Yellow and Gold Colors for Your House

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Colonial Cream Cape Cod

A bright red door adds a welcoming touch to a traditional Cape Cod home.
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors A bright red door adds a welcoming touch to a traditional Cape Cod home. Photo © Jackie Craven

Paint your home yellow, and you've invited the sun to surround you. Yellows are also highly adaptable, harmonizing well with brick and natural stone. In these photos of yellow and gold house colors, explore the possibilities for a touch of butterscotch on your own home's exterior.

White and gray are popular trim colors for houses painted pale yellow. Deeper yellow and gold colors work well with greens, browns, and dark reds. Inventive homeowners have even had success with blue highlights. The pictures in this gallery suggest ways you can use yellow and gold colors in your house painting project.

A cheerful red door adds a welcoming touch to this traditional Cape Cod home, painted Colonial cream with crisp white trim. The window sashes are also white. To achieve this look, browse through paint color charts for off-white, ivory, cream, and buff colors.

Paint Color Suggestion

  • Body: Benjamin Moore Paint Color HC-32, Standish White
  • Trim: Benjamin Moore Brilliant White
  • Door: Benjamin Moore Paint Color 2007-10, Smoldering Red

Also check out some of the free online tools to help you choose your house paint colors. Remember that computer monitors aren't precise in the way they display colors, so always try a sample of the paint in a small area before purchasing a large quantity.

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Bright Yellow Colonial Farmhouse

The Piazza side of Arrowhead, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts home of Herman Melville from 1850-1862
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors The Piazza side of Arrowhead, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts home of Herman Melville from 1850-1862. Photo © Jackie Craven

Do you recognize this house? The Piazza side of Arrowhead, the Herman Melville House in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, shows off its deep yellow mustard color.

This 18th century farmhouse nestled in the Berkshire mountains inspired American writer Herman Melville during one of his most productive periods, from 1850 to 1862. One can only guess at the house color during his ownership. Likely, because of Melville's limited income, the rambling house would have been painted white, or perhaps in "writerly disrepair."

Now a museum, Arrowhead has been commercially restored with a vibrant, deep yellow color—a hue that might stop any bypassing tourist on this country road in western Massachusetts.

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Yellow With Green and Red

Brightly painted Bungalow in South Texas, built in 1910
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Brightly painted Bungalow in South Texas, built in 1910. Photo © Diana Kirby

Olive green trim and and a dramatic splash of red accent a sunny yellow bungalow in southern Texas. Yellow, with all of its different hues, is a wonderful siding color for experimentation. Unexpected color combinations often work just fine with various shades of yellow. Yellow and green often work well, but the shades of both the yellow and green can provide wildly different results.

Names for yellow and gold tones can also be surprising. Encourage your neighbor when he experiments with what he calls "banana" and "peanut butter" colors on his home. Some people are hungry for color.

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Yellow and Red

German house painted bright yellow with red windows accents.
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors German house painted bright yellow with red windows accents. Photo (cc) Flickr Member Erich Ferdinand

This house in Germany turned dramatic when painted yellow with red accents. Like its cream-colored neighbor, this German house is simple and unornamented. Painting the window sashes and the eaves red introduced drama and a sense of play. The black roof shingles also add impact.

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Stucco Cream with Tile Roof

Spanish style house, yellow with red tile roof
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Spanish style house, yellow with red tile roof. Photo by Denise Taylor/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

Spanish Colonial styles are usually conservative, using earthen shades of coffee cream colors to offset the traditional red tile roof.

The paint colors you choose may be drawn from history, but also picked to complement a pronounced roof. Color experts will tell you that the palette is the specific colors you choose, but the color schemes come from the color wheel. Most paint manufacturers have created their own paint color charts and palettes.

Color experts can be very useful when thinking about how colors work inside or outside your home. A neutral color scheme doesn't always mean beige, writes one design consultant. A monochromatic color scheme of only one color can be made interesting by complementing it with tones, shades, and tints of that one color.

For the exterior of a home, a monochromatic color scheme works best with a colorful roof.

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Yellow with Olive

Yellow bungalow with green trim in old town Fort Collins, Colorado
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Yellow bungalow with green trim in old town Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Ed Darack/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Olive green is a natural complement for the yellow-green-colored siding on this bungalow home. Shades of green are very popular complements to yellow-sided homes.  Perhaps it's because warm colors and cool colors are being brought together. The owners of this bungalow borrowed subdued natural colors from the environment. Other bungalow owners have created great color combinations directly from their environment of garden colors.

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Yellow Three Color

Monterey Revival home in Delray Beach, Florida
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Monterey Revival home in Delray Beach, Florida. Photo © Jackie Craven

This cheerful yellow siding makes a California style look like Florida.

This Monterey Revival home in Delray Beach, Florida is painted with three colors, yellow being the primary exterior siding color. The front door and shutters are a deep, hunter green, and the overhanging second floor porch is white. The first story green provides an interesting contrast while the white is a fresh, pleasing trim color for this house on a busy street.

The Monterey house style was a 19th century invention of settlers in Monterey, California. The colors of this Monterey Revival fit right in to sunny Florida.

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Yellow and Blue in Delray Beach

Yellow house, white trim, light blue shutters in Florida neighborhood
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Yellow house, white trim, light blue shutters in Florida neighborhood. Photo © Jackie Craven

The contrast of warm yellows and cool blues creates an interest in this otherwise quiet home.

This small house is painted with an approach similar to the Monterey Revival house in the same town—yellow siding, white front porch, but instead of a deep green for the shutters, a light, pale blue is used.

When colors are used to contrast with a dominant shade of yellow, a green or blue is often chosen. Hopefully the tone of the mix is chosen wisely.

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Yellow and Blue in Racine

Suburban house, yellow with blue trim, in Racine, Wisconsin
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Suburban house, yellow with blue trim, in Racine, Wisconsin. Photo by J.Castro/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

This yellow home in Racine, Wisconsin catches all of the sunlight it can. Contrasting blue is not only for yellow beach homes in southern Florida.  Does this Carolina Blue work on Wisconsin windows and brackets? It's a playful experiment of contrasts in a cold, snowy climate. Maybe the owners are alumni from Chapel Hill.

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Pale Yellow, Pale Blue

Suburban yellow house in Racine, Wisconsin
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Suburban yellow house in Racine, Wisconsin. Photo by J.Castro/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

All homes have windows and roofs. What colors do you choose, or have they been chosen for you? Then, decide what color yellow may complement what is already there.

Choosing exterior house colors is a complex process. But remember—paint colors are not in stone. Live with your choices, and then, if you're feeling something is not right, you can always change it.  Choosing yellow siding will allow many options.

Harmonize the elements of your home, big or small, and you may feel better about all things.

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Salem Yellow, Dark Mansard

Yellow house with dark mansard roof in Salem, Massachusetts
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Yellow house with dark mansard roof in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo © Jackie Craven

A New England "mustard" yellow was once the height of popularity, but even the locals in Salem, Massachusetts have turned a bit pale. The paint colors you choose should be drawn from history and also selected to complement a pronounced roof, like the Mansard roof on this lovely Second Empire home.

When you move into a very historic town like Salem, brush up on your history. Learn more about Historic Second Empire Architecture.

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Accessories to a Yellow House

Yellow VW Beetle in driveway of yellow house
Yellow and Gold House Paint Colors Yellow VW Beetle in driveway of yellow house. Photo © Jackie Craven

Will your yellow house have yellow bugs?

The bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle in the driveway of this bright yellow house in Salem, Massachusetts can really catch your eye as you walk by. Which came first, you might wonder—the yellow house paint or the car?