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The Best White Exterior Paint Colors

sherwin williams snowbound
Design by: David Anderson

So how do you choose the right white exterior paint color for your house? There are so many whites to choose from, the decision can be overwhelming.

In my opinion, you don’t want to use a white paint color that is too bright, especially on the exterior of your house. If you do, your house will be blinding to look at in full sunlight.

Going with an off-white or a white paint color that has some creaminess to it, is the way to go. It won’t be glaring to the eye, and it will give your house a softer more pleasing appearance.

As you might know, we’re in the process of building, and right now we’re trying to decide on an overall color scheme for the exterior. It’s such a difficult decision, but it’s one that we have to get right. Since the majority of the house will be white-painted brick, everything will hinge on the shade of white that we choose!

After poring over tons of pictures, here are my five favorite white exterior paint colors:

white paint colors

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Pure White

Despite its name, Sherwin Williams Pure White isn’t really pure. It does have just a touch of warmth to it, but not so much that it looks creamy. It’s probably the brightest white paint I would use on the exterior of a house.

sherwin williams pure white
Builder: Barrow Building Group

Oyster White

Oyster White from Sherwin Williams is a very warm white. You could almost call it a very light greige. If you plan on having wood accents on your exterior, it would complement that nicely.

sherwin williams oyster white
Builder: Willow Homes

Simply White

Like Pure White, don’t let the name fool you. Benjamin Moore Simply White is a warm white. It has a slight yellow undertone, and on a side note, it was Benjamin Moore’s color of the year in 2016.

benjamin moore simply white
Builder: Longo Custom Builders

White Dove

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a very soft white with a hint of warm gray. It has just the right amount of “off-whiteness” if you do not want too much creaminess on the exterior of your house. White Dove is extremely popular and seems to be a go-to paint color for a lot of designers.

benjamin moor white dove
Builder: Kroiss Development

Update: We recently completed a remodel, and decided to use White Dove on the exterior. We were very pleased with how it turned out. In my opinion, it might be the perfect off-white exterior paint color.

Home Renovation painted with Benjamin Moore White Dove

Snow Bound

If you’re looking for a white exterior paint color that is not overly warm or creamy, Sherwin-Williams Snowbound is a good one. It has just a hint of neutral gray. It’s probably a little warmer than Pure White, but nowhere near the warmth of Oyster White or Alabaster.

We actually used Snowbound on the exterior trim of a house we flipped a couple of years ago. I remember loving how soft it looked.

sherwin williams snowbound
Design by: David Anderson

China White

Benjamin Moore China White is another white that has a touch of warm gray. I’ve heard some people saying it looks dingy, but I think for the most part they are talking about when it is used for interior spaces. However, on the exterior where you don’t want a bright white, I think it looks amazing.

benjamin moore china white
Designer: Studio McGee

Sherwin Williams White Duck

If you’re looking for a white that is creamy with looking yellow, White Duck by Sherwin Williams is it. It’s really a perfect blend of greige and cream. Here you can see it on this beautiful house by Garden Gate Homes.

sherwin williams white duck

Design: Garden Gate Homes

Update: We ended up using Sherwin Williams White Duck on the exterior of our house, and couldn’t be happier with our choice! In full sunlight, it has a very soft appearance and doesn’t look too creamy. However, on a cloudy or rainy day, the creaminess of the color comes out. Below is an exterior photo of our house.

sherwin williams white duck

Sherwin Williams Natural Choice

Natural Choice is another neutral white that is not too yellow nor too gray. Compared to White Duck, it appears more on the creamy side. Here is an example of Natural Choice on a home by Dixon Kirby Homes.

sherwin williams natural choice
Design: Dixon Kirby Homes
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  • Reply Keith

    Great Blog on choosing the right White! We are getting close to narrowing it down to “the 1” for our new construction. Which white will you guys go with for your new build?

    March 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks! Its definitely a tough choice. We still haven’t decided yet, but we still have time. 🙂

      May 2, 2019 at 3:02 am
      • Reply Dawna McQuarrie

        Hi..I am going to be painting a bungalow I own, I like picture 1 with the oyster white , wood door and What colour is the front door and shutters.It looks like a soft turquoise???

