15 Exterior Paint Colors That Are On-Trend for 2021

2021 Exterior Paint Trends

Like many of you, we’ve been busier than ever thinking about home improvements. So as early as spring 2020, we already began researching and dreaming up plans for next year’s virtual exterior redesigns. Part of the design process includes trend forecasting. While we can’t really see into the future, we’ve been in the business long enough to make some pretty accurate predictions. Exterior paint colors for 2021 leaving us feeling excited to started designing. But fair warning–This article may want you to pick up a brush and paint this weekend.

At brick&batten, we offer specialized virtual home exterior design services. Whether you want to take on the project as a DIY or use local contractors, we can help. After learning your personal preferences and project goals, we’ll design your home exterior with a realistic rendering and provide a helpful shopping list, so you know exactly what you need to bring it to life.

15 Exterior Paint Colors That Are On-Trend for 2021

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#1 Warm, Creamy Whites

You heard it here first. Off-white is one of the on-trend exterior paint colors now, and it is still here to stay in 2021. However, to really nail this trend, opt for a warm, creamy white. We especially love Swiss Coffee and Seapearl by Benjamin Moore. Both of these colors are warm off-whites, but Swiss Coffee is slightly brighter than Seapearl. We typically never suggest a stark, true white for our virtual design clients, so to see these warm whites paired with wood accents is a definite trend to follow.


Repose Gray

#2 Pale Gray

We, for one, are super happy that gray has been slowly starting to diversify streets, as it provides an alternative to beige. Though we saw a decline of stark gray with cooler undertones in 2020, begin thinking about grays with warm undertones and hints of green.  Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams has warm undertones, but it can read as cool in certain lighting, like on cloudy days. It creates such a zen look, and who doesn’t want to feel that way when they arrive home?

#3 Beige (Yes, You Read That Right)

If you thought we were straying away from beige earlier, think again. A beautiful beige is hard to beat! The 2021 beige is still warm but without the tendency to turn yellow. It is subtle and almost off-white in different lighting. For this reason, we will be recommending Accessible Beige in 2021 as a go to color. And when you scroll through Instagram, you might notice that almost every blogger is using a warm, beige filter right now. Coincidence? We think not.


2021 color trends

#4 Pale Blue and Green as an Accent Color

We are seeing it rise in popularity with pale blue and green as an accent color. Something about a Boothbay Gray  is so calming, yet interesting. and we are certainly here for it. Use this sweet hue on your shutters or door, and pair it with a creamy white and topiary trees.


#5 Bronze, Baby!

While it’s truly impossible to bottle up a metallic, we think Sherwin Williams does a pretty good job of it with Urbane Bronze. This on-trend exterior color looks even better when you pair it with actual bronze metal accents, like bronze porch lights or patio furniture.


two complementary colors for 2021 trend
two complementary colors in 2021 trends

#6 Two-Tone

We’ve seen a rise in split-level, ranch, and contemporary designs recently. The forecasted trend is pointing in the direction of a design with two complementary colors. Think two-tones, that work well together… maybe it’s one on the top and one on the bottom, or one on the side and one in the middle.  In 2021, you’re going to see more houses embrace the look.


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#7 Dark Gray

There has been a rise in dark gray, almost black, home exteriors recently. Who isn’t a fan of dark, charcoal, moody gray? This trendy color is having its moment but is also such a classic. Some of our favorite dark grays include Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore and with a blue undertone, Bracken Slate by Benjamin Moore 


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2021 Paint Trends

#8 Black as an Accent or Main Color

While using black as an accent color is certainly not a new trend, it is still popular. However, a few of the bolder homeowners out there are starting to use it as their home’s main color. Black Jack by Benjamin Moore makes a great base that will give you that edge over the neighbors.


Aged Pewter

#9 A Perfect Pewter

Not everyone can instantly envision what the color pewter looks like, but we think after 2021, that could change. This color is starting to become one of the on-trend exterior paint colors. While we don’t know what has sparked its sudden rise in popularity, we do know it looks great with natural wood accents, which are also here to stay.


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#10 I’ll Take the Wood

Don’t get us wrong, paint is a game changer; however, if you can stain or add some wood to your home’s exterior definitely do it! In 2021, there’s going to be push toward earthy shades and natural elements. Wood is a perfect way, in big or small doses, to embrace the trend.

white trim 2021 paint trend
White trim for 2021 paint trends

#11 Blow Up the White Trim

Looking for a way to add a little flair in 2021? Add some extra trim around your windows and paint it a beautiful white. A soft white trim can look gorgeous on a dark color home or even a lighter color for a more monochromatic look. Don’t be nervous to use this look around white or black windows.

Slate Blue shades in 2021 Paint Trends

#12 Slate Blue

When blue and gray come together, great things happen. A slate blue is tranquil, and it reads like a unique neutral. This color is perfect for the homeowner who wants to show a little personality without straying too far from traditional neutrals. Slate blue is one of those colors that comes in so many different varieties, so we highly suggest swatch testing multiple options. Pay attention to how the slate paint varieties look during different times of the day and under different levels of cloud coverage.


#13 Navy Blue

Just like slate, navy is one of those colors that ranges greatly. Some of them appear bluer and even traverse into the royal blue territory. For exterior purposes, we suggest a navy blue that is more of a neutral, like Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. It works on coastal bungalows and midcentury modern homes alike. There really aren’t too many rules when working with a good navy blue!

Earthy Green Neighborhood Park James Hardie 2021 Paint Trend

#14 Earthy Green

Green is a color that takes some envisioning before committing, so we suggest hiring a virtual exterior designer, like brick&batten, to create a realistic rendering of what your home would look like with this mother-nature-inspired hue. Earthy green especially works as an accent color, but we’ve also seen some houses pull it off on the body. James Hardie has perfected the look with Neighborhood Green above.


Colorful door 2021 paint trend
Antique Coral colorful door 2021 paint trend
Colorful Door Greyhound 2021 paint trend

#15 Colorful Door

For clients who want to show a little personality on their home’s exterior, pinks and greens seem to be a trending door display. Lately, we’ve been seeing more homeowners opt for pink as a statement door color rather than yellow or red. If you’re going for green, we highly suggest a color like Greyhound by Benjamin Moore, pictured on the door above.


Small porch with large lights

It’s truly amazing what a difference paint can make to a home’s entire look! If you’re wanting to update your home’s curb appeal, check out our exterior design service to unlock your home’s full potential. We’ll help you choose on-trend exterior paint colors that will remain timeless, and then provide you with a helpful shopping list to get your project  started. We’d love to give your home an exterior makeover!