5 Trending Exterior Paint Colors We Love

A home’s exterior is the first thing everyone sees – make a colorful first impression! From classic blues to cheerful yellows, we love the view that these trending hues create.

Endless Sea

Endless Sea’s vivid shade of blue draws you in with a jewel-toned charm that speaks for itself. Whether it’s used on a colonial or a craftsman, this welcoming hue brings a classic beauty to any home’s exterior.

Gossamer Veil

Add a hint of color with Gossamer Veil. This light shade of gray features subtle green undertones that lend this hue its versatile look. Whether you pair it with warm tones or cool tones, this transitional shade goes with either.


Cyberspace’s bold shade of charcoal is a go-to favorite that’s known for making a statement. Not only does this rich hue create attention-grabbing color, but its neutral tone helps design an exterior that plays well with everything.


Farmhouse charm surrounds this shade of white that’s all about simple style. Creamy’s warm hue is soft and inviting to create a neutral backdrop where other exterior details like shutters and doors can stand out.

Gambol Gold

Say hello to a cheerful home with Gambol Gold. This happy hue is the perfect color for a bright exterior that feels warm and inviting all year long. Pair this golden shade with white trim to create a color combination that’s timeless.


  1. I use Cyberspace all of the time on my clients’ exteriors & interiors too! It’s stunning!

    • I’m in search of a front door color. Do you use this color on front doors? Shutters? I’ve always used a different color for doors and shutters. Thinking of matching this time on my brick home. Always interested in opinions/advice.

      Terri Blazier
    • Laura what color would you paint with a dark grey roof? Currently the house I moved into is white with black shutters.

  2. I used SW Salty Dog for my exterior doors, shutters and some trim. It looks fabulous.

    • Hi Patti! That sounds beautiful!

    • Hello, I’m trying to find a modern color that matches my roof shingles. I have shakewood roof shingles. My house is a one level ranch. Do you have any suggestions for base color. I have white trim. Thank you so much for any ideas!!!!

      Lynda wilson
      • Hi Lynda, you would benefit best from a one-on-one virtual consult with one of our designers. You can schedule a “real time” appointment with a designer when you sign up. This virtual consult will allow the designer to see your space and provide the best hues for your home. Click here to get started.

  3. Do you have to power wash outside sliding before you use your paint and does it have a under coat already in it ?

    Florence A. Naser
    • Hi Florence! Prep is key for any project. Here are some tips for Exterior Painting. Please let us know if we can help with color and product selection.

    • Good morning, we are trying to find an exterior paint color for our home that goes with a green roof. We have a large live oak in front of the house so I would like to use a color that will work with the roof and highlight the tree. We live a few blocks from the gulf in a cottage bungalow style house. Right now it is cottage cream. I’ve tried several sample colors but haven’t found one that I love. I’ve tried Distance, Dockside blue, Filmy green, coastal plain and sea salt. Please help!

      • Hey Lori!
        I’m having the same problem as you. Dark green tin roof 30 years old & nothing makes it blend or disappear & I hate it. My cottage is all roof, facing West with no trees & I feel like it screams at people as they pass by. I used Krypton by SW, HUGE MISTAKE. It’s very baby blue & looks like my 8 yr old nephews colored it with neon markers. Lol. Any suggestions or tips you’ve learned would be greatly appreciated. Also, I don’t like white or creams. Navy was my dream choice but the contractor who remodeled it wouldn’t let me, said it would make it smaller looking. Now I have a Baby nursery cottage that appears extremely larger than it is. So disturbed with the situation. Thanks for any help!

  4. I just did my doors and shutters with SW Salty Dog and they look great.

  5. I love SW paints! Quality matters. Need a very soft, light gray for a bathroom, white trim. Suggestion?

    • Hi Mary! We appreciate your kind words! Take a look at the following grays:
      Light French Gray SW 0055
      Roycroft Mist Gray SW 2844
      Zircon SW 7667

  6. What are the prep steps when painting outside brick?

    • Hi Tricia! Before painting, brick should be thoroughly cleaned to remove any dust, dirt or efflorescence from the surface that may prevent the paint from adhering. Thoroughly clean the brick with heavy-duty soap and water using a sponge or scrub brush to ensure the surface is clean and prepped for paint. Allow the brick to dry for 24 hours (minimum) before painting.

  7. I need help finding an exterior color for my two story Spanish style home with a terra cotta color tile roof. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Hi Sally! Consider our free 30-minute virtual consultations with one of our color experts to get one-on-one guidance for your painting project via text, email, phone call or video chat. Complete the form to request a Virtual Color Consultation

  8. HOA restriction I have a tan roof I am thinking of a white body which allowed but the trim colors are.: Sw7031 Mega Greige. SW6067 mocha (presently on trim) hate it. SW 6115 totally tan and SW 6129 restrained gold. ( I like. I really love all the gray they recommend= But I aSW7029 agreeable grey

  9. Our house is red and brown brick with creamy off white siding and garage doors. I need suggestions for a trendy color that will make my house pop! Color for front door too.

    • Hi Linda! The Modern Farmhouse look is really trending right now for exteriors. Consider sticking with a warm white on your siding and then paint your garage and front door a warm greige. Take a look at:

      Body Color
      Eider White SW 7014
      Whitetail SW 7103

      Door Colors
      Charcoal Blue SW 2739
      Dorian Gray SW 7017

  10. I have old Chicago brick on my house and it seems I need some sort of white for the stuccoed areas with another color – another white —on trim. Any suggestions. OC has a pinkish hue and a grey mortar.

