In the process of designing a custom home on the Colorado Front Range, there are dozens of decisions to be made about everything from the size and layout of each room to what type of light bulbs and hardware to use.

At first glance, the color palettes you choose for the exterior of the home may seem like a rather minor decision—after all, paint colors don’t affect the function of your house. However, colors and even the distinct shades you select can completely make or break the aesthetic appeal of your home, not to mention impact how you feel in that environment.

What Are the Popular Colors for 2021?

Every year, new paint colors for homes become popular based on current events and trends in fashion, architecture, technology and pop culture. While the driving force behind your decision-making process should be your own personal tastes and lifestyle habits, it doesn’t hurt to collect inspiration from these en vogue color palettes. Here are some of the most popular exterior paint colors for custom homes in 2021.

Exterior Paint Colors for Custom Homes

Your exterior paint color is one of the greatest contributors to the curb appeal of your Colorado home, especially when you pick a shade that complements the specific location and surrounding environment. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association, you may have to follow certain guidelines when choosing an exterior paint color. Otherwise, here are some trending house colors to consider:

1. Bright Whites

white home exterior

Perfect for a modern or industrial farmhouse style home, a crisp, white exterior color has become a standout staple that shines in the Colorado landscape. White is such a classic color that lasts throughout the years, yet there is quite a variety of shades that are unique. Benjamin Moore offers our favorite shades of white, including Chantilly Lace, Simply White, Decorators White, and White Dove. Whether you want cool or rich, warm undertones, white is a versatile color choice that can serve as both a primary or accent color for custom homes on the Colorado Front Range.

2. Dark Grays and Greiges

gray exterior home

Colorado is overwhelmingly associated with a love of nature and the great outdoors, so most homeowners want to highlight the surrounding natural beauty, rather than distract from it. When done right, a dark gray exterior can be amazing. Some of our favorites are Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron 2124-10 and Benjamin Moore Graphite 1603. If you prefer a lighter gray, Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690 is a stellar option.

For those that still like a light home and want a softer look, Sherwin-Williams Natural Choice (SW 7011) for the main body with Sherwin-Williams Intellectual Gray (SW 7045) trim is a stunning choice. This color scheme is beautiful for any style home but is especially perfect for a house that has a European or Modern Tudor vibe (which is going to be very popular over the next few years!).

If you’re looking to bring a bit of warmth to a gray color story, the greige color family is a perfect choice. For example, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 and Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray HC-105 are timeless and complement the Colorado landscape.

3. Mossy Greens

green home exterior

Greens are also trending in Colorado, but they tend toward more natural, muted shades, like Sage, Olive Green and Forest Green. These colors enhance calming hues found in the Colorado landscape. For a really deep green with dark gray undertones, Benjamin Moore Ashwood Moss 1484 achieves that earthy look. Sherwin Williams Forestwood 7730 is the quintessential Forest Green color, which reminds one of trees in mid-summer. These greens are more vibrant, but still blend with the surrounding environment. 

Designing Your Colorado Custom Home

When designing a new custom home in Colorado Springs or the surrounding area, you want the color palettes for your exterior to complement the surrounding neighborhood in addition to your personal tastes and lifestyle. One of the benefits of working with a design-build contractor like Gowler Homes is that our team possesses deep local knowledge, as well as an understanding of how various architectural and design elements will affect your quality of life. We can help you navigate your options and figure out which are best when it comes to creating a comfortable living space and supporting the long-term value of your home.

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