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Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint Alabaster color

Once I received a phone call from a client who was in tears because she was painting the exterior of her house and after many tries couldn't find a color she liked.

My heart went out to her because she had lost all the excitement in decorating because of the paint, which is why I am sharing my top 10 go-to popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors.

Update: I have added a printable list at the bottom of this post for easy access to the colors when you go pick up samples at the paint store.

Anytime I get a call about selecting exterior colors I begin with a list of my most popular Sherwin Williams Exterior colors.

You see, if they are popular, then most likely the color has been tried again and again. It's going to be a great color for your house, too!

Once my client narrows down to three colors, we searched Pinterest for houses with that paint color.  To make this easy for you, I have collected some great examples for you in this post.

So, without taking up any more time, let's get to the fun part and see how lovely these colors look on houses.


Sea Salt is a personal favorite color.  It is refreshing and charming and one of the popular Sherwin Williams exterior colors.  See how lovely it goes with the stone on this Bell Custom Home?

Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors Sea Salt door by Custom Bell Home

Photo Courtesy of Custom Bell Home

This color looks fabulous on this door.  If you need ideas for door colors check out modern front door colors.


Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors Alabaster White Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle magazine

Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle

You know you have the right color when you are featured in a magazine like Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle.

But honestly, you cannot go wrong with the color Alabaster.

It is such a versatile and popular color; Sherwin Williams even had it as the color of the year in 2017. So if you are looking for a great white color then look at this white exterior paint Sherwin Williams color.

Some other great white colors by Sherwin Williams are Pure White and Extra White which you will also find on the popular Sherwin Williams paint colors list.


Gray colors are super trendy right now, and repose gray is both great on the interior or exterior of a home. Personally, I think it is one of the best exterior gray paint colors, Sherwin Williams carries.

Look at this adorable cottage in Watercolor, Florida.  The soft color of Repose Gray is perfect against the pine trees and landscape of North Florida.

Repose Gray is such a versatile color which is why it landed on the popular Sherwin Williams Exterior colors list.

Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors repose gray

Photo Courtesy of Home Bunch

Other popular Sherwin Williams gray colors are Mindful Gray and Agreeable Gray.


Now, this was a big decision on which color to feature because I have two colors I like to use in the beige family on the exterior. Accessible Beige won because it was the easiest to find a picture to show you, but I love Kilim Beige very much, too. 

Here are more popular Sherwin Williams beige paint colors if you are a lover of beige and want more ideas.

Can you see why this color is on the popular Sherwin Williams paint colors list?

Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors accessible beige

Photo Courtesy of Home Bunch

Don't forget my other favorite beige is Kilim Beige.


Talk about a timeless and traditional look! We love a classic red door. If you're looking for a shortcut on How to Paint A Front Door Without Removing It, we have the perfect post!

A red door color can be tricky, though, because, if you are not careful, it can come out too orange. So check out this eye-catching red door featured on Southern Living Magazines website. See how the color Real Red made the list for popular Sherwin Williams exterior colors.

It is a perfect red for a traditional white house!

Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors real red

Photo Courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

See how timeless these colors are too. They really are the best Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors.


For the last color, I think you will be surprised at how beautiful it is on an entire house.  Typically we use black on shutters or doors, but think outside of the box and consider painting your whole house Tricorn Black.  Here is a beautiful example of it from GR Interiors.

Popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors tricorn black

Photo Courtesy GR Interior Design

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What is the whitest white from Sherwin Williams?

Extra white is the whitest white but usually for exterior I recommend toning it down a little to alabaster or snowbound. See more about the best Sherwin Williams white exterior paint colors.


This is a favorite that didn’t make the most sold popular list but it's great for homes and doors.


Shoji White is a great off-white color by Sherwin Williams that is a subtle white on the exterior of a home, but on the interior, it is more off-white depending on how much light and what kind of light the room gets. This makes the light color extremely versatile and a good option both inside and out. You can learn more about Shoji White at my post Discover the Versatility of SW Shoji White.


So your probably wondering what happened to my client.  Well after she narrowed down to those three colors and found houses online that were in those colors, she called Sherwin Williams. They gave her some addresses so she could see in person what it would look like on the house.

She finally found the color she loved!

And it all started with the simple step of looking at my top 10 popular Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors.

Now if you are planning to DIY your paint job here is another post with What is in my Paint Crate to help you get started.


Happy Decorating!


Saturday 13th of January 2024

Hi Linda,

I have seen Sea Salt online as an accent color- doors and shutters but we are considering using it as the main color. I am worried it may feel too intense? Do you agree it could be a successful exterior color perhaps paired with a creamy white trim? Would love your thoughts or even suggestions for a green blue grey that is more muted?

Thank you!

Linda McDonald

Monday 15th of January 2024

Hi Michelle! This is a very good question. Sea Salt is a great green/blue grey in my opinion. My best advice for picking an exterior paint color is to ask your local Sherwin Williams if they know of a house that is painted in that color where you can drive by and see how it looks. Another idea is to paint a large section of one side of your home to see how it looks throughout the day. Last, from my experience this color can be more vibrant on houses near the coast. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by the blog and good luck!


Sunday 24th of December 2023

Hi Linda, I read all 120+ comments and didn’t see my question. We’re trying to go for an English cottage vibe for our South Atlantic home,and we don’t get much sun because we have a very wooded yard. We need to replace our roof and paint. I love the look of the Atlanta house, yet I’m worried it might show a lot of dirt. And, I’m thinking grays will look dreary. What exterior colors/ trim, etc. would you suggest for our little cottage in the woods? Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!

Linda McDonald

Sunday 31st of December 2023

What about accessible beige? Check out that color as an option.

Dawn B

Friday 29th of September 2023

Hi Linda,

After reading your articles many times, I have decided to paint my Cape Cod house Repose Grey and the front door Wythe Blue. My windows are white with black shutters and a black roof and I need your advice on what color white to paint the trim?

Linda McDonald

Wednesday 11th of October 2023

Your house colors sounds similar to my sisters. She used Alabaster for her trim and it turned out beautiful. I would try Alabaster.


Monday 29th of May 2023

Hi Linda,

What color SW White was used as trim on last image provided of home painted in Tricorn Black?

Thank you!


Linda McDonald

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Hi Laura! That is a good question. It looks like the link to this photo no longer exists. If I had to guess I would try Alabaster white for the trim. Sorry I cannot help any more than this. Good luck on your paint project.


Sunday 7th of May 2023

I need some help in selecting a trim color. We are using the Certainteed Herringbone colored siding. We have white windows and garage doors. I would like to do some kind of off white for the trim around the windows and front entry. I tried Simply White, but too bright. Do you have any suggestions?

Linda McDonald

Monday 8th of May 2023

Hi Patti! Here is a blog post sharing off-white paint colors. Look at shoji white by Sherwin Williams as an off-white option to test. Good luck with your exterior project!!