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Help, what colour should I paint outside of my house please?

bron1September 26, 2012
Hi everyone, I need your help please. We are just about to have new windows installed, they will be off white and we have replaced the front door, it's now modern wooden red cedar in colour. The upper weather board is a cream colour and roof tiles are dark green.
What colour should I paint the bricks? The green tiles are limiting my choices and I'm not sure what to go for? Any advice appreciated, thank you
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Debbie Miller
I would probably go with the same color as the weather board, paint the railings to match the door and maybe add some new trim also the color of the door. OR, have you thought of painting the weather board? Hunter Green weather board, cream bricks....goes good with red cedar!
    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 6:58PM
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Is there any way to get the old roof tiles to be the same bright green of the new? It is a shame they didn't do a better job of matching, but maybe with some cleaning and stain you can get the two sections to blend. I would paint the wood part a light grey.
    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 7:03PM
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Gray would be a nice neutral color that is quite versatile as well as far as working with other components of the exterior.
2 Likes    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 7:12PM
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Yes it's a shame about the extension roof tiles, I'm hoping they will blend with the weather...
I'm really keen to get rid of the red brick and make the house blend into the landscape better. So maybe a green/grey colour work work on the red brick and keep the cream on the weatherboard, thanks everyone :)
    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 7:23PM
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There is a wonderful book called "House Colors" by Susan Hershman. 194 exteriors grouped by type of house. The paints and other materials are identified.
1 Like    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 7:31PM
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Aja Mazin
Perhaps a darker cream on the brick.

I would paint the all the roof tiles to match and paint the window trim the same color.
    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 8:44PM
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Back on the external paint colour quest again.. We have just had new off white UPVC windows installed. The architrave surrounding them is just primed and ready to paint so please ignore that some are pink and others are white.

The roof is green and we can't paint this or change the tiles.. The top of the weatherboard is Colorbond Surfmist and we would like to paint the red brick a colour? And change the green garage door and various dark green bits around deck.

Stuck on what colour to paint the brick and sidings? Any more thoughts now the windows are a different colour? Oh and we live in the bush in Australia so it needs to blend in...

Look forward to any ideas or thoughts.. If you could mention paint brands and names that would be most helpful.. Thank you
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 7:15PM
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I would try to match the colour of the posts on the carport--it looks like a dark gray?
1 Like    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:26PM
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Thanks, forgot to mention I'm trying to get rid of some of that really dark green..
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 1:58AM
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Aja Mazin
Why can't you paint this or change the tiles?

Even out the green on the roof.

The cream siding and brick look great.

Please don't paint the brick.
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 2:45AM
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no, I agree--I' want to get rid of that dark green also! How about a dark charcoal gray?
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 6:18AM
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Changing the whole roof tiles would cost $25k and we can't afford to do this besides nothing wrong with state of tiles, so just have to live with what we have got and build a scheme around them...

I'm liking the dark grey idea :-) thank you I think this would work..
1 Like    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 11:37AM
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Aja Mazin
I would never suggest changing the whole roof tiles.

1 Like    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 3:04PM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
My suggestion would be to paint the top (wood/boards) a gray/green in the family of your roof..mid tone and paint the bricks a little lighter tone white/beige/grey. I would also paint all the railings black. I don't care for the lightest color tone next to the roof..each one makes the other "stand out". Without seeing your actual color, from the pictures I would suggest SW 0029 "Acanthus" and for the brick SW6119 "Antique White".
1 Like    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 3:26PM
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What about Roof Seal? They can spray the roof a different (consistent) colour - charcoal grey would be lovely.
Then you could go a couple of shades lighter on the weatherboards and keep the brick as is- it wold contrast nicely with all the greys.

Or, paint the brick a similar dark grey to new roof colour and have slightly lighter weatherboards.

The new white windows would look really crisp and lovely against the grey.

My other recommendation as you're an Aussie (same as me) is to check out realestate.com.au you can search through their ideas section for similar Australian properties to see how others have tackled this issue.

:) Elise
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 5:03PM
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Aja Mazin
The problem is your mismatched tile roof.

Until you correct that, nothing is going to give it curb appeal.

Pressure spray cleaning is completely acceptable and inexpensive and could solve the problem.
[but I highly doubt it ]

If it does not restore the colour, simply seal it and repaint it to match the new addition.

It is a common procedure in Florida.

It is not costly.
A 15 litre pail costs about A$150.Generally one 15 lt pail is enough for a 3 bedroom house roof

The colour can be customized to match the new addition
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 7:43PM
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Yes I agree the roof is ugly. And I dislike the amount if green. We purchased the house 13 months ago and the left side of the property is an extension, hence two different greens.. The other side of property 45 years old.
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 8:17PM
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Aja Mazin
So change the colour!

Get busy!

It is such a beautiful house!!
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 8:47PM
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