What Color Should You Paint Your Exterior Trim? Here Are 10 Colors to Try Out

Whether it's a less-is-more or a high-contrast look you're after, here are 10 different ways to change up your exterior by simply painting your trim.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Paint It ... Gray

This '50s-era ranch house got a new lease on life with a warm, earthy palette of gray and brown. The gray trim helps unite the dark gray-brown exterior brick with the black shutters and white vinyl windows.

Paint It ... White

If you're looking for high contrast with a classic spin, you can't go wrong with bright, white trim. Although it's one of the best choices when it comes to sun fading, it also tends to get dirty quick.

Paint It ... Black

Black is the most effective way to add drama to your exterior. Since black is a neutral, it works well with just about every color in the spectrum. Keep in mind, though, that black can quickly turn yellow-green when coated with a layer of springtime pollen. In order to keep it true to its color, you'll need to hose down your trim and shutters if you live in areas highly affected by pollen.

Paint It ... Monochromatic

If contrastic is too much for you, a monochromatic look may be right up your alley. This look is achieved by painting the trim of the house the same color as its exterior. To keep this look from falling flat, be sure to use a more matte finish on the exterior and a glossier finish on the trim and shutters.

Paint It ... Taupe

Taupe garage doors offer a pleasant contrast against the gray brick exterior.

Paint It ... Olive

If you're scared of color but want to introduce it to your exterior, consider using earthy greens on your trim and shutters. While rich pine greens can appear moody and rugged, mossy greens will come off a bit softer and work well with all earth tones.

Paint It ... Faded Aqua

Bring a tranquil look to your exterior by adding a muted color to your trim and shutters. Washed-out, glassy beach tones, such as faint blue-gray and faded aqua, work well with dark and light exteriors.

Paint It ... Glossy Red

If you're tempted to add touches of red to your exterior, simply try painting a side door or shutters with a glossy shade of this high-energy hue. Oftentimes, just a few concentrated pops of red will do the trick without overwhelming your home.

Paint It ... Brick Red

If you're reluctant to use bold color but want to introduce it outside, consider using brick red on your trim and shutters for an unexpected splash of hue.

Paint It ... Robin's Egg Blue

Looking for a timeless accent color that works well with dark, medium and light hues? Try shades of robin's egg blue. For a classic 1950's vibe, consider this color for the shutters or front door of a home with dark exteriors, such as chocolate brown, brown-gray or charcoal.

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