Asked on Sep 25, 2021

Help with cabin exterior paint colors please!?

by Mary

Lake Cabin in NW WI needs a new coat of paint and would like to freshen it up and modernize as much as possible. We joke that it looks like a dollhouse right now! Not a bad thing but could use some updating.

the decorative trim is staying so I’m having a tough time imagining colors that will work with it. Do I call it out with white trim and a dark paint? Or not and use 2 more similar colors?

would love your thoughts and ideas!

thank you!


  23 answers
  • SL SL on Sep 27, 2021

    What about a mossy green for the house and the trim a cedar color that would lighten it up and give it a fresh look.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Sep 27, 2021

    I love the idea of a white trim to make it pop and maybe black doors with a sage green

  • I would use contrasting colors to make the trim pop. The colors are completely up to you.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 27, 2021

    you can use gray for the siding colors and then light blues, whites, etc for the trim and shutters or doors

    I would look at paint chips from your local paint store to see what colors you like

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Sep 27, 2021

    I would consider painting the outside in a warm taupe and the shutters in black. The trim would stand out if painted white like the window trim. I would paint the garage door a taupe also. The trim around the garage door could be white or black. Sometimes riding around the area looking at other homes and what you like about them can be inspiring also. You may also consider leaving the very front of the house the existing color as it does match your deck and flower pots. Perhaps freshen that with a sealer. There a lot of good ideas and colors to chose from which sometimes make the decision harder.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 27, 2021

    I think it would look great if you went with a much darker green and did all the trim in the dark green. Then repaint with a shade or 2 darker on the brown, closer to the color it is in the shadows.

  • Annie Annie on Sep 27, 2021

    Black trim would look fantastic on your cabin, which is beautiful already!

  • Em Em on Sep 27, 2021

    There are siding sites where you use a picture of your house that you upload to the site and change the colors by picking areas and clicking on different color choices for different areas.

  • There's a house similar across the street from us. It's yellow with white trim. They have the most gorgeous flowers and everything pops. It looks modern, charming and very elegant.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Sep 28, 2021

    White with blue shutters

  • William William on Sep 29, 2021

    Use this online color visualizer and play around with colors. You can upload your photo.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Sep 29, 2021

    i would paint dark sage with brown shutters and white trim to blend in to your beautiful area

  • SACHIT SACHIT on Sep 29, 2021

    well use nippon paint

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Sep 30, 2021

    I think the house would look great painted white with black trim. Then you can use the front door to add a fun accent color. Good luck!

    • Mary Mary on Sep 30, 2021

      I’d LOVE to try this but I wonder about how dirty it may look since we are on a lake, surrounded by trees?

  • PJ PJ on Sep 30, 2021

    I live in a mountain area with a lot of houses and cabins that look very similar to yours. Just my opinion, but I think colors that blend into the surroundings look best. You don't really use the same colors you'd use if you were in a city. I agree with some others that suggested green. There are a lot of pretty shades that would make your place pop.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 30, 2021

    Do a pretty slate blue very pretty,white shutters

  • Dee Dee on Oct 01, 2021

    Gray is a popular color right now, but it can have purple hughs and look awful when the sun starts to fade the paint color. I would do Brown and beige, or Greens and forest greens with white trims

  • Oh I bet that’s a great place to be! I’d start by looking at exterior color trends, see if anything strikes your fancy. You can also do image searches for cabin paint colors, toss in keywords like modern if that appeals to you. Cruising through Pinterest should give you inspiration too. Let me know if you need friends! ;)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 02, 2021

    Hi check out the Exterior Wood colours at you DIY Store. Lots to choose from. Could even go Black! for main home walls with bright contrast on others!

  • I personally suggest mossy green and a wite trime.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Oct 16, 2021

    A cabin in the woods shouldn't look like a house in the city. I like it as it is. Add some bright coloured flowers in the boxes. Done.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2021

    think the house would look great painted white with black trim. Then you can use the front door to add a fun accent color. Good luck

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 13, 2022

    White cabin with black trim but then I love contrast. Are there any colors you hate? Any you love? Whatever you settle on make the body of the house really pops against the trim.