Favorite Shutter & Siding Paint Color Combinations

Bronze Age
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Top Southern architects and designers share their no-fail color combinations for siding and shutters.

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Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty
Laurey W. Glenn

“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.

Siding: Pure White (SW 7005); sherwinwilliams.com
Shutters: E9-51; finepaintsofeurope.com

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Garden Fresh

Garden Fresh
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Dover White (SW 6385); sherwinwilliams.com
Shutters: Arugula (SW 6446); sherwinwilliams.com

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Not-So-Basic Black

Not-So-Basic Black
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Pure White (SW 7005); sherwinwilliams.com
Shutters: Black Blue (95); farrow-ball.com

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Navy Redux

Navy Redux
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Polo Mallet White (RL1051); ralphlaurenpaint.com
Shutters: Evening Dove (2128-30); benjaminmoore.com

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Layered Neutrals

Layered Neutrals
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Simply White (OC- 117); benjaminmoore.com
Shutters: James White (2010); farrow-ball.com

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Coastal Charm

Coastal Charm
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Dove Wing (960); benjaminmoore.com
Shutters: Inky Blue (SW 9149); sherwin-williams.com

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Jewel Tone

Jewel Tone
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Rhinestone (SW 7656); sherwin-williams.com
Shutters: Wood Violet (1428); benjaminmoore.com

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Bronze Age

Bronze Age
Laurey W. Glenn

“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

Siding: Statuesque (7002-5); valsparpaint.com
Shutters: Urbane Bronze (SW 7048); sherwin-williams.com

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