Favorite Shutter & Siding Paint Color Combinations
Top Southern architects and designers share their no-fail color combinations for siding and shutters.
“This white looks crisp and clean—never yellow—in any light, and the green is vintage Southern with a hint of gray for softness. The earthy colors ground homes in our unique landscape.” —Michael Franck, Franck & Lohsen Architects, Washington, D.C.
“Creamy white tempers this vibrant green, which I like to show off in a gloss finish on traditional, elegant homes. This eye- catching color shouldn’t compete with excessive architectural drama.” —Brandon Ingram, C. Brandon Ingram Design, Atlanta
“In the South, black-and- white pairings have enlivened clapboard and painted-brick homes since colonial times. A bluish black, not absolute black, updates the look and adds dimension to shutters and doors.” —Russell Windham, Curtis & Windham Architects, Houston
“On a Colonial, this warm white and grayed- down navy make a timeless match. It has a touch of New England formality but works in a small Southern town.” —Catherine Sloan, Catherine Tracy Sloan, Nashville and Memphis
“Pairing pure white siding with a slightly more ivory color everywhere else creates depth, like light and shadow in a painting. This palette is just off-white and warm enough to be perfect, like a wedding cake.” —Jim Howard, James Michael Howard, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
“Soft teal on white is a buttoned-up take on the whimsical colors found in Southern beach towns. Yet the liveliness of the green tone allows it to fit easily into a subtropical or suburban setting.” —Terry Pylant, Historical Concepts, Peachtree City, Georgia
“People do a double take to determine the true color of this luscious, almost black purple, which pops against the crisp white backdrop. The pairing brings a little edginess and mystery to a traditional home.” —Jane Frederick, Frederick + Frederick, Beaufort, South Carolina
“White on textured siding, such as German lap or board-and-batten, emphasizes shadow lines and deep bronze contrasts. Choose one with black-brown tones. Chocolate brown bronze looks rusty in the sun.” — Ruard Veltman, Ruard Veltman Architecture, Charlotte, North Carolina