What Are the Most Popular Colors of Metal Buildings?

When designing your metal building, one of the most important things you’ll need to consider is the color. Some people know exactly what they want or have a color idea in mind. Others have no idea where to start. 

If you fit into the latter group, it may be helpful to understand the latest trends in metal building color schemes. Knowing which colors are popular can help you search for ideas and find inspiration for your building’s design.

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Two Tone Blue & White

Metal building design has come a long way from the days of silver and off-white colors. Today, you can find a wide range of wall, roof and trim color options. Having a wider range of options means being able to blend your metal building in with your existing facilities or making a statement when people visit your property.

Here are some of the biggest trends in metal building colors.

Gray Metal Buildings

Gray has become a go-to color for both exterior and interior home design. As a neutral color, it complements virtually every other color and is right at home in a natural setting.

Light grays are especially popular, but for those who want a more modern look, a grey metal building with black trim is ideal. The two dark tones complement each other well while making a statement.

Gray buildings with black trim work well for metal homes as well as metal garages, shops and barns.

White Metal Buildings

Although difficult to keep clean, white is still a popular color for metal buildings. The great thing about this color is that it will look great sitting next to or near any colored building.

If an all-white building isn’t your cup of tea, you can always use it as a trim or contrasting color.

White works really well as a contrast to brighten up dark colors, mainly red and blue.

If you’re unsure of what color to choose, you really can’t go wrong with white. However, you’ll need to be prepared to clean it often.

Two-Tone Metal Building Color Combinations

While solid-colored buildings are popular, two-tone buildings are even more popular. For example, it’s common to find metal buildings with walls that are one color and trim and roof that are another color. Sometimes, walls are two colors as well, with a different colored panel that spans about a third of the exterior wall.

Two-tone buildings allow you to get more creative with your metal building’s design, but they can also help your building complement other structures on your property.

While there are many different combinations of colors to choose from, some of the most popular are:

  • Red and white
  • Blue and white
  • Gray and black
  • Beige and brown
  • Red and gray
  • Ash and charcoal gray
  • Beige and green
  • Red and charcoal
  • Beige and red
  • Eggshell and blue
  • Charcoal and blue
  • Black and off-white

Some people simply prefer to have two tones of the same color. For example, ash gray with charcoal or slate.

Burnished Slate

Burnished slate is a trendy color, especially in modern metal building design. The color is more of a dark gray with brown undertones. Of course, each manufacturer will have its own variation of the color.

Burnished slate works really well as a roof and trim color because it complements many other hues, especially those on the darker side.

How to Choose the Right Color for Your Metal Building

Choosing a color for your metal building is a personal decision. There’s no right or wrong answer. It all comes down to your preference.

However, there are some things that you may want to keep in mind when weighing your options:

  • If you’re considering a two-tone building, try using a design visualizer to see how your two chosen colors look together. Some manufacturers have slightly different variations of colors, and they may be warmer or cooler than you expected.
  • If you have other structures on your property, consider choosing a color that matches or complements it well.

Take your time when choosing your colors and compare different options. Remember that you’ll have to look at your building every day, so choose colors that you love.