        January 20, 2020 at 10:02 pm
        • Reply LeeAnn

          It’s torture trying to decide on which white is best. We finally went with BM- Chantilly Lace. Which has zero yellow in it.
          Our house has Batton Board & brick. 90 % happy, if I had to do over, I’d go with SW, Snowbound, which would be slightly softer.

          April 22, 2020 at 3:17 pm
          • Joanne

            What’s the name of the brick you paired with BM Chantilly Lace?
            We are using Henry Brick Avondale and can’t decide what color to use as our accent board and batten

            August 19, 2020 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Amy

    Great post! It really helps to see the different whites on homes, side by side. Looking forward to seeing what you choose!

    May 5, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks Amy! It really does help, doesn’t it. We’ll make sure and update everybody, when we finally decide, but we still haven’t made up our mind. 🙂

      May 6, 2019 at 1:39 am
    • Reply Melissa Alford

      I am in the process of replacing my gutters and painting my exterior trim. What are your thoughts on white cloud verses white dove? We extended our porch 2 years ago and painted it cloud white. It is a covered porch a d would not have the light our exterior trim would receive. It does not show up yellow in my covered porch, that is my biggest concern with cloud white on my exterior trim. Thank you.

      December 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Christy

    Do you paint the trim the same color as the house when choosing white? Or do you choose a different shade of white?

    May 14, 2019 at 2:36 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Christy. I’m a big fan of using the same paint on the trim as well. That’s what we did on our current house, and will be doing the same on the new one we are building.

      May 29, 2019 at 6:15 pm
      • Reply Elizabeth Barat

        I was going to ask the exact same question! What about on the underside of the eaves (under roof) and/or garage doors? I am spinning on this exact decision.

        July 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm
        • Reply Brooke

          I would use the same color there as well.

          July 25, 2019 at 1:37 am
      • Reply kristi keaveney

        If I am painting my house white with a flat finish and using the same trim color should my trim be a semi gloss finish to give it a little contrast

        May 19, 2020 at 5:23 am
      • Reply Carrie Nuveen

        Do you guys recommend a satin/eggshell finish on trim and the house? Or should trim be a different finish than the house? I am painting my house (and trim) alabaster by Sherwin Williams, but not sure if the finish should be all the same for both or not.

        May 18, 2021 at 7:19 pm
        • Reply G

          I am painting my house shoji white. We want a beige paint on the garages & are wondering how much contrast to use. Any ideas on paint colors? We chose a dark brown paint for trim.


          December 29, 2021 at 5:55 am
    • Reply Iris

      What gray color do you recommend for trim if I’m painting my house snowbound or white dove? Thank you.

      August 26, 2020 at 2:38 am
      • Reply Jean marie Lyons

        I’m painting my exterior house snowbound and I’m choosing light French grey for accent color and maybe just maybe navel for my front door not sure yet

        July 17, 2021 at 12:32 am
        • Reply Heidi Frerichs

          HI.. how did the snowbound and the light French gray turn out? Is the snowbound too bright? I was thinking of using the same colors. Plus I have old cinder blocks to paint gray but want to keep them the same original gray but just go over them to look natural. Is it close to that same color? Thanks, Heidi

          March 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Renee

    What is the blue paint color on the door in the last picture?

    May 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply Henry

      I’m not sure about that. That’s something you would need to ask Studio McGee. That info might also be on their website. There’s a link below the image.

      May 29, 2019 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Tracy

    Did you decide on exterior white color? We are thinking of snowbound. Would love to hear once you decide!

    May 23, 2019 at 3:13 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Tracy. I’m afraid we haven’t decided yet, but Snowbound is one of the ones we have narrowed it down to. We’ll report back when we make a final decision.

