These Farmhouse Exterior Colors Are the Definition of Classic

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By now, you know the farmhouse look all too well: the chippy signs salvaged from flea markets, white shiplap, subway tile backsplashes. It's a design style that we all love, and it will likely stick around for years to come. But how do you carry the look outside?

As you consider home exterior ideas that embrace country-inspired aesthetics, we recommend contemplating farmhouse exterior colors. These hues generally land in the neutral category, often pairing white with another equally timeless shade.

So get out those paintbrushes, drop cloths, and ladders — it's time to give the outside of your home a colorful makeover. Scroll on for seven ideas that will get you started on the right foot.

1. Light Blue and White

Farmhouse exterior colors can feel quite airy. If you want to make your home extra-breezy, consider partnering fresh white with the softest of blues, something that Julia of Gal Meets Glam perfected for her home.

2. Navy and White

Let's say that you desire a darker color for your home, but you're not quite loving black. Instead, we suggest a rich shade of navy to complete the look of your farmhouse exterior. Brittany of Addison's Wonderland chose a sumptuous shade of blue with white trim to create a farmhouse-friendly look that pops.

3. Pink and White

Farmhouse design has such charm, which is why we think a pop of pink will fit right in with your visuals. Go with a rosy shade reminiscent of cotton candy and pair it with white, to create the palette that Brooke of Nesting with Grace chose for her adorable home.

4. Charcoal and White

When it comes to selecting a palette for the outside of your home, there's one shade that's currently outranking the rest: charcoal. It's the darling among homeowners and designers alike, and it happens to work beautifully among farmhouse exterior colors. Kelly of Lily Pad Cottage paired the dark gray hue with white for her idyllic dwelling.

5. Beige

If you want to take a bit of a departure from the mostly white exterior typically used for modern farmhouses, you can always go with beige — either showcased through paint or in the case of this gorgeous abode designed by Studio McGee, shake and shingle siding.

6. Black

If you have no qualms about painting your house top-to-bottom black, we'll tell you that it's an incredibly cool and modern way to achieve a farmhouse look. This black cottage belonging to Anissa of House Seven Design is oh-so-charming in a dramatic shade of ebony with contrasting white shutters.

7. Black and White

When it comes to farmhouse exterior colors, we happen to adore black and white. White is classic, while black offers au courant visuals. But don't take our word for it. The team over at M House Development chose the classic combo for this abode featured on Home Bunch, and the result is a modern-meets-traditional masterpiece.


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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