Home Improvement from the Outside: Top 5 Home Exterior Colour Trends for 2020

A bold exterior colour is the home improvement statement for 2020.

A bold exterior colour is the home improvement statement for 2020.

As we prepare to say goodbye to the year that was, why not think of the year ahead with a home improvement project that will make a statement? The Year of the Rat, 2020 is not just about stately grey and white, there are some exciting and bold colour choices available in fibre cement, vinyl siding, and exterior paints. You don’t have to go big. A pop of colour applied to your door, trim, or shutters can bring an inviting and fresh look to your home. Here are some of the top 5 colour trends coming to your home in 2020:


Fibre cement siding comes in a range of colours, including this home decked out in Allura’s Plunge Pool. Source: Allura

1. A Newer Shade of Gray

The makers of fibre cement siding products are always developing new colours that fit with the times. For those looking for a warm and sophisticated, yet neutral look for their home renovation project, why not consider Allura’s newest tone called Plunge Pool. The mid-tone gray includes a touch of olive to create a deep, vibrant shade that isn’t in the brown or green spectrum. Its darker tone comes alive when matched with white or cream trim.


2. The Green Movement 

Eco-friendly colours are making a comeback, and paint company Behr has latched on to the trend with its 2020 Color of the Year. The garden-inspired Back to Nature (S340-4) has leafy undertones with its subtle, yet alluring green that matches well with white window and door trim. The colour works perfectly on an entryway, accessory building, or anywhere that connects nature from the outside.


CertainTeed Cedar Impressions Vinyl Siding in Natural Clay gives the appearance of natural wood without the fire hazard.

3. What is a slab-on-grade foundation?

Home exterior colours continue to seamlessly blend with Mother Nature, as can be seen in CertainTeed Cedar Impressions’ vinyl shake and shingle siding. The company’s Natural Clay and Sable Brown tones use textural effects for a rustic, freshly sawn wood effect, without the fire hazard. The woodsy earth tones can be accented with fresh and bright colours, such as Autumn Yellow, Green Tea, or Bermuda Blue, for a harmonized look.


Use a colour wheel to find contrasting and complementary colours for your home exterior.

4. Not your Average Palette 

While neutral tones are still popular, house renovation contractors are starting to see more contrasting colour schemes for home exteriors. Using two hues that generally don't pair can add a bold and beautiful touch. Think about opposite colours on the colour wheel for an exciting interplay of tones that are playful and dramatic.


Don’t paint it black. Make your house stand out with a bright coloured door.

5. Shut the Front Door!

2020 will continue with the house renovation trend of inviting entranceways, with door colours that stand out on the block. A bold door adds extra curb appeal and also shows off your home’s unique personality. Some of the colours to consider include: 

  • Apple red
  • Blue sky
  • Lime green
  • Coral
  • Taxicab yellow
  • Vermillion orange


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