Gorgeous White Homes + White Exterior Paint Colors to Try Now!

Gorgeous White Homes + White Exterior Paint Colors shares a collection of beautiful traditional house exteriors sporting my favorite color. (You’ll find my own house at the end with a paint color suggestion.) I am sharing the names of the exact white paint colors in some cases and in others, a suggestion in case you need a place to start.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #paintcolors #houseexteriors

White Homes + White Exterior Paint Color Ideas

My inbox receives a steady flow of questions about paint colors, and I have been helping folks select them for interiors and exteriors for decades and certainly before the dawn of blogging.

Exquisite lattice patterned landscaped walkway to charming white Tudor home - TMD Landscape Design. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #Tudor #landscapedesign #curbappeal
TMD Landscape Design – try BM White Dove or Chantilly Lace in case you admire a white like this.

The thing about choosing exterior colors is you have to consider the quality of light where you live and understand how the warmth of sunlight affects the color.

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign
We don’t know the exact white used on this brick, but Benjamin Moore Linen White is similar…see THIS to see inside this home.

For a similar effect for shutters like the above, look at Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (has a natural linen yet grey look) as well as Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (a warm gray that works in a variety of settings).

Need to choose a white exterior paint color? Come get ideas to try on Hello Lovely! #whitepaintcolors #houseexteriors #whitehouses
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Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist – This Designer’s Favorite!

It’s always a blessing when a designer shares the name of a paint color, and designer Sherry Hart picks the best exterior colors!

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist paint color. #benjaminmoore #balboamist #paintcolors #neutralpaintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Balboa Mist
Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #paintcolors #houseexteriors
Ladisic Fine Homes – Sherry Hart chose BM Balboa Mist for the exterior paint color.

And what is that sophisticated warm gray trim and accent color?

Balboa Mist (Benjamin Moore) on brick exterior of a lovely home with arches (Ladisic Fine Homes) - Sherry Hart. #balboamist #benjaminmoorebalboamist #paintcolors #housecolors
Ladisic Fine Homes/Sherry Hart – brick is painted Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and the trim is SW Amazing Gray.

Sherwin-Williams Amazing Gray.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #paintcolors #houseexteriors

Isn’t it a stunning combo? More painted Balboa Mist brick for your consideration:

BM Coventry Gray painted garage doors - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #coventrygray #paintcolors
BM Balboa Mist painted white house exterior with BM Coventry Gray on garage doors.
Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #intellectualgray #paintcolors #houseexteriors
SW Intellectual Gray trim on a beautiful Ladisic Fine Homes exterior.

Notice how the appearance of the color changes with changing light…

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #paintcolors #houseexteriors
Balboa Mist painted home with SW Intellectual Gray painted trim.
Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray paint color. #sherwinwilliams #intellectualgray #paintcolors
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Intellectual Gray

Benjamin Moore White OC-150

For this board and batten white cottage below, the exact color used was Benjamin Moore White (minimal undertones and a bright modern white).

Coastal cottage white board and batten exterior with interior design by Lisa Furey. #coastalcottage #houseexterior
See more of this board and batten low country cottage by Lisa Furey. Paint color is BENJAMIN MOORE White…certainly a winning white paint color.

BTW. The designer also carried the exterior white throughout the interiors – talk about easy to remember!

Here’s a similar color in the Sherwin-Williams line:

SW Extra White

Sherwin Williams Extra White paint color on a gorgeous modern farmhouse exterior - @virginia.farmhouse.project #extrawhite #whitepaintcolors #modernfarmhouse #houseexteriors
@virginia.farmhouse.project Sherwin-Williams Extra White

What do I look for when choosing the right white? Is it tasteful and timeless? Does it have staying power? Does it enhance and work with the light?

Extra White (Sherwin Williams) paint color on board and batten siding of a modern farmhouse by @thewhitehouseonpineridge #extrawhite #paintcolors #exteriorcolors #housecolors
@thewhitehouseonpineridge SW Extra White…in case you need ideas for white exterior paint colors.

