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Exterior Paint color for Craftsman Home?
Bethany Fuller
January 11, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are in the process of purchasing this new construction home in Atlanta. As part of our offer on the house, the builder agreed to repaint the orangish brown exterior color, but we can't decide what to change it to. We like the existing blue. A few people have suggested a dark blue similar to the front door color. Thanks!
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AMN
I would go with matching the body color. Good move, asking that be painted over as part of the deal. Congrats on your purchase.
January 11, 2013 at 11:38AM     
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judianna20



Yes, keep it one color and spotlight all your trim. Congrats.
January 11, 2013 at 4:35PM     
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houssaon
I agree that the area should be painted the same as the body and the columns the same as the trim.
January 11, 2013 at 5:50PM     
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Greg the PAINT-IT! guy
No contest. I agree, hands down!
January 11, 2013 at 6:52PM   
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Bethany Fuller
We were hoping to go with a color other than the exact match to the existing blue in order to keep with a more traditional Craftsman style (2-tone) exterior. Any suggestions on colors to replace the orange/brown with?

Thanks, y'all!
January 11, 2013 at 6:56PM     
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Jayme H.
A darker grey or wood look that is not so orangy?
January 11, 2013 at 7:07PM     
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wmpj
Tan would look good in place of the orange.
January 11, 2013 at 7:13PM     
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Jayme H.
couple more
January 11, 2013 at 7:19PM     
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Sandi
Love your house !
January 11, 2013 at 7:27PM     
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kathleen MK
Love the style. Take the gray blue of the rest of the house and lighten it couple of steps on the paint chip. Keep the white/creamy trim but think about adding a little pop of red/burgundy on the door. Taupes or Tan would work. Love Jayme Hobbs' examples.
Get a porch swing!!
January 11, 2013 at 9:18PM     
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chelseabeagle
I love the blue and white, but would paint the 'orange' a cedar color.
January 11, 2013 at 9:42PM   
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chelseabeagle
Id paint the columns the dark blue but leave the gables the cedar color.
January 11, 2013 at 9:43PM   
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hewillneverforsakeyou
I agree. What ever color you choose. Pick two in the same family. If you stay with blue, accent with same blue just lighter or darker. Don't be afraid of color. Here's your chance! Keep the field basically one color so you can highlight the trim and show it off. Spotlight a new color on your door - red, sunshine yellow, grey... whatever. Congratulations! You will love your bungalow. Ours was a green color very similar to the one judyg posted. I miss it so much. Wish you the best!
January 11, 2013 at 9:44PM     
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ksublett
Take your main body color formula (looks like fairly dark blue) and have the paint store use a 1/2 strength of the formula resulting in a lighter shade of the same color. The continuity of color will be calming but the change in tone will add interest and pop. Generally if you go darker on the outside and lighter on the inside is makes the interior of the home feel bright and welcoming... but your main body color looks pretty dark and doubling the depth of color would be too dark on the porch so I'd go light porch, dark body and keep trim consistent to tie it all together and highlight the architectural details and windows. Congrats on your new home, wishing you many happy memories! Oh, I forgot, add a pop of different color on the door, with blue body a deep, rich Red is usually nice.
January 12, 2013 at 8:22AM   
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Jabelone
Whatever color you select for the gables (light gray or taupe?), the columns should definitely be white.
January 12, 2013 at 8:47AM     
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ncole2849
Congrats what a beautiful home. i would go with a grey/green and cream trim! and maybe try a different color for the front door something that would stand out!
January 12, 2013 at 11:29AM   
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LM Designers
Great house, go with the blue you love already. One color with white trim.
January 12, 2013 at 12:16PM     
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Jayme H.
love this look
January 12, 2013 at 5:15PM     
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decoenthusiaste
I've always liked this one - I think it is the whimsey of the purple trim that appeals to me!
