Choosing Paint Colors for House Trim and Doors

November 29, 2012 § 402 Comments

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The front door is the focal point of your house and it can make a big splash. (Even though Great Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair reportedly changed his 10 Downing Street door color from conservative black to Labour Party red as seen in this photo from the Daily Mail, evidently it was all an April Fool’s joke — see the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8677004.stm)

Doubtful that changing your own front door color will create as much of a stir in the neighborhood, but you’ll want to give it considerable thought anyway.

But first, what about the trim color?

House trim color: If you have a small house and you want it to look bigger, consider painting the edge trim the same color as the house or just a shade lighter. This will blend the corners of the house in with the body and draw your eye to color — hopefully, the front door. If you want to show off the trim in a more contemporary way, consider painting the edge trim two shades darker than the house color. To accent your trim in a traditional way, choose contrast by using either white or cream. If you have a stone house, the grout color is a great trim color.

The message here is to avoid too many different hues (different colors) when painting the house, trim, doors and shutters. Unless you have an architectural masterpiece, I would avoid choosing trim colors that are unrelated to the house color (for example, painting a gray house with navy blue trim, red shutters and red garage doors). Not only will you draw attention to all the different colors themselves and away from the front door (regardless of what color IT is), but you will have visual chaos!

Exception: If you have an old Victorian home, you may want to accent all the different architectural elements with paint in many different colors.

Trim around windows: To keep the windows looking as large as possible, paint the trim around the windows the same as the window frames, either white or cream or whatever color the window frames are. Matching the trim to the actual windows will make them look bigger than if you break up the color by painting a dark trim around a white window or a white trim around a dark window.

Garage door color: Unless you want to broadcast to your neighbors that you have a three-car garage, you probably don’t want to highlight your garage doors. Standard garage doors should usually be painted either the color of the house or a couple of shades darker to “anchor” them. Plus, by painting the garage doors the house color or a little darker, your house will look bigger and less chopped up. The focus is reserved for the front door. Note: yes, metal garage doors can be painted even if they’re white when installed. Just clean the doors very well and use a good primer.

Exceptions: Garage doors associated with brick homes are often painted either the trim color, the grout color, or the shutter color — black or dark green, for example. No need to try and match a paint color to the brick. The other exception is the new carriage-style garage doors, designed to be the focal point on the front of a home. If you have fancy garage doors, it’s okay to show them off! Even keeping them white or the trim color is okay.

Shutter color: For a traditional look, match your shutters to the roof color. If you have a dark gray or black roof, black shutters look terrific. It’s like adding a touch of black to a living room to dress it up a bit. Matching the shutters to the roof makes it look like you planned your roof color as part of the overall house palette. Dark brown shutters with a brown roof color give a similar, traditional look as black shutters with a gray/black roof. And brown is supposedly the new black. But for a classic home, black will never go out of style.

If you have lots of really small windows or don’t want dark shutters, consider choosing a color that blends with the house color. Here’s one strategy: choose your house color in the medium range. Then go lighter for the trim and a shade or two darker for the shutters (or remove the shutters altogether). And choose a completely different hue for the front door. This contemporary look focuses attention on the front door. There are no distracting colors anywhere else on the house.

Front door color: It’s time to create your focal point, the front door. This is the area you want guests to find when they pull in the driveway. Color is the way to do it although a shiny black door with a brass kickplate, brass door handle, and big colorful wreath is a classic. If you don’t want black, consider a rich dark red in a semi-gloss finish. Dark red (not cherry) seems to work with almost all house colors.

Here are a few other ideas:

  • Light green house. Traditional: Dark purple door (especially nice if you have lilacs and other purple flowers in your landscape) and white door trim. For a modern look: Rusty red.
  • Dark green house. Traditional: Rusty red door or natural wood and cream door trim. Modern: Turquoise.
  • Light blue house. Traditional: Dark red door or navy blue door with white door trim. Modern: Dark olive green.
  • Dark blue house. Traditional: Maroon door (play up the nautical look) with cream door trim. Modern: Lime green.
  • Red house (or brick). Traditional: Black door with brass accents  (classic) and white door trim. Modern: Grass green.
  • Brick house. Traditional: Mahogany door with light grout color door trim. Modern: Dark purple.
  • Pink house. In the North, a charcoal or black door. In the South, anything punchy. White door trim.
  • Gray house. Traditional: Navy blue or red door with white door trim. Modern: Bright lemon yellow.
  • Brown or tan house. Traditional: Dark green door with white door trim. Modern: Robin’s Egg Blue.
  • Yellow house. Black door, black shutters, white door trim (a classic look). Modern: Dark red.
  • White house. Traditional: Black, red or other dark rich color. Modern (or in warmer climates): Any bright, cheerful color that works with your landscape plantings. White trim everywhere.

