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Painting just one section of house different color?

Posted by pbx2 (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 5, 12 at 10:25

Our builder suggested painting one panel section of the home in color to match trim (ie, white - rest of house = grey).

Our house is a 1.5 story bungalow front but is long like a ranch style house going back.

The idea is to add interest along one small elevation (back section) & sort of makes the paint job a little more custom-looking as well.

To us it would appear it breaks up the lines of the house & is gimmicky - almost like we inserted a new section into the house & painted it differently.

Anyone have any thought or samples of this strategy?


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

Hard to offer any useful comments without seeing the house. Have you thought about Googling bungalow images to see the variety in bungalow style houses?

Good luck!


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

Yeah - I was having a hard time finding anything on the net.
But below is what was suggested to do:


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

IMO, there's nothing wrong with breaking up the facade of your house by painting the samll section a harmonious contrasting color.

White, on the other hand, is highly contrasting with just about every other possible color (I don't know what color the bulk of your house will be), and I would be very hesitant to paint it white. I think there must surely be another more harmonious and less contrasting color that could be used.

What is the color for the balance of the house? Good luck!


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

Interesting....gives it more of the look of old colonial homes in NE where, with the awful winters, they connected the house to the workshop and eventually to the barn so you could get to everything you needed to without going outside. Friends had a home in NH that was very much like that, and parts of the building were painted different colors so they looked like separate buildings, but very close together.


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

As the home appears to be 4 linked structures rather than a single family residence, I'd actually emphasize that feature by choosing different but closely allied colors for all 4 sections. Pick a color for the larger section that you like, and then go to adjacent color strips and slightly up or down the scale for the other three sections.

Ocean Pearl for the main larger section.

Squirrel for the small section to the left of the main. (going darker emphasises the fact that it's set back from the main house, and that makes it more interesting)

Koala Bear for the next. It's a little bit browner, but none of the greys are stark bluish greys. They are all more greiges.

And for the last section, darker, and slightly browner again, in Ashwood.

Set it all off with crisp white trim and a warm accent color like a brick red/orange or a purplish burgundy for the doors.


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

@VirgilCarter: thanks for your feedback. To provide more context, the house will be heather grey on the sidings & white trimmings.

This particular section is on the 'backside' of the house essentially so that's why I wonder what my builder is trying to get @ introducing a bit more 'complexity' in the already hectic custom build process.


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

@AnnieDeighnaugh - thanks for the feedback. Would luv to see pictures of your friend's place if possible!

Maybe I need to google NE colonial home images.


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RE: Painting just one section of house different color?

@hollysprings: appreciate the fresh ideas!
I think that 'cascading down' of similar colors would be quite interesting! Would luv to see if you had any visual sample.

Left structure is the detached garage that appears attached to the other 3 sections because of a breezway cover ( which you really can't tell from looking @ it from this side).

Our colors most resemble - on my PC @ least - to your Koala Grey - hint of beige in there:


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