Door color with Hardie Sail Cloth

violetcatJune 25, 2014

I am new to posting, so please forgive me if I do something wrong. I'm only brave enough to post now because I'm desperate.

We're having the house sided in Hardie Sail Cloth with Arctic White trim. There is a little red brick showing. Light fixtures are black, and door hardware is brushed nickel.

We want black or dark gray door and shutters (On our house, one color works better than two, and I just accent the door with a wreath). What black looks good with Sail Cloth? Specific brands and colors greatly appreciated!

SW Tricorn seemed too stark. BM Black Knight is greener than I like, and Midnight was just...blah (too teal? too light? All I know is none of us liked it).

Somebody said SW Inkwell was a good historic black, so I figured it was a safe bet, but the SW man looked horrifed and steered me away from it. He suggested Sealskin, which I'm sure looks good with the Sailcloth if you like brown undertones, but they remind me of the beige/brown that's all over my mother's nursing home.

But sitting here at home, I still think the Inkwell chip looks good against the sample Hardie. And it looks like a beautiful blue-black, my favorite kind. Would that work, or is the SW man right? Will such a dark color be gaudy when there are big chunks of it all over the front of a pale house?

Should we go with something lighter? An entirely different color? We are open to suggestions, but we have had red for over 20 years and are ready for a change. Other colors I'm considering are BM Baby Seal Black,Black Tar, Blacktop, some shade of blue, and the list goes on. Heaven help me, I've even considered green.

I am terrible at picking colors. Please help before we have to take out a loan to finance my paint samples!

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In case anybody else ever has the same question, I found out that a local painter uses a lot of SW black fox and iron ore with the sail cloth. Thank goodness the search is over!

This post was edited by violetcat on Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 21:53

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 5:33AM
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I love SW Black Fox! We used it in our office building and depending on the light it can look like a soft black, a brown black, or charcoal-y. I would at least give it a try.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 5:05AM
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Thank you, Kswl! Your description makes black fox sound absolutely beautiful. I'll get a sample today!

This post was edited by violetcat on Fri, Jun 27, 14 at 6:57

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 6:28AM
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You are very welcome, violet, and please post a photo of your trial run!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 4:40PM
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Update: Black fox is gorgeous!

It looked too brown against the old siding, so I threw it in the reject pile. But it is beautiful now that the new siding is up. Both sidings are sort of light yellow, so it's amazing how different the same color looks against them.

And it's amazing how much different the whole house looks: It is no longer the neighborhood eyesore and is even pretty! That was irrelevant, but I was so happy I had to share.

If anybody else wonders how various colors look with sailcloth, here's what we learned, at least for our house (It has red brick and siding. It's in the South and faces the afternoon sun. It's small and close to the road):

There may be a blue or blue-black that works, but I tried a lot of samples and never found it.

Green-blacks and some cyan-blacks looked great. The cyan needs to lean more green than blue.

Browns look good.

Very black was too stark for my taste, but if you want the blackest black, SW Tricorn is the one.

This post was edited by violetcat on Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 6:51

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:04PM
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