One woman I read about paints her front door for every season. It might be cranberry red during the winter, purple in the spring, raspberry during the summer, and rust during the fall. Every year it’s different.

Don’t forget the roof: Consider the roof color when you’re making your house color choices and if you’re getting a new roof, choose something that coordinates with your house color. There are many choices in roof colors these days particularly in the brown family– many more choices than just slate gray or black. Don’t pass up the opportunity to finish the job with a well-coordinated roof.

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§ 402 Responses to Choosing Paint Colors for House Trim and Doors

  • Blue says:

    Hello,

    I’m stuck with light blueish vinyl siding, white trim, black shutters, metal (silver) roof and wooden door. What color can I paint my front porch floor? It’s a fairly large porch. My house feels like a giant iceburg and I would like to soften it some if possible. Thanks for all the great advice.

    Terri

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Terri,

    You might try a dark brown for the porch floor. Then you can take advantage of all the light blue and brown accessories that are around these days. Maybe a big pot for the front porch or an indoor/outdoor rug and some furniture to warm up the area. And don’t forget a wreath for the door. That will certainly help melt your iceberg.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Fred,

    I could only find one of your colors, Red Rock, under Benjamin Moore paints — is the CC new?? Are those California paint colors? Could not find the last three you listed. Anyway, I love the idea of a dark red for your door. You might want to check out Spanish Red (BM 1301) as well. The color combinations in your brick sound fabulous. Just pick colors right out of the brick and you’ll be all set.

    Sorry I couldn’t be more specific. Feel free to send a photo.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • fred says:

    Thanks for your reply, Barb

    Actually, we live in Ontario, Canada, so I don’t know if some of the BM colors are not “available” in your area. We will check out Spanish Red. I should have mentioned this in my prior post– we are just conserned that with so much orange around the front door that it may be “too much” of the same color scheme. Our other choice is Black–what do you think of going with a semigloss black?

    Fred

  • Donna says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Help Needed. We have just purchased a white brick ranch house in Louisiana (about 50 years old). I am having a hard time deciding the color for trim, shutters, and door. It is just dulllll. I know you usually suggest black or red doors but it doesn’t go with our style. Thinking about light yellow shutters, undecided about trim, and perhaps a large wood door. Help??? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Donna

  • Derrick says:

    Hi Barbara:

    Great site! One of the most helpful I’ve found on this topic. We have a 1966 colonial here in Michigan that we have been renovating. We are now coming outside and can’t do anything too crazy since we spent so much inside.

    Here is a link to some pics of the exterior:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Raverecords/PicsOfParkmanBeforePaint/photo?authkey=tonaCvAjL0c#5092237454851986802

    We put a new roof on and went with Weathered Wood. The house will get a new garage door, new gutters, new (or repainted) shutters, new (or repainted) storm windows, and a new storm door (most likely full view glass).

    We are not afraid of color but are having a hard time working with the orange re-claimed brick. The grout lines are a sandstone color. We are trying to work with the available colors on items like the garage door and gutters.

    We were thinking of:
    Garage Door: Sandstone
    Gutters: Bronze
    Shutters: Bronze
    Aluminum (to Paint): Sandstone?
    Trim: Something light??, but we really don’t want to go white
    Storms: Match the trim?

    We thought we’d use the new gutters as an accent. We are not married to any of these colors, but we have limited choices in garage door colors.

    Here is a link to the available colors:
    http://www.taylordoor.com/products/garage/2_in/2400/

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Derrick.

  • Tom says:

    Barbara,

    Thank you for your advice. I wish I had read a while back.

    My rambler is a warm light brown. I gutters and trim that are white as well as the new garage doors. The front door and the shutters are “old wine” that came out too pink for my liking. I am happy with the house color and the trim looks good, but the shutter and the front door look odd. Your article said that I should make my garage doors the same as the house. Two other things: gray/black roof and the front door has lights (glass) on either side and is mostly glass itself.

    Here is what I am thinking after reading your article.

