Consumer Reports released it’s “Hottest Exterior Paint Colors of 2018” which outlines this year’s most attractive exterior colors as well as which brand carries them and which sheen works best for the outside of a home. The company scored paint colors and manufacturers based on attractive shades, price point, and durability.  Paint brands in the list include Sherwin-Williams*, Behr, Glidden, Benjamin Moore, Clark+Kensington, and Valspar.

Below, find four of the top exterior paint colors for 2018. Consumer reports noted all of these paint shades and brands “will look good for nine years or longer, [which] is great news – if you love the colors you choose.”

1. Sherwin-Williams’ Neutral Ground (SW 7568) paired with Extra White (SW 7006) for trim
A classic neutral color combination paired which can easily be paired with a color pop in the door. Available at Sherwin Williams stores.


2. Behr’s Off the Grid Greige (T18-08) paired with Soft Focus (T18-09) for trim
A greyish-beige color that pairs well with lighter colors for trim and a bold statement color for the front door. Available at Home Depot.


3. Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray (OC-68) paired with Harbor Haze (2136-60) for trim
This very light grey is almost light blue in certain lights, and trim can be a shade of blue or gray. Benjamin Moore design experts recommend painting shutters and porch ceilings similar colors to add dimension. Note: This brand is available only at “select paint and hardware stores” according to the report.


4. Glidden’s Country Cream (40YY 72/164) paired with Natural White (50YY83/029) for trim
Light yellow paired with white trim and a blue door is something of a classic look. Unlike most of the paints, which are recommended in “flat” finishes for the exterior of the home, this color comes recommended in flat only for the yellow, while using satin finish for trim and accents. Note: This brand is widely available.


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