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Picking a White Exterior Paint Color

Picking a white paint color proved to be quite the task. I knew what I wanted it to look like in my head, but finding the perfect color was tricky.

My last house was bright white, which I didn’t mind, but there wasn’t quite as much of it… and I will say it was BRIGHT WHITE! (post here on how we painted our last house by ourselves)

White exterior | paint colors | White House

I didn’t want to go bright white again so I did some research on what colors people were using on their homes and then I ordered samples. I first got 6 colors, which I know sounds like a lot, but undertones can vary when they are up on display.

Much to my dismay, I didn’t like the undertone or color of any of them. I realized putting a white-white paint was much too white for my house, as there is going to be A LOT of it due to size. I also didn’t like colors with yellow undertones when the sun hit the house.

First batch –

  • Pure White by Sherwin Williams – too white
  • Snowbound by Sherwin Williams- too white
  • Eider White by Sherwin Williams- purple undertone
  • Alabaster by Sherwin Williams- yellow undertone
  • Greek Villa by Sherwin Williams- yellow undertone
  • White Dove by Benjamin Moore- yellow undertone

Since I didn’t like the first 6 colors I decided to get 4 more. The key was getting more cream tones to create the warm look I was going for.

Next batch –

  • Duck White by Sherwin Williams – pulled a little pink
  • Pearly White by Sherwin Williams- my second choice
  • Ivory Lace by Sherwin Williams- a little creamier than I wanted
  • Oyster White by Sherwin Williams- the color I picked

White exterior | paint colors | White House

I found a few houses with these paint colors as well, check them out below.

Duck White – Plank and Pillow

White exterior | paint colors | White House

Oyster White – Jenna Sue (the color I picked)

White exterior | paint colors | White House

Oyster White – TX Sized Home

White exterior | paint colors | White House

Alabaster – Source

White exterior | paint colors | White House

Key Points for Picking an Exterior Paint Color

  • Minimal Selection – I recommend minimizing your selection down to only a few colors if possible.
  • Paint Swatches All Around – Paint a small section (at least 2 coats or however many will be painted) on numerous sides of your house to see the coloring at every angle.
  • Look at Lighting – Again, look at the coloring from every angle and especially at different times of day for lighting purposes. Lighting can drastically change your paint undertones with the bright sun versus a setting sun.
  • Go Neutral – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A neutral color tone in natural shades of brown, white, gray or sometimes even blue, are the way to go if you are going to be happy with your exterior long term. Neutral coloring is much easier to work around with decorating and accents.
  • Samples – These are your best ally to avoid spending thousands of dollars on a paint job gone wrong or for a color you hate. Do it right the first time with no regrets!

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