7 Classic Southern Paint Colors
Paint technologies have evolved, but barn red is still a sought after paint color to make your home stand out. It’s a strong color that is best used as an accent or for outbuildings. Punch up your exterior with small doses of red on shutters and doors against a more neutral base such as white or cream.
Get the Color: Stadium Red (TH224) by Ralph Lauren Paint; ralphlaurenhome.com.
Take this ranch-inspired color beyond Texas. A brick home painted a dark brown comes alive with charming pale blue shutters and doors. Or try the deep brown as an accent color on a beige home for a tone-on-tone color scheme.
Get the Color: Texas Leather (AC-3) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
Regardless of the tale’s truth, the inky green is ideal for defining shutters, doors, ironwork, and window trim on homes everywhere. It looks especially great against a white body. For maximum impact, try it in a glossy finish.
Get the Color: Historic Charleston Green (DCR099) by Duron; duron.com.
You don’t have to live in one of these coastal towns to bring their signature muddy pink to your home. While it works well as a backdrop to Historic Charleston Green trim, consider painting your exterior Creole pink with gray trim for fresh look. If you prefer a lighter and more classic effect, update a traditional white home with pinkish-khaki accents.
Get the Color: Pink Ground (No. 202) by Farrow & Ball; us.farrow-ball.com.
This color works best on wooden Colonial-style homes. The symmetry of these homes keeps the look restrained. Paint trim a crisp white that plays up the blue.
Get the Color: Bracken Tenement Blue Slate (101) by Martin-Senour Paints; martinsenour.com.
Though we aren’t sure how effective paint can be against bad spirits, we can’t resist the Gullah look. The calming shade of blue adds both culture and charm to porch ceilings. We also love to bring it inside to interior ceilings!
Get the Color: Palladian Blue (HC-144) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
Of course, not all white houses must have columns. But to get the right antebellum-influenced shade, we recommend a white with dark undertones. It adds instant patina and keeps the home from being blindingly bright in sunlight. Shutters and doors can be a slightly darker cream color for a monochromatic look. If you prefer a more formal look, use a black to add definition.
Get the Color: Site White (SW7070) by Sherwin-Williams; sherwin-williams.com.