      May 29, 2019 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    Great article! What is the color combo (walls and trim) in the first picture, with the ferns on either side of the door? We have an old stone farmhouse, so the main color is the stone, but I’m looking for an off white to go with the stone for the stucco addition, detached garage, and a trim color. I love the white/green colors in that first picture. We have a new roof that is Owens Corning “Teak”, which is in the brown family like the stone.
    Thanks so much!

    June 19, 2019 at 3:06 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Catherine! Thank you so much for the kind words! The first home is beautiful, but it isn’t one of our homes. It was designed by David Anderson. It is very beautiful though!

      June 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Thomas

    Hi! I’m taking the plunge and having my exterior painted white next week and wanted your take on paint sheen. I’m leaning towards flat since I don’t like reflective homes but I’m told I should pick something with a lustre for maintenance.

    ps/ I’m going with Sherwin-Williams Pure White (thanks to you!)

    June 19, 2019 at 6:23 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Thomas! This is so excited that you are going with Pure White, I think you will love it! We recommend using flat finish. We really just didn’t want it to have a plastic looking finish with too much shine…hope that makes sense.

      June 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm
      • Reply Tracy Wakefield

        What is the trim color on the house with the natural Choice white

        June 11, 2020 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply joe

    we have a small ranch cedar clapboards that are barn red with white trim.. looking for a change and wanting a monochromatic look we have two very different choices go very dark or white.. we have a black slate roof .. your thiughts?
    Joe & Mary T.

    look forward to some help in deciding 🙂

    July 14, 2019 at 1:10 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Joe. I would be very tempted to go dark. What color are your windows?

      July 25, 2019 at 1:36 am
  • Reply Marian

    We chose Oyster inside and out on a brick with a lot of texture for old world look

    July 17, 2019 at 5:18 am
    • Reply Brooke

      I’m sure it looks wonderful. It’s a beautiful white for sure!

      July 25, 2019 at 1:35 am
    • Reply Annalisa B

      Hi! What “white” did you go with on the exterior of your current home? It’s beautiful! I didn’t see that in the blog?!


      September 25, 2019 at 3:35 pm
      • Reply Brooke

        Hello Annalisa! We used Cream Delight by Valspar. I hope this helps!

        September 25, 2019 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Sonja Daum

    This was so helpful. We live in Anchorage, Alaska and may dare to be different and paint our house white. All the houses in neighborhood are earth tones. We would do a fun pop of color on the front door but would have big decisions to make for the garage doors (3 singles) and gutters.

    July 24, 2019 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Suzan

    Thank you for this blog post! We are taking the plunge and painting our white with black trim this week!! I have it narrowed down between pure white and snowbound thanks to you. Excited to see the final results

    July 29, 2019 at 11:28 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      So exciting! I’m sure it looks great!

      September 25, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Susan

      How do you like your pure white paint choice? We are building a house and choosing a white to paint the brick. Pure white is our first choice, with trivium black trim. I am doing the flat pure white, but what finish did you use for your trim? Thank you!

      March 13, 2021 at 2:06 pm
      • Reply Susan

        Meant to say tricorn black for the trim!

        March 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply L L P

    Hello! Love this post. Our new home gets a lot of shade so I’m looking for more warm whites.l to paint exterior brick. We have almond color windows and a grayish tint roof. I was thinking of painting entire entire (brick/trim/etc) in BM China White with a dark brown wooden door. Do you think this color (with shade) will give warm white I am looking for? I’m worried of blinding my neighbors. 🙂

    July 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Sorry Im just now getting back to you! You may have already painted, but if not, it may be a good idea try a sample somewhere close to the door before painting the entire home.

      September 25, 2019 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Lory Chrane

    We just painted our exterior White Dove (with cedar accents, posts and doors) it’s gorgeous! Snowbound is going in the interior.

    September 9, 2019 at 12:29 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Lory! I love White Dove…I bet it looks amazing!

      September 25, 2019 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Veronica

    Hi there….I am building a new house and am struggling with which exterior color I should choose for the JamesHardie shaker siding. The roof is Certainteed Colonial Grey which has a lot of green in it and I am very disappointed with this choice and feel I made a big mistake :(. The house is a Hampton style with two large gambrel roofs in the front. The house overlooks a creek. I was thinking of selecting the Shake siding in Snowbound (sherwin williams) it is JamesHardies dream color collection known as Farmhouse White. The windows are white. I am not sure of the front entrance door yet. Kindly let me know your thoughts as I do not want to make another huge mistake!