Front Exterior
Side Exterior
January 12, 2013 at 5:26PM     
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tallyhill
SHERWIN WILLIAMS--- (not a shill, but a customer!) has a GORGEOUS "CRAFTSMAN" palette that they have had since at LEAST 2003...they STILL have it....GO FORTH and find a SW paint store and ask them for the Craftsman Palette...at least a dozen colors... Gorgeous "RUSKIN" green, HUBBARD yellow...something called "BUCKRAM BINDING"...stunning and fun. My best buddy did her whole house in this palette in 2003 and I was recently searching for a color and was SHOCKED that they still have them all in current brochures, they are so timeless. They all are Historical Restoration approved and apparently that is why they are still so widely used. Great fun house! Good luck!
January 12, 2013 at 5:40PM     
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Gregory's Paint & Flooring
I like the idea of neutralizing and not to have such contrasting colors, a little blue goes a long way. I amfraid if you paint it all the blue, it will be too overwhelming. I know it may be hard to repaint the entire house. But I would try to get as much as possible as part of the purchase agreement. I would paint the body of the home a bit more neutral, something like: HC-79 Greenbriar Beige, Trim OC-1 Natural Wicker, Cedar Shakes Oxford Brown Solid Stain, these are from the Benjamin Moore Historical collection. Congrats
January 13, 2013 at 6:58AM   
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Sigrid
I painted my house all blue with white trim and it looks great and a hell of a lot better that it did with neutral gray, which had all the charm of paint on a battleship. Most paints are made by mixing several colors. Different shades or colors made with the same ingredient colors will look good together. Also, paint companies have suggestions. Find out what blue you have and work from there.
January 13, 2013 at 7:21AM   
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designmepro
a lavander or satin white .. or dove white will be nice colour.. coz it can blends any kind of furnishing you do have for outdoor..and it will also match your floorings .. and it refresh minds entering the house.. just an advice.. you will still rule ...
January 13, 2013 at 9:42AM   
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Jean Tuck
I like this building and only in my humble opinion that I find The house is indeed one I love the curb appeal for. The orange color in my opinion would best be a soft beige/white.That would be if it was for myself. But if someone likes to mix colors up the keep your color grouping 2 three shades of your favorite color for excellant curb appeal , and I was encouraged through group ideas and magazines to make my color schemes this way through working with design. I love this type home.Would capture my thirst to renovate cosmetically to some of the things needed economically with products for this to happen to be materials suouced through local providers.Sort of win /win for everyone.
January 13, 2013 at 10:20AM   
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A Home in NH
I like the idea of the dark blue.
January 13, 2013 at 10:37AM   
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hetherfether
Atlanta is full of historical neighborhoods....why not take a leisurely drive around a couple of them and see what those folks did with the paint colors on their homes? If you find colors you like, either take pictures or go knock on the door and ask...people are usually flattered to share info. I've owned a couple of bungalows and know the history well....darker foundation color to make it look grounded; second, lighter body color and then a different color for trim - lighter or darker depending on your personal preference. I think the porch posts should be painted all one color; painting the trim cuts them up visually. Is the builder supposed to have the painting done before you move in? Why not ask to put a 3 or 6-month deadline so that you aren't feeling rushed to make a decision you might otherwise regret later? Also, traditionally, the porch ceilings are usually painted a light blue so that bugs mistake it for sky and don't build wasp nests, etc. in the corners....it always seemed to work for me. It's a lovely home - wishing you much joy and happiness making memories there!
January 13, 2013 at 11:00AM     
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Fran McDaniel
If you are intent on keeping the blue, I agree with others that a earthier brown, say one of the S-W Roycroft browns or bronzes. I have a similar pressing need to finalize my siding colors on our Craftsman style rural home. I am really loving the Hardie Countrylane Red with Khaki Brown trim and possibly a sage green accent /front door. Also Owens Corning Teak roof. I can not find a single house photo of anyone using these color combinations. Am I totally out in left field?
January 13, 2013 at 11:07AM   
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pagepanther
The columns have a choppy look with the way they are trimmed out now. We love Benjamin Moore Hampshire Gray on our Craftsman Era home. Not really gray -- more of a muddy olive.
January 13, 2013 at 11:39AM   
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Jayme H.
If it were my home, I would work with the blue. Wouldn't want to take the time, $ or energy to repaint a home I just bought! I recommend reviewing pics of actual Craftsman type homes-reviewing color combos... and go from there...but really am feeling it is unnecessary to repaint the blue....Best Wishes!!
