Why Design Experts Are Raving About Adele's Home Exterior

While Adele already had three real estate properties in the Beverly Hills area, she's recently bought a fourth home to share with sports agent Rich Paul. The interior contains a movie theater, cigar room, home gym, eight bedrooms, and 12 bathrooms, but it's the exterior that's got designers talking. The traditional Italianate mansion is painted a pure white color that provides the home with a classic look.

According to James Stanley of design studio James Stanley NY, "White can give off a very clean line look and feel sophisticated, minimal, and elegant." For Adele's home, this muted color allows her old-fashioned architecture to shine while still giving it a slightly modern sensibility so it doesn't look outdated. Stanley adds, "Light colors look cleaner, which helps with improving curb appeal ... White helps in making your home appear to be better maintained; hence it makes the house look newer," per Homes & Gardens. For those looking to sell soon or those just desiring to freshen their exterior, this color may be the right choice.

White matches everything

Another benefit of a white-painted exterior is that it gives you freedom when choosing the colors for all your other elements, like your door, window trim, shutters, and other smaller features. James Stanley says that painting a house white opens "the creative door to endless possibilities when it comes to your trim color" via Homes & Gardens. To make Adele's home more interesting, the singer kept the shingles dark, included dark trim around the windows and doors, and featured brown columns for an interesting pop of 'color.'

Others may desire to do something even bolder, like paint their shutters blue or choose a yellow door. However, when deciding upon the right accents, make sure they're in line with the history of your home. For Adele's home, it made the most sense to keep the exterior mostly neutral, as when Italianate houses were first built in the 19th century, this is what most designers chose. Further, they also often painted the trim dark if most of the exterior was light, which Adele does as well. A bright color on a home with this type of architecture would clash and feel misplaced, but it may work on more modern styles. 

Designer-approved white paint shades

Because there are so many white shades to choose from, you can find exactly what you're looking for to create the right mood. Adele's home has a perfectly neutral white tone — it doesn't have yellow undertones, but it also doesn't look extremely cool-toned either. If you're looking for a similar shade, try Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White, which Joe Berkowitz of JAB Design Group says "reads like a true white," per Veranda.

However, perhaps you want a slightly more traditional tone; if so, try Benjamin Moore's Simply White. When talking about this shade, Ashley Clark of the design studio Skout says, "It's soft without being yellow ... It proves to be a great palette with landscaping and exterior decor — it makes your plants really pop." Finally, those who want a cool-toned white with a hint of gray could look to Farrow & Ball's Wevet. According to Cortney Bishop of Cortney Bishop Design, "When I'm working on a more modern project, 'Wevet' tends to be my go-to choice. It's sophisticated, while also being familiar. It's not overly striking but does have a chicness to it that reads clean and crisp," via MyDomaine.