Modern Gray Exterior Paint Colors for North Cincinnati Homes
The Cincinnati area boasts more than a century of architectural house styles. And there are perfect gray exterior paint colors to complement them all. Gray is a soothing neutral and one of the most versatile paint colors you can use on your home’s siding.
How to Choose Gray Exterior Paint Colors?
Gray features both warm and cool undertones. Deep, dark grays add sophistication, while soft subtle grays make the exterior of your home feel expansive and bright.
- Material Features
Start by making a list of your home’s unique features. For example, are there stone or brick enhancements? What color is the roof? Are there porch pillars flanking the front door? Does the house showcase shutters, gabled windows, or decorative trim? All these features offer areas to create depth, interest and charm.
Next, look at the landscape surrounding your home. Is it set back in the trees or in full sun surrounded by a lawn? What's the color of the driveway and walkway leading to the front door? Are there colors in the permanent landscaping to keep in mind, such as flowering shrubs or landscaping rock?
Gray is a chameleon, bringing out the best in each season. Sunlight plays a giant role in how gray exterior paint colors appear. Do you get a lot of bright, sunny days? It may wash out lighter shades of gray and fade darker tones sooner than you'd like. Does your home sit in shade or experience many cloudy days? Darker colors may look imposing in step with a grayish backdrop.
Note the exterior paint color schemes of neighboring homes so your choices complement rather than clash. You can blend quietly into the neighborhood, or stand out with a one-of-a-kind palette while still coordinating with the surrounding houses.
- What's Your Personal Style?
Consider the style you want to achieve. Think of adjectives like elegance and confidence, a friendly welcome, modern vibe, or cheerful ambience. Using a variety of tones and shades creates dimension and depth, which adds to the home's marketable curb appeal.
What are the Best Gray Exterior Paint Colors?
Like your own personal taste, gray exterior paint colors vary in unique ways. Let’s look at popular choices and what makes them favorites of homeowners.
Amazing Gray from the Sherwin-Williams’ Living Well collection has warm greenish undertones as part of the greige family (gray + beige). This medium gray is an excellent choice for a sunny yard.
Want a true neutral? Try timeless Summit Gray. This cool color picks up the subtle colors around it. In a medium tone, it is a balanced choice for siding that pairs wells with both light and dark trim and accent colors.
Want your home to look bright and neutral, like the reflection of the sky? Sherwin-Williams suggests the aptly named Reflection. This soft, pale gray on your home’s siding is soothing, clean and modern.
Darker grays are the perfect way to set off beautiful accents like stonework, wood accents or landscape features. This home uses Dovetail to coordinate and draw together the driveway accent, stonework façade and contrasts the beautiful wood garage door perfectly.
Passive and Lazy Gray
Here, using a variety of gray found in the home’s shingle roof creates a balanced look with a ton of curb appeal. Passive gray siding provides a soft backdrop for Lazy Gray shutters. Both colors compliment grays found in the shingle pattern above, giving the home a polished, put together image.
What Color Front Door Goes with a Gray Exterior?
Want to add even more color? Gorgeous reds, deep blues, bright aqua and turquoise, and nature greens make striking front door colors for a gray-painted house.
Wood doors are very trendy now. The contrast between gray siding and a warm, rich wood-stained door is eye-catching.
The most popular and more traditional colors are shades of black or white, which always pair well with gray siding.
Is Choosing Gray Exterior Paint Colors a Gray Area?
Refreshing the exterior of your home is exciting and full of fun decisions. Don’t let the overwhelming number of exterior paint color choices leave you feeling blue.
We have even more tips to help you make a fantastic choice!
- Look at your home and its surroundings–what colors do you see? This includes subtle colors present in roof shingles, stone facades and brick.
- Consider the size and architecture of your home. Dark colors give the home a more dramatic appearance, while light colors can make it look larger.
- Curb appeal is always important even if you aren’t considering selling. Exterior paint lasts for years, so marketable color schemes are important, but make it your own too.
- Use color visualizer software like the Sherwin-Williams Color Tool to help you see the colors together on an actual exterior application. There are even options to upload your own home photo.
- Is your home historic? If yes, consider using appropriate colors for your home’s architecture and era. Sherwin-Williams historic collection has fabulous grays to select from across classic colonial to Queen Anne to suburban modern.
- Colors change with the light. Review your choices in different light conditions, from bright sun to overcast. Remember, grays can feel cool or warm, with undertones of other colors so review trim, siding, accent and door colors together before making your final color selection.
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