Design Decisions, Paint

Why We Chose Sherwin Williams White Duck for Our Exterior Paint Color

Our completed home painted with Sherwin Williams White Duck

We are so excited to announce we have chosen the exterior paint color for our new house. This was such a huge decision for us, as many others have been as well. I mean let’s face it, building a house is full of decisions. If it wasn’t for Henry narrowing down things for me and all of our wonderful followers, I would be in major trouble. Decisions are just plain difficult for me!

So, drum roll, please…we chose to go with Sherwin Williams White Duck! Not only did this paint color win amongst our audience, but we also loved it from day one. Of course, we wanted to be 100 percent sure so we went through a process to get here.

Narrowing Down to Three Choices

Our first step was to narrow down our exterior color to three choices. We knew we wanted a white, but not a stark white, and not one that was too creamy.

Narrowing it down was difficult because there are so many white paint colors to choose from.

After tons of research, we came up with three contenders: White Duck, Natural Choice, and Oyster White all by Sherwin Williams.

The Test

After narrowing down to three, we did a test. I strongly suggest testing the actual paint color on the brick yourself. This allows you to see for in real-life lighting what the color will actually look like on your brick.

After we put the three paint colors on the brick, we made sure to get feedback from others, including our Instagram followers. This was a fun way to get everyone involved. The first time we posted on Instagram, White Duck won hands down. But to get help on making our final decision, we turned to our audience again to let them see it on the brick.

We felt like Natural Choice, was a little too creamy. Oyster White was really close to White Duck, but we felt like it was a little too bright.

We Made a Decision

With lots of help from inspiration photos (especially the house below by Garden Gate Homes), our followers, and the actual test, we finally made a decision! We could have gone with our gut feeling from the start, but we wanted to make sure. After all, it would a very expensive change if we realized we didn’t like it after the whole house was painted.

Design: Garden Gate Homes

We loved White Duck from the start and only become fonder as time went on. Now that our house is complete, and we’ve had time to see that paint color in different lighting and times of day, we are so happy we made this choice.

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35 Comments

  • Reply matt

    I think we like the Oyster White too. Great idea to put it on the web. Although sometimes it really helps to see the real thing.

    November 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      I agree Matt! Nothing like seeing it in person!

      January 29, 2020 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Kate Miller

    I am always looking for the perfect white house, and I think I found it in this house with White Duck exterior paint. Is there a floor plan to this house that I could see or purchase?

    You guys are amazingly talented!

    It truly is a beautiful gem! Please advise.

    December 7, 2019 at 7:41 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Kate. It is a beautiful home, but we did not build it or design it, unfortunately. If you click on the link in the photo credit right below the image, you will go to the website of the people who built it.

      December 9, 2019 at 3:11 am
    • Reply Amber

      We are currently building and are leaning towards painting our brick White Duck too! We also have a dark wood color on garage and black grid windows. We are wanting to do a dark trim color on the house. Do you have any recommendations on a good trim color to go with White Duck? Thank you!

      July 10, 2020 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply yvonne butler

    What is the gray trim color?

    January 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Yvonne. This home is by Garden Gate Homes, so we don’t know exact colors on this one.

      January 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Abram

    Great to learn the primary color of your home. However, what is the trim / door color(s)?

    January 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Abram! Yes, we love it! We do not know the trim color, but I’m sure they would answer if you emailed Garden Gate Homes.

      January 29, 2020 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Sarah Alsup

    What color is the trim around windows?

    January 28, 2020 at 1:25 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Sara! This is a very popular questionk, that I’m afraid I can’t answer, but Garden Gate Homes could.

      January 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Cheryl

    Hey Brooke,
    Could you share the trim color with us? Love the combination with White Duck!
    And what is the stone?

    January 29, 2020 at 2:45 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Cheryl! This is question I do not have the anwer to. I’m sure Garden Gate Homes might know since it was their project.

      January 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm
      • Reply Shahida

        What is the black trim on your windows? Which paint color you used!

        October 5, 2020 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply andrea

    still waiting to hear what ya’ll chose for the trim paint.

    January 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Andrea! This home was not our project, but I’m sure Garden Gate Homes would gladly share with you.

      January 29, 2020 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Wanda Lurken

    What is the trim color? It goes very well on this house with the main house white color?

    February 3, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      You should contact Garden Gate Homes. They should be able to tell you the trim color.

      February 14, 2020 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Angei

    If you aren’t sure on the trim, are you 100 percent sure on the body being white duck?

    February 14, 2020 at 4:14 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Angei,

      Yes, Garden Gate Homes said the house is painted with White Duck.

      February 14, 2020 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    Hi! I know you don’t know the trim color of the Garden Gate house in the photo, but what trim/door color did you do for your home with the white duck brick?

    February 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply Katie

      Maggie, hi! Her door and trim are not painted – they’re wood.

      May 11, 2020 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Mitzi

    My she shed is currently under construction and will have cedar shakes on front. JoJo Gaines garden shed Is the look I’m going for. The front porche and railings I think will be stained a natural wood color (don’t want it to age to old grey fence color). I wanted a calm creamy, but not too creamy, white and I’m thinking this would be a great color. I hope it will look as good on the cedar as it does on your brick. I’m so thankful your blog popped when it did. Now I have to find the right stain color! Thank you!

    March 21, 2020 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Arvin

    Hi! Just wondering, did you get flat or semi gloss for duck white paint? Thanks

    May 19, 2020 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Brooke Bauer

    painting my house this week and would also like to know the answer to Arvins questions. Semi gloss or flat for duck white?

    Also, i have some grey stone on my house. Do you think this Duck White would look good with that. I do plan to add wood elements.

    May 26, 2020 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Amy Smith

    What type of Sherwin Williams paint did you use? Also curious if you used a flat finish?

    June 12, 2020 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply Brandon

      I am also interested to know this. Do they have a mineral paint that will let the brick breathe?

      October 8, 2020 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Lexxie

    Hi Brooke! Can you tell me the finish you used on the exterior of your home-White Duck? I feel like flat catches all the dirt, but semi gloss may be too glossy? AGH! Thanks!

    June 30, 2020 at 4:21 am
  • Reply Sam Pat

    Beautiful Home! We are painting a like color. Do you mind sharing what kind of shingles and color this is?

    Thank you

    July 14, 2020 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Sam

    Seems like a popular question throughout the blog, what are all the finishes throughout the exterior of your home, Gutter, Wood Doors (Special Walnut), Wood Ceilings (also Special Walnut?), Posts (Special Walnut?), Gutters/Downspouts, Stone for the facement of the patio and Garage doors. Thanks!

    July 21, 2020 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Hi Brooke and Henry,
    Love your new house. We are building a house, and trying to pick a stain for our porch beams and supports. Can you share what you used? Thanks!

    July 29, 2020 at 2:41 am
  • Reply Sandra

    Roof? What is the shingle make and color please? Beautiful home!

    August 23, 2020 at 1:30 am
  • Reply Suzanne Pennington

    Hi! We are in the process of trying to pick a color for our brick. White Duck is one we haven’t tried. I am also wondering what color the shingles on your roof are.
    Your home is beautiful!

    October 10, 2020 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Brianna

    On your home, white duck painted, what is the color of your gutters and downspouts? The look is so great!

    October 11, 2020 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Coyne

    Hi there. Can you tell me what direction the front of your home faces? Trying to get an idea of white duck facing east or west. Thanks!

    October 20, 2020 at 8:56 pm
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