    Garage Doors: warm light brown to match house
    Gutters Trim: Keep white
    Shutters: Black
    Front Door: Black

    Thanks!

    Tom

  • Angela says:

    Barbara,

    Your website is wonderful! We have a small cedar siding house and would like to change the color of it. The windows and soffit are brown. Could you please look at this photo and give us some color ideas for the house, trim and door as to what you think would look the best for this particular house? Thank you!

    http://www.kinson.shutterfly.com/action/pictures?a=67b0de21b352ce57655e

  • Blue says:

    Barbara,

    I did it and it looks great! Thank you so much. I’m inspired.

  • Barbra says:

    Hi,
    Our house is a bungalow/cottagey style. The body of the house is a cream/ivory color. We plan to have the trim painted along with the front door. We are planning to sell our home next year so Iwant to keep my paint colors neutral but inviting.
    I thought a very light beige or khaki for the trim and a cottage red for the door. However, there are sooooo many neutrals available. We plan to use Benjamin Moore. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.

  • Tom says:

    Hello, We have almost completed a complete exterior remodelling of our home. We replaced all of the windoews (25 in total) five doors, the garage doors, the roof, and all of the siding.

    The house is about 3,500 square feet and does not have any masonry. It is a colonial Williamsburg style tucked into the woods on two acres.

    We choose Hardie Plank siding for the home and painted it a Sherwin Williams color – “Ancient Marble”. We painted the window trim to match the windows – Jeld-Wen “French Vanilla” We have ordered Board and Batten black shutters.

    We replaced the roof with a Certainteed Landmark 30 architecure roof – color Colonial Slate.

    We are repainting the porch and porch ceiling to match the trim.

    Our questions revolve around the front door and sidelights, the front porch and the garage doors.

    We have purchased Clopay garage doors in a carriage style with an arched top (but no windows). What color should we paint the garage? The trim and siding colors are fairly close in color.

    We were considering painting the front door to match our storm door, which is a full view Pella “Cranberry color” The front door is a Therma Tru with mostly opaque glass and brass caming (almost all glass). The full sidelights match the door. The porch covers the front door. Our questions about the door are does the color sound right to you and what color do we paint the sidelights – to match the door or the trim? Should the storm door match the trim or the door color?

    Finally, our porch has a concete floor. Any suggestions for color based on our overall scheme.

    Thanks very much your help is extremely appreciated as we are really stuck.

    Tom

  • Angela says:

    By the way, we live in Florida but we are more drawn to the cottage/rustic look. We plan on putting up picket fencing. I wish we had white windows and soffit instead of brown but for now we need to work with it. Our interior decor style is the “Shabby Chic” look with lots of light colors such as pale pink, mint green, creamy whites. Our roof looks like very light tan with white speckles. What are your thoughts on painting the house white with brown trim around the windows? Do you think it would give it the cottage look that would go great with some lovely pale pink garden roses? Olive green would be another option. You mentioned the trim color around the windows should always match the color of the windows. If you think white with brown trim would look the best, what color should we paint the door? Also in the photo there’s a big window that seems to be the focal point and I’m not sure about the trim colors around it. I could really use your expertise!

  • Joy says:

    Hi

    I need some advice for the exterior colors of my house. I own 1/2 of a 2 family (condo) which I just purchased last fall. The woman upstairs likes the trim the way it is so it will be hard to change much but I’d like to improve.

    The house is light dull grey metal (aluminum?) siding. The trim is light blue, which I hate, but we’re slowly repainting the porches and garage door ourselves so rather than changing to a more appealling blue (i.e. slate) which will look blotchy/patchy as the slow painting comes along I decided better to paint close the old color and learn to like it or downplay with some more sophisticated palate of color and accents. So this trim is Behr Denim Blue (porch railing, pillars, beams, floor, garage door). It is lighter than the chip.

    There is a wrought iron fence in the front. The trim around the windows and also the garage trim is white. The storm doors in the front are black. The front doors are old stained/worn oak doors – I will be stripping/refurbishing mine. The railings up the plain concrete front stairs are the same blue as well.

    So I was wondering what color for the front door (darker blue, black, dark red?) and also whether to paint the porch floor a darker blue or light grey or white? I am going to try to play up the wrought iron with iron plant hooks and plant hangers on the porch. I don’t want it to be too busy w/different colors. I am trying for something attractive, modern, polished/sophiticated. Any other suggestions? Help!

    Thank, Joy

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Fred,

    Sorry for the long delay.

