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As the weather gets warmer, you may start to think about how you can improve the look of your home’s exterior. Weathering and age can make your home look bland and uninteresting. If you’re considering selling your home this year, your curb appeal should be top of mind.

Thankfully, a fresh coat of paint could be just what your home needs. If you’re ready to improve your curb appeal, consider trying one of these outdoor paint projects.

Popular Exterior House Paint Colors

One of the most difficult parts of a paint job isn’t usually the painting itself, but rather choosing the color. Unlike interior rooms, exterior home paint can’t always be changed as easily. Depending on the size, it could take up to four days to complete an entire home painting project. Smaller projects, such as garage or deck painting, could take less time.

While neutrals will never go out of style, a colorful look will make your curb appeal stand out from the rest. Here are a few popular exterior paint color ideas:

  • Dark Gray
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Navy Blue
  • Light Green

Don’t forget about any exterior trim as well. Here are some colors that will be the perfect accent:

  • Ivory White
  • Cream
  • Light Gray
  • Aqua
  • Black



1. Exterior House Paint

For a dramatic change to your curb appeal, a change in paint color to your home could be just what it needs. An older home can experience an instant update, for much less than other options. The average cost to paint a home exterior is $2,490, with most homeowner spending between $1,926 and $2,837.

2. Garage Paint

While your garage may not be as big as your home, a weathered looking structure can make your curb appeal look outdated and unkempt. A fresh coat of paint on the garage and the door can help give your home the fresh look it needs. This will typically cost less than painting your entire home, so it’s a budget-friendly way to make a major difference in the exterior look of your home


3. Shed Paint

Like your garage, a shed that looks weathered will stand out in your yard and decrease curb appeal. Most homeowners choose to match their shed color to their garage or home color. So, painting your shed at the same time as your garage or home exterior is a good idea.


4. Deck Paint

The way your deck looks can impact your curb appeal as well. Because a deck increases the home’s livable space, a good-looking deck can be an extra incentive for prospective homebuyers. The good news about deck painting is that it’s a project you can DIY and get creative. This is an affordable way to transform the look of your yard.


5. Front Door Paint

If some of these projects seem a little too large for you to manage right now, there are still a few smaller ways you can spruce up your home’s exterior. Front door paint is a way to make your home stand out from the rest. While neutral colors are always a timeless option, the latest trends show that brighter and bolder colors is what’s boosting curb appeal right now. If there’s a color you love, try it on your front door!

6. Exterior Window Trim Paint

Another small detail that makes a big difference in curb appeal is your window trim. This can be overlooked by some homeowners, but will certainly stand out if you skip it while you’re improving the exterior of your home. Most opt for a simple coat of white, while others choose to match their exterior window trim color to their front door. Painting outdoor trim is a project you can do yourself, but for higher windows, always follow proper safety precautions.


7. Mailbox Paint

While mailboxes have utility, they also are one of the first decorative elements people see when they approach your house. However, you don’t have to have an extravagant mailbox to improve your curb appeal. Simply update its look with a simple coat of paint. Like front doors, many are turning to brighter colors to make this element really pop in their yard. However, if you’re improving your curb appeal to sell your home, you may want to consider a neutral color, like beige or white to give your mailbox a timeless look.