This week is decision time. As you can tell this house needs some help. We will be replacing the shingles, soffit, and fascia. The entire home will be repainted and we will wrap the cement chimney to give it more character.
When I first looked at this home I knew I wanted to do something different with the colors. The starkness of the white with the cedar color is just not very inviting especially when you see the white on the garage as well.
My first choice would be a medium gray with white trim and a black roof. To me it says neat and maybe a little stately. The problem with this choice is that the home just to the left is painted exactly this way. You can see just a bit of it in the photo above.
My second choice would be something green tones with cream trim and dark roof. The only problem with the greens are on either side of the home two doors down in either direction are green homes, different greens. Adding a third green to the mix might just be too much.
My third choice is maintaining the front color of the house and painting the rest of it to match the front color with almond accents and a black roof. It would tie all of the house together and we wouldn’t have to worry about the fascia or soffit fading over time if it were painted almond. I think is would still have a stately look to it.
So many of the homes on Main Street are painted white, light gray or almond that I want to stay away from those colors. There are also two different blue homes in the near vicinity so I don’t think blues are in the running either.
So many choices… so little time. Am I putting way too much thought in to this? We need to pick out colors this week. Open for suggestions.
April 3, 2012 at 12:37 am
I recommend your local home improvement store. I’ve seen brochures with examples of color combinations. You’ll know what is right when you see it.
April 3, 2012 at 7:42 am
Patti, You would not believe the number of brochures that I have collected already. They do have a lot of examples. Everywhere we go these days we make a few circles around the towns to see if we have an moment where we say “That’s the look we want!” It has been fun looking around towns that we have just driven through up to this point.
April 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm
That’s another good way, to see it on another house. I’m not good at visualizing things, so having something to go by helps a lot. My daughter has been successful using the sample room color charts from Lowe’s for the interior of their house.
April 3, 2012 at 3:12 am
I’m pretty useless at this but if you want to look different from the others you might consider maroon with beige trim with a gray or black roof.
April 3, 2012 at 7:46 am
If you have an opinion you are not useless Thomas! We want to have different look from the others and are leaning heavily on the maroon with the beige trim with the black or dark gray roof. Above all I don’t want the comment to be after we are all done “What were they thinking?” or “Not another beige, white, or gray house”. I want it to look like we put some thought into it and tried to get it right since we won’t be redoing it anytime soon. The fact that it is on Main Street makes a difference as well. Everyone who comes to town will drive by the house.
April 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm
I agree with this: My first choice would be a medium gray with white trim and a black roof. To me it says neat and maybe a little stately.
I don’t see this as a problem: The problem with this choice is that the home just to the left is painted exactly this way. You can see just a bit of it in the photo above.
If you want to differential the two homes . . . paint the front door a different color. E.g., bright red.
April 4, 2012 at 12:12 am
That is an excellent option Nancy. I need to take some paint samples to the house and make some comparisions to find out what I like best.