Our Traditional Colonial Exterior Paint Colors & Design

LAST UPDATED: Apr 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 18, 2014 | By:

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