    Black always works, and if you’re worried about too much of the warm color scheme, black will be perfect. As far as I’m concerned, black always takes it up a notch in terms of sophistication.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Joy,

    Good for you for working with a not-so-great situation where you have to share color decisions with a neighbor. Sounds like you’re making the most of it.

    I would go for a nice semi-gloss black front door. You have black accents elsewhere and enough blue, I think. I would definitely play up the wrought iron and I think the black door will add a touch of sophistication. As for the porch floor, I would go with grey. It doesn’t soil as much and it’s just the floor. The railing and door will stand out more and that’s what you want.

    Now to warm up this rather cool color scheme, I would add (somewhere) a splash of orange. Whether it’s a pot with flowers or a wreath or an orange chair for the front porch. Somewhere add some orange and I guarantee you’ll be happy with the results.

    Good luck.
    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Angela,

    Sorry for the long delay. We had a death in the family and I’ve been away for over a week. Back now for a few days.

    Thanks for sending the photo. Here’s what I think. I suggest you keep the windows/trim/roof the same, the dark brown, and paint the body of the house a taupe color. I know you want white, but there will be too much contrast between the white and the windows (brown) and it will make the house look too small. I would use a nice soft taupe for the body which will make house/windows/roof blend together.

    Then I would paint the front door a nice rosey pink. Some shade from right in your garden. Since you live in Florida, that will be perfect. Then I would consider adding shutters, also in a taupe color, maybe slightly darker than the house color. The shutters will give you the cottagey look that you want.

    It’s okay to have a white picket fence. Just add some white flowers, along with lots of pink, to your garden. Fabulous!!

    Good luck.
    Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Tom (from comment #57)

    Sorry for the delay in responding.

    I love the idea of having black shutters and door and painting the garage door the house color. I think you’ll be very pleased with the results.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Donna,

    Sorry for the long delay. We had a death in the family and I’ve been away for over a week. Hope I’m not too late to answer your query.

    White brick in Louisiana. Wow. You can do just about anything. I would suggest either white or a light grey trim just to blend in with the brick. It’s a rather small house so you don’t need to outline it in color.

    For the door and shutters, I would go with the big punch. You mentioned yellow shutters. Terrific. How about yellow for the door too. Or even orange. Here’s your chance to stand out in the neighborhood and because you live in Louisiana where there’s lots of lush color, you’re lucky — you can pick anything to go with your white brick. But here’s the key: Pick something that you can duplicate or coordinate with in your yard either with flowers, flowering shrubs, pots of flowers, lawn chairs or just about anything. That will tie the whole look together.

    Hope that helps.
    Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Barbra,

    Sorry for the long delay in responding. Hope I’m not too late.

    I would go with any of the beigy Ben Moore historical colors, like Monroe Bisque, and I think you’ll be happy. Just avoid too much contrast since you’re using a darker trim color than the house. You want it to blend and not outline the house (that would make it look too small).

    The red door sounds great too. Or you could go with a solid wood door stained dark for some sophisticated drama. Either way.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Tom (from comment #61),

    Thanks for your question. Sorry for the long delay in responding. I’ve been away for over a week.

    As for your house, you picked a beautiful color scheme in the ancient marble and french vanilla with black shutters. Very soft and elegant. I would suggest continuing on with the vanilla to paint the sidelights. Should be trim color.

    As for the door, usually the storm door is trim color because it’s usually either white or cream, but in your case it sounds like it’s a cranberry color. Very nice. I would paint the front door the same cranberry color.

    As for the garage doors, I would still paint them the house color with cream trim to accent them. There isn’t much contrast, agreed, If you want them to really stand out (an option since they’re more architecturally interesting than standard doors), you can paint them cranberry. (Can’t believe I just said that since I rarely highlight garage doors, but yours sound special.)

    As for the porch floor, I would stick with a neutral, perhaps a taupey beige to blend in with the house color and not show much dirt. Definitely not cream.

    Hope that covers everything. Your house sounds gorgeous. Good luck finishing it up.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Nikki says:

    Hi,
    We are wanting to sale our home in the spring. And our home and 2 garages needs a new roof. We also need to paint the two garages, three garages doors, and wood gingerbread shingles on the garages. The bottom of the house, and around the wood trim on the windows and doors of both house and garages need paint as well. Our house is white siding with chocolate brown Metal trim around the window and garage doors. I would have never picked these colors they were on the house when we bought it. We will not be able to replace the siding or brown metal trim. My husband is wanting to paint our house next week when he is off. He wants me to have our paint colors and new roof picked out. I have no idea what to do. Please HELP!
    Nikki

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Nikki,

    First of all, choose a brown roof. It can have different shades of brown but that color will be best for the brown trim around your windows and doors.

