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Our Traditional Colonial Exterior Paint Colors & Design

Tips to select exterior paint colors

As we start transforming our new home, I have an abundance of things that I am beyond excited to share from our last home. I saved a few gems for these not-so-Pinterest-pretty times! One that I am particularly excited to share, is how we chose our traditional Colonial exterior paint colors & used it to give the house a completely different facade.

exterior paint color before

Before paint | 2 years into updates & curb appeal

I’ll preface this – I’m a huge fan of shake cedar shingle siding. Unfortunately, I received an estimate for $36,000 to reside the house. Uh, no. I quickly moved onto paint & am so happy we did. I was conflicted with the brick. Normally, I would refrain from painting a brick exterior {unless whitewashed}, however, brown brick just screams dated to me. Okay, let’s get started…

How to choose exterior paint colors you'll love & your perfect greige

paint looks much lighter in full sun | photo by paper crane photography

Choosing paint colors can be difficult, okay, agonizing! I tend to overthink them & worry until the job is complete. In fact, I ended up selecting a completely different color than I originally intended. I just couldn’t part from traditional Colonial paint colors. Stark white wouldn’t work in the neighborhood where tan is the norm & grey isn’t a great fit because of the color of the roof. All things to take into consideration when selecting your paint color!

tan / gray exterior paint palette

Here are a few more of my favorite tips for selecting exterior paint color:

  • Use Lowe’s special light to see how it will look in direct daylight
  • Talk to the staff – they see everything & are extremely knowledgeable
  • Always test a few favorites – it can look different on a shingle than a card
  • Have something you love? An outdoor pillow or any other accessory can be color matched. From there, you can go up or down a shade
  • If you find a color you love from a paint store, have Lowe’s match it to get the look for less
How to choose exterior paint colors you'll love & the perfect greige

tip: always test paint colors – see how they change with sunrise & sunset

Through your help on Instagram & the tips above, I selected Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray for the main exterior paint {6004-1B} & Valspar Dujor 7002-6 for the trim. I wanted a soft, creamy white to contrast. Not only was I happy with the paint palette…

How to choose exterior paint colors you'll love

the girls loved it, too! It just seemed the house should have been this color all along!

picture perfect paint colors

photo credit: alea lovely

How to choose exterior paint colors you'll love

photo credit: alea lovely

A couple details…the window planter boxes

Tips & tricks for selecting the best exterior paint colors for your home

and garden entrance.

tips & tricks for selecting the best exterior paint colors

Tips & tricks for choosing exterior paint colors

What do you think? Do you have any additional tips to offer?

Coordinately yours,


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19 comments on “Our Traditional Colonial Exterior Paint Colors & Design”

  1. I love the transformation!

  2. Hi Julie! I love your house transformation! What a difference a new paint color can make! I live in an old colonial house, too, and I also used Woodlawn Colonial Gray for my bathroom remodel. You can see it here on my blog:

  3. a lovely transformation and your family is adorable!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Hi! Stumbled across your blog and am so happy I did as my husband and I are moving into a new home and am in need of inspiration and tips! I absolutely love your home and style~ May I ask whether you had your house professionally painted or whether you and your husband did it on your own? Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Thanks, Gina! We had it professionally painted. We had painted our previous home and decided it was more than worth paying a professional.

  8. I would like your opinion please. I have a standard rancher, clay colored siding with white trim. I am looking for a great color for doors & shingles.

    Thank you!

  9. Hi Julie, your house is beautiful! I sent a request asking for your suggestions & as I read above I see I made a mistake. I have a standard rancher with clay vinyl siding only & white trim. Could you suggest a color or colors for doors and shutters please?

  10. How can I send you a photo?
    Kim Smith

  11. I am sorry but it will not let me email you. It says it is not sn email address. I have tried everything to send the pic of this house to you.
    Any other ideas?
    Thank you

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