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How to Choose Exterior Trim Color for Your House

Your trim can make or break the overall appearance of your house.  If your trim is too skinny, your house may just feel off and you’re not sure why.

If you have cream or earthtones on your exterior, and your trim blends in too much into the same color as the brick, siding or stone, the trim can appear non-exist and again, feel off.  Trim is the icing on the cake.  It’s the earrings to your evening outfit.  It’s that extra something that gives the total look pop. It’s meant to stand out and make a statement.

Trim color is not a one size fits all!  You need to look at the exterior colors of your home like your brick, stone and/or siding colors(s), and the color of your windows.



White trim on white houses is becoming a big trend in exteriors and quite frankly, it looks absolutely charming.

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White Vinyl Windows & Trim

Although you see home owners purchasing different colors in windows, white vinyl windows is still the predominant color choice among home owners.  If you have white vinyl windows, its best to have your trim, fascia and columns of your house in a matching white color.  Otherwise, your vinyl windows could stand out like a sore thumb does.  There are other ways to provide color to your house like your front door and landscaping.


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Effective Trim Color Warm Colored Houses

If your brick, stone and/or siding is in the warm tones,  a trim color in the warmer tones will enhance the house’s overall appearance.   Generally speaking, for light colored warm toned houses, your trim should be darker than the main color of the house.  Similarly, if you house color is in the darker warm tones, trim in a lighter shade would complement the darker tones well.


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This cream colored siding looks penonominal with the warm gray trim and accent color.

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This cream colored siding looks penonominal with the warm gray trim and cheery yellow front door and other accent colors.


Trim Needs to be at least 2-3 Shades Different than the House Color to Make a Positive Impact!

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This trim color matches the siding but its too bland and it blends in to much to the color of the siding.  If it was one to two shades darker, it would really make this house stand out so much better.


The size of the window trim needs to be in proportion to your house.

For best results, make sure your trim is in proportion to your house.  Skinny trim looks silly and off.  Adding thicker trim adds curb appeal to your home which makes your house stand out better and would ultimately add value to your house.


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This trim is a nice thickness and the white looks stunning against the navy wood siding.


Do you have some good ideas for your trim now?

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If you’re still wondering what is the best color for your particular house, check out my online design services here.  I’m happy to help!





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