January 13, 2013 at 11:43AM   
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Bethany Fuller
Just to clarify, we aren't going to touch the blue and repainting is not going to cost us any additional money. Changing the exterior paint colors was in the terms of our offer on the house. It is the orange/brown color that just doesn't fit. We drove through several intown ATL neighborhoods and got some good ideas. We stopped by a local Sherwin Williams and grabbed several paint samples from the Arts & Crafts and Traditional collections. I think we will end up with all white columns, and either a darker blue on the upper levels (replacing the orange/brown) or a dark brick red). We will eventually replace the door to a more colorful or natural wood option, as well.
January 13, 2013 at 12:25PM     
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B.C.B. inc
Maybe finish the shole house in one color with the white trim and then maybe you might have to change the color of the front door to get your POP. Also another option might be to make the house just the dark blue, the columns white and make the foundation color a bit darker.
January 13, 2013 at 12:26PM     
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Christine
I have seen a few HGTV shows and the craftsman colors are kinda like Victorian colors. Deep and bold. I would go Blue, lavendar, green with a true Craftsman wood door. Blue all over. Lavender porch roof, Green pitch and a kick ass craftsman door and then trick that pretty baby out with colorful flowers and grasses and rock gardenesque landscaping. Have fun. New homes are always so enjoyable.
January 13, 2013 at 3:51PM   
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noankwaters
Having read through all comments and looked at all pictures offered, I like painting the orange to match the rest of the house. The picture of the green one that way made it look larger to me and not so chopped up. Love the white trim and certainly white columns. Then treat yourself to a pop of color on the front door or a lighter wood. I love the Craftsman style and it's a beautiful house! Congratulations!
January 13, 2013 at 5:45PM   
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4leo
Keep the Orangey/ rust with creamy tan trim, and change the Blue to a walnut brown! Sorry there are very few Blue Craftsman homes I've seen that are authentic! Stay with the earth tones, that is what the prairie school was about!! Good Luck!
January 13, 2013 at 6:48PM     
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Michelle Lindell
I love the orange!
January 13, 2013 at 8:32PM     
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saraj11357
I love the way it looks now! Very Classy! Looks like the pride of the neighborhood to me!
January 14, 2013 at 12:29AM     
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cyn222
Same color all around. Orange is unique, but makes home look smaller.
January 14, 2013 at 12:31AM   
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Dani Pollard
I think the perfect colour would be 'Domino' by Dulux. It's a dark grey with a blue base so it would complement the existing dark blue and it looks fantastic with white trim. Good luck and be brave. It's only paint! ;)
January 14, 2013 at 12:49AM   
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Femke Braamhorst
darker blue in photoshop
Or suggest any color and I will show you..
January 14, 2013 at 1:25AM     
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Becky White
I like the blue in the photoshop. I'd even make it a little more charcoal blue.
January 14, 2013 at 9:36AM   
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Femke Braamhorst
charcoal blue?
January 14, 2013 at 10:52AM     
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bananamamma
After looking more closely....suggestion? wait a year or two then decide, it looks to be in immaculate condition, why go through the trouble right away, live with it awhile. That was some sage advice someone gave me a looong time ago regarding the exterior landscaping, I think it works just as well for the paint colour too....don't you??
January 14, 2013 at 12:48PM   
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bananamamma
Traditional Exterior design by Seattle General Contractor Christopher Templeton BUT in your BLUES
January 14, 2013 at 1:15PM   
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cocoam
Since this red/orange is so harsh and not in keeping with the craftsman's softer earthy tones, you might consider going with a mossy green to gray/brown -- will make that white trim really pop. Or, you could go for a cedar shake color (more tan/brown/red) since so many craftsman-style homes have the shakes on the gables. You're right to want to tone the color down no matter what you decide! Congrats.
January 14, 2013 at 1:54PM   
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Rio Brewster
Keep the blue. It is obviously a new house so I wouldn't worry too much about whether it's a traditional craftsman color. Go with a slightly lighter or slightly darker shade - but definitely paint the columns white. If you like the banding detail you can paint that the lighter blue, but I think once it is all white you'll want to keep it that way.