    October 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Hello Veronica! I think the roof probably look great, a hint of green will add some character and uniqueness. I also feel Snowbound would look great paired with that roof! Have you thought about doing a wood front door?

    October 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Carla

    Hi Brooke, what do you think about Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa for the exterior body of the house?

    October 20, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Hello Carla! That is a very pretty color!

      December 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply Jamie Testa

      Hi! Did you end up using Greek villa? How do you like it if you did. We are about to paint our house and we’re thinking this color as well. Is it to bright in the sunlight?

      October 25, 2020 at 2:36 pm
      • Reply Remy

        Hi Jamie, I painted my stucco home Greek Villa in Florida – I really love it, however when the sun is glaring it can definitely be pretty bright. I think it will depend on where you live and what your sun exposure is like. Hope that helps a bit!

        November 5, 2020 at 1:12 am
  • Reply Heather

    Hello! We just recently painted (1 month) and I regret the decision. That being said I am leaning toward White Dove. I have a BLACK shingle roof. Do you have a recommendation on shutter color?

    December 9, 2019 at 11:15 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Heather! We love doing stained shutters or a light gray would also be very pretty.

      December 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Rena Popat

    Hello Brooke,

    Love your blog on whites for exterior. We have Mediterranean type house with terra-cotta barrel tiled roof. The house a lot of stucco trim. We want to paint the house with Benjamin Moore white dove. Any suggestions on a trim color? The trim is pretty prominent.

    February 14, 2020 at 3:26 am
    • Reply Kindra

      Hi Rena,

      I’m in the same boat as you are in regards to Mediterranean type house and trying to decide on a white and trim color for the house. Have you painted your house? I’d love to get ideas from someone with similar house. I have a red tile roof so this is very difficult for me. Thanks for the help!

      March 19, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    • Reply Heather M

      Looking for a complimentary white for a black – like blackest of black shingle roof, and stucco exterior; what would you recommend?


      July 22, 2020 at 10:37 am
  • Reply nancy


    I am getting ready to paint the exterior of my house china white but wondering if you have suggestions for shutter colors. I was thinking of something lighter instead of black because I have a lot of shutters. Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks

    February 23, 2020 at 11:23 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Nancy! Have you thought aobut doing a stained wood shutter. If not, maybe a lighter gray?

      February 24, 2020 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Dee Dee

    We are building a new home and exterior paint colors are due shortly. We are painting the brick white and want a feeling of timeless, beautiful, classic with modern touches. We are leaning towards snowbound but not sure what color to use on our bump out or a trim color if we also paint the bumpout in snowbound. We will paint the garages snowbound, will have black windows and black drain pipes. Please help and we will be forever grateful.

    March 13, 2020 at 12:50 am
  • Reply Kindra

    I just found your blog, where have you been all my life 🤣?? I have question about white on Spanish style home. I have a Mediterranean, red tile roof house In Southern California. I’m trying to figure out a nice white/off white to paint my house but it’s been overwhelming. Do you recommend a particular white for that style house? I need a stucco color as well as trim so I’ve been trying so many and am just having a hard time visualizing it all! I love white dove, snowbound and even oyster white but don’t know which would be best with that roof! Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

    March 18, 2020 at 6:16 am
    • Reply Jenn

      Kindra – What color did you end up choosing? We are also in So. Cal, have a red tile roof house and the house is stucco. Thinking of painting the French Doors black and using a gray for the accents. I’m leaning towards snowbound but can’t decide.

      May 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I am loving the White Dove when I see it; however, I want the house to look warm. We will have black windows with some cedar accents. Need a trim color. Any suggestions that will make it look elegant? Thanks!

    March 31, 2020 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Beth

    What is a good navy (or deep) blue to use on the front door with a White Dove exterior? Thank you so much!

