2013 Exterior Color Paint Trends: South

The southern United States is full of breath-taking shades of earthy colors that invite a warm, casual and rustic atmosphere when used in your exterior painting project. The latest trends for exterior colors in the southern region come to us from the color experts at Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin-Moore. The south is known for its generous hospitality, and traditional-style homes as well as adobe-styled homes with terra-cotta roofs. Here is a brief synopsis of what to expect in 2013.


The color experts from Sherwin-Williams see the natural beauty the south has to offer and translate that into a fresh blend of exterior paints for 2013. The desert sands' warm and earthy tones inspired fresh palettes with beige and soft yellow tones as the focal points. Sundried tomato, edamame, mesa tan, latte and black bean make inspired accents and trims.

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Sherwin-Willams suggests warm and earthy tones

The south also features plenty of beachfront hideaways in Florida or the Carolinas, and historic plantation homes throughout Georgia or Mississippi. These homes are relaxed and accommodating, and inspire sun-washed tones, including banana or neutral cream and aqua. The contrasting accents and trim that work well with these homes are soft green tones and dark reds or browns.


The contrasts between traditional and desert style homes seen in Sherwin-Williams color schemes are also seen in Benjamin-Moore's exterior color trends for 2013. The desert-style mission home has sophisticated misted green focal tones which are complimented by muted earthy accents and trim like salmon, creamy beige or classic brown.

One difference between Benjamin-Moore and Sherwin-Williams is seen in the traditional-style home. Benjamin-Moore focuses more on the distinct angles and curves in the home with a creamy or traditional white trim combined with green and soft yellow focal points. These colors work well in nature and produce a gorgeous finish on your home.

This post is a part of our series on 2013 Paint Colors.

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