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Help with exterior paint?!?!?

Jaime KnightFebruary 17, 2013
We're building an Acadian style house with a silver metal roof. Need help with paint colors. I really want a red front door, but don't know a good shade or a good main house color. I was thinking maybe an olive color??? Please help!
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I've found three options I'd like to show you:
1. Soft olivegreen, white trims, black/mahogany shutters (just like in your ideabook, great idea)
2. Natural wood with light and dark greige trims.
3. Black (looks great with metal) with some white (and red?) features.

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1 Like    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 2:47AM
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Here is another example with a simple white color scheme and red front door.

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    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 6:34AM
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Jaime Knight
Thanks so much for your input!!
Still one thing I'm not sure of...what shades of these colors that go good together. I don't want my door to be too bright of a red, or the olive to be too green. How do I know?
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 10:30PM
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Go to the paint-brands websites and look for existing colorschemes.
You could stretch the combinations, but no need to invent the wheel, right?

example1: http://www.sterlinghills.org/PDF/Sterling%20Hills%20Paint.pdf
example2: http://pinterest.com/pin/92112754849329801/
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 12:48AM
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The Color People
Paint brand color schemes by in large have never been painted on a house and are not a good thing to copy. I like your idea of an olive you just need to make sure it is toward the gray side rather than the yellow. Also don't go real dark. A darker mid tone would be good. A red with a lot of yellow in it (like a sun dried tomato red) would be great. Satin finish for the siding and high gloss for the door. Use a cream, again grayed, to tie it all together.

Pull all the olives you like from a color deck. Make a sheath to cover the surrounding colors so you can see the actual color unaffected by what is around it. Or if you are getting those strips from the paint store cut the colors out. Put them all together by tones and you will see the ones that are grayer.j
Pick the trim color next in the same manner and lastly the door color.

Unfortunately the only way to actually see what the colors are going to look like is to sample. These website colorization programs are totally bogus and completely misleading because the are not even the same kinds of color systems as paint. To sample put up at least a 4'x4' square and surround it with the trim color. You will need to put on two coats at least because the raw wood will suck up the paint and you will not see the color well.

Lastly stand back 300' ( I mean it!) to look at the color. Something about the distance allows you to imagine the entire house painted. Incidentally, I love the house! I love the shape. I love the proportions. It is a beauty. The right color will make all the difference so put in the time.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:26AM
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Jaime Knight
Here's what we decided...
    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 10:14PM
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    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 10:52PM
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