Paint color of the year and the next hottest hues are already rolling in for the upcoming year. If an exterior refresh is on the top of your to do list, pay attention to these pretty palettes as you decide on an exterior house color scheme for your home.
The best exterior house colors for 2022
You’ll see everything from pastels to dark moody hues dominate the paint color must haves in 2022.
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Farrow and Ball Railings
Railings by Farrow and Ball was huge in 2021, and I’m thinking it will be even bigger in 2022. A beautiful soft blue black hue, Railings makes a dramatic mark wherever it’s used.
When used inside a home, Railings can read more of a black paint color in rooms with less light and more of a deep, dark navy in rooms with more light.
Using Railings on your home’s exterior will mostly read like a very dark navy blue, which is simply breathtaking when paired with wooden accents. Hues like Railings are very popular today and I wrote an entire post on blue black paint colors that you can check out.
Benjamin Moore Pale Oak
On your home’s exterior where light is ample, Pale Oak will appear like a creamy off-white or even taupe, depending on the light. Darker than the other two lighter colors on this list, Pale Oak is a welcomed departure from stark white.
There is a slight purple undertone in this color, so make sure you test Pale Oak out first before you commit. Pair Pale Oak with a pretty creamy white trim color, and you’ve got a winning combination.
Psst! Did you know you can order a sample of any of these colors and it comes in a peel and stick large painted square? I recommend placing these paint samples in front of a white poster board to evaluate the color correctly.
Benjamin Moore White Dove
White Dove may be on my list of popular exterior paint colors for 2022, but it’s been a perennial favorite of mine for years and years. I love the white walls/white exterior trend but I’m not a fan of cold whites. With White Dove, you don’t have to worry about your home looking like a doctor’s office.
Technically an off-white paint choice, the warm creamy undertones work well to soften up White Dove, leaving your home looking fresh and clean. Pair White Dove with warm wooden accents and even a deep charcoal or light black paint color like Iron Ore.
You can read more about Benjamin Moore White Dove paint here.
Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray
A medium gray, Stonington Gray has blue/purple undertones, making it a cooler gray color. For a more dramatic contrast, choose a crisp white like Chantilly Lace.
If you want a softer look and less noticeable contrast, choose something like White Dove to be your trim color. I really like the idea of pairing Stonington Gray with a robin eggshell blue for a classic look.
Check out my full review on Stonington Gray here.
Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain
Moody hues like black are definitely on the rise, but beyond stark colors, designers are recommending colors with significant depth in them, and Iron Mountain fits the bill.
A dark charcoal black color with purple and blue undertones, Iron Mountain is a dramatic choice with a good bit of warmth, thanks to the undertones at work. Pair Iron Mountain with light gray accents and a creamy white for a really pleasing color scheme.
I recently reviewed my favorite charcoal color paint options in a separate post that you can check out if you like something in this color family.
Sherwin Williams Rushing River
Rushing River is a beautiful greige color with green undertones. A color with a lot of warmth, Rushing River isn’t a boring beige or a cool gray.
Pair Rushing River with a very creamy off white like Shoji White and accentuate with a deep hunter green hue for a classic craftsman look.
Like greige hues? Here’s my full list of popular greige paint colors for 2022.
Sherwin Williams Rock Bottom
Dark moody hues are in as far as exterior paint color choices go, and Rock Bottom is a bold choice. A bit of a departure from black or charcoal colors, Rock Bottom is actually a deep dark hunter green. Rock Bottom has a significant gray undertone to it, almost making the color a blackish green hue.
It pairs beautifully with a taupe that has more beige than gray in it and a creamy white for a craftsman look or I’ve even seen homes use the dark hue entirely for a dramatic statement.
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
A popular blue tone, Hale Navy is my favorite navy blue paint color. A cool paint color, Hale Navy will work well with crisp or creamy whites, which just adds to its wide appeal.
I really like the tone on tone use of Hale Navy on exteriors or for a more classic look, you can pair it with a white like Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster. If you’re looking for a cottage or beach vibe, I love using a pretty blue green paint color on the front door like Palladian Blue.
Hale Navy looks beautiful when paired with warm wooden accents, and would be so pretty with wood columns or accents above windows or the garage doors.
My full review on BM Hale Navy here.
Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
One of Benjamin Moore’s most loved colors, Boothbay Gray is a show stopper. A true color chameleon, Boothbay Gray is a gray paint color with strong blue or green undertones that reveal themselves depending on the light. There’s certainly no beige in this gray color, as can be observed in many popular grays.
I love pairing Boothbay Gray with a very creamy white, almost an off white like another Benjamin Moore favorite, Swiss Coffee. Here you can explore more blue green color choices.
Interested in this dreamy hue? Here’s my full review on Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray.
Sherwin Williams Dress Blues
A more cheery blue than Hale Navy, Dress Blues is a classic blue. While this list of color choices is trending paint options for 2022, in my book blue will always be a solid paint color hue for your home’s exterior.
Falling in love with Navy? I have an entire post on dark blue paint options.
Sherwin Williams Oyster White
While there’s a time and place for crisp white tones, creamy warm hues are definitely in now. Despite the name, Oyster White reads really more like a greige paint color and you can immediately see this when paired with other white paint samples.
Although not near as dark as many popular greige colors like Agreeable Gray, Oyster White can look either gray or beige depending on the lighting situation. On an exterior, for example, the side of your home receiving the sun will bring out the beige undertones in Oyster White.
On the contrast, the side opposite the sun will likely look more gray than beige. This color looks absolutely divine when paired with light blue green creamy hues if you’re looking for an accent color.
I’ve written a post on other white exterior paint options you can check out, too. If you need more inspiration with white exteriors, here’s a round up of white houses with black windows that I think you’ll love!
Don’t forget to test out your paint colors by ordering these peel and stick samples or painting large samples on pure white poster board to test them out before committing!