5 Best Exterior Paint Colors for 2022

It is time to elevate your home’s exterior into 2022. You don’t pick paint colors every day or even every decade, so it’s important to find the perfect color for your home. Is white the right choice? Do you dare to go bold? We’re here to help you find the right fit.

At SmardBuild, we use our experience and expertise to deliver gorgeous exterior remodeling results in the greater Chicago area. If you’re interested in a beautiful exterior remodel, we’d be pleased to speak with you! We hope you find attentive and professional partners for your work, no matter what color you select to face the world.


Best Exterior Paint Colors for 2022

Colors of the Year 2022

The colors of 2022 are trending toward calming greens and warm browns to compliment natural trends in all kinds of decor. However, more frequent use of color and a more comprehensive array of color options are entering the design space in 2022 as well. Here are the colors of 2022 according to the tastemakers:

  • Sherwin Williams- Evergreen Fog, a gentle grey-green hue 
  • Behr-Breezeway, a soft sea glass green
  • Benjamin Moore- October Mist, a pale, sage-tinted grey.
  • Pantone- Very Peri, a 2022 standout, periwinkle speaks to our need for a rush of color in 2022.
  • Dunn-Edward- Art and Craft- this warm, neutral brown supports natural color palettes in every setting.
  • Glidden- Guacamole, true, delicious green.

Top Exterior Paint Colors for 2022

Once you understand the color trends for 2022, you can move on to consider how this will translate to your home’s exterior. Exterior paint colors trending in 2022 include:

  1. Warm neutrals- Warm neutrals like khaki are in for 2022! These cozy colors look fantastic when featured and can offset just about any other hue you choose.
  2. Natural green tones- From sage to more yellow-green natural tones, green is making a solid showing in 2022.
  3. Cool blues and greys- These cool and calming tones look serene from any curb. Though our results are stunning in every shade, we are especially proud of our recent work with Mastic Vinyl Lap siding in deep blue.
  4. White- It’s timeless. It makes your home appear larger. White houses sell better. Eighty-one percent of designers polled last year chose white as the best exterior color when selling a home. 
  5. Off-White- It’s almost white, but not quite. White does not hide stains quite as well as other colors. If you can’t bring yourself to go full-on pristine white, get as close as you’re comfortable, and choose an off-white in line with your warm or cool palette. 

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James Hardie Siding

We are the top James Hardie Preferred Remodeler in the Chicago area, which means we have the repeated privilege of working with this world-class medium. There are so many reasons to use James Hardie siding. James Hardie fiber cement siding looks like rich, gorgeous wood siding but costs less and requires less painting, maintenance, and repair. James Hardie siding is also more durable, weather-resistant, and fade-resistant than vinyl. 

James Hardie options include: 

  • Shingle siding- Also called shake siding, this look gives a Cap-Cod feel at a fraction of cedar shake prices and delivers improved durability.
  • Lap siding- James Hardie plank lap siding is the most popular brand of siding in North America. This timeless, traditional siding comes in a stunning array of appealing options so that you can get just the right look.
  • Vertical siding- Add contrast to your lap siding or go completely vertical!
  • Architectural collection- Truly anything is possible. The architectural collection includes panels and unique textures, lines, and trim.
  • Trim- Hardie trim boards help you put the finishing touches on your home’s new look. 

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How to Pair Colors for Your Home Exterior

Some clients have a dream shade in their mind and set off on a quest to find the right color; some need to do more hunting. We love James Hardie’s Color Plus Technology which lets you pair color options with their easy and intuitive tool. Here are some color combinations to help you start dreaming!

  • Two-toned- Pick one color and dial the intensity up and down throughout the home. Try putty and grey, sage and dark green, or cream and khaki. 
  • Bold color statements- Say something with color. Choose to be the boldest and brightest on the block. Consider classic farmhouse red and black or charcoal and lime.
  • Classic contrasts- Black and white, teal and cream, classic combinations provide contrast, look great, and stand the test of time.

Pro Tips for Picking Your Exterior Paint Color in 2022

There are plenty of little ways to make your details pop. Consider some of the following factors if you need help settling on a color:

  • Weather- The typical climate in your area will impact popular exterior colors. Dark colors that fade or absorb heat don’t appear as often in sunny climates.
  • Landscape- How can you use your surrounding greenery to highlight your color scheme? Can you pick up your favorite blooms in your accents?
  • Home history- Some color combinations are classic on a cape cod or a farmhouse. Looking for color trends for your home’s period and architecture may inspire you to select options that weren’t previously on your radar.
  • Neighborhood character- What’s the color palette range in your neighborhood? What catches your eye as you drive around town? Are you aiming to push the envelope or blend in?

Tips for Picking Your Exterior Paint Color in 2022

Get the Best Look on The Block

Our experience, craftsmanship, and attention to detail set us apart from any other builder you consider for your exterior remodel in our service area. We are the top James Hardie Preferred Remodeler in the Chicago area for a reason. We deliver stunning exterior remodeling results because we care about quality and communication every step of the way. We love to help our Naperville, Addison, and Wheaton neighbors design and execute the home exterior remodel of their dreams. We would love to talk to you.

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