What Color Should I Paint My Exterior Trim?

The right paint and exterior trim color can take your home from boring or outdated to modern, fresh and truly spectacular. We have seen some amazing exterior before and after transformations happen for our clients, and many times it comes down to trim details. So, if you’re struggling with exterior house trim colors or what you should paint your exterior trim, we are here to help.

We have experience with helping clients make both subtle and not-so-subtle changes to their homes with exterior trim updates. With the right color, you can take a standard builder-grade color to stunning and sophisticated.

Best Exterior Paint Trim Colors

Best Exterior Paint Trim Colors

Choosing exterior paint colors can be tricky. Since you’re covering so much surface area, a color that looks demure on a swatch can be overwhelming on a larger surface. Fortunately, there are some color classics and trends we love and we’ve seen homeowners enjoy again and again.

Popular Exterior Paint Trim Colors

Still wondering what color to paint your exterior trim? Here are our favorite exterior paint trim color combinations from PPG:

 Flagstone, a cool grey that looks classic and can be paired with subtle or vibrant trim colors depending on your overall aesthetic

 Desert Dune, a warmer grey with a khaki undertone that allows landscaping and architectural elements to really shine

Ghost Ship, a ginger beige with a slightly red undertone that pairs well with black trim and accents

Cool Charcoal, a deep “greige” that looks classic with white trim, or in-the-moment with black trim

Knight’s Armor, a dark grey color that harkens back to vintage chalkboards and pairs well with other shades of grey on trim

Gypsum, a pale grey veiled white with red undertones that looks good for both body and trim

Onyx, a cool and serious black that pops on trim, shutters and doors

Zombie, a cool onyx black that leans toward charcoal. This color is beautiful on body, trim, shutters and doors

Storm’s Coming, a light and fresh greige that–despite its grey/beige color–brings a sunniness and lightness to trim

Heron Grey, a golden greige with an almond undertone that looks just as good on the body of your home as it does trimming out shutters and doors

As you’ve probably noticed, darker, saturated colors are extremely popular right now for full exterior body colors. We often see them paired with bright shiny whites on trim areas which helps homes of all sizes look stately without being overly serious.

Exterior House Paint Trim Color Gallery

Here are some of our favorite exterior trim updates and transformations.

A Modern Trim Update in Atlanta, GA

This house looked tired with the dated, red brick and builder grey trim. So we painted the entire exterior, including the trim, a modern and bright cream color. We accented just the shutters with a glossy olive grey. The house looks clean and modern now!

exterior brick painting Atlanta Georgia after photo

Creating an Open Space in Nashville, TN

This home in Nashville had a new porch installed and the owners wanted the ceiling to be sky blue so it would feel like more of an open space. We used a soft cream color with a glossy finish on the trim to edge it out. We love this new front porch!

nashville tn front porch painting sky blue

Exterior Home Transformation in Kansas City

We love how this customer in Kansas City transformed their house! We painted the brick white and used a custom black color on the trim. The colors work great together to give this home a fresh look!

exterior residential brick painting kansas city after photo

Exterior Color Update in Columbus, Ohio

This exterior colors on this house really pop. We used a grey paint color for the trim to really tie in the beautiful new stone and give the house an inviting feel for years to come!

residential exterior painting after picture

No matter what exterior trim color you choose, work with a reputable painting company to complete your exterior wood trim painting. If you’re still not sure about how to pair or choose your exterior trim colors, a great company will consult with you on color in the initial stages of your project. They’ll take time to understand your style, the style of your neighborhood and what is going to be the best update for your home.

Get Expert Help When Painting Exterior Wood Trim

Our professional paint experts are ready to help you paint your exterior trim. Shutter painting, door and porch painting and trim details are projects we have years of experience handling. Contact us today for a free exterior trim painting quote.