Ultra bright cool whites like SW Extra White have been popular for exteriors in the last decade.

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Bear in mind there are excellent choices which don’t have “white” in the paint color name. Also remember that if the swatch color doesn’t appear white, it may still be the best white for your project.

White brick home with arched entrance and light gray trim and shutters - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart.. #benjaminmoore #balboamist #intellectualgray #houseexterior #paintcolors
Sherry Hart (Photo: Rustic White Interiors; Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes); Trim color: BENJAMIN MOORE Balboa Mist

Our former home’s color was a 50/50 mix of Farrow & Ball Cornforth White and Hardwick White. If you look at the paint card or swatches online, they may not strike you as whites at all!

Warm Stone-like Whites

If you fall in love with an exterior color from a photo of a house, study it to discern what is drawing you to it.

Charming white stucco English cottage home with thatched roof - Heart Felt Home.Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #whitecottage #thatchedroof #englishcottage #whitestucco
Heart Felt Home – White Homes as well as A Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors. Try Farrow & Ball Strong White for a greyed white and also All White No. 2005 for a cool white without blue undertones.

In the houses above and below, you can see how lovely the low contrast of white with antique stone works magic…

Gorgeous white stucco French farmhouse inspired house exterior with tile roof - Reagan Andre. #pamelapierce #reaganandre #frenchfarmhouse #houseexterior #housedesign #whitestucco
Reagan Andre in Milieu – for an off-white reminiscent of this stucco, try Benjamin Moore Simply White.

It truly is tricky to guess at white paint colors from photography online. After all, all sorts of editing is often at play. The time of day an image is snapped also contributes to its appearance, and even the particular season’s quality of light enters the equation.

Pamela Pierce's stunning white Italianate Houston home exterior in Veranda magazine. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #pamelapierce #italianate #frenchcountryhome #houstonhome
The home of Pamela Pierce in Veranda – also see this story with warm white paint color ideas.

Look at clues from surrounding accent colors. Notice how the body of the house above is a warmer creamy white than the trim. Modern white upholstered chairs also reveal contrast. For a similar effect, you may want to take a peek at BM Edgecomb Gray.

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Lovely Bright Cool White Victorian Home Exterior

It may also help to look at images online on a larger screen or to expand the image to notice the details.

Stately white painted Victorian home has breathtaking architecture and curb appeal in the lower Garden District of New Orleans. #houseexterior #victorianhouses #beautifulwhitehouse #historichome #curbappeal #frontporch
From Tara Shaw’s SOUL OF THE HOME (Abrams, 2020)…certainly an unforgettable house (try a brilliant white like Benjamin Moore Decorators White) in New Orleans.

The white paint color you choose for an exterior should harmonize with its surrounding nature. Imagine how out of place the whites on the homes above and below (with their lush greenery and foliage) might appear on a desert home in the mountains.

Gorgeous Southern plantation style home with front porches - Southern Living Magazine. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #designinspiration
Southern Living – White Homes As well as a Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors (try Benjamin Moore White Dove for a similar effect)

Try SW 6258 Tricorn Black for a similar trim color as the above home.

Funny E. B. White quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquotes #humor #quotes #ebwhite

Greyed Whites & Light Gray for White Exteriors

No matter what paint color trend headline you read, don’t count out all the wonderful grey paint colors for a white home exterior. Grey as a paint color is never out of style!

It’s popular for good reason.

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 I cannot stress enough the importance of TAKING TIME TO TRY A SAMPLE OUTSIDE! SW Repose Gray looks completely different on my own interior walls than it does on the beautiful house siding above!

Choosing the right white paint for a home with stone or brick poses its own special challenges.

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

Try plenty of samples before deciding.

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Which White for Board and Batten?

