May 29, 2020

My Top Five Exterior White Paint Colors

By popular demand (*Drum roll please!*) I give you my favorite white paint colors for the exterior! Now white paint is tricky. The trickiest of all colors because I think it can change the most drastically depending on lighting and there are just so many shades, tones, undertones….I mean picking a white paint color can be VERY tricky! But these are my top five! But before I do here are some tips and tricks to picking the right white.

Tip #1: Just try some! I usually never know until I try. I would recommend painting some swatches on different parts of the house and looking at it throughout the day to see what you think. Even better is trying two white next to each other. You will really be able to see undertones better that way.

Tip #2: Pay attention to which direction your home faces. If your home faces North, that lighting will magnify cool tones, so I would pick a softer white.

Tip #3: Take your time. Really think of what style you are going for. Every white really tells a different story. Some are soft and give you more of a Martha’s Vineyard kind of vibe and others have cooler tones and would translate better to a little surf bungalow. I have rushed through the process before and really regretted it.

Hardie Arctic White

Now I don’t think this is my favorite but its what we use this most. If you are building a house chances are you are using Hardie Plank. And if you are there are stock colors. And if that’s the case for budget purposes I would choose Arctic White. It’s a very neutral white and I think really transcends different styles. You can also see it here on the Modern Farmhouse Project. So if you are trying to save somewhere, go Arctic White and do something really fun like this backyard!

My Top Five Exterior White Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore- Simply White

This is probably my favorite white. You can see it used inside a home we built here. I think I have other favorites for an interior, but for an exterior this paint color is just perfection to me.

My Top Five Exterior White Paint Colors
Benjamin Moore Simply White House Exterior via Avenue B Development

Benjamin Moore- White Dove

This white is the perfect creamy. It softens a house without making it yellow. We used this on the interior of the Barton Ave. home and LOVED it!

My Top Five Exterior White Paint Colors
Benjamin Moore White Dove Home Exterior via Kroiss Development

Benjamin Moore- China White

I think this is the perfect white if you are wanting to use browns, copper, or if you have a northerly facing home. It’s a very creamy warm white. I would say sometimes in the winter I think you can see more of a yellow undertone which I don’t like.

Historic Home Renovation
The 2315 Carrington Project

Sherwin Williams- Pure White

This one is probably my new favorite. It’s so pretty!

Builder: Barrow Building Group

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  1. Kiara B says:

    Great post! We are using the Arctic White hardie planks on our new build, and we are painting our trim instead of using the hardie trim. We are struggling to find a paint color to match the arctic white for a monochromatic look … do you know what color paint is used in the white trim in the first picture in this post?

  2. Shannon says:

    Do you have any suggestion for a concrete mexican style home faces the south on a main street with lots of activity and restaurants and shops around it. 2 blocks from beach cobblestone streets. Currently an orange color and we are looking to brighten it up as well as provide more lighting in the home.

  3. Sage says:

    I’m struggling to pick a white for our victorian (accents are blue.). Do you have a favorite anique-y white?


  4. Sur says:

    Great post! Can you recommend your favorite white from SW for and east facing exterior? Going for a farmhouse look!

  5. Austin Simon says:

    Love your recommendations! Leaning towards Pure White by SW. Was wondering if you know the color of the shutters on that picture featuring Pure White?


  6. mary says:

    I’d also like to know what white you would suggest for a west-facing house… Thanks!

  7. Thank you so much for showing off these colors and great examples of them being used on houses. The way these colors, especially the simply white example, give off a humble vibe really makes me think that picking them is a great option for my own house since it currently looks muddy and boring with the brown paint it currently has. Once I find an exterior painter in my area, I’ll make sure I show them these examples so we can use paints similar to them.

  8. Julia Lee says:

    Thank you for putting together such a great presentation on whites. We have a home that is on the coast and west facing (back side facing water is east facing). Any recommendations for a true clean white that won’t turn yellow and is neutral toned for west/east facing homes?

    • Amanda Seibert says:

      I love Chantilly Lace! It doesn’t ever seem to have a yellow undertone no matter the lighting in my experience!

  9. Paula says:

    We are looking to paint our exterior brick. Having trouble with the picking a white to go on the brick, also the rest of the home will be white with black trim, black front door, black garage door & black shutters. I would assume we use all the same white on the brick and siding… any thoughts?

  10. Kirsten says:

    This is a great post! Thank you so much! I know you mentioned what white your recommend for a north facing house but what about a south facing? Ours is technically SE so we get morning sun on our front and side.
    Thank you!

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