    • Hi Jackie! Instead of using a typical white, consider using a palette of whites with a greige undertone. A greige (grey+beige) will echo the color in your mortar and help unify all the different tones in your brick. Take a look at:

      Egret White SW 7570
      Heron Plume SW 6070

      Snowbound SW 7004
      Toque White SW 7003

  11. Will windy blue sw6240 and distance sw6243 work with creamy sw7012?

    • Both of those blues would look beautiful with Creamy SW 7012 which has an understated yellow undertone.

  12. What color would work for a front door with the exterior walls being gauntlet gray and the trim black fox?

    Carole Mathews
    • Hi Carole! Any of the three colors below would be beautiful on your house. Take a look at:
      Homburg Gray SW 7622
      Mindful Gray SW 7016
      Charcoal Blue SW 2739

  13. Hello. Love this blog. Painting my house White Duck and want a dark charcoal trim. I’ve picked Urbane Bronze so far. Any other warm charcoal color that would coordinate? I just don’t want black. Thanks

  14. We’ve decided on Gibraltar for main house color, white for trim, black for shutters (gray roof). What would be a great door color other than matching black?

    Angela Biggs
    • Hi Angela! Consider using a warm greige (grey+beige) for your front door. Either of the two greiges below would complement the body and shutter colors of your home. Take a look at:
      Twilight Gray SW 0054

  15. We have a burgundy metal roof and Fisherman’s Net (tan/pale yellow) siding. What color do you suggest for shutters and doors?


    Shirley M England
    • Hello Shirley, we suggest you look at two options for your doors – either white or burgundy. Consider using a crisp clean white (either Extra White SW 7006 or Pure White SW 7005) for your doors and shutters. If you use white, you will be able to switch out wreaths on the door according to the season and the white shutters will make your windows appear large. The second option would be to repeat the burgundy of your roof (either Fine Wine SW 6307 or Rookwood Red SW 2802) for your doors and shutters. This option would highlight your metal roof and make it a focal point of your palette. You can order free sample chips of these colors on our website.

  16. We have a brown tin roof with brown garage doors , brown shutters in front of windows(at coast) and brown garage doors. We have mixed grey, tan and beige pavers. Husband wants to keep all the brown. It was recommended to paint Alabaster or Shiloh white and do the trim in pure white. I worry that the White House won’t look as well with the pavers. It was also suggested to paint all Alabaster except what is already brown. I need a fresh opinion. I can send picture if that helps

    • Hello Karen, we agree with you, most whites will not look good with the pavers for a few reasons. Any color will look one shade lighter when placed on the exterior of a house – due to the large expanse and full sun on it. For that reason, the whites you mentioned would look cold and stark and the overall effect would be jarring. Consider using one of the whites below, they all have a greige undertone and would complement all the other elements on your house. Look at:
      Pearly White SW 7009
      Aesthetic White SW 7035
      Eider White SW 7014

  17. Hi! I use your color matching a lot, sometimes just for fun.
    Is there a way to find a coordinating shade of a specific color? So for instance, if I chose Cyberspace for a project and I wanted a “red” that goes with it, is there a way I can ask for a list of reds that would coordinate?

    • Hello there, well the answer is yes and no. The Sherwin Williams website offers a few ways to find coordinating colors, but there is no option to search by color however, there are still ways to find a coordinating color that will work. On our site, there is a coordinated palette put together by our designers for each color. In addition to the designer palette, you will also find a number of customer submitted pictures of how they used Cyberspace and the coordinating colors that they paired with that color. Scroll down past #SWCOLORLOVE from the link above to see those images. Let us know if you need anything else. Thank you!

  18. Modern Northern Cali 2 story beach house with single car attach glass garage door, and light epe wood exposed paneling near front door. Windows are bronze clad. I would love paint suggestions for body, trim and door. I was thinking of a light grieve body, dark trim and moody blue. I have a photo of the house but wasn’t able to share☹️

    Thank you!

    Colleen Kimmel
    • Hi Colleen, this sounds like a fun project and we think you would be best served by a one-on-one virtual consultation with one of our designers. You can attach photos and do real time consult. Sign up for the free service here.

  19. We’re painting the exterior of our house Blue Cruise, with white trim. Thinking of painting the foundation gray, but having trouble picking the right gray. Any suggestions?

    Nan Harbin
    • Hello Nan, consider painting your foundation the same Blue Cruise SW 7606 as the rest of your house. If you introduce a gray, the saturated blue on your house may throw the color off and it can look like you tried to match your house color and failed. In addition to that, painting the foundation and the house the same color gives a seamless look to your home. Your house will look bigger and taller with a cohesive palette.

  20. Looking for a dark teal color for body of exterior home, black trim around windows and shutters and for door possibly ruby red/burgundy or peacock blue or royal blue. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Hi Elda! Take a look at this palette for a truly striking home:
      Body Calico SW 0017
      Trim Iron Ore SW 7069
      Door Connor’s Lakefront SW 9060

  21. Hi! Looking for color scheme for a new Florida build, leaning towards Snowbound or Origami white for the body but need a color for shutter( only have one) also – can a wood stained door work? Want a coastal vibe. Thanks

    Michelle Mosser
    • Hello Michelle, we think a wooden door paired with one of these beachy blues would look gorgeous and give you the coastal vibe you want. Check out:
      Blue Cruise SW 7606
      Santorini Blue SW 7607
      Lakeshore SW 6494

  22. Hi there!
    We love Cyberspace and are considering using it for our house trim and the garage doors. The siding is a lighter shade of Blue-gray. Will Cyberspace work for these applications? Advice appreciated.

    • Hi Heather, Cyberspace SW 7076 will work for your trim as long as it is noticeably darker than your main house color. You need a distinct separation of color in order for you eye to see the difference.


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