Choosing home exterior color is generally a tricky subject to those who are not professional painters, designers, or architects. It’s even more challenging when unconventional siding materials such as stucco are involved.

If the available color options seem overwhelming, or if you fear picking the wrong color for your stucco home, this article will be of help. To make your color picking a bit easier, here are some six essential tips you should consider.

1. Neutral Colors

Traditional neutral colors are considered the safest when it comes to painting your stucco exterior. They are pretty popular because they don’t outshine landscaping and trim color. When neutral is mentioned, most homeowners only imagine the grays, beiges, and tans. However, there’re many other options to consider. So go ahead and play around with the neutrals, but be sure to include some bold options on the trim to avoid making your house look featureless.

2. Earth Tones

Earthy tones are still excellent picks for homeowners who want to use neutrals but with a unique twist. If trees and greenery surround your home, consider something with evergreen or olive green shades. Desert tan shades can blend in well if you live in a dry or desert area. If you choose a brighter earth tone or a more vivid shade, use a neutral color on your trim to tone down the boldness.

3. Subtle Colors

Sometimes using too bold or too bright colors on your exterior can work against you when deciding to sell your home. Additionally, you also stand a chance of color clashing with your neighbors, who are probably leaning towards the neutrals.

Using subtle colors is a great way to infuse some color into your exterior stucco siding without your house stick out like a sour thumb. For instance, applying beige with a hint of green will look green, and white with a hint of blue can look blue with the right light.

4. Make sure it matches your Exterieor

This is kind of a general exterior painting unwritten rule that pays attention to the three main areas of your exterior; Stucco body, stucco banding, and trim (soffits, fascia, the metal roofing, garage doors, etc.) Do not use less than two and not more than three colors in these three areas to create a nice contrast and accent. 

5. Don’t Forget the Roof

The roof and other features such as stonework and carvings that are not likely to change anytime soon should also be considered. Pick colors that work well with these features, your landscape, and any permanent fixtures around your house. If you have a black or gray roof, consider gray, blue, white, or yellow for your stucco exterior. For a brown or dark tan top, consider tan, brown, red, green, or cream exterior stucco.

6. Get Inspiration from Neighboring Stucco Homes.

Sometimes the easiest way to pick an exterior color is to learn by example. Drive around and explore other neighboring stucco homes and see what catches your eye. This will help you find out if you like light, dark, warm, excellent, subtle, or dramatic color tones. It will also help you find out what you don’t like.

You can also draw inspiration from online photo galleries such as Instagram or Pinterest. There’re plenty of examples that you can download and share with your painter or paint consultant for further advice.

Bottom Line

Considering that you won’t change your siding color soon after painting, you must pick a suitable color for the first time. You might want to seek professional advice if you’re not confident about your choices.

Our professional stucco painting crew at Matthews’ Painting can offer some much-needed color consultation for your stucco home as well and help paint your stucco exterior.