    Next, it’s hard for me to get a mental picture from your description. I’m not exactly sure what the house looks like, but it sounds like you’re stuck with white. I don’t think adding another color will help if you can’t change what’s there. So the thing to do is stick with white, but add color in your plantings and accessories. Pink looks great with chocolate brown and you could use pink in your plantings/wreath for the door, door mat, etc. That would look great. Or light blue is great with chocolate brown as well. Whatever third color you add, do it with accessories and try to keep the house color scheme as simple as possible.

    If that doesn’t help you, send a photo and I’ll try again.

    Good luck.
    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Nikki says:

    Thanks for the help!
    Nikki

  • Debra says:

    Hi,

    I’m hoping you’ll give me some color suggestions. I’m about to have my trim, shutters, flower box, and door repainted. The siding will have to wait for a future painting.

    Here’s a photo of the house:

    http://home.gwu.edu/~robinson/House.JPG

    The siding’s painted white. The bricks in front are a deep cinnamon (color of Benjamin Moore’s “cinnamon” 2174-20) beneath sandy-colored wash. The roof is a light colored shingle called “frosty cinnamon.” We’ll be replacing the storm door with a full length glass door so that the front door color will show. Also, the house has a rust stained privacy fence that shows from the street.

    The neighborhood’s a fairly dense suburban neighborhood the Maryland side of DC. There are tall trees around, including a stand of yellow poplars in our back yard, and there’s a wooded park nearby so there’s a green feel to it. Inside, we have Danish modern furniture in cherry, bone walls, and white trim.

    Any specific paint colors you’d recommend? Could I consider a red door, and if so, what kind of red? Thank you so much for any help you can provide.

    Sincerely,
    Debra

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Debra,

    Thanks for the photo. Very helpful. I was just in your neighborhood last week as we were visiting relatives in MD.

    Here’s what I think: It would be great if you could move toward cream as a trim color as it would look smashing with the brick color. However, since you’re not painting the siding yet, it would be hard to change from white to cream. Any way to leave the trim until you repaint the siding? I would suggest a dark bronze or black for your shutters — you could use a little more contrast against the brick. And I would use the same for the flower box. As for the door, I would either stick with a darker version of the reddish brown in your brick or bronze/black. With brick adding so much color to the house, the front door just needs to be an accessory color, and bronze or black really dresses up the brick.

    When you do paint the house, I would move toward more of an earthen color to blend with the brick and make the house look bigger. Right now it’s kind of cut in half, top and bottom.

    I hope that helps a little.

    Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Debra says:

    Hi Again Barbara,

    Thank you for your response to my questions. Because I like browns, I’m drawn to the idea of painting my shutters, planter, and front door bronze. I’m finding “Bronze” to be a hard color to pin down, though. A bronze-brown can appear quite yellow or green or red. Do you have any favorite shades for exterior use? I’m thinking about a red-bronze because of the cinnamon in the roof and bricks. I’m going to consider having my siding painted after all so that it will blend in with the brick as you suggest. I see what you mean when you say that my house now appears to be cut in half. Would cream siding and cream trim work, or would you suggest something a little deeper for the siding? So nice of you to share your expertise.

    Debra

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Debra,

    Red-brown is fine. What I meant by “bronze” was really just a rich dark brown. Nothing brassy.

    As for the house color, cream siding and cream trim would be terrific. You’ll still have some contrast with the brick but just not so much as with the white. Then the brown will be the accent color.

    Good luck!

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Debra says:

    Barbara,

    Another question, if you would be so kind….

    What do you think of this combination of Benjamin Moore Paints for my house: the siding in Bone White, the trim in White Dove, the shutters in Tudor Brown (or slightly redder brown), and the door in Country Redwood? Bone White’s very close in color to the wash on the bricks and to their mortar. Maybe that’s why I chose Bone for the interior walls.

    Thanks again.
    Debra

  • bmeglis says:

    Those colors should warm up the house. Nice and rich. Sounds great.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Carol says:

    Barbara,

    I have been reading your suggestions, and I think you are one awesome lady! You are truly beautifying the world one house at a time.

