Return to the Old House Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
HELP!!! Exterior trim color help needed!

Posted by kled2008 (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 18, 12 at 8:31

We have a home under contract that needs trim and window painting as well as shutters added. I would like some shade of warm gray (I think) but am open to suggestions. There are currently stained doors/windows and white doors windows and I'd like to make them all the same. Can anyone suggest paint colors/finishes for our windows, trim and new shutters?
Thanks so much!!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: HELP!!! Exterior trim color help needed!

Hi kled, I really think - especially with such a large lovely structure - that this is a job for a professional designer.

Having gotten that out of the way, I recently replaced all my fascia (and replacing gutters too) which was painted a dark red. It looked okay on my red-orange brick house, but I wanted something lighter colored. I finally chose a sand-tone color.
But, how did I choose?
Well, I took a photo of a wall that was fairly representative, in decent light. And then I looked at it on my computer to see if the colors seemed pretty accurate. Then I loaded the photo into a graphics program and "selected" the red fascia and gutters and experimented with substituting with different colors - via the graphics program.

I'd like to tell you that I'm completely happy with the sand-tone color I ended up with, but the jury is still out on that. But, I think I'll like it (Once I get all the gutters & downspouts installed and trim painted).

There are so many ways to go with color - really hard to advise someone else.


 o
RE: HELP!!! Exterior trim color help needed!

Why are you adding shutters? It doesn't look like it needs them and some of the windows don't have enough room for proper shutters.


 o
RE: HELP!!! Exterior trim color help needed!

dekeoboe, you are right...most of the windows on this side of the home do not have room for shutters. It's actually the front of the house that would get them. I'll try to post a photo soon!


 o
RE: HELP!!! Exterior trim color help needed!

Beautiful home!! I was going to say, I kind of like it as is! But if I were to put shutters on, I would keep the white trim and add black shutters. Add some window boxes with deep red geraniums and some trailing white flowers and it would look stunning!!

My other two ideas were a sandy/tan trim color with deep barn red shutters.

I am no designer by any means, though! I just Googled "Old Stone House Shutters" and flipped through the images...some good inspiration on there! An old stone home in Georgetown has a creamy/sandy trim and matching shutters on a similar stone facade and it looks lovely as well!

Good luck!


 o
RE: HELP!!! Exterior trim color help needed!

Ooh...almost forgot! Have you been to houzz.com? You can type in any key words and see BEAUTIFULLY designed homes (most by actual designers).

I typed in "stone house shutters" and I think there were 19,000 images or something!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Old House Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here