Fall Round Up – The Best Exterior House Colours

My most popular blogs are always about exterior house colours. Choosing the right colours for the exterior of your house is very difficult for most people. You are not likely going to repaint an entire house because you don’t love the colour you chose. Better to get it right the first time.”
This summer we were busy. We worked on many heritage restoration and repaints, as well as a bunch of other residential projects and a few large strata complexes. I finally got to paint my yellow house. 
So here it is. My round up and top choices of the best colours for the year.
The Best Brown for Exteriors
The Cloverdale Paint Artisan Colour Collection are always go to colours for exteriors.
Cloverdale Paint Saddlery (CA-078) was my top exterior colour choice this year. It was the perfect colour time after time. The closest comparison I can make to this colour would be Benjamin Moore Stampede (CC-540). I find it interesting that they both have equestrian style names.
This brown is rich and beautiful without being too red or too green. I paired it with cream, tan, dark brown. In every case this brown did not disappoint.
My favourite pairing of this colour was with Cloverdale Paint Soapstone (CA-034) and Cloverdale Paint Essential Beige (CA81). Soapstone turned out to be a great trim colour for me this year. Like Benjamin Moore Grant Beige (HC-83) but less green undertone. I used it a lot.
For a front door colour I paired it with Benjamin Moore Wenge (AF-180).
The Best Yellow for Exteriors
I did colour consults for three yellow houses this year. All three houses were similar in that they were heritage style. One of them was a stunning house down in Crescent Beach in South Surrey.
As beautiful as it was, it wasn’t my favourite. My favourite yellow house of the year was the Ferguson House project in North Surrey. This 99 year old house was in dire need of an exterior facelift and that is what it got.
I wanted colours to be perfect for this house and they are. Once again they are all from the Cloverdale Paint Artisan Collection.
The main house colour is Cloverdale Paint Batter (CA115). The trim is Cloverdale Paint Birch Bark (CA010). The shingles are Cloverdale Paint Royal Mahogany (CA215).
The beautiful red sash on the windows, the railings and on the front door is Cloverdale Paint Autumn Maple (CA-228). I love how it almost looks plum against the brown.
Batter works so well here because it is almost a cream opposed to a sunny yellow. With this many colours on the house and the homeowner wanting to use red we had to choose a yellow that wasn’t too clean. Batter was the right colour. It kind of reminds me of cupcake batter.
The Best White with Green
I love Benjamin Moore Georgian Green (HC-115). It is my favourite green for exteriors and interiors. It is a timeless green.
I like to pair it with a white like Benjamin Moore Simply White (OC-117) or for a creamy white, Benjamin Moore Timid White (OC-39).
We accented it with Benjamin Moore Tate Olive (HC-112) and a front door done in Benjamin Moore Caponata (AF-650). The rich burgundy of this front door tied in to the deep purples in the garden.
The Best Cream for Exteriors
I also had the chance to start working with the Sherwin Williams colours this year. I like their Concepts in Colour fan deck.
What we were looking for was a cream that wasn’t yellow, wasn’t beige and wasn’t off-white. We wanted that light stone colour reminiscent of a Mediterranean seaside villa.
Sherwin Williams Grecian Ivory (SW7541) was perfect. It is very close to Benjamin Moore’s Lancaster Whitewash (HC-174). It contains the right amount of a green undertone to make this one of my favourite exterior house colours.
I paired it with Sherwin Williams Greek Villa (SW 7551) for the trim and Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (SW6258) for the accents and front door. The results were perfect.
I have a few more favourites from this summer but you are going to have to wait to see those too. I found a new blue I love as well as worked with the some great greys this year. So what are your favourite house colours of this year?B

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