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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
And what is that sophisticated warm gray trim and accent color?
Sherwin-Williams Amazing Gray.
Isn’t it a stunning combo? More painted Balboa Mist brick for your consideration:
Notice how the appearance of the color changes with changing light…
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).
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
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?
Ultra bright cool whites like SW Extra White have been popular for exteriors in the last decade.
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.
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.
In the houses above and below, you can see how lovely the low contrast of white with antique stone works magic…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try SW 6258 Tricorn Black for a similar trim color as the above home.
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.
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.
Try plenty of samples before deciding.
Which White for Board and Batten?
Which white paint for brick?
What is a Dreamy Beachy White?
Bear in mind, the white will look different in different light throughout the day.
Painted Brick Beauty in Charlotte
Benjamin Moore Seapearl on an Exquisite Exterior!
Exquisite Renovated Atlanta Cottage
Renovated Historic Farmhouse in Illinois
My Former Home’s Exterior
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.
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