    April 4, 2020 at 4:14 am
    • Reply Karen Talcott

      Sherman Williams In the Navy is a great navy for a front door. Google it and you will see it on other front doors

      April 23, 2020 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Janet

    We have an off-white to beige stone with white grout on the front of our house with accents of board and batten and brick that will both need painted. There is also cedar posts on the front of the house. Our roof has black shingles and we have black windows and doors. We love how everything is coming together and really do not want to screw up the last detail of painting trim and brick/board and batten:( we were wanting to paint trim black to match windows and doors and would like to pick out a beautiful white for brick and board and batten. Should we go way lighter than trim or try to find just slightly lighter shade than stone. Pure white would be the most contrast and alabaster would be a closer match to the stone. Any advice would be greatly appreciated:)

    April 14, 2020 at 3:57 am
  • Reply Ryan Caley

    The problem I’m experiencing is it not matching up with a different company. I chose natural choice by Sherwin-Williams for my brick, but wanted to go with Kelly Moore paint because I get a better discount with Kelly Moore. But when I put Sherwin-Williams natural choice on my brick matched by Kelly Moore, it looks like light beige with a yellow undertone, where as Sherwin-Williams natural choice looks more earthy with a slight gray undertone. Do you think Kelly Moore would be able to match it, and they use the same color code to give me the Sherwin-Williams color, but it’s not coming out the same.

    April 15, 2020 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    Thank you for this post! We are about to pain the exterior of our craftsman-style stucco/brick house, and I’ve narrowed it down to Shoji White and Natural Choice – leaning toward Natural Choice, so love hearing you like this color too.

    I’d like to pain the window munions a contrasting color – but not dark. Do you have any suggestions? I’m considering either SW Pavestone or SW Mega Greige right now, but finding this to be my harder decision! 🙂 Thank you!

    April 18, 2020 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Mary

    I love White Dove (and white duck). We have white windows, two gable ends, and tumbled brick in our porch area .. I love the idea of an oiled bronze/black trim. We were thinking of dark/black or natural wood shutters. Could anyone offer any advice on the gables? Thank you!

    April 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply Cheryl

      What did you end up going with? We have selected white duck for our stucco and have tumbled brown/red variation brick. Our shutters will also be a bronze (SW Urbane Bronze) and our roof is a bronzier tone as well. I’m hoping it comes out the way I’m imagining.

      February 5, 2021 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Mary Beth Feige

    Do you know the brown color with the Snowbound. I’m loving this color combo. Getting ready to paint my exterior and would love to use it!!

    April 24, 2020 at 10:50 pm
    • Reply McKenna Wright

      I believe it’s SW Jogging Path!

      May 14, 2020 at 1:45 am
  • Reply Juliana Laranjeira

    Great article! Thank you! I am also looking into a white for the exterior of my house. I am a big fan of white and I used SW Pure White for the inside. I am wondering if I should also use Pure White for the outside or White Dove from BM. We are in Florida so days are bright :). Is there any chance that White Dove will look yellowish? Th and our windows are bronze. Thank you!

    April 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply Mark Davidson

      Too late now probably, but I used BM White Dove on our brick exterior and I’m in that same Florida sun. It’s pretty, it’s a soft white but does read a tad yellow next to the factory white windows. It’s beautiful, but I’m going with SW Snowbound on the next home. It’s warm but less yellow.

      A benefit to going White Dove is to also paint the interior the same. There, I see zero yellow yet the house looks consistent with the outside and beautiful.

      October 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Pamela

    This is so helpful! What is the white in the house at the beginning of this by David Anderson? Do you also happen to know that accent color?

    April 30, 2020 at 2:52 am
  • Reply Dione Mila

    This article has been so helpful. We have a strong red barrel tile roof and want to go with a white house. After reading this post, I’m thinking BM White Dove or SW Snow Bound. Concerned with the garage door and front door color. Maybe a dark brown? Or charcoal? Any input is greatly appreciated.

    May 4, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply Mark Davidson

      Unless you have a fabulous garage door, consider doing the garage door the same color white as the body.

