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House Color Trends for 2020

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Thinking of repainting your home but don't know the house color trends for 2020? Why is that important? The color of a house reflects the personality and image of the people living there. But it also paints a picture of time if the color is outdated and reflects a time of the past. For instance, in the eighties, the popular colors were pastels like mauve, coral, and seafoam green.  In the nineties, we saw deep jewel tones, like hunter green and burgundy. But that is not all that does influence the first-hand impression of a home. Over time even the best quality paint will fade making the home look less attractive.

We all know that painting a home is a huge project taking considerable time and money investment.  That is why most homeowners repaint the exterior of their home only once every 7-10 years or so. So, it would stand to reason to get the best outcome by choosing the “right, trending colors” to highlight features and satisfy current color trends. But when it comes down to color selection there are lots of choices, making it hard to pick the one. With that in mind, we decided to guide you through the trendy house color trends for 2020. You will find that most will be a good match for your lifestyle, personality and San Francisco Bay Area living. In addition, most colors will also pass HOA requirements. Read on to learn about the

16 Trendy Exterior Paint Colors for 2020*

*as seen first on Brick&Batten and reported on by Cassie McDowell. And we wholeheartedly agree. The article says:

In 2020, we are seeing a move toward more earthy shades and moving away from the lighter muddy gray exteriors. Whether you prefer light or dark colors, you can find the perfect shades for you!

Ready? Let’s explore Industry Experts Top 2020’s Color Picks
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No. 1 – Seapearl by Benjamin Moore



Seapearl is a warm gorgeous white that harmonizes beautifully with just about any contrast colors.

No. 2 - Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore



The color blue is one of the favorites this year, and Hale Navy is the “new neutral”, according to some. It’s not as dark as black but gives off a soft dramatic feeling. Without much of an undertone, Hale Navy is easy to use and always delivers.
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No. 3 - Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore



A perfect charcoal gray with just a slight brown undertone. You can use it as the color for the exterior walls, or the trim, or doors, and shutters. Compliment it with white trim and Iron Mountain is virtually unstoppable.

No. 4 - Barren Plain by Benjamin Moore



Perfect choice if you are looking for the perfect color to blend with muted stone. Barren Palin is an excellent warm gray that gives off a classic and clean vibe.
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No. 5 - Bracken Slate by Benjamin Moore



With a blue-green undertone, this color evokes a feeling of happiness and is more dynamic than a typical black.  Maybe not a good choice for a community controlled by HOAs but is looking stunning with white trim and wood accents.

No. 6 - Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore



You can’t go wrong with Wrought Iron, a deep, dark, soft, gray. It still adds drama and interest but isn’t as deep as other shades. Great for trim, doors, and shutters.
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No. 7 - Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams



Favor earthy tones? Then Accessible Beige would be a good choice. Consider it for painting brick. After testing numerous colors, we opted for Accessible Beige because of its beauty and warmth with natural wood.

No. 8 - Gray Huskie by Benjamin Moore



Gray Huskie is a wonderful gray with a slight blue/ green undertone. This color works well in different environments and pairs nicely with Onyx shutters, doors, and white trim.  It tends to look darker on the paint chip - as do most colors - than it will on your home’s exterior.
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No. 9 - Onyx by Benjamin Moore



Another color that may not be approved by your HOA but Onyx is a wonderful warm black with a slight brown undertone. Great as an accent color on a door or shutters. Immensely popular because of its ability to stay soft without turning stark looking.

No. 10 - Simply White by Benjamin Moore



This shade of white is anything but simple. It is beautiful and classic looking. Whites are probably the trickiest color to use on your home’s exterior because of their reflective properties. However, Simply White is a warm shade.
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No. 11 - White Dove by Benjamin Moore



Extremely popular. With a hint of warm gray, and a little brighter than Sea Pearl.  White Dove gives off a warm, cozy feeling.

No. 12 - Cape May Cobblestone by Benjamin Moore



Cape May Cobblestone is an elegant, classic gray with warm undertones. Cape May works well in direct sunlight and appears darker in areas of low sun.
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No. 13 - Silver Chain by Benjamin Moore



Choosing gray paint can be a bit tricky, much like whites, because of the undertones. With green, blue, taupe, and violet undertones, finding just the perfect gray can be challenging. This one is aa gray that does not stray too much from the color it represents.

No. 14 - Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams



Repose Gray is a light-medium gray that does not read brown or muddy but will display a variety of undertones at different times of the day. Repose Gray is reflective and does tend to pick up shades around it.
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No. 15 - Olympic Mountains by Benjamin Moore



Olympic Mountains by Benjamin Moore is a brighter beige with some gray undertones.  It is warm, light, and fresh, blends well with coordinating colors, and could be used inside and outside.

No. 16 - Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore



One of our favorite and more reliable gray paint colors is Kendall Charcoal.  Its neutral shade mixes well with stone or dark brown.  On the warm side, Kendall Charcoal will not read blue; therefore, you cannot go wrong using it time and time again on just about any house exterior or style.
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I hope you find these house color trends for 2020 suggestions useful and inspirational. Acquiring the new look for your home requires research, effort, and planning. Once you home in on what you think you might like to get some paint samples to see how the colors would look on your walls. Colors on paint swatches always look a little darker than they will show on your wall. If you are still not sure, consult with a color consultant. And always make sure your HOA approves of your color choices.

Final thoughts

The most important thing to consider is to choose the best contractor for the job. Do your research, read reviews, ask your family and friends before you ask for estimates. Always hire a professional with a proven track record, is licensed and insured. Universal Painting Contractors, Inc. checks all these boxes and can assist you with your color selection based on years of experience.  Just give us a call when you are ready.

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