January 15, 2013 at 10:04AM     
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Carrie
I love both of those colours together! I think it looks great but since you want to, I'd paint the blue.
January 15, 2013 at 10:33AM   
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Marilyn Wilkie
I agree with Carrie above. I love these colors. Very eye catching. The house just jumped out of the page. But I never go with the consensus.
January 15, 2013 at 10:43AM     
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lazidazi
Consider Green. Blue & Green together are exceptional compliments.
January 16, 2013 at 4:35AM     
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suebrou
I would paint the shakes a natural cedar color and the posts either the blue of the body paint or the white from the trim paint.
January 16, 2013 at 6:15AM   
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Katy Bell Hamnes
Exterior Paint has a profound effect on the overall vibe of the entire house. I love the idea of going with a charcoal gray. I'd paint the front door a cottagey green blue - like Ben Moore Woodlawn Blue, and keep the trim a classic warm white- Ben Moore White Dove. I also like the idea of driving around the neighborhood; I wouldn't repeat anything I saw, but it'll give you other ideas. Study the contrasts of the exterior paint colors. Do YOU like that? At the end of the day, YOU have to love what you see as you round the block. Beautiful house w/ great character. Love it well!
January 16, 2013 at 6:28AM     
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Marilyn Wilkie
I see why they chose the color they did for your house. They are opposites on the color wheel. Complementary. http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/color-wheel-primer/index.html
January 16, 2013 at 6:30AM   
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christol
I like Femke's charcoal blue, it adds depth. I wonder how the columns would look in the trim color?
January 16, 2013 at 7:40AM     
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mary malone
I would paint all that is now orange in the pretty grey color that is on the steps. I think it will look great with both the blue and with the trim. it gives you two/three colors without being too contrasty.
January 16, 2013 at 8:25AM     
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deedled
I would paint the beems white and have them strip the paint from the Brown/orange parts/spots and stain the wood a natural tone!
January 16, 2013 at 9:30AM   
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pitbulls
all blue might look too dark.Would you consider a gray with bluish undertones?
January 16, 2013 at 12:13PM   
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nmh246
The link below is to a color scheme paint chart from 1918 that will give you color choices. One of the common points of Craftsman design is to have the gable ends (the triangular parts near the peak of the roof) a contrasting color. The oddest part of the current design is that the orange extends beyond the gables to the pillars below. Those pillars should be a contrasting color. Even if they were painted the same color as the trim it would be better. I would be tempted to paint the gable ends a dark maroon, the trim cream and leave the blue near the entrance to make it distinctive from the rest of the house. Blue, dark maroon and cream is a favorite color combo of mine; very Craftsman, but it all depends. If you want to keep the true Craftsman look, all one color is not right.
My own craftsman house is painted in maroon, grey and the trim is pale grey and black. I had to use grey because blue just did not work with our light.

Do remember that the ultimate color will depend upon other colors in the neighborhood and the light exposure of your house. Reality is different than color charts. http://pinterest.com/pin/124482377171099555/
January 16, 2013 at 1:58PM   
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njgardengal
When we were ready to paint our first house, a 3-bedroom side to side split in central NJ, (it was newly built but a sun-faded unattractive shade of avocado green w white shutters), I explored the surrounding neighborhoods. I looked for similar shape houses oriented toward the sun in the same direction as my home.
For the record, the blue on the porch looks good, so I would use a lighter, perhaps a bit grayer blue for the body of the house and I hope you keep all the trim a crisp white.
January 16, 2013 at 7:48PM     
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pivoines
I like the photoshop with the darker blue, but think the columns would look better all white, like the rest of the woodwork.
January 17, 2013 at 4:57AM   
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Marilyn Wilkie
Here is a link to an article on Craftsman style color choices. http://homerenovations.about.com/od/Exterior/ss/Craftsman-House-Colors-and-Ideas.htm
January 17, 2013 at 6:13AM   
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Jean Tuck
like that in tones of blue
January 17, 2013 at 6:54AM   
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Javier Marquez
Do you want modern colors? Do you want classic look? or do you want to match colors from the neighborhood?
January 17, 2013 at 8:38AM   
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