So how do you choose the right white paint color for the exterior of your house? There are so many whites to choose from, the decision can be stressful and definitely overwhelming.
We are Painting the Exterior Brick of our Home
Where do you start? Where do you go for advice? As you know if you’re following my blog and Instagram we are painting our brick exterior….WHITE.
Our brick home consists of yellow and brown brick. Picking the right white for an exterior surface such as brick is not an easy task. You don’t want to use a white that is too bright, especially on the outside of a house. If you do, your home will be blinding to look at in full sunlight.
How to Choose the Best White Color for the Exterior of a House
Going with an off white or a white that has some creaminess to it, is the way to go. It won’t be glaring to the eye, and it will give your house a softer more pleasing appearance.
I rounded up some examples of painted white brick homes from Houzz. Each home has a different shade of white on the exterior. The colors are both from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Take a look at the difference in tone, some are whiter than others and many have a creamy softer appearance.
Examples of Painted White Brick Homes and the Colors Used
SW Pure White
SW Shoji White
SW Oyster White
BM Ballet White
SW Aesthetic White
SW Greek Villa
SW Natural Choice
BM Swiss Coffee
SW Pure White
SW White Duck
BM Simply White
White Paint Colors Not to Use on the Exterior
As I mentioned earlier, you don’t want a pure white color for the exterior. For example, in Sherwin Williams colors, I would not choose SW Extra White or SW Ceiling Bright White for the Exterior. The “whitest” color I would choose for the exterior is SW Pure White. It has a hint of warmth added to it but is still a very pretty white white.
Where To Go for Help in Picking Out a Paint Color for the Exterior?
I suggest doing a ton of research, especially if you are painting brick. If not done correctly, you will have problems down the line. Check out Exterior Home Modernization “ORC” (Week 2) Prepping the Brick for Paint and Home Exterior Modernization – “ORC” (Week 1) for tips on painting brick. The more research you do the better – if you are reading this, you are definitely on the right track 😉
Get your research from experts and homeowners that have gone through the process, like myself. During my research for picking the Best White Color, I looked at a ton of pictures and then I asked an expert. I had my own ideas on exterior paint colors but really wanted a professional opinion.
Good friends of ours are having their entire home styled by a top designer in the country. I reached out to him for advice on his favorite exterior white colors. I am sharing this list with you. The colors on the left are Sherwin Williams. The colors on the right are Benjamin Moore.
All these whites are beautiful and look amazing on a brick exterior. Feel free to Pin this for later use.
Which color did we pick for our exterior brick?
We chose Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.
And we absolutely love it! For more pictures of our exterior transformation check out Home Exterior Modernization “One Room Challenge” Final Reveal (Week 6)
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