It’s no secret that I have a white painted house.  Maybe you’re considering painting your house exterior white?  But which white and what colour do you put with it?  Here are some ideas and paint colours I have found if you want to paint your house white.

White with Black Trim

White Exterior Paint Colour

This is my house.  It’s painted Dulux Natural White.  The gutters are Colorbond Night Sky.  The black trim on the handrails is painted to match the gutters.

White with black trim is a classic combination.  The black gives some definition to all the white.

white exterior paint colour with black trim

Image: Chic Sprinkles

Places where you can introduce a contrasting colour include: doors, window frames, shutters, railing, and by choosing black accessories such as light fittings and the awning blinds.  As the contrast between black and white is high, limit where you use the black as it can start to look too busy.

All White (No Trim)

White painted House exterior colour

Image via @brooklynokeefe

You can also have a completely white house with no contrasting trim for a simple fresh look.  The key to this look is to have plenty of architectural lines to add interest or ‘texture’, and a good use of greenery in the landscaping.

white painted exterior colour

Williamstown House via

White with Neutral Trim

white exterior paint neutral trim

Image: Blackband Home & Design

Another option is to use a neutral coloured trim to highlight details of the architecture without the strong contrast of a dark colour like black or charcoal.  Think of colours like soft grey, taupe, driftwood and mushroom.  Colorbond colours that would work with this scheme are Shale Grey and Dune.

white painted house with neutral trim

Image: A Well Dressed Home

White with Blue Trim

white house with blue trim

Image: Architectural Digest

If you want to use a colour rather than something neutral against your white house, a soft blue would be an on trend choice.

blue painted door

Image: Cottages & Gardens

White Exterior Paint Colours

Here are some of the most popular white exterior paint colours.  Read our article How to Use Paint Sample Pots Properly and get painting.

Australian white exterior paint colours

  1. Dulux Natural White
  2. Dulux Lexicon Quarter
  3. Dulux Vivid White
  4. Dulux Whisper White
  5. Taubmans Alpine Snow
  6. Taubmans Cotton Ball
  7. Wattyl Icing White
  8. Wattyl Luscious White
  9. Resene Alabaster

Two of our Sydney readers contacted me last week to ask my advice on painting a house white, so I thought I’d answer it on the blog as it might help other readers too.  If you have a decorating question or problem, please let us know and we’ll try to help you.