Charming white traditional home by M House Development. Paint color is Farrow & Ball All White. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #farrowandballallwhite
M House Development – Photo Gallery of Lovely White House Exteriors in Case You Admire Painted White Homes (try BM Chantilly Lace for a similar effect!

Which white paint for brick?

Gorgeous white painted brick exterior on a traditional farmhouse with design by Kate Marker in Barrington, IL. #whitebrick #houseexteriors #katemarker
Kate Marker – Photo Gallery of Lovely White House Exteriors in Case You Admire Painted White Homes (try a greyed white such as Benjamin Moore Classic Gray which can read white with sunlight! Also try Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray for a color like this front door.
Humor and funny quote about parenting and motherhood on Hello Lovely Studio. #mommeme #momhumor #parentingmeme #funnyquote #quotes #humorquote #parentinghumor
Welcoming cottage with arched entrance and front porch - Homes by Garden Gate. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #whitecottage #picketfence
Homes by Garden Gate – Photo Gallery of Lovely White House Exteriors in Case You Admire Painted White Homes (try BM Linen White for this warm vintage white feel).
Traditional white house with shutters - T S Adams Architect. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #traditionalhome #traditionalarchitecture
T. S. Adams Studio (Photo: Emily Followill) – Traditional homes with lovely white interiors as well as best white paint colors to try (BM Revere Pewter may be the right white to get this effect).
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What is a Dreamy Beachy White?

Lush and sophisticated front entry to a magnificent coastal home (Alys Beach) by Domin Bock. #houseexterior #housedesign #coastalhome #alysbeach
Domin Bock – Traditional homes with lovely white interiors as well as best white paint colors to try (SW Greek Villa may be the white you’re after to get this effect).
Breathtaking lovely curb appeal with amaazing floral covered arbor and blue shutters - Pineapples Design Group. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #curbappeal #shutters #arbor
Pineapples Design Group – Traditional homes with lovely white interiors as well as best white paint colors to try (go for the brightest alabaster white for this effect, such as BEHR Ultra Pure White)..

Bear in mind, the white will look different in different light throughout the day.

Beautiful white modern farmhouse house exterior in Birmingham - Willow Homes. #whitehouseexterior #houseexterior #housedesign #modernfarmhouse
Willow Homes – Traditional homes with lovely white interiors as well as best white paint colors to try.
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White farmhouse with gorgeous arched double doors and metal roof. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #whitefarmhouse
Chrissy Marie Blog – paint color on home is SHERWIN WILLIAMS Extra White…certainly lovely indeed.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Extra White paint color. #paintcolors #sherwinwilliams #extrawhite
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Extra White 7006
Holiday wreaths on front doors of white farmhouse with gorgeous metal roof. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #whitefarmhouse #holidaydecor #frontdoordecor #christmaswreaths
Chrissy Marie Blog – White brick, white stucco, and white board and batten as well as white painted siding on beautiful homes.

Painted Brick Beauty in Charlotte

This charming home exterior in Charlotte, NC, boasts curb appeal, traditional design, and inspiring architectural details - Hello Lovely Studio. Try BM Revere Pewter for a comparable exterior color. White Homes + A Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors
See my post about homes I admired in Charlotte, NC…certainly a charmer, and try Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for a similar effect.
Beautiful white home with black windows and a gorgeous floral flanked path to the front door. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #curbappeal
Revival Home Designs – White brick, white stucco, and white board and batten as well as white painted siding on beautiful homes. Try Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for a similar white.
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Traditional white home exterior of house designed by The Fox Group. Come discover White Homes + A Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors.
The Fox Group – White brick, white stucco, and white board and batten as well as white painted siding on beautiful homes (exterior is likely BM Simply White.
This lovely country farmhouse design features black trim - Design Sixty Five. Charming inspiration if you love white painted house exteriors! #whitehouses #housedesign #exteriors #designinspiration
Design Sixty Five – Charming farmhouses, country homes, and stately traditional houses with lovely curb appeal as well as white exteriors.

