There is a reason why Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Palette works so well for exteriors:
via Amherst Gray HC-167
This palette of 174 time–honored colors are based on research completed by the US Parks Service who analyzed colors on historic buildings throughout the United States which was inspired by the colors found in 18th and 19th century architecture. Most of the colors analyzed were exterior colors, so it makes for a great standard exterior palette. They are classic, inviting hues that continue to serve us well today.
via Davenport Tan HC-76
via Copley Gray HC-104
If you look at the Historical Colors just for their value, you will notice most are a mid to deep value.
via Templeton Gray HC-161
via Kennebunkport Green HC-123
The historical colors also work because they are toned. They have enough black, gray or oxide pigments to ground them and not be too brilliant. This is important, especially for exterior color selection, because the of the large expanse of surface and the amount of natural light, the color will naturally intensify or if too light wash out. Another excellent reference to look for exterior color is the Williamsburg Color Collection. Another great selection of tested and true colors. If you need help selecting an exterior paint color palette, contact me today.