    Case in point – my house here in Florida! I have hated the color since moving in, but have been too phobic to change colors as I have made horrendous choices in the past. Now the house just plain needs painting, and the guy is coming next weekend! Ack!

    I am not partial to any colors – I just need it to look okay, and maybe by some miracle more cheerful? We are on lots of land, and don’t have to blend into any neighbor color schemes. Here are pictures:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11824478@N04/?saved=1

    I would love specific brand/color name tips, as I’ll just mess up otherwise. Feel free to go wild! I’ll send pics once it’s done!

    Thanks SO much in advance,
    Carol

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks for the photos — they’re very helpful. Since you live in Florida, you have all kinds of wonderful color options. Why not try a nice cheerful yellow, either Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow HC-4 or Ben Moore’s Traditional Yellow 170 (a little more orangey). With a bright white trim and door, your house will look very cheerful.

    The windows in the front are very interesting and really draw the eye away from the front door. But since they’re on the front, that’s okay. With a gorgeous pot of bright red and orange hibiscus on the front step, you’ll have a brand new look to your house.

    Good luck and thanks for visiting my site!

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Carol says:

    Hey Barbara,

    Thanks for the quick reply! I was thinking of yellow too, so you’re a mindreader as well! On the Benj Moore website, the two yellows look really close, so I’ll run and get a quart of each tomorrow.

    Those interesting front windows actually used to be openings to a roofed front porch many eons before we arrived. Should I paint white trim around them? I’m hesitating since they’re black. Do you think I would be better off if I got new white windows, or even painted the old black windows white? If you say it will look okay white around the black, I’m totally there.

    Thanks again,
    Carol

  • Angela says:

    Thank you so much! The colors sound lovely!

    Would you be able to recommend the color names from a particular brand? I love the idea of a rosey pink color for the door but with the main color being a soft taupe and the trim brown, I’m afraid the pink color within that family points more to a salmon-ly pink. Are there general guidelines to follow when choosing an accent color to coordinate with the main and trim color?

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Carol,

    I would leave the windows and see how they look with the white trim. You can always replace them down the road, but they’re big and will be expensive. I think, since they’re so different, that they will be a nice feature of your house.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Angela,

    Check out Benjamin Moore’s venetian rose (1292). It will look great with the brown.

    Good luck!

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Carol says:

    Hey Barbara,

    So, I went over to the paint store and picked up a sample of hawthorne yellow (they dont make the traditional yellow in sample size), and when I asked for white, we became stumped. There are so many! He suggested pale straw, which has a little yellow tint. What do you think?

    Thanks once again,
    Carol

  • Carol says:

    Alright, me again. I have been reading your site like mad and downloaded Benjamin Moore’s color viewer. I tried on Louisburg green on the walls, pale straw trim and a moroccan red door, and I think I love it – at least on the computer screen! Will this work okay on my house? I know it’s not exactly cheerful, but I am loving that red door and the sophistication of the green. Best of all, it looks like I put black windows there on purpose! Is there another trim you would suggest?

    THANK YOU,
    Carol

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Carol,

    Wow, you’ve been busy! Take a look at cameo white. It’s creamier and less lemony than the pale straw. I love it with the louisburg green and the moroccan red, two of my favorite Ben Moore colors. More New England than Florida, but it’s a great combination.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Angela says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I went to Benjamin Moore and picked up some color swatches. I got the Venetian Rose (1292) and was looking for the soft taupe and dark brown swatches. What do you think about Dusty Road (1017) for the main color? Also, with the door being pink, should I paint the door trim brown or a different color?

    Thanks,

    Angela

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Angela,

    Brown is fine since you have brown windows. And I love the Dusty Road. Nice choice.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Carol says:

    Hey Barbara,

    One final question before painting gets underway. I apologize if this has been asked and answered before – I did a quick cursory above and did not see this. What paint finishes would you recommend for the walls, trim and door respectively?

    Thanks once again,
    Carol

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Carol,

    I use a low-lustre paint for the walls and trim and a gloss for the door. That way the door really stands out. Each paint company has its own terminology but essentially you’re looking for a matte finish for walls and trim and a semi-gloss or high gloss for the door.

    Hope that helps. Good luck with your project.

    -Barbara.

  • Heather says:

    We have a brick house with a black roof and on part of the house – a grey trim. We have black shutters and a black door. I really want to paint the front door a different color. Is there a color we could use that will really pop? Also, we are painting the concrete on the front porch. What colors should we use?

