What Color To Paint A House With White Vinyl Windows?

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

White vinyl windows are one of the oldest accessories in the window world. They’re a staple in most American homes, and that makes them fairly common. Chances are, if you have an upgrade to your windows, it’s white vinyl. The question is, how can you paint your house to match that window look?

White windows can always work with white exterior paint, but why limit yourself to white alone? You can also make it work with greys, sage greens, pastel blues, off-whites, and beige exterior paints as well. White is a universally flattering color for your home’s exterior.

A set of white vinyl windows will always look good when it comes to your home’s exterior. Let’s talk about how you can match it up so that your home’s curb appeal skyrockets.

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Before We Begin: Always Check With Local Building And HOA Guidelines

White vinyl windows are popular because they can always work with almost any color. However, this often means that they are the go-to in communities that have fairly strict rules on what a home can look like. Knowing this, it’s important to take a look at local mandates when it comes to your home’s exterior.

If you live in an HOA or a highly restrictive area, ask them what shades of paint are available to you. While you might want sage green, it might be a banned color in your area. Choosing a color that’s banned could get you fined and also end with you having to paint over it. No bueno!

Not sure who to ask? It’s best to call your local HOA board to find out their approved paint colors. If that doesn’t work, then you might be able to get a better result from the municipal board of your city. If there are no limitations on what color you choose, you’re in luck. The sky is your limit.

What Are The Best Colors To Pair With White Vinyl Windows?

White vinyl windows have quite a few options to choose from. Take a look at our top picks below.

1. White

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White on white. Is there anything more timeless, more clean-looking, more crisp? If you take a look at most neighborhoods, you’ll understand why this is the standard choice for upscale neighborhoods. It looks good with white stucco, regular vinyl siding, as well as painted wood shake.

No matter what your exterior is made from, a coat of white paint will be well accepted. Accent colors? Oh, black, green, blue, or any other color will work!

2. Grey

In recent years, grey has started to become the defactor color of choice for almost anything. Grey building exteriors, in particular, became popular. Grey and white, together, give a very strong look that emphasizes all the cool tones of the building while also giving a bold outline of what the building’s architecture looks like.

If you are the proud owner of a Cape Cod or a Victorian house, then this definitely will be a good choice. Modern homes and “McMansions” also look excellent with this pairing too.

3. Blue

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White and blue go together like PB&J. As one of the more popular home colors out there, the right shade of blue will make the white trim around your windows pop. Here, we see a home that has both blue and beige trim paired with white windows.

Blue offers a nice pop of color—a rarity in today’s suburbs. If you are a fan of azure tones, it’s a smart move. This works well for ranch homes, Cape Cods, and coastal homes. It is worth noting that blue houses have a tendency to sell at a lower price than most others. So if you’re trying to flip a home, you may want to reconsider this option.

4. Beige

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Beige is the go-to color for almost everything, and in suburbia, it’s a classic pick for people who want to have a nice exterior color. It is inviting, warm, and also happens to look like it belongs in any neighborhood imaginable. This is a great choice for almost any home, simply because you can match it with any decor.

As far as the architecture styles go, this works with almost anything you might have. Contemporary homes and ranch style homes are the most common houses picked for beige. But let’s just face it. This looks good with almost any type of architecture.

5. Sage Green

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Green is one of those colors that many people don’t consider when they look into a new home color. However, they should. The earthy look of this dusty green looks amazing on home exteriors, especially if you pair it with white vinyl windows. This is what people typically choose when they want to amp up the “cottage” vibe of a place.

If you have a traditional British cottage or a more contemporary home, sage green makes a lot of sense. Of course, it’s the best choice for people who want to add a cozy Victorian flair to their home. We suggest pairing this with pink or blue accents for a really nice combination.

6. Red

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Red is one of those house colors that you either love or hate. In most of the Midwest, red carries that wholesome, homey vibe of a barn. Some paint companies even have their own “barnhouse red” because it’s such a delightfully pretty, all-American color.

This exterior color looks amazing and eye-catching year-round. However, this tends to look the best during winter. It’s a very “Thomas Kinkade” look. If you want to jazz it up and give this paint color a contemporary look, pair it with a little bit of faux stone siding.

7. Yellow

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To some, yellow might be a bit of a retro home color. However, it’s still very popular, even among house flippers. When you pair yellow siding with white vinyl windows, you get a look that is remarkably homey in that classically 50s manner. It’s a sunny look that is perfect for smaller homes that need a pop of color to grab buyer attention.

Yellow homes tend to be popular with people who have contemporary architecture or midcentury modern architecture. Of course, Victorian and historic homeowners also tend to find this color combination to work well with their exteriors. We love seeing this, especially when there are cute red or orange accents near the front door.

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Related Questions

How long will white vinyl windows last?

It depends on the build and installation, but the good news is that you shouldn’t expect them to “die” on you anytime soon. Most vinyl windows will last for anywhere between 20 to 40 years after they have been installed. This is, of course, assuming no natural disasters destroy them.Vinyl is surprisingly durable in comparison to most other materials. In some rare instances where people were very persnickety about their maintenance, people have stretched their lifespans to 50 years.

What is the average price for installation of a new vinyl window?

This can vary greatly depending on the size of the window as well as the location where you live.  You should expect to see a price between $400 to $800 for a typical installation. If you want to do your own window installation, you may have a labor discount. A typical small to medium size window will cost $550 on average nationwide.

What exterior paint color should homeowners avoid?

Studies show that neutrals tend to be the best pick for people who want to get their homes off the market as soon as possible. If you want to avoid a lower selling price or just don’t want to deal with longer wait times for your sale to push through, you should avoid blue. Statistically, homes with blue exteriors are the least likely to sell at a high price on the market and are most likely to have buyers pass on them.

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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