if you had any specific recommendations for the light grey roof

    • Michele
      Author
      September 7, 2021 / 8:20 am

      If you’re after a greyed-white, I like Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. If you’re going for a bright white, I just painted a tiny house I bought Behr Ultra Pure White. I am not sure you can go wrong with any of the whites with a light grey metal roof – sounds dreamy. 🙂

  10. elizabeth willen
    November 27, 2021 / 1:37 pm

    Hi! I love your site! So many great ideas!

    We are getting ready to paint the exterior of our house. We live in South Carolina on the marsh. I am leaning towards SW Original White for the siding.

    However, I need help with the shutters. They are very worn looking. I am torn between two ideas and would love your thoughts/help. I am definitely out of my league!
    — Painting the shutters black with a pink door. What SW black do you recommend? Should I do high gloss? What is the pink paint color in your first picture on the site?
    — Or painting the shutters/door a subtle green — like SW Jogging Path or Privilege Green.

    I love neutrals like grey or off white but I think they would only make the house even more tired and worn-looking.

    Thank you for your help!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 28, 2021 / 8:41 am

      Thanks for visiting! If you decide on black, try Tricorn Black. For a pink like the door in the first image, try Quartz Blush. I don’t paint shutters high gloss, flat or satin exterior paint. If you decide to go in a green direction, Jogging Path looks sophisticated, and a similar color on my radar for a greyed/green/atmospheric neutral is Acacia Haze…see if you like.

      Let me know if you have further questions, and best to you as you add curb appeal.

  11. January 29, 2022 / 8:36 am

    Good morning friend, I hope that you are loading up on the carbs not only for the more, but for the cold and snow. You need to take care of yourself.

    I love the look of white painted brick. When we first bought our house that was our thought to paint it white. Now that we have been here a bit we have decided to put our money into the landscaping and so many other projects. and perhaps just paint the trim, etc.

    Thank you for all of the tip!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks for reading and for the encouragement, Elizabeth. I’m so glad we only have interiors to address at the new place since the exterior has been done. It’s one of the things that keeps me motivated because soon we’ll be enjoying the outdoors! 🙂

  12. February 6, 2022 / 1:34 pm

    Thank you for all of the ideas that you share!

    We are looking to paint the exterior of our home this spring. We currently have a beige house, white trim, navy shutters and door. Our house has 2 large arches around windows on either side of the front door. We have always painted them white with the trim for contrast.

    I’m wondering if that look is outdated, and your thoughts on painting everything, including the arches, white. Of course, there would be no contrast then, but we would use cedar shutters and black trim on everything else.

    Appreciate your help!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 6, 2022 / 7:08 pm

      Your plans sound lovely – I have not lived with black trim so am not sure how I would personally like living with that combination of black and white, but I see it everywhere. I think that combo appeals to a lot of folks so if you’re thinking about resale, I get it. But if you are just trying to please yourself, then definitely think about your favorite color and go for a road trip to snap photos of the exterior color combos that speak to you. I used BM Boothbay Gray as an accent color with bright white for our tiny house. (I painted over black since it wasn’t friendly enough for me with the white.) It is more blue than gray to me, but it’s a gorgeous sophisticated gray. Let me know if this helps at all.

  13. Laura
    February 15, 2022 / 3:39 pm

    This piece is one of the most informative I have found in a very exhaustive search for the right white or pale gray to paint our outdated 20 year-old single level red brick ranch home. You did a brilliant job in your descriptions, overview and selection of a wide variety of colors. Question: Since our neighbor across the street has painted his large single level house what looks like Alabaster with a deep black door and windows, we decided we just shouldn’t paint ours white (to my disappointment). It faces full south/southwest so it gets tons of light. It has a Weatherwood gray roof so I made the decision this morning to go with Gray Owl with Simply White Trim to try and match the vinyl white windows. Now the dilemma is for the front door and shutters. What colors would work other than black with the Gray Owl. Something not to jarring but clean and sophisticated. Thanks so much for answering if you can spare the time from your busy schedule:)

    • Michele
      Author
      February 16, 2022 / 10:13 am

      Happy to brainstorm with you. If you wanted to stick to very safe neutrals with lower contrast, maybe BM Desert Twilight for shutters/door – plays nice with Gray Owl. A bit deeper with more green – look at Sherwin-Williams Rosemary. For a wild card color for the front door, peek at BM Palace Ochre – I love warm gold tones with cool greys for a sophisticated look.

      • Laura
        February 17, 2022 / 7:55 pm

        Thanks so much, Michele! I would never have thought of your “wild card” but I may just give it a try! Brilliant combo👍🏻

        • Michele
          Author
          February 18, 2022 / 2:22 pm

          You’re fun! Have a great weekend, friend.

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