28 Inviting Home Exterior Color Palettes

From classic to bold, showcase your style outside your home with inspiration from these exterior paint color schemes that offer serious curb appeal — and beckon visitors inside.

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Ivory + White + Aqua

Symmetrical homes evoke a sense of formality, elegance and heritage. Honor tradition with a lighter-colored palette rimmed by darker accents. This home softens into its surroundings, while a bright blue door spotlights the elegant architecture of the entryway. Paint colors: Churchill Hotel Ivory, Betsy's Linen and Lake Breeze by Valspar

Aqua + Royal Purple + Crisp White

Staying true to its surroundings, this large home's ocean blue color reflects the seaside nearby. Paint the front door in an unexpected saturated hue, such as royal purple, for a playful yet stylish look. Paint colors: Blue Sarong, Sultana and Pure White by Behr

Mustard Yellow + Brown + Honeysuckle White

This home gives a subtle nod to Tudor style with its brown accents but is thoroughly contemporary with a bright coat of mustard yellow. For such a statement, opt for a neutrally stained wood door. Paint colors: Classic Gold, Nugget Gold and Smooth Silk by Behr

Cool Green + Butter Yellow + Pure White

This transitional home takes a cue from its woodland setting with a cool color palette. Syncing up with nature's tones is a sure way to evoke sensations of a calm and serene abode. Paint colors: Environmental, Marsh Marigold and Ultra Pure White by Behr

Slate Gray + White + Deep Turquoise

Capture sophistication and elegance with a muted blue-gray color palette accented by white trim. The traditional front door is painted a deep navy-turquoise to complement the slate gray wood shingle siding. Paint colors: Intergalactic, Polar Bear and Deep Breath by Behr

Cheerful Yellow + Cinnamon + Pure White

A modern beach house warms in the sun with a custard yellow glow, grounded by a cinnamon stick front door. Pure white accents on the windows contribute to the crisp and clean vibe. Paint colors: Roasted Corn, Artisan and Ultra Pure White by Behr

Apricot + Peach Cream + Green

To create a focal point at your front door, paint your entire exterior in similar shades of one color family. In this case, neutral hues of peach direct the eye to the green front door. Paint colors: Crescent Cream, Deer Valley and Inverness by Sherwin-Williams

Canary Yellow + Soft Gray

You typically see modern style homes dressed in neutral tones, but the saturated yellow exterior of this home makes a statement. To subdue the tone, a soft gray covers most of the front exterior, while the yellow is present in smaller doses. Paint colors: Golden Yellow and Voyage by Valspar

Green + Celestial Blue + Cotton White

Make a nod to your home's environment with a color palette that matches its surroundings but still packs curb appeal. This traditional home's soft pine green base pops with an accent of sky blue and an understated creamy white door. Paint colors: Nature's Gift, Restless Sea and Twinkling Lights by Behr

Taupe + Beige + Brown + Rustic Red

This eye-catching traditional exterior is rooted into its landscape with an earthy palette of taupe, beige, brown and red. Choose muted hues for a warm, sun-baked look. Paint colors: Tavern Taupe, Pavillion Beige, Homestead Brown and Rustic Red by Sherwin-Williams

Olive Green + Oak + White

If you have a Craftsman-style home with intricate architectural details, stick to muted tones to allow your home's design to shine. Paint colors: Renwich Olive, Cut the Mustard and High Reflective White by Sherwin-Williams

Pale Blue + Natural Wood

Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines gave this home's outdated brick exterior an update with blue-green paint. The dark wood trim provides an eye-catching contrast. Paint color: Something Blue by Sherwin-Williams

Crab Apple + Blue Gray + Beige

Make a bold statement with warm and earthy red, a color that looks exceptional on traditional homes. Pair with a cool blue door and beige shutters for a classy all-American vibe. Paint colors: Crabby Apple, Homburg Gray and Prairie Grass by Sherwin-Williams

Prairie Brown + Gray + Yellow-Gold

Modern dwellings maintain a warm, yet minimalist vibe with a neutral palette of brown, gray and gold. The lightest brown covers the majority of this home, allowing darker accent colors to highlight the home's architectural details. Paint colors: Bay Sands, Chocolate Cherry and Winter Delta by Valspar

White Putty + Taupe + Olive Green

Classic American homes with covered front porches, stonework, stucco and steep roofs benefit from natural color palettes. This simple yet sophisticated combination of soft taupe with an accent of olive is the perfect backdrop for a colorful landscape. Paint colors: Woodrow Wilson Putty, City Arboretum and Chef White by Valspar

Clay + Bitter Chocolate Brown

Gain inspiration for your color palette from your home's materials. This Southwest-style home uses tones of natural clay and dark brown, as seen in the natural stone and woodwork. Paint colors: Bonsai Pot and Sweet Molasses by Behr

Peach + Reddish Brown + Cream

Many Victorian homes showcase an explosion of colors in their exterior paint schemes. Not your style? Keep it soothing and simple: warm peach siding laced with red-tinted brown and cream trim. Paint colors: Pale Coral, Royal Liqeur and Sleek White by Behr

Beige + Cream + Deep Blue

Spanish-style homes make a statement with accent colors. In this case, a warm navy blue picks up watery tones of the home's lap pool. Paint colors: Dhurrie Beige, Kestrel White and Rainstorm by Sherwin-Williams

Sky Blue + Cream + Green-Tinted Beige

Show off the texture of exterior siding with a bold color choice such as sky blue trimmed with cream and beige. On cloudy days, your house will be the brightest on the block. Paint colors: Labradorite, Nacre and Artifact by Sherwin-Williams

Simply White

If your home's architecture has an unconventional style — like this Fixer Upper country-style home — paint the exterior in a crisp, clean white color. Keep it simple by accenting with a few natural accents. Paint color: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams

River Blue + Light Mocha

Inspired by the surrounding Utah mountains and river water, HGTV Dream Home 2012's color palette adds a modern touch to its rustic design style. Paint colors: Blue Eyes and Antique White by Valspar

Gray + White + Moss Green

A Craftsman bungalow home beckons visitors inside with a warm, neutral palette in gray and white. The porch pops with a painted carpet of green. Paint colors: Collonade Gray, Panda White, Roycroft Brass and Roycroft Copper Red by Sherwin-Williams

Pastel Green + White

A contemporary ranch home sits pretty in a bed of green. Simple white trim draws attention to architectural details, including the home's distinctive sun-baked brown roof. Paint colors: Riverdale and Ultra Pure White by Behr

Classic Black + White

A traditional home sticks to timeless neutrals with a black and white palette. This is one color scheme that will definitely not go out of style. Paint colors: Falling Snow and Carbon by Behr

White + Dark Chocolate

High-contrast landscapes call for high-contrast color palettes. This desert ranch stays cool with a white exterior and an accent of chocolate brown trim. The beauty of this color combo? Any accent color can be chosen for outdoor furniture and decorations. Paint colors: Cottage White and Divine Wine by Behr

Sandy Taupe + Brown

Who said beige has to be boring? This exterior color palette provides a neutral backdrop to the home's lush green landscaping. Paint colors: Grassy Savannah, Ancient Root and Polar Bear by Behr

Dark + Light Gray

Dark gray wood trim panels above the windows accent the Tudor-style home, while a light gray exterior cools down the lush landscape backdrop. Paint color: Du Jour and Beguile by Valspar

Sunny Yellow + Turquoise

If your home's traditional exterior doesn't suit your style, spruce it up with cheerful, contrasting hues. Paint colors: Solar Energy and Tibetan Turquoise by Behr