Ask Erika: Brian’s house

by Erika Woelfel

Colorfully, Behr reader Brian asked us about selecting exterior trim colors for his stucco home. Read Erika’s advice below! 

Hi Erika,

I have a single level, off-white colored stucco exterior home. I have dark brown trim now, and would like to update it with a lighter color. The roof is tan/brown composition asphalt shingle. Can you suggest some exterior trim colors that would work and are popular?



Hi Brian,

Below are several lighter colors you may consider coordinating with your off-white stucco exterior. Warm neutrals like sand, taupe, brick or beige are the most common exterior trim colors we see for the southern California area. People sometimes go with dusty greens and blues too, but it often depends on the body color of the house.

Check out the actual color chips (which vary from the screen colors) to see if any of them work with the roof color as well.

Colorfully yours,


2 responses to “Ask Erika: Brian’s house”

  1. Dawn says:


    I like everything about Brians house with the white stucco and dark brown trim. What colors would these be in Behr paint and should I paint my garage door the dark brown too or the white stucco color? I kind of like the idea of painting the garage door the dark brown but would like your advice. Also my soffits are already dark brown and my roof is asphalt architectural shingle in a dark brown. I live in southwest Florida and like to accent with tropical colors.

    • Erika Woelfel says:


      A really nice exterior combination for your region in FL would be an off white color like Almond Cream W-B-710 or (slightly darker) Oyster W-B-720, coordinating with a dark brown like Revival Mahogany 760B-7 on trim and garage doors. A green or turquoise blue accent color on the front door or window details would be fantastic: Aquatic Green 510D-6 or Teal Bayou 530D-7.


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