Timeless Tudor

White painted brick beautiful home exterior by The Fox Group. Come discover White Homes + A Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors
The Fox Group – Charming farmhouses, country homes, and stately traditional houses with lovely curb appeal as well as white exteriors (brick is likely painted BM Simply White).
Funny quote and humor on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquote #humorquote #lifequote #quotes
White house exterior painted Benjamin Moore Simply White - Avenue B Development. #bestwhitepaintcolor #benjaminmooresimplywhite #housecolors
Avenue B Development – Paint Color: BENJAMIN MOORE Simply White
Magnificent exterior of a coastal home by Geoff Chick & Associates.Come discover  White Homes + A Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors#coastalhome #coastalarchitecture #traditionalhome
Geoff Chick & Associates – Charming farmhouses, country homes, and stately traditional houses with lovely curb appeal as well as white exteriors (try BM White Dove for a similar effect).

Benjamin Moore Seapearl on an Exquisite Exterior!

Breathtaking front door and entry to traditional style white stucco mansion in Buckhead. The 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse 'Villa Flora' is painted Benjamin Moore Seapearl and trim is Benjamin Moore Pashmina. #paintcolors #seapearl #benjaminmooreseapearl #pashmina #benjaminmoorepashmina #houseexteriors #housecolors
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020 Villa Flora’s exterior is painted BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl – trim is Pashmina
Funny quote and humor on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquote #humorquote #lifequote #quotes

Exquisite Renovated Atlanta Cottage

Beautiful white brick cottage painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster - Huff Harrington, Ladisic. #whitecottage #sherwinwilliamsalabaster #houseexterior #paintcolors
Atlanta Homes. 1930’s Brookhaven cottage – Architect: Linda MacArthur; Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes. House exterior paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster; Shutters: SHERWIN WILILAMS Pavestone; Front Door: BENJAMIN MOORE Wythe Blue.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint color.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster
Sherwin Williams Pavestone gray paint color
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Pavestone
Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue front door on a beautiful white (SW Alabaster) brick home - built by Michael Ladisic. #benjaminmoorewytheblue #paintcolors #frontdoor
Atlanta Homes – Architect: Linda MacArthur; Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes. Paint color on front door: BENJAMIN MOORE Wythe Blue.
Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue paint color. #benjaminmoore #wytheblue #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Wythe Blue

Renovated Historic Farmhouse in Illinois

For a bright white with minimal undertones like on the farmhouse below, try a sample of Behr Ultra Pure White. (Psst. Designer Leanne Ford loves THESE WHITES!)

Breathtaking historic white modern farmhouse in Barrington, IL, has all the charm inside and out you might expect! Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover White Homes + A Few Bright White Exterior Paint Colors
Hello Lovely Studio – Charming farmhouses, country homes, and stately traditional houses with lovely curb appeal as well as white exteriors.
Funny quote and humor on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquote #humorquote #lifequote #quotes
Beautiful exterior of Modern Coastal Cottage Interior Design Inspiration in 2018 Coastal Living Idea House. Design by Jenny Keenan and architecture by Eric Moser.
2018 Coastal Living Idea House – Design: Jenny Keenan; Architecture: Eric Moser.

My Former Home’s Exterior

Our European country style cottage's exterior with rustic alder front door and stone walled courtyard - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcourtyard #cottageexterior #frenchcountry #hellolovelystudio
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My own house is not a bright pure white, but a soft greyed-white close to Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White.

In fact, I got a nearly exact match when I mixed equal parts Cornforth White and Hardwick White.

A little music therapy to calm your nerves if you’re feeling at all overwhelmed by the prospect of selecting the best white for your project.

Thanks so much for visiting – let me know if you have any questions.