      There is nothing to feature about a typical street facing garage door by contrasting it with the body color. I like to make them go away by painting them, and their trim, the same as the body.

      October 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm
      • Reply Jennette Home

        Mark Davidson, I so agree. There’s nothing I hate more than some ugly prominent garage door painted a contrasting color & standing out too boldly. If the garage door is pushed back on the property from the house, maybe okay….but when it’s already sort of in your face, a contrasting color really makes it bold & in your face.

        October 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply sonia

    Hi Brooke,
    I am getting ready to paint the exterior of my house. And was going with SW pure white. Was wondering if this would be to bright of a color. And the trim, front door and garage door will be painting color “black bean” from SW.
    I would really appreciate you’re thoughts.

    May 4, 2020 at 10:40 pm
    • Reply Blanca

      Hi Sonia! I’m getting ready to paint as well and have chosen those exact colors for exterior, trim, front door, and garage. Have you already painted? Do you love it?

      May 14, 2020 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Cathleen

    Hello, we are painting our house right and i want to do white dove over cedar shingles. I have stone work though and was wondering stonework will reflect a yellow or creamy cast onto the house? I still want a white house, but not the bright white.
    Thank you so much!

    May 5, 2020 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Cathleen. We have brownish stones on our steps, and I haven’t noticed any warm reflections. I think you should be ok.

      May 5, 2020 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Sara Louise Petty

    Hi Brooke,
    I am painting a sunroom/indoor terrace that gets a lot of afternoon light and currently its a rich cream. I tried cloud white and white dove and both seemed like bright white on the wall and glaring.
    I don’t want too grey or too yellow. Just in-between. What’s your thoughts on Dune White? I have a white love seat in there so I wanted a touch of contrast to that so not true bright white. I would appreciate the feedback!

    May 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Not Brooke, but I’ll see if I can help. 🙂 We had Sherwin Williams Creamy in the farmhouse, and when a lot of sunlight was hitting it, it did not look creamy at all, and was not overly bright. Dune white is a great shade of white, and looks to be a little brighter than Creamy. So there is a chance it might look too bright in your sunroom. You might want to try some samples if you haven’t already.

      May 5, 2020 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Great article…I love all of the colors above but I need some advice. I live in Florida and my house is traditional home with stucco and a lot of brownish stone on the front elevation,it has a cottage look with high and and low gables. our roof is black we want to paint all of the trim and front doors Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. In your opinion is there a color that you have listed above that would compliment the black trim better than another one? Thank you

    May 6, 2020 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Pamela Halleen

    Hi! I really liked your blog. We’re trying to figure out a good color to paint our 80’s era, shed roof style home which has a lot of shade on the front due to many large trees on our property. I have been thinking about a white with a black/brown/gray trim and we are planning on replacing part of our cedar siding and just staining it natural for an accent door. We have a modern 4 window door on order which I am planning on staining a nice medium brown color. I have been looking at SW Alabaster, White Dove and Pure white for the base color with either Iron Ore, Black Fox, or Urbane Bronze for the trim. I’d love to hear your opinion. Thank you so much!

    May 20, 2020 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Pamela Halleen

    Oops on my earlier post about the 80’s shed roof style home one of the colors we are considering is SW White Duck not White Dove. Btw, we live in Oregon where we have beautiful spring, summers but a lot of gray days due to all of the rain. Looking forward to your advice?

    May 20, 2020 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply todd rosel

    Great article! I enjoyed the pictures showing how the different whites looked in real life examples. We are building a new home and want a white exterior with wood shutter, front door, and porch columns that are stained in a light brown / tan color. Which white do you think would look best with this type of trim? Thanks, Todd

    June 12, 2020 at 1:14 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Great resource for exterior paint ideas. Thank you for sharing the wonderful tips and the photos are so helpful. I’m getting ready to paint a stucco home with stone accents and porch posts (4). The roof shingle is black/dark grey. I am leaning toward snowbound for the house and mindful gray for the shutters. I don’t want yellow tones or a too bright white. There a stucco arches above the windows and I am not sure what color to paint the arches, trim, porch posts, and gutters. Would love some advice and suggestions. Thanks!!Kelly

    June 22, 2020 at 2:48 am
  • Reply Ruchi

    Please suggest Ben Moore semi gloss pale gray colors for shutters and front door. Painting the house SW. Thanks

    June 24, 2020 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Yes, we did! We went with a cast iron one from Signature Hardware.

