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Most exteriors use a three-color or four-color combination scheme distributing the colors on these surfaces:

Main body color
the dominant color(it could be brick, stone, wood or vinyl siding)

Main trim color
(windows and moldings)

Complementary trim color
(doors and shutters)


Supplementary trim color
(decks, fences, siding, pergolas)

  • BODY COLOR

    Brick and stone have a great saturation of color...

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  • ROOF

    Integrate the color of your roof with the color scheme — no need to match, just harmonize...

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  • WINDOWS AND MOLDING

    If the window molding is recessed, a darker color will highlight the details.

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  • DECKS

    Use a semi-transparent on the deck surface and solid color on the rails and spindles for a dramatic or classic look.

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  • DOORS AND SHUTTERS

    Use a prominent color on your front door for great impact...

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  • GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS

    Downspouts and gutters should be inconspicuously painted...

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  • SEMI-TRANSPARENT OR SOLID COLOR STAIN

    Use asemi transparent stain for subtle color that allows the underlying wood grain and texture to show...

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This exterior stain color guide will help you select beautiful color combinations—whether staining your entire home or selecting colors for a deck, pergola or other architectural features.

Simply select your dominant color from one of our palettes and use the other colors as accents. By changing the dominant color, you create a very different yet harmonized look.

Color palettes are grouped into 7 color schemes.