Exterior house colors

Old 05-15-05, 08:09 AM
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Exterior house colors

Please help. We are in the process of building a 2 storey home with Salem brick [old looking reddish brick, with some beiges throughout] on the front of the garage and two storey entrance. We cannot decide on what color to paint the Hardy Plank siding. The windows have a 3 1/2 inch frame which is white. We were leaning toward a color similar to the mortar [taupey, beige] but are concerned that it would not be a strong enough color for the distinctive brick. We had also thought of a dark green but the contrast seems almost too much. Would a medium green work? We are open to any suggestions. Also, what color for the front door? I was thinking a reddish brown color similar to the brick but the door is surrounded by brick. Would that still work? If you need any more info let me know. We are getting desperate! Thank you for any advice.
Old 05-15-05, 09:30 AM
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It is awfully hard to chose colors for someone when you know neither their tastes or the house and neighborhood. If you want to draw attention to something [like the front door] you paint it a bold or contrasting color. If you want to hide or make an area blend in, use a similiar color to the rest of the facade. I would suggest going to a paint store and asking for their input on color selection. Wish you luck with your new home.

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Old 05-16-05, 07:40 AM
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i agree - it's awfully hard to do this thru the forums without seeing the house & the brick (and the neighbors' houses).

generally speaking, for a classy look, keep things earthy & neutral. the beige/taupe for the siding sounds great and will allow the brick to stand out nicely and will look nice against the white windows. you could add a nice touch of color on the front door with the green - make it a nice dark but dulled, olivey green that compliments the brick & beige.

are there any shutters or trim to consider?

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