      June 24, 2020 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Building a new brick home with brown/bronze windows. Which of the 8 white paint colors recommended above would you suggest? Also, struggling with neutral garage door /trim paint color that might pair well with the white painted brick and dark windows

    July 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Jill Thompson

    Thank you so much for this article and breaking the code on all the different white paint colors! We still haven’t picked the white yet and could use some advice. We have black shingles and have Marvin black exterior french doors & windows. We want the body of the house to be white but the fascia and shutters to be black. Which white would look best with the black windows and which black trim paint would look best? There are so many black options too. Thanks for your help! Also what finish do you recommend for the body and the trim?

    July 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Colleen Choquette

    Our roof color is a grey tile roof and we are painting the outside either SW Alabaster or BM Dove White? Our house is North facing, so which color do you think??

    July 8, 2020 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply robin

    Love your article! Two questions – first, what is the trim color in the Garden Gate Homes please? (love, love this home!) and second, you mentioned a lot of great recommendations for whites but i didn’t see mention of Incredible White – do you have any experience with that on exterior/stucco? thank you!

    August 13, 2020 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Thanks! You should contact Garden Gate Homes to find out the trim color, and I’m afraid we do not have any first hand experience with Incredible White.

      August 16, 2020 at 2:56 am
    • Reply Michele

      Hello there…What are your thoughts on SW Alabaster white for the exterior? We have a east facing home so the sun is shinning on it most of the day. We have white windows, no shutters and will be putting a warm stained wood feature in the peaks and our posts on the porch will be stained as well. Black shingle roof and black metal roof on porch. Front door SW peppercorn.Should we do a different white for the trim?

      September 24, 2020 at 4:11 pm
      • Reply Carrie Nuveen

        Michele what color did you end up going with? I am intrigued. I am about to paint my house (east facing) Alabaster and was curious if you did and how you like it?

        May 18, 2021 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Hi Brooke, I read through most of this but still not sure which white you used on the brick of your current home? Thanks in advance! 😊

    August 30, 2020 at 12:19 am
    • Reply Henry

      We used Sherwin Williams White Duck.

      August 30, 2020 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    Hello! Thanks for the great article! Very helpful. We have a bungalow style home in Fort Worth, TX that has a large gable end on the front of the house that we put cedar shingles on which we’re keeping natural. I’m looking at White Dove or Oyster White to use for the color on the house and trim. What would your choice be? Also any suggestions of an olive green for the front door would be so appreciative! Thank you!

    September 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Ulka Pandya


    We have a brown terracotta roof and textured stucco. Our house gets a good amount of sun and shade. We recently painted the stucco “gray clouds” thinking it was a light gray (with black trim) but it looks almost blue/silver in the shade. I’ve told the painters that I want to make it more white. Any thoughts on the type of white for the terra-cotta roof with black trim and a textured stucco?

    November 11, 2020 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Charlene Berryman

    We are building a moder Farm House. We have a part of it that is brick, and brick on front porch. It is called Cottonwood. I have a brown shingle roof and brown/black metal roof over front porch and garage. I am going to carry that brown/black on windows/grids. The exterior baton board I wanted Creme/warm but every color I go to turn either yellow or pink because of the brick. My choices at this point are natural choice, or seapearl. Although I put many sample up on the house I can’t decide. I always wanted a creme/off White House. What color can you recommend without going white but staying warm?

    November 28, 2020 at 1:56 am
  • Reply Liz

    What white colors and trim colors would you use for a Mediterranean/kinda of Spanish home with a red tiled roof?

    December 17, 2020 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Amy

    We are painting our house SW Natural Choice and using weathered wood shingles. Do you have a metal roof color suggestion that would look good with this?