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39 Comments

  1. April 17, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    Michele I just loved this entire post. What a treat. I’m always thinking about painting my house white and I’ve not made a decision on the paint color at all, so this is so helpful. Also I started laughing out loud when I read the quote about the traumatic hair cut on the way. HAHAHA Oh my god. That’s so me. I can’t believe how long my hair is, and so in need of some layers not to mention a little color on my roots. I’m sending psychic vibes out to my hairdresser. Will keep you posted. stay safe and healthy honey-bunny.

    xo
    Leslie

    • Michele
      Author
      April 17, 2020 / 6:27 pm

      hahahaha. I love it when you call me honey bunny, love muffin. I trimmed my bangs this morning! My thing about my dark roots is that I will finally make a fashion statement with my accidental lazy balayage. (i have never understood intentional balayage, btw…please someone educate me). Keep me posted on your house painting, and keep laughing, beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Connie
    April 17, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Really funny things about #quarantine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a giggle! It’s good to have things to laugh about in these really weird times.

    But I must say I’m lucky about not gaining 15 pounds….We’re working on the entire grounds of our property which includes an orchard and vineyard…It had been neglected for 10 years by the previous owner….just like the home’s interior which we renovated last fall! Just me and hubby so long days of LOTS of physical outdoor work = weight loss! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michele
      Author
      April 17, 2020 / 8:32 pm

      Sounds like a great way to spend time at home, Connie – good for you. Weird indeed. I’m over it! And I wouldn’t mind gaining the #quarantine15!

  3. April 18, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    Thanks Michele,
    Great post, to me itโ€™s daunting to try to pick a shade of white for our exterior. This was very helpful! And I loved the quotes- hilarious!!
    XO
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      April 18, 2020 / 2:33 pm

      Happy to help and tickle your brain a little. Sending sunshine, Holly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kathie Johnson
    April 18, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    I hope when Iโ€™m late to comment itโ€™s not too much trouble! Of course I loved this post. One of the many reasons Iโ€™ve been following your blog is your aesthetic feels like home to me. Your personality that comes through feels similar and your faith makes you my sister! Lovely sums you up, to me!
    A couple of posts ago you introduced the Staves to me! Where have I been?! Thank you! Honey Bunny is a favorite endearment of mine, your friend is spot on. It suits you. Peace be with you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Michele
      Author
      April 19, 2020 / 11:20 am

      What a gift when you add to the beauty and take the time to leave kindness here. Thank you for being a honey bunny this Sunday morning. The Staves!!! I know!!! Their harmonies for me are otherworldly and give me a taste of heaven, yes? We need to taste it now more than ever. I’ll keep sharing bits of my music that seem to feed my soul in hopes there will be feasting of which I may never know. xox

  5. Sherry Holmes
    June 5, 2020 / 5:34 pm

    Iโ€™m wanting to paint my house White to make our Stone stand out. I chose White Duck SW. I just bought a tester. We have a Craftsman house. Iโ€™m hoping it wonโ€™t be too drastic. I was wondering if I could use a soft gray for the trim so it would match the windows that are framed with gray?

    • Michele
      Author
      June 5, 2020 / 9:09 pm

      White Duck is a beautiful warm white and seems somewhere between my beloved Ben.Moore White Sand and Ben Moore Revere Pewter. I would probably not do gray trim unless you want your eye to go to be drawn to all those elements outlined in grey rather than the whole. Darker contrasting trim over white can be jarring. I know it’s a popular look with black and white modern farmhouses, but for a traditional look that won’t fall from favor, low contrast often is safe. You may want to get creative and take a photo of the house and play around with editing it with color (like canva or picmonkey) or the old fashioned way with markers on a hard copy of the photo. Let me know if this helps at all.

  6. July 28, 2020 / 7:14 am

    Well heck…..I am just now seeing this! Thanks for including 2 of my projects! You are so special……xoxo Sherry

    • Michele
      Author
      July 28, 2020 / 5:17 pm

      Thank you for all the beauty, Sherry. Hoping you are feeling well, friend.

