How To Choose Exterior Paint Colors For Your Home

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Earlier this year we realized it was time to paint all the trim around the windows on our house. After some research and honestly assessing the quality of our work staining the deck, we decided it was in our best interest to have a professional tackle this project.

While we were at it we decided to update the color of our shutters and doors. Even though I never minded the original colors from when we bought the house, I decided that changing them would do a lot for the overall look of the house. I was right!

I had a few color ideas in mind, but I went to Pinterest and looked up “tan brick houses” to get some inspiration. Then I used the Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer to see how the colors would look in real life. This is SO much easier than standing in front of a wall of paint colors in the hardware store.

This feature only works in desktop mode, but here’s what it looks like:

See how close the final result turned out? I chose Benjamin Moore colors: Arctic Seal (CSP15) for the shutters and side doors, and Province Blue (2135-40) for the front door.

This was really the pin that sealed the deal for me – and I’m so happy with how it turned out on my own home!


This side door was previously white, and that’s one color I was glad to get rid of! It showed all the red clay and general outdoor grime. I think the gray will be much more forgiving.
I did bring home paint samples that I tried before confirming the colors with our contractor. They were a little pricey – about $12 each, but I have enough left over to use on other projects or to repaint the door in a couple years. It was definitely worth the money to make sure I would like the colors!

Here are my tips for choosing paint colors for your home exterior:

  • Look up inspiration photos on Pinterest
  • Try the Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer to nail down a few options
  • Test the colors with paint samples (mine came from Ace Hardware)
  • Evaluate whether you want to tackle it yourself or hire a professional

If you decide to go the DIY route, my friend Whitney has a really helpful post from her successful experience. Especially if you’re just painting your doors, I think it’s very feasible to do it yourself. Unless you’re me. 🙂

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14 thoughts on “How To Choose Exterior Paint Colors For Your Home

  1. Your home looks beautiful! I love the new paint colors. That is such a cool program to preview paint colors. It really updates things and makes everything feel so fresh. Great job! Thanks for the shout out for my front door painting tutorial. Fresh paint makes everything look better 🙂


  2. I love the colours you picked! Small changes can make such a big impact. The previous owners of our house painted our front door pink, which sounds strange but works with the brick colour of our house.


  3. That’s great, Whitney! I love how just changing one thing can drastically enhance the look of a home. I think you chose some nice colors. Looks wonderful!


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