There are many exterior schemes that use traditional or trendy color combinations. Conservative schemes favor warm beige for siding and bright white for trim. A fashionable design accents a white colonial home with dusty lavender shutters and a turquoise door.
Because exterior paint typically lasts for 10 years, designers recommend color schemes appropriate for house styles. Velvet browns, deep greens and earthy sage are colors for classic Southern homes. The patina weathers beautifully over the years. Dark blues and greens that evoke water are suitable for coastal homes. Warm yellow is an option for a home with a terne metal roof.
Shades of brown are popular exterior combinations on foursquare homes. Historically, these homes had top and bottom stories with two different paint colors. For a traditional perspective, white paint with green trim is a favorite design. However, 10 different colors are the exterior paint option for a Queen Anne Victorian. Contrasting light and dark colors show confidence and highlight decorative features.
For an English Tudor, a pale woodsy color does not detract from the dominant roof. Stone colors are another option. Regional setting dictates the palette for a cottage. Zippy colors work well for Southern houses, whereas subdued tones are for Northern cottages.