What Shade of Blue Should You Paint Your House?

Blue Houses, Dark Blue Houses, and More

Colorful marine blue house with light blue posts and bright yellow outdoor ceilings, surrounded by cactus and tropical plants
Majorelle Blue, a Color Trademarked by French Artist Jacques Majorelle at Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh, Morocco. Frank van den Bergh/Getty Images

Like the sky itself, blue has many moods. A bright blue house may appear playful, especially when trimmed with crisp pure white. Gray-toned slate blues and almost-black midnight dark blue houses suggest quiet dignity. Deep red accents can add richness to darker blues. And where does purple fall in the wheels of color? Shades and hues are color inventions, like the Majorelle Blue shown here, a color trademarked by French artist Jacques Majorelle. The pictures in this gallery suggest ways you can use blue colors in your house painting project, or maybe you'll want to create your own mixture.

Small Craftsman Bungalow

blue and white bungalow, red screen door, white picket fence
Small Craftsman Bungalow. Douglas Keister/Getty Images (cropped)

American bungalows of the early 20th century come with all sorts of architectural details, but a large sloping roof that hangs over a front porch is somewhat standard. When that roof is shingled in brown, blue siding brings an additional earth color to a traditionally natural house style. The red screen door adds just enough contrast to not overpower the overall look. White trim is a typical second color to any shade of blue.

Larger Craftsman Bungalow

low angle view of multi-story, multi-color dark teal house with porches
House in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York. Charles Holford/Getty Images (cropped)

Shades of blue aren't just for smaller homes. Architectural details are emphasized when painted a lighter color and contrasting colors can spotlight the beautiful lines of your house. What do you want to emphasize? The Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, is rich in larger Craftsman bungalows and various Colonial Revival homes popular in the early 20th century.

Bright Blue Victorian

Ornate Victorian Style House painted bird's egg blue with white trim and dark metal roof
Victorian Style House in Nashville, Indiana. Mardis Coers/Getty Images (cropped)

Mixing blues can be tricky, because two different shades of blue will clash. To be safe, stay with a single blue and choose whites, grays, and red for moldings and details. Robin's egg blue isn't a traditional Victorian color, but it harmonizes well with the gray color of this home's gray metal roof. The trim is a crisp off-white, with a darker color for accents.

Blue Ranch in Florida

Blue ranch house with dark blue shutters and front porch in Florida
Florida Cottage. Jackie Craven

The City of Delray Beach in Florida is filled with color. From artist's studios to a poet's cottage near the Atlantic Ocean, the blue color of the sky and ocean permeate the surroundings.

With dark blue shutters on an egg-blue Ranch-style home, this Florida home fits its location. Consider how combinations of colors bring together your house. Simple changes, like painting the door a dark blue like the shutters, might lend more balance to the curb appeal.

Blue House in Bay City, Michigan

two-story victorian house, blue with white trim, with wrap-around porch, bay window, and ornate roof pediment open at the bottom
Blue house in Bay City, Michigan. Elizabeth W. Kearley/Getty Images (cropped)

For houses with loads of details, experimentation is in order. Choose a color you like for the siding, and then paint and repaint the handrails, spindles, gables, corbels, and cornices.

With all the work you put into painting your house, curb appeal can be quickly destroyed by a window air conditioner or a more permanent dish antenna.

Grey-Blue and Turquoise

L-shaped Grey-Blue Ranch House with turquoise-colored shutters and trim, French doors onto an outside patio within the L-shape, rural setting
Grey-Blue Ranch House. Trinette Reed/Getty Images

Not all blue colors work together. Even if the colors are speckles in the asphalt shingles, when colors don't work together, change them.

The Pink Gable of Colorado Springs

two story flue Victorian with full front porch, horizontal orientation, pink facade on a four-window front gable dormer
Blue Victorian House with Pink Gable in Colorado Springs. Lori Greig/Getty Images (cropped)

Experimentation with color combinations is a good thing. Ask your neighbors, however, if that pink gable works for them. Even with other pink highlights, this combination might be making an unexpected statement. That doesn't mean that pink and deep blue colors do not belong on the same facade. Color is an adventure, but be flexible to change.

Consider the Environment

large blue farmouse in winter snow on roof
Blue Folk Victorian House in Aspen, Colorado. Alan Becker Photography/Getty Images (cropped)

The location of your house may affect the colors you choose. At some latitudes, the sunlight and climate are less variable than places farther away from earth's equator. In northern environs of the United States and Canada, expect a white coating of snow for several months of the year. Sure, you may paint your house in the summer sunshine, but what will it look like in the low sun of winter? The contrasting white snow may make it look better than ever. The plantings surrounding your home can add distinction at any time of year.

Purple, Orange, and Yellow Bungalow

Purple House With Creative Colorful Paint Job, including cream colors, oranges, light blue, and deep maroon red
Purple, Violet, or Lavender?. James Brey/Getty Images (cropped)

Where does purple fall in the color chart? Writer Jakub Marian does a good job explaining that purple has more red than violet, which has more blue. So, the counterbalancing colors will depend on the shade of purple you use.  The neighbors might not want you to paint your home purple, violet, or lavender, but the Easter-egg colors do add a sense of play to this bungalow.

Save the Complements

two-story colonial revival home with purple door and white garage door
A Colorful Door Complements Exterior Siding. Jackie Craven

Since shades of violet contain more blue than shades of purple, skip the wine and plums and try complementing colors such as mauve, lavender, wisteria, or African violet — all colors derived from nature.

Maybe your first stop shouldn't be to a paint store. Instead, try the local plant nursery and smell the flowers.