  • Heather says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Forgot to post this picture in my earlier email. I am wondering about paint colors for the front door and concrete front porch.

    http://ourlittlebrickhouse.shutterfly.com/action/?a=0Fas2LVw2YuOA&notag=1

    Thanks so much for any advice you can offer.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Heather,

    You could try a dark grey for your concrete front porch and a shiny brick red door. I think that would really pop but would tie the two brick sides of your house to the porch area. Right now the brick really stands out but the porch with the front door really recedes.

    See if that’s what you’re looking for.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • mike says:

    Hi Heather,

    We have a ranch cottage that we’re painting this weekend, a kelly moore moss green(medium sage) for the body, a creamy white for columns and trim. We dont have shutters, but rather very wide window trim and white framed windows. We’re unsure what to paint the garage door and entry door. We’re thinking either body color for the garage door or a darker shade of the body color. What do you think for both doors?

    Thanks,
    mike

  • Amy says:

    Hello!

    Question… we are going to be redoing our bathroom soon… my husband is going to make new cabinets, shelves, and trim in cherry wood, and I believe he wants to stain them a reddish-brown color… what colors would you recommend we do for the walls? The sink, the toilet, and bathtub are white.

    Keep in mind that the bathroom is small… only about 6′x12′, and has one window that faces the southwest.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Amy :)

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Mike,

    Sorry for the delay. I’m on vacation in NY. You’ve probably finished your project already, but in case you haven’t, here’s what I would recommend.

    For a ranch style cottage, I would paint the garage the same green as the body color. This will call less attention to the garage and more to the front door and crisp white trim. For the front door, you can pick virtually any color that you like with the green. Anywhere from brick red to purple to rose pink. I like a warm color with the green, but that would be my only condition.

    Hope that helps.

    Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Amy,

    Hope you get this. I’ve been on vacation.

    I would suggest a light camel color for your walls. (tan or beige) That will blend beautifully with the cherry cabinets. Then you could add more color with your towels, shower curtain, etc.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • John says:

    We live in Boston USA and want to paint our front door with the bright shiny paint commonly used on town houses in London. What kind of paint is that? Is it a special brand. Thank you very much.

  • Susan says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Hi, we just moved in to a completely white house with a low (unrailed) reddish-brown stained back deck with built-in planters and benches. We built a fence around the house to contain our toddler, and would like to stain the deck and fence the same color (possibly a darkish brown or black semi-transparent). I was thinking of painting the front door black or a dark rich red (we have a gray roof), but not painting any trim or adding shutters as some of the windows on the front of the house are quite small and are also different sizes. I am not sure if I should paint the back door that leads onto the back deck (as of now, I was planning to leave it white). What colors would you choose for the deck, fence and doors? And when you paint a door a particular color do you paint all the sides/edges except the inside surface? Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

    Susan

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi John,

    I’m in Boston too so actually I have no idea what they’re using for paint in London. Maybe one of the other blog readers will know and respond so we’ll find out.

    All of the major paint manufacturers (Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and others) have exterior high gloss paint that is commonly used for doors. Your local paint store will be able to help you out.

    Good luck!

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Susan,

    With a white house and a gray roof, I would suggest a gray deck and fence (maybe that’s what you intended with the black semi-transparent). Then you’re free to paint both doors red if you wish. (You can leave the back door white but a little color back there wouldn’t hurt either). I generally paint the front and edges of the door the same color and then leave the inside surface for the inside trim color.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • JENNIFER says:

    hello love your suggetion on exterior painting.
    Wish to know what colour scheme would be approriate for the exterior of a house that has a swancream hue for a roof
    Thanks Jennifer

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for visiting my site. I’m not sure exactly what your roof looks like — if it’s anything like swans mill cream paint color, it’s very light. If you could send a photo, I would be happy to give you a suggestion for a color scheme. If it’s really a cream colored roof, just let me know.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Stacy says:

    We have a dark red New England Saltbox and currently all the trim and front door are the same red. There is a transom with antique glass above the front door and that is trimmed in white. We have a brick walk and front stoop and have just redone front gardens in a more formal design. We have to replace the front door which is a four panel wood door. Would you suggest we keep it the house color or change to another color. Also what about the trim around the door and windows. We have a white picket scalloped fence in the front of the house. On the inside of the house the door is stained wood. Please let me know what you think.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Stacy,