  7. Maureen
    August 5, 2020 / 9:25 am

    Hi! Loved all thesde photos!! I cant seem to find the list of the whites though. I do see the contrasting colors called out but not the whites. Obviously it’s user error, but can you direct me? Thanks so much!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 5, 2020 / 5:56 pm

      I just added a graphic with the names of paint colors within this post so I hope you’ll be able to take another peek and this will help. Thank you for the nudge to make this post better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Barb
    August 11, 2020 / 10:19 am

    Hi Michelle, Just found your blog. Love it! Have a question on the Sherry Hart photo. Do you know the color of the painted brick? I saw the trim color. Love the combination!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 11, 2020 / 4:21 pm

      I went back and checked Sherry’s IG where she posted that home but didn’t come up with an answer – I think it is BM China White. It looks like that color, and so many designers choose that for brick that is a safe bet. I’ll keep looking into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Barb Suchomel
        August 13, 2020 / 10:51 am

        Thank you! Never would have guessed how many creamy whites there are!๐Ÿคช

        • Michele
          Author
          August 13, 2020 / 12:20 pm

          Right!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lynn
    August 27, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    I have just had our 103 year old home painted BM White Dove with SW Anew Gray shutters & lintels over windows. Trim is also White Dove in semi-gloss. Today the front door is being painted in BM Wythe Blue hi-gloss. My heart is singing! Why oh why did I dither so long?

    • Michele
      Author
      August 27, 2020 / 8:07 pm

      Oh, it sounds glorious, friend!!! Hallelujah for a singing heart!

  10. Carrie jackson
    December 27, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    Help!! I am in the process of painting my shutters on my beach house. The house is a creamy white stucco and I have shutters on each window. I have done samples of SW silver strand, repose gray, and revere pewter. All are too light. I did uncertain gray and it is the right darkness but really blue. I was wanting a really subtle gray/blue/green. Do you have any recommendations on a color I can try next? Thanks so much!!!

  11. Jane Dev
    January 30, 2021 / 8:02 pm

    Michelle, can you tell me how to do a consult with you on exterior paint color? Thanks.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 30, 2021 / 8:53 pm

      Hi Jane. Email is best, and I’m happy to brainstorm with you – michele at hellolovelystudio dot com. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Amy
    April 21, 2021 / 9:57 am

    White houses are the best! And this post proves it! Haha! Timeless beauty! It doesnโ€™t matter what year the house was built, what style or setting it is in, how old it is, or itโ€™s surroundings…if a house is painted white it will NEVER look dated!! Think about it …anytime youโ€™re traveling & driving thru little towns or perusing thru neighborhoods looking @ homes! The white ones always look fresh and lovely when so many others look like they need updating and such! White houses for President! Haha!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 21, 2021 / 3:55 pm

      You’ve just earned your white house exterior ambassadorship and are hired as a columnist on Hello Lovely – start snapping pics of lovely white homes for us, Amy! Hahaha. You know I never tire of white – have been painting my newly acquired tiny house interiors, and it’s looking fresher now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jamie
    July 11, 2021 / 8:40 pm

    I love this post. I too, am getting ready to update my house with white. Love, love white homes. This has been informative. I would love to send you an image of my home and get your thoughts on the right color white! I have mainly brown & gray mixed stone to be concerned about. Iโ€™m also currently putting in a white stucco fireplace with shiplap. (Color TBD) and have a bone white (more off white slightly yellow tone that I want to play down).. thanks so much for the fantastic read!

    • Michele
      Author
      July 12, 2021 / 10:10 am

      I’m sure it’s going to be a lovely transformation and update. White just freshens a space like nobody’s business. Did you happen to notice the mention of the paint color used in this home? Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. Of course, the same color in your space may not be optimal so definitely start with at least three samples. Email me (if you subscribe to the blog, you simply press reply to get in touch!) if you want ideas for samples to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mary S. Jenkins
    September 29, 2021 / 10:53 am

    helllo, great post! Do you happen to know the paint color used on Pamela Pierces home and the brick color of the home with balboa mist trim?

