White is the most popular color for the exterior of a home but cream, beige, light greys and yellows are also at the top of the list. Blue and green are also popular, especially for trim, while brown is a popular darker color.
Most people choose light colors for their home exterior paint. Many homes have restrictions on their choices because of a homeowner's association that requires certain paint colors, usually light and earth tones. A popular combination is white with a blue trim, a classic look for a home. Many people choose a tri-color scheme with different colors for the siding, trim and front door. Different colors can also be chosen for different levels of the home.
If there are no restrictions on color choice for a home, certain colors should still be avoided. Neighbors can be upset if they don't like the color, and a bad choice may affect property values of the home and others in the neighborhood. Bright colors such as bold reds and yellows, pinks and purples, and clashing colors are not recommended. Bright and dark colors also show more dirt and require more maintenance. However, darker colors can balance the look of a large home on a small lot.