8 Exterior Paint Colors to Help Sell Your House

Just like the colors on your interior walls, the hues you pick for your home's exterior should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your house on the market in the near future, you'll also want to consider which shades will attract the broadest range of buyers. "Neutral and traditional colors are a good bet if you are going to paint your home's exterior to get it ready to sell," says Elizabeth Mendenhall, a realtor in Columbia, Missouri, and a 2014 regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors. "You want a look that is warm and inviting. Unique colors may turn away some potential buyers." If you're painting for resale, give some thought to these 8 colors with undeniable curb appeal.

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  1. Off-White


    "The color you paint your home's exterior can make or break people's perception of your house," says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for Behr Paints. A trio of Behr colors created this traditional look: Hazelnut Cream (750C-2) as a base, accented by Gallery White (PPU12-12) and Dark Truffle (PPU5-19).


  2. Putty


    "We're seeing a lot of putty, warm taupe, and gray hues—colors that blend in with the natural surroundings," reports Amy Elbert, senior architecture editor for Traditional Home. "Inspiration might come from stone used in the home's foundation or on walls and walkways on the property."


  3. Taupe


    In keeping with the natural trend, Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, reveals that Tony Taupe (SW 7038) is one of the company's most popular choices for neutral exterior paint. "Sticking with classic neutrals is a good way to play it safe when planning to put your house up for sale," Jordan says.


  4. Gray


    Ever since Ron Sonnek, president of Sicora Design/Build, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, posted a picture of this renovation on Houzz.com, he has received "literally thousands of requests for this paint color!" And what is the magic combination? Benjamin Moore Copley Gray (HC-104) trimmed with Benjamin Moore Elephant Tusk (OC-8).


  5. Blue Gray


    Deep blue grays like the shade shown in this example "have a nautical, serene feeling," says Amy Hendel, designer for Hendel Homes, in Wayzata, Minnesota, who oversaw the renovation of this waterfront cottage. "It's also a good complement to white trim."


  6. Yellow


    "The color yellow on a house says 'happy' right off the bat," observes interior designer Carla Aston, of Aston Design Studio, in The Woodlands, Texas. But in order to attract the greatest number of potential buyers, stick with a pale shade. When the owners of this stately home chose a brighter yellow, Carla suggested they tone it down and lighten it up, resulting in this cheerful hue.


  7. Light Blue


    "If your home is a showstopping Victorian, fresh color combinations like this light blue and red-brown interpretation can enhance fanciful architectural elements," says Behr's Erika Woelfel. Seen here, Behr's Skipper (570F-5) and Burnished Mahogany (160F-7).


  8. White


    A white clapboard farmhouse is an American icon with timeless appeal. Designer Amy Hendel chose Benjamin Moore Cloud White (967) for this renovation. "It's not a stark white, but has creamy yellow undertones that would complement any style of home," she says.


  9. Cypress Green


    A cross between green and gray, Benjamin Moore Cypress Green (509) is neutral without being boring, and makes a wonderful contrast to dark gray and black shutters.

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  10. Lighthouse Red


    Cheery, lighthouse red feels both traditional and fresh. It will pop out against any background, whether your home is nestled in trees, or on a clean landscape outlined only by the broad sky. Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red (2003-10) is a perfect color match for this coastal look.

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  11. Wheat


    Not quite white and almost yellow, this buttery in-between feels both warm and clean. Behr Oklahoma Wheat (350E-3) will match up beautifully with both dark browns and gray-blues for accents, and will positively glow next to the green of a well-kept lawn.

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  12. Sable Brown


    A dark, earthy color like Sherwin-Williams Sable (6083) makes a solid statement: This house is here to stay. Shutters in reds, blues, blacks, or yellows will complement the bold paint pick for stand-out curb appeal.

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  13. Forest Green


    Traditional forest green is an historical winner when it comes to house colors, and for good reason. Sherwin-Williams Vogue Green (0065), rich and welcoming, is no exception. This natural shade will evoke a homey feeling for all who approach it, whether they reside there, or are just visiting.

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