    Since you have the white picket fence, you could change your trim color to white around windows and the door. It might have a lot of contrast with the red, but you’ve already established the white trim in the front yard. Then get a solid wood door that will really stand out against both the white trim and the red siding. Right now everything is blending together a bit too much.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I am trying to figure out a color for a new roof for our home.
    Our home is a light blue cape cod with matching trim and white shutters built in 1986.
    We currently have a dual grey color but would love a change.
    We have been looking at dual black, harvard slate, or charcoal grey.
    Any suggestions?
    thanks,
    Stephanie

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Well you’re on the right track. Any of your choices will work. I like dark gray best for your roof color. Not too black and not too light. Whichever of those choices is the dark gray would be my vote.

    Hope that helps a little.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mary Courtney says:

    Love your website! I could sure use your help in choosing a trim color for brownish red brick church with classic red door. The trim is chalky white now. The roof is a dark grayish color. I tried a vanilla ice cream color – just didn’t work. Thanks, Mary

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Mary,

    If the cream color didn’t work (too much contrast?), then you might try the grout color. It may be kind of taupe or gray, but whatever it is, the trim will blend with the brick and make the front door stand out.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lauri says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m so excited to have found your website before I’ve done my project! Right now our house looks like a shack. It has gray cultured stone all over, with minimal color variance, only dark and light gray. We are doing a front facelift to improve the curb appeal and we need a small addition on both sides of the house. Most of the house will remain this stone, but the two sides will be finished in stucco (color?).

    I need color advice for everything. We are replacing the roof (color?). We need to paint the roofline wood trim (color?). We are replacing/ adding new bronze-colored windows all over. I need trim around the windows, either in stone (color?) or wood (color?). Some windows will get shutters (color?). We want the Old World dark wood color for the posts holding up our covered porch and new accent around the entry area. I need a color for a new wooden arched front door and trim around. Finally, I need advice on the color of concrete for the front porch and path leading to the front door entry.

    Now it is so graaaaaaaayyyyyy! I can’t get beyond the blah of this. This is my chance to make our house look like a French cottage instead of a shack. Please help me!!!!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Lauri,

    I would love to help you bring your shack to a beautiful French cottage, but I would love a photo if possible, of the house from the street. Then I can see the roof, the windows, the porch, and we can go from there. Look forward to hearing back from you.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lauri says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’ve been working on this all day. I hope you can view these pictures. When you see the remodel sketches, note that the only colors set in stone are the gray cultured stone siding that is existing (and being put where the sketches show) and the bronze windows. That architect was just experimenting with the dormers and shutters color, and he didn’t have the right color cultured stone we have to help us visualize. Anyway, thanks so much. http://lauriremodel.shutterfly.com/action/ should get you there.

    Lauri

  • Lauri says:

    Hi again,

    Another thing I wanted to add…. when I was looking for an inspiration for a remodel and trying to find a picture of any gray stone house online to see what colors go with it, I found a website for Jack Arnold designs. Here is a link to a home I think is beautiful, and we were trying to model with our own architect. http://www.jackarnold.com/pp_lp_cfc.html

    Our difference is that we are using bronze windows, so I can’t match it exactly. I hope this helps……

    Lauri

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Lauri,

    What a project you’ve undertaken! It’s going to look fabulous when it’s all done. In looking at Jack Arnold’s model and others in the French cottage look, I would suggest that you start with a medium brown roof. Not too much contrast. By blending the roof with the stone a bit more, you avoid the house-chopped-in-half look (that you kind of have now).

    For the rest of the palette, I would pull colors out of your stone. Taupes, grays, cream, browns, rust. The brown windows are really a wonderful accent so you could decide to use brown for a trim color or lighten it up to a taupe and reserve the brown for the windows and accents like the porch. How you distribute the colors is really up to you and your vision of the French cottage. But sticking to a natural palette is important. Using gray will bring out the brown in the stone (a gray cement porch floor would enhance the warm tones in the stone, for example).

    I know that sometimes French cottages have a burst of turquoise or some other funky color for the shutters. I’m not crazy about that look. Yours is really an upscale French cottage and should look more sophisticated than that. I would add your punches of color in the yard as accessories and you can go crazy with a nice bright color for a table umbrella, etc. But for the house, I would keep it natural.

    I hope that helps a little.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lauri says:

    Barbara,

    Thanks for your advice. Yes, we’ve undertaