Selecting exterior colors

minneapolisiteJune 13, 2012

Because our build is already in progress, we are meeting with the builder's designer to select exterior colors tomorrow at 7am! :)

This is our elevation:

This is a photo of a slightly different elevation (our roof pitch is steeper and our windows are arranged slightly differently)

(Ignore the silly skinny shutters---they bug me too. Will just remove them myself if they still bug me once it's complete.)

The front of our house will face north. The back and left of the house are densely lined with mature trees. To the right is a neighboring house.

This is in Minnesota so half of the year the lot will be lush and green, and half of the year it will be dismal and gray. (Winter pictures here all look like they were taken in black and white!)

I'm kind of leaning toward muted shades of green with grey-toned stone or grey/greige with red/orange-toned stone, but I'm open to almost anything. Thoughts?

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Problem solved...we drove around looking at new construction houses in our neighborhood. All of our favorites were muted green. Decision made! :P

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 10:50PM
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Knock on one or two to see if they happen to know what color they actually painted their house. I did that with a condo complex a few years back to choose my colors. Glad I did too, because I wouldn't have guessed the colors I would like were those colors on the tiny little paint chip.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 11:28PM
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Here are the colors we selected, approximately. I did the photoshopping from memory, so it's possible the shade of green is slightly off, but you get the general idea. Dark brownish-grey bricks, dark muted green shakes/siding, dark gray shingles, beige trim.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 8:16PM
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I like that. Enough color to liven up your winters but muted so as not to be garish in the summer sun. Very pretty! You done good.


BTW, what IS that squarish thing in the driveway??? At first I thought it was just a board that got dropped on the driveway but it looks like it is actually installed there. I've never seen anything like it down here in TX so I'm totally perplexed as to what it might be.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 10:10PM
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LOL it confused the dickens out of me too. I think it is just a board (maybe a door) that they dropped in the driveway of the model home and the photographer couldn't be bothered to move it before taking photos.

Thanks for the feedback on the colors! Lots of BIG DECISIONS today! I definitely need a little reassurance! :D

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 10:59PM
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This is very close to the color we have chosen. We are using hardie plank Mountain Sage (also a muted green) with a grayish brown shake, black door and black shutters.

We can't wait to see it done as I am sure are the same!
Best of Luck!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 1:31PM
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aucorley, ours is also Mountain Sage! When will your build be complete? Have you found any pictures of your color combination in use in the wild? I'd love to see! :)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 3:00PM
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