You need ideas for the perfect white for your home’s exterior, and I’ve got a bunch of opinions and inspiration to help. I know how important it is to get it right, and I hope your mind will feel eased and your spirit energized by the end of this post.
It just may be one of the eight we’ll explore today with help from a gallery of gorgeous white homes. @2kDevelopment – SW Pure White painted brick house exterior
Choosing interior paint is one thing – it’s nerve wracking for sure, but it’s a huge bang for the buck and not the end of the world if you have to change a room. Expensive, property value implications, coordinating trim and roof colors, and curb appeal to consider.
We’ll explore 8 different white paint color possibilities in this gallery of inspiration. PIN me, pretty please…lots of folks need help choosing the best exterior white paint!
Start by viewing photos online of homes where the color is supplied such as those in my archives.
BM Balboa Mist on a brick house exterior – Ladisic Fine Homes via Sherry Hart
Chances are, the right white paint for your project is going to depend on (1) your subjective eye, (2) direction your house faces and the part of the country or continent where you live, and (3) colors of surrounding landscape and structures interacting with the white. (The way the sun hits your house is also going to affect how the white painted exterior looks to your eye.
BM Balboa Mist on a brick house exterior – Ladisic Fine Homes via Sherry Hart I have heard color experts say what makes Pure White soft is its LRV. Exterior paint color on brick: Pure White (Sherwin-Williams) – @2kdevelopment
Maybe “passive” is not the ideal descriptor; I mean, look at how clean Pure White is on the brick house above in Tennessee.
Pure White looks calmer and softer as photographed in a different quality of light on the exterior above. To my eye, it is warm with yellow undertones, and the photos of exteriors you see here mystify me a little since they read cooler than what I might expect.
What a fabulous tiny house shop (above) Monika Hibbs constructed and painted Simply White! (The color reminds me of what we painted the shutters and trim of our own tiny house in 2020…BM Boothbay Gray.) If you are considering painting a brick exterior, you’ll find plenty of encouragement and confirmation online! It’s also helpful to see inspiring house photos of exteriors beyond brick or vinyl siding. But before you are sold on Simply White, consider a few more tried and true favs in the design world. BM Swiss Coffee OC-45(Behr Black Bamboo on doors) – Almified
If you’re leaning toward Swiss Coffee, this video below might help since the blogger/homeowner chose it for her interiors so you can get an idea of how she arrived at the perfect white for her own needs. Benjamin Moore claims White Dove is clean and classic with unerring style, and designers swear by it for classic interiors for a soft white that won’t change with the changing light of the day. You can clearly see the different undertones coming forward in the white paint colors (above) when they are grouped together like this.
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020 Villa Flora’s exterior is painted BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl – trim is Pashmina
Even though Seapearl is not in today’s lineup, I’m reminded of a certain jaw dropping gorgeous showhouse where it played a starring role. Back to White Dove’s beauty for historical properties and classic charm…It truly is something special, and if I ever get the itch to paint my own red brick home, White Dove is the first paint color sample for which I would reach.
In fact, plenty of beautiful “white house exteriors” are painted in colors with the word “grey” in them. For this reason, looking at photos online is often a smart place to start because you’ll begin to understand that the same paint color can look quite different with varying exposures.
Exterior paint color: SW Oyster White – @lennonnorainteriors Benjamin Moore calls Chantilly Lace “a classic go-to white that elicits images of fresh cotton and pure silk.” I have to concur.
That number means it is very reflective, clean, crisp, and pure white. My favorite use of Chantilly Lace (although truth be told, it’s wildly popular in the 2020s) was in Erin Fetherston’s laid back luxe California home for her young family.
BM White Dove has always been my go-to for vintage furniture and homes (like our first home…a 1920s Chicago bungalow). If you ever decide to search the internet or Pinterest for interior design where SW Alabaster is involved, do pour yourself a drink and stay hydrated, friend! Alabaster’s LRV is 82, and I would expect it to read warmer than what I see below which is proof that you just never know which white is going to suit your own unique home.
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