    • Michele
      Author
      September 29, 2021 / 6:29 pm

      Hi there. I have seen Pam’s home online associated with SW Simply White, but I wonder if someone was just guessing since to my knowledge the color has not been shared. I would expect it to be a custom white. It’s also tricky to take guesses since photographs are so often retouched for magazines and also the time of day the photo is taken can affect how a color presents in natural light. As far as the Ladisic home with white brick – the brick is Balboa Mist, and the trim is I think Intellectual Gray. Very often, a paint color which looks grey on a swatch or has grey in the name is actually white, off-white or a greyed-white (such as BM Classic Gray which I have often used as a white). Let me know if this helps.

  15. Rose Diaz
    November 5, 2021 / 9:33 am

    Hello Michele,
    Love your article about white exterior paint.
    I have a Mediterranean home with columns and exterior wall fountain.
    I love the Spanish look of homes with very sharp bright white also seen in Santorini Greece.
    My windows are dark brown.
    What is the brightest sharpest brilliant white out
    I can send you a picture of my house if you need.

    Thanks so much,
    Rose

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2021 / 3:41 am

      Hi Rose. Your home sounds so lovely. For the brightest white, you would look for the base white from which other whites are made. That is why we chose Benjamin Moore “White” OC-151 – it doesn’t have any undertones of yellow or green. However, it is so cool that it can look light blue without natural light. We needed the brightest white because of very yellow sunlight. Behr Ultra Pure White is another possibility if you want to grab it right from the shelf at Home Depot. Whatever your favorite brand of paint, it is often possible to simply find the base white on the shelf without any tinting or formula. Hope this helps, and feel free to ask more questions.

  16. Michele
    January 2, 2022 / 3:44 pm

    We build our home 5 years ago. sides and back are white siding and front is all off white brick. I hate the color of the brick. We want an all white home. Should we paint the brick, remove brick, or paint some if it and cover other parts w board and batten or shake siding.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 2, 2022 / 11:49 pm

      Paint that brick! As long as you like the shade of white of the siding, paint the brick the same color. It may take a few color samples for you to get the right shade. i would recommend an off white or a greyed-white such as Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist.

  17. Christy
    February 12, 2022 / 11:52 am

    I am in the process of having to replace my roof, siding and gutters due to damage from hurricane ida. I’m leaning towards painting the brick on the front of my home while we’re at it! I think we will go with estate gray for the roof and maybe alabaster for the brick. I can’t decide what color for gutters and siding!! I would love to consult with you on what to do!!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 12, 2022 / 8:16 pm

      Hi Christy. Sounds like you could go in just about any direction with that neutral palette chosen for the foundation. Are you thinking low contrast or high? I highly recommend road tripping and snapping photos of color combos you like. Most of the time we never even notice things like gutter colors. I think that is the wisest way to choose. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Christy
        February 12, 2022 / 8:33 pm

        Thanks for your response! I’ve been riding around looking and taking pics of houses and think I’m drawn more to low contrast. I didn’t realize how stressful this would be!

  18. Kathleen Haft
    May 1, 2022 / 8:02 am

    I love this post! I live in Florida on the water and want to pick a white that wonโ€™t blind my neighbors. Ideally a color palette that incorporates the coastal surroundings, Any ideas?

    • Michele
      Author
      May 1, 2022 / 2:49 pm

      I do have ideas! Look at colors that you may not think will read white, but actually WILL and will be warmed by that wonderful sunshine. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist is a favorite of a designer friend of mine for exteriors. Even a color like BM Classic Gray is actually more of a white. Whatever you do, buy a few sample pots before pulling the trigger on a color. Let us know what you decide!

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