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Popular Exterior Paint Colours by Region

Learn the Top Tones in Your Terrain

Pacific Northwest

Exterior home palettes in the Pacific Northwest are inspired by the temperate rainforests of Washington and Oregon. This lush environment inspires saturated, earthen hues like rich yellows and vibrant blue-greens.


The Golden State is home to sand and sun, mountains and desert, and iconic redwood forests. From cool, oceanic blues to arid reds and browns, exterior colours on the west coast are as diverse as the environment.


Homes in this region feature muted and dark exterior palettes of valley greens and mountain grays, inspired by the wild and rugged terrain of the American West.


This expansive, pastoral region inspires warm exterior palettes of prairie golds and autumnal reds. Parallel to this natural landscape, touches of metal, rust, and oil tones reflect the industrial culture of the Midwest.


Home exteriors in the blazing south draw upon a dazzling palette of clay browns , brick reds, ochre yellows, and cool succulent greens.

New England

Moving northeast, find a vibrant and rich array of exterior colors—from grassy-knoll green to deep barn red. Blues and grays inspired by the misty Atlantic are also prevalent.


This humid, verdant region features exterior palettes abundant with mixed greens and coastal blues, sandy and coral tones, and a splash of sunny yellows.

For a harmonious colour palette, consider your region and environment when selecting exterior paint colours for your home. Want to stand out? Pay homage to another region’s tradition and landscape with a palette inspired by a place you love.

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