Zeroing in on exterior colors

flgargoyleMarch 23, 2013

Although I'm a long way off from painting our house, I do need to decide on colors now. I'm completely finishing the gable over the garage roof so I don't have to go back up there once the slippery tin is installed.

We think we're set on the main color, Behr Dried Basil. I tried a couple trim colors on my little shed. On the right is Lemon Drop; on the left is Hummus. It's interesting how the Lemon Drop brings out the green in the main color, while the Hummus makes it look more gray. The red is a potential for the front door and windows.

I'm posting a pic of the house as it is now, a Sketch-Up rendering, and two pics of the shed, one in the sun, one on a rainy day. The house sits in the woods. The tin roof looks silver, white, or blue, depending upon the light conditions.

We're just not sure if we're there yet. We want color without looking like clowns live there. We want it to harmonize with the woods, but not disappear. We've considered a dark trim, or a darker main color with yellow trim. I looked at more trim colors today, including a yellow with less green in it. Decisions, decisions! Any thoughts?

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I love one of the exterior pics in this thread:
It's the 3rd pic. I know I have more of this rendition of green/ cream/ red. I really like them together.

Here is a link that might be useful: Parsonse color thread

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 12:18AM
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I like both the red and the green as base colors, and I like the yellowy color you've painted the trim on the shed samples. I don't think it will look like clowns live there (!) and it is an adorable house!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 12:30PM
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Almost everybody likes the green, but the trim seems controversial. I visited a Sherwin Williams store to ask the experts. They liked the green- even more than anything they had, but recommended a tan color for the trim, with the red accents. Here's a picture with the tan trim. Now I'm even more undecided!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 6:13AM
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There is nothing wrong with that tan, and it is a 'safer' choice if the red is going to be used. Something about red and yellow, even when it's not too yellow, can be jarring. But I didn't think your yellow was bright enough to create that problem--it might depend on the weather.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 9:22AM
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I like the green, but maybe a bit darker. I just put "silver metal roof" in the search box at houzz and came up with a lot of pretty options. My favorite is this one:

Contemporary Exterior by Concord Architect Battle Associates, Architects

I think the building in the back is a lighter green than the one in front. I like it best. Seems to really fit into the wooded area.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:34PM
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Jay, I love your gray-green. It is not so green that it will "clash" with any of the greens of the living vegetation around your home. It looks fine with the yellow trim, but I think I like the light tan trim more. Leafy is probably right about the tan used with the red on the door and windows looking better than the yellow. I really like your idea of tying the house and barn together by using the red on the door and windows. It will look warm, welcoming and a little whimsical!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 4:57PM
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