11 Gray House with White Trim Design Ideas
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There are few colors that have gotten as much attention as gray in recent years. Grey is the unofficial color of the 2010s and 2020s—and designers have run with it. One of the most common ways to pair gray house exteriors is to use white trim alongside it.
It’s a classic pairing of two hyper-popular neutral colors. But, how do you style it? You might need a little inspiration to make your home design dreams come true. This guide will show you some of the more interesting ways to make it work.
1. Gray Pillars, But Mostly White Trim
When people think of a gray house with white trim, they tend to think that all the trim will be white. It’s a fair assumption, but why do that? Sometimes, you need to add more gray. This gray home has the pillars on the porch painted the same color as the siding.
It gives the home a unique twist that makes the trim stand out even more. The iron balcony accents are icing on the cake.
2. Stately And Chic
Gray homes look amazing with white trim, but don't be fooled. Sometimes, it needs to have different shades of gray to accompany the white. Here, we see a dark gray door, a medium-gray roof, a light gray siding color, and white trim accents. It’s a monochromatic look that’s wonderful and stately, in that old-fashioned way.
3. Contemporary Classic
The architecture of this Victorian house screams for a nice trim color, so white is a perfect fit. The pastel gray gives this a contemporary feel. It’s a good way to make sure that you get the most contemporary take on a classic style of architecture.
This illustration shows how nice simple white Victorian trim looks when you pair it with a gray background. Designers and HOA specialists both adore this look because it’s so simple and chic.
4. Grey And Black And White
A gray house with white trim is a great choice for anyone who wants a stylish and stately home. But, what about an extra accent on the trim? Here we see black trim inside the trim. It looks great and also adds more focus to the windows.
Fans of traditional contemporary or British homes will find this trend to be very appealing. The best part about it is that you can use it on almost any architectural style and have it work. It’s the monochromatic appeal that people enjoy.
5. Seamless Gray
Gray houses with white trim always look great, but for some reason, they look particularly good when you have seamless siding like the one in this picture above. To balance things out even better, consider adding some pale gray flowers or landscaping for a more sculpted look.
6. Heavy Architectural Accents
Look at those sculpted columns on the second floor balcony! If you’re going to have a gray house with white trim, you might as well choose to go heavy-handed on the structural accents you paint white. Here, the second story balcony adds a new level of elegance to the home.
In most homes, the pillars around the front door are what stand out. The white trim there gave it uniformity, but it wasn’t all that noticeable. The white trim all over the massive columns on the balcony are what truly stood out. The size of a pillar can be heavily emphasized with gray and white home colors.
7. Sweet Trim, Bro
Victorian houses often have sculpted molding and gingerbread trim around the patio and porch areas. This home is no exception. The white trim helps accentuate the gingerbread motif in a way that makes the house look far more inviting. Hansel and Gretel would be proud.
A good rule of thumb is that you should choose as intricate a trim for a Victorian home as possible. If you can add molding to the gables, even better. This makes your home look amazing and also can add serious curb appeal.
8. Go For A Cottage Look
Cottages are extremely popular, and if you want to go for a gray cottage look, you can. This color scheme works well if you want to use different types of siding—such as the brick front here paired with the wide panel lap siding on the gable.
9. Shake It Out
White trim is great for highlighting texture on a gray house. It’s a quick way to add contrast. The trim is crisp and seamless. Meanwhile, the shake has a lot of woody, gritty texture that makes it contrast the trim and turns the house into a beachy, weathered hideaway.
If you have a beach house with shake siding, you’ll be happy to know that this is actually a common color combination to choose for your home. Gray houses with white trimming are particularly popular around the Jersey Shore and New York beach towns. How Northeastern!
10. Blue-White Beauty
As you may already know, there are different shades of white. There’s regular white, bright white, soft-white, cream, and blue-white, just to name a few. This home boosts the blue undertones of the gray siding by adding blue-white trim. For a beach house, it’s hard to imagine a better color palette.
11. Bold Geometry
When it comes to flaunting shadows in a home’s architectural design, there are few colors that work as well as white and gray. That’s why they tend to be the most popular colors for people who choose siding that “pops out” using shadows and shading. Here, we see roofing and siding that focus on deep ridges. The color palette just helps it work to the designer’s advantage.
A gray house with white trim will always be a smash hit with people who want a smart aesthetic color palette for their home’s exterior. That’s why it's considered to be a classic pairing—not to mention one that can potentially add value to your home. So, if you’re feeling uncertain of what kind of paint to choose, stick to gray and white. It’s a surefire thing.
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