The BEST White Exterior Paint Colors

Okay, y’all. First of all, before we get started–you might need refreshments for this post.

And a comfy chair.

There’s a lot of paint discussion and a lot of photos and a lot of before and after.


Because we painted the house.

This is what the house looked like when we bought it back from the people that my mother sold it to after we all grew up and moved away. That’s right. If this is your first visit to the blog, this is the house I grew up in. This is the color that my mother painted the house when I was studying the Pythagorean Theater in high school trying to meet my future husband by his locker. I forget what color it was before this, but I vaguely remember a shade of white with green shutters.

This picture was taken about five years ago almost to the day.

There have been a LOT of changes in those five years. We painted the brick steps and porch. We lost those amazing bushes in the front to the snowstorm of 2021. We added shutters. We got a new roof. We added black gutters. But most importantly?

We painted the exterior of the house.

And now?

It looks like this.


I hope you can because I couldn’t.

Those five years have been full of a lot of work that I forgot all about.

Here’s another picture from a different angle.

(Total aside: please only look at the house, not at the lawn. Texas is in the middle of a giant drought right now with water restrictions. The lawn and the landscaping will look SO MUCH cuter next year.)

Here’s what the house looked like from the front when we bought it.

And five years later?

It looks like this.


For the love of everything that is right in this world will you scroll back up and look at those before and afters again?

The difference makes me so happy.

And the white paint that we picked is absolute perfection.

Here’s how we chose the paint and some of the BEST white exterior paint colors.

The entire painting process started here with these peel & stick samples from Sherwin-Williams. Peel & stick samples are available in select colors and can be ordered online at You can take the guesswork out of color selection with easy-to-use samples that are available in 275 top-selling Sherwin-Williams colors and Emerald® Designer Edition™ colors.

And the best part?

All you have to do is peel and stick.

Here are my go-to white paint colors, all of which I considered for my home’s exterior.

You can use peel & stick samples to try out colors and see how they look at different times of the day. The samples are removable and repositionable to easily move from room to room or wall to wall.

Here they are on the outside of our home when I was trying to decide which one to choose.

I loved it because they were so easy to move around from one side of the house to the other.

If you have ever chosen an exterior paint color before, you know how important it is to look at the paint on all sides of the house.

These samples were absolute perfection because they were so easy to move.

I was able to choose my exterior white paint color with confidence.

Are you curious about what I picked?

Drum roll, please…….

…… Extra White SW 7006

I was THIS close to going with Pure White SW 7005, but in the end, my favorite pure, clean, wonderful white paint color Extra White SW 7006 took the blue ribbon home.

You actually can’t go wrong with any of these exterior paint colors. They are all tried and true depending on the location and amount of shade that your home gets.

Here are some factors to consider when you are choosing an exterior paint color:

  1. Take into consideration your foundation or existing brick color. One of the most important factors to take into account is the existing undertones. This can be a great starting point for choosing paint colors because it helps to create a cohesive look for your home. If you’re not sure what direction to go in, you can always ask for advice from the experts at your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams paint store or you can book a free Virtual Color Consultation with a Sherwin-Williams color expert.
  2. Lighter colors tend to make a house look larger, while darker colors can give the illusion of a smaller space. So if you’re looking to add a bit of visual extra square footage (without actually having to build an addition), lighter paint is a great option.
  3. One of the most important things to consider is the sheen of the paint. A glossy finish tends to show every imperfection. A matte finish is more forgiving, but it can also look dull and flat. In my opinion, the best choice is a satin sheen, which strikes a perfect balance between gloss and matte.
  4. You also want to consider the amount of sun exposure your home receives. If your home is in a sunny location, you’ll want to avoid dark colors that will absorb heat, making your home uncomfortably warm. Instead, opt for lighter colors that will reflect the sunlight and help keep your home cool. We live in Texas, so a lighter color was a no-brainer for us.

After we chose the color, the prep work started. There was so much rotted wood and a lot of boards that needed to be replaced. The house was built in 1908 and some of the boards have been around since Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Then the entire house was power washed to remove loose paint and then any remaining loose paint was scraped off.

The entire house was painted with two (and some areas even three) coats of paint because we were going from a gray paint color to a white paint color. Sherwin-Williams Emerald® Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint has amazing coverage and helped smooth out all the areas of the house where the paint was scraped off.

And when we were finished?

The house looked like this.

It’s one of my favorite transformations ever.

From before to after and all the years and changes and transformations and paint changes in between.

It still holds true.

There’s no place like home. 🙂

disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.

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