    February 22, 2021 at 3:51 am
    • Reply Mary

      Hi Amy – We are considering this same color combination. Do you have any photos of your home to share?

      October 7, 2021 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Joyce Followell

    I have a story and a half house facing south. I was thinking about using SW snowbound on the body. I have a grayish light brown roof, depending on the time of day. My new front door is already gray . Should I paint the trim the same as Snowbound? How about the foundation color. It is very prominent in the front and back of the house as well as the roof. I’m getting a little desperate…

    March 1, 2021 at 2:41 am
  • Reply Richard M Ferraro

    is there a better white color for a stucco house? we’d like to use a white paint for the stucco house with a bold dark color. Any suggestions would be appreciated

    April 25, 2021 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Pati Finch

    Hi, I have a small Spanish house ( under 1200sq) and I want to paint exterior Simply white with med blue windows with brick sills? I have mostly used red brick walkway and steps with a small front patio of silver gray flagstone.I live in Pacific Grove on Monterey Peninsula in CA, so, many sunny and many sea- misty overcast days. Would that be an appropriate white and how dar on the blue?

    May 22, 2021 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply Pati Finch

      meant how “dark” for the blue

      May 22, 2021 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Rose Beck

    What’s the difference between Benjamin Moore winter white and mountain peak white for the exterior

    June 13, 2021 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Johanne Giannuzzi

    Hi, we are building a house and need to give our exterior color ASAP. We were told that white is a lot of maintenance for wood clapboard siding for the front of the house and the sides and back are cedar sidings stained seacost gray. We wanted to go with white but still don’t know what to decide!!! A designer proposed Coventry Gray with Hale Navy door. But I am still struggling as I would prefer white. What would be your suggestion? Thanks a lot.

    June 16, 2021 at 1:06 am
  • Reply Amelia Hines

    Hello! This is a late response but we are painting our home exterior and using Snowbound. We need to select two grays. One lighter for shutters/detailing and one a bit darker for our porches. I like how the grays look in the snowbound photo designed by David Anderson. Do you perhaps know the gray paint shades displayed there?

    July 12, 2021 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Farwell Linda

    On the Sherwin Williams White Duck paragraph, do you mean to say “without looking yellow” or did you mean with looking yellow? Just curious, because I want to go grab samples to try on my house.

    Many thanks,

    August 19, 2021 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Abbie

    Hello! 911, I need help!! We are painting our house this week, its hardy board, single story. I am looking to go with white duck or natural choice. The roof is dark brown. The front porch also has a low roof line. I would like to do the brown trim but I feel that may be too much dark brown with windows and columns and garage door. Would you recommend painting house and trim white and with brown columns, front door and garage? Should I do the windows and trim a darker brown and the columns and doors a different lighter brown? Do you have any colors in mind? I need any and all the input I can get. This is an old Farmhouse. I am torn and the painters will be here Thursday and I have to provide them paint colors asap. Thank you!!

    August 23, 2021 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Please help. I have a mediteranean/spanish style house with very coral/orange-ish terracotta roof (almost like SW Copper Wire /SW 7707). What color should I paint the exterior stucco? I’ve been oscillating between Shoji White, Oyster White, Natural Choice, Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee (much brighter white). I’m worried Shoji will look dirty (?). I plan on painting the trim a dark color like Urbane Bronze or Iron Ore.

    Please any suggestions on the stucco?

    September 17, 2021 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Karen

    I’m just wondering what color is on the house that’s pictured in the header of this article? I looked all through it and am sorry if I missed it.
    The trim color too please?

    October 15, 2021 at 3:14 pm
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  • Reply Kristi

    What is the name of the brown trim color that you used on your flip house that was painted snowbound?

    May 13, 2022 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Michelle Knott

    We are getting ready to paint the siding on our house white with light blue/green shuttters. However, the roof is medium brown asphalt shingles. We may change it down the road, but for now, could we have a white house with a brown roof?

    May 18, 2022 at 4:54 pm
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