The facade is the identity of your home, the first impression it makes. There are many possibilities of colors for house facades and combinations to be used in the project. We have separated some tips and inspirations that can make your decision easier.
House facade colors
There are several colors that can be used on the facade, it all depends on your project and what you like. It is common to see houses using trend colors or small touches of vibrant colors in their external areas, but some house facade colors are considered classic.
Architect Alisson Bordin responds about which colors he considers classic: “White and its variants are always a wildcard in every project, providing it with characteristics of lightness, grandeur and sophistication, in addition to allowing the insertion of decorative complements with greater ease. For me, white is a classic for facades.”
Architect Bruna Boato adds: “I consider the gray palette to be very classic for façade application. In general, all facade styles are harmonious with a well-used gray palette.”
Classic color, super elegant and goes well with any other color or material. Good for hot regions as it absorbs less heat. Its only defect is maintenance, any stain or dirt is highlighted on the white wall.
Another classic color, very present in modern homes. Easy to combine with other elements and has the advantage over white of having less dirt. Trend was chosen as Pantone’s Color of the Year.
Neutral, modern and very good color to be used in facade details. It is not recommended to paint the entire facade in that tone, as it is a dark color and absorbs a lot of heat.
Super elegant and neutral, it combines super well with woods and stones. Because it’s more yellow, it doesn’t show dirt so much even though it’s a light color, and it has the benefit of reflecting heat.
Widely used in country houses, terracotta hides dirt well. It is a color full of personality that can be used for painting the entire house, or for details, if you want a more discreet effect. It absorbs some heat because it is darker, but not to the point of discomfort.
Timeless, neutral and easy to combine with other colors and natural elements such as wood and stones. It is maintenance-free and, like terracotta, it absorbs a little more heat than lighter colors such as beige.
Super modern and striking, but recommended only for facade details. It absorbs a lot of heat and can make indoor environments uncomfortable if used in excess.
Super light color, gives a touch of personality without losing elegance. Because it is a grayish tone, it is more neutral and matches almost everything. It doesn’t absorb much heat and doesn’t need as much maintenance compared to dirt.
Practical and with good thermal comfort, it can be used on the entire facade. It doesn’t hide dirt so well because it’s light, but maintenance is still easy. It has a calming and serene feeling.
Great color for those who want a modern and elegant detail on the facade. As it is a dark color it can warm up the house more, but it hides dirt well. Like its lighter version, it is a relaxing color.
Widely used in details such as doors and highlighted wall, turquoise is super modern and youthful. It is a color that conveys tranquility. It doesn’t absorb much heat and is easy to care for.
Energetic color that leaves the facade modern and imposing. In order not to become tiring, it should be used in less vibrant tones or just in details. Easy to maintain, but not so efficient in reflecting solar radiation.
Super cheerful and fun color, great for those who want to bring personality and modernity to the house. The second choice of Pantone’s color duo of the year, it’s super high. Widely used to paint accent walls and other facade details. It does not accumulate much heat and is easy to maintain.
Green reminds us of connection with nature. It goes super well with other natural elements such as wood. Like other light colors, it doesn’t heat up the interior of the house, but it’s not as efficient at camouflaging dirt as the earthy ones.
This shade of green is super elegant. Because it is green, it gives us serenity. As it is a darker shade, it accumulates a little more heat.
It’s always interesting to test different tonalities and arrangements in your project. Many colors are super harmonious when combined with each other and with other materials.
How to choose colors for the facade of houses
When choosing the colors for the facade, the needs of the resident, their style and the architecture of the house are considered. We asked architects about choosing colors in a project:
Alisson Bordin : “Color comes along with the architectural approach taken. The insertion of finishing materials such as stones, wood, cement pieces, metals and others, dictate the best color path to be taken. I usually choose colors from the same palette to compose the facade. In an example of a facade with wood, the color palette will be between neutral colors and earth tones.”
Bruna Boato : “I choose the ideal color according to the client’s style and the architecture of the facade. The ideal color is the one that represents the client’s profile and values all the details and volumes that make up the facade.”
Here are some tips to help you make your choice:
- Personality: Your home reflects who you are, so one of the first things to think about should be what color you would like the facade to be. Even though it is an unconventional color, it is possible to use it without losing elegance, the following tips can help you with that.
- Color Matching: White goes well with any color, just like grays. When using more than one color, make sure they are analogous or complementary to create a harmonious palette. For example, a light gray house goes super well with yellow, including the colors of the year chosen by Pantone. An example of analogues would be green and turquoise.
- Harmonization of elements: Using wood, metals and porcelain on the facades is super high. Remember to match the color of the facade with the other materials that will be used in it. Here, too, the rule of analogous and complementary colors applies, a house with orange wood goes great with blue.
- Accent color: If you want to have just a touch of color on the facade, you can choose just one of the walls to paint in a more striking color. Another alternative is to paint the door or windows with the accent color, so the facade is super modern without using too much color.
- Practicality: Neutral colors such as white, grays and browns are easy to find in the market and combine well with each other. If you don’t want a headache researching colors, invest in the classics. Also, if maintenance is required, you will easily find the same color.
- Maintenance: Light colors tend to make dirt more visible, so for those who have children or pets, it is interesting to work with earthy tones, such as browns and beige, or with medium tones.
- Thermal comfort: Dark colors absorb more heat than light colors, a white house is cooler than a black one. If you are living in a hot place, remember to use dark colors only in the facade details, to prevent the house from accumulating heat.
Explore different color combinations for house facades before making your decision, nowadays a good professional can help you simulate different looks quickly.
40 facades to help you choose the perfect color
We have separated some images to bring you inspiration about colors for the facade of houses, showing more examples of colors and combinations of materials.
1. The light brown goes very well with the wood
2. Here the brown was beautiful in the details of the pergola
3. The sand tone was super modern with the black details
4. And super elegant combined with white
5. This house was super modern with the grayish brown tones
6. Light earth tones are elegant
7. Simple and current facade in light gray with details in brown and wood
8. Modern look using neutral colors
9. Gray and white tones were enhanced by corten steel and 3d porcelain
10. 3d porcelain tile matches lighter colors too
11.And with fun tones and trends, like this gray and yellow facade
12. Application of stones valued beige and white
13. And here the classic shades of gray enriched
14. How about combining grays and brown
15. Or with the orange of the exposed brick
16.The wooden details also go with the gray
17. The grayish green gives a light touch of color
18.And your darker tone is super trendy
19.Here the different tones combined with the wood and stone
20. The emerald green enhanced this modern and simple facade
21. It also matched the rustic style of this country house
22. The yellow and green details on the white facade brought personality
23. The yellow was ultra modern on this facade
24. And it also gave the touch of sophistication combined with the light gray
25. The white house was highlighted with the blue wall
26. How about adding wooden details
27. This facade was super elegant with the grayish blue
28. And he also matched the classic style of this
29. A simple facade attracts attention with fun colors
30. This all yellow facade looks like a beach
31. Classic house also matches colorful
32.This green one was super elegant
33. This townhouse was full of personality with the pink
34. Here the pink is already very discreet
35. How about a darker shade for those who are bolder
36. The orange wall left this facade differentiated
37. The red left this imposing and modern facade
38. Here it blends in well with the rustic look
39. For those who live in colder regions, how about this dark gray facade
40. Or this one with a lot of black, super modern
Now that you know how to choose colors for home facades, how about reading about exterior wall cladding .