We Asked 10 Real Estate Pros Which Exterior Paint Colors Are the Very Best

published May 5, 2023
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Picking your home’s exterior color is a highly personal choice. You want to show your personality, but also blend into the neighborhood, and stand out at the same time — it can be complicated. We took the mystery out of your search by asking 10 real estate pros which paint colors they suggest you use. Just promise not to paint that beautiful brownstone, limestone, or brick facade!

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Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore

“It gives the home such a modern look and feel and allows you to pick any darker or lighter colors such as dark green and cream as trim accents. Coventry Gray can give the home a bold modern look or a softer look by switching out the accent colors. Picking the right color for your home adds to your curb appeal, as neutral-shaded homes tend to sell faster too!” Aarohi Shah of Century 21 EDGE

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Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore is bright, white paint that looks incredible for facades and indoors. From a curb-appeal lens, it projects a feeling of newness that buyers flock to and projects that a home is well-maintained. It is a favorite for modern farmhouses in New England and increasingly popping up in suburbs where owners undergo renovations to make their homes sellable. Chantilly Lace is a crisp white with gray and blue undertones that, unlike other shades of white, does not feel sterile.” Mike Fabbri, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at NestSeekers International

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Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams

“Iron Ore is somewhat of a dark steel or charcoal color. It has hints of dark blue and even purple in it if you sit there and stare it down for a while. The reason so many buyers love Iron Ore is because it stands out. In a row of houses where all of them have white, yellow, or blue vinyl siding, the dark contrast that Iron Ore produces really defines and differentiates the house. And if the home has any exposed raw wood (such as decking, shutters, or other similar features), then it tends to pair quite well with that too.” — Doug Greene, owner and operator at Signature Properties

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Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams

Repose Gray is a blend of gray and beige undertones that gives a modern and fresh look. It’s a great choice because it provides a neutral color and creates value when needing to resale the house.” — Jeff Johnson, owner of Simple Homebuyers

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Selvedge by Farrow and Ball

“If you have a townhouse with siding, then I highly recommend a cedar siding painted in a deeper shade. One of my favorites is Selvedge by Farrow and Ball. Paint shades like this are great for exteriors because while it’s incredibly neutral, the blue undertones add a bit of color to it so the home doesn’t look incredibly neutral, but appears vibrant, even on a gray day!”Jessica Peters, real estate agent at Douglas Elliman

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Krypton by Sherwin Williams

Krypton is a wonderful neutral color that is a light gray. It’s very attractive, modern, and yet not too bold so as many people as possible can enjoy it.” Natiesha Wray Henry of CENTURY 21 Edge 

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Neutrals in General

“A great neutral color can create a modern and sophisticated look without being too overbearing or suffocating like plain black paint. Gray allows other colors to pop. White trims go great with gray, and add a brightly colored door for a splash of personality.” — Samuel Jung of CENTURY 21 Blue Marlin Pelican

“My favorite exterior paint color is neutrals — specifically light slate gray and cream off-whites. Using either of the colors I mentioned, or a neutral color palette, creates a timeless color that you can work with over the years and not become tired of it.” Jaclyn Anastasakos, Florida Real Estate Agent at LUXE Properties LLC

“White, off-white, and beige exteriors have always been a classic choice, and they look clean, crisp, and timeless, and can make a small house appear larger.” — Casey Napolitano, Realtor/Founder and CEO at NDA Real Estate

“My favorite would be a deep gray (gunmetal gray) with white trim, some lighter natural wood accents (maybe on front porch posts or in eaves), and a deep red/maroon door (Modern Masters Passionate Red is a favorite of mine).” — Sarah McKinney of Springs Home Finders