Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exterior House Painting

We have to paint our house this summer. It is currently a pretty sage green, but with dark pink shutters, it looks dated. I will post a photo once the yard is cleaned up!

Our house is a four-level split from the early 70's, so it doesn't have a lot of character (unlike the stock image below!), but it is very nicely laid out inside and we have a lovely lot. I want to make the house look "current" but not too trendy.

Many homes in our neighborhoods have been recently painted dark taupes that I find a little gloomy. The dark taupes remind me of Benjamin Moore's Weimeraner, below.

(white shutters brighten this up, but many people are using dark trims too)

I prefer lighter body colours. I am thinking a medium taupe for the body, like Stone Hearth from Benjamin Moore, below (or perhaps a little darker). I like the idea of white shutters since we have a lot of white trim already on the house (white vinyl windows and soffits, etc.). I think I'd like a black or off-black door. Our mailbox, lantern, and house number are black.
This picture shows a lighter slate blue door, but I am thinking darker.

Because our house has a rather plain facade (some brick, which we are thinking of painting) and the roof is not visible from the front (side slant), we don't need several colours. I think three will suffice on the front.

Do you have any favorite combinations for contemporary houses?

I love the Benjamin Moore personal colour viewer, which I used to create this sample....

9 comments:

  1. I like the direction you're going. The darker colors feel more historical to me, especially with dark trim. Hard to tell without seeing a picture but right now I'm thinking bright fuschia for the front door so you better get out there and do some raking so we can see.

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  2. I like the lighter colours, too. Some of the newer homes look quite gloomy and forbidding with both the body and trim so dark.

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  3. We are currently discussing the same issues you are. I am leaning toward white. I know. Blah. But is solves so many of the issues and it's classic. I don't mind the darker colors. They're prevalent in New England and always have been. I do not like the fact that in siding they fade out. I think we're going with siding over paint. We're old.

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  4. Vee, I think white is lovely if your home is a cottage or has historical character in any way! For a "contemporary" 1970's house of our style, white is rather boring. We would stick out in the neighborhood like a sore thumb. The only white houses in the neighborhood are the pseudo-colonials...

    I would love white with black shutters, but I don't have a classic house. Darn!

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  5. Hi Terri - I like your idea for the taupe colors. If I see any inspiring contemporary houses with interesting exteriors, I'll take photos and send them to you. Where I live though, there are mostly old or old-style houses, but it will be fun to have a scouting project.
    Deborah

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  6. I think a darker shade of blue would be better for the door and the roof, since everything is going light. This will create a harmonious blending of colors. Check this if want you more ideas on house painting. But if you really want to change the overall image of your house, get - off with white paint. Play colors with the window shutters. =)

    Max Boughner

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  7. I love the color combination. I love the house.

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  8. I defiantly like the lighter taupe colour, and I think pairing it with white shutters helps bring it to life! I remember we did a similar shade on a one house we painted and it turned out spectacular! Best of luck with deciding!

    You can see the shade we went with here: http://www.premierepainterslangley.com/

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