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I need help to choose a color to brighten up the outside of my house
kevincook
February 11, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I don.t want to paint the face brick but i don,t mind changing the color of the roof
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Mary Poulos Interior and Exterior Design
Are you only asking about the roof? I think if you could get a succession of simple brown/clay pots about 4 feet apart with something like Sanseveria in them. A very low maintence, plant with nice structure and put them along the wall, again, every 4 feet, it would be a dramatic difference to the front.
February 11, 2013 at 2:02am     
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nancy22032
Love the pots of greenery to soften the look of the angular walls, but I might paint the walls a warmer clay color in a very light shade. Perhaps this would pick up some of the reds in the bricks. I have always liked the lighter off-white that stucco was traditionally painted, sometimes called Spanish white. If the low walls were the lighter color it would make to clay pots really stand out.
February 11, 2013 at 3:30am     
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kevincook
Hi Nancy really like your idea what color would you suggest i paint the roof
February 11, 2013 at 4:57am   
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Dytecture
Dark gray would compliment the red bricks nicely.
February 11, 2013 at 5:46am     
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ASVInteriors
To second Dytecture's suggestion, the beautiful thing about grey is that it makes all the scenery about it pop instead of focusing on the roof. Given your lovely view, this would be a great plus!
February 11, 2013 at 6:25am     
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kevincook
i was concerned about a grey roof as the brick paving is also grey
February 11, 2013 at 7:48am   
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ASVInteriors
I am not sure that is a problem - I think the two elements can complement each other: your paving has a small repeat pattern that mirrors the roof tiling - If in doubt, take a picture (even this one) and render it black and white to give you a rough idea (although a B&W image will be a lot harsher than what you have)
February 11, 2013 at 9:18am     
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Curb Appeal Renovations
Not sure where you are...but I've never heard of anyone painting a roof. I'd inquire from your roof manufacturer if that can be done. It might void the warranty? Plus, I'm not sure if any paint mfr will warranty their paint on a roofing material.

Beyond that, I'd go for landscaping via planters, railing, gutters to change your curb appeal...
February 11, 2013 at 9:24am   
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kevincook
thanks for your comments,i live in south africa and all our paint manufacturers produce roof paint because of our high u v problems amongst other problems
February 11, 2013 at 9:54am   
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Mary Poulos Interior and Exterior Design
Kevin, one of the commenters had said gray roof and that is exactly what I had thought when I first looked at it. I hate to say it , but I did not mention as I thought no one would get it, so I was happy to see someone else felt the same.

It just brings everything together, as said and when I picture it with the scenery beyond, it seems perfect.
February 11, 2013 at 10:22am   
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kevincook
Hi Mary, I agree about the gray roof and I am asking about colours for all the painted surfaces. Many thanks kevin
February 11, 2013 at 11:51am   
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Mary Poulos Interior and Exterior Design
Hi Keven,
You could paint the house a lighter color as was suggested or keep it the color that it is but if you would take the brick color (don't get too red more toward brown and let the overall brick color dictate) and paint all the railing systems that color it would go a long ways toward creating an impactful connection between the brick and the style of the house. Also would creat more emphasis on beautiful horizonal lines of your home.

Actually I think I probably would go with a "Spanish White" as Nancy suggested to keep the areas in the carport area from not seeming so dark. I am not sure exactly what that white means to her, you or me, but definitely not a white white. I
February 11, 2013 at 12:09pm   
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Mary Poulos Interior and Exterior Design
Also you need to address the steps going down your driveway. They look scary lost and create no sense of entry.

Perhaps two large containers on each side of entry to the steps, or perhaps the steps should be a little bit different material and/or color.

I have used in driveways red marble insets that have worked well. Perhaps the steps going down could be tinted concrete, with some ver simple red marble insets. Not over the top and corny. The tint could be a brown red/brown of course.
February 11, 2013 at 12:14pm   
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Frank Borszcz
We have a company here in Ontario Canada that can stain brick any color. Its called Permatint. They can stain anything clay. brick etc. I think your roof should be a little darker. That is my opinion.
February 11, 2013 at 12:19pm   
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Mary Poulos Interior and Exterior Design
Agreed
February 11, 2013 at 12:28pm   
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nancy22032
It looks to me like you have a pretty warm climate so I would want my roof to be a light color - maybe a warm beige . I too have never heard of painting a roof - it is so interesting what differences there are when you're on the bottom side of the world. Isn't it fun to be talking with someone from so far away? Houzz you're great. Nancy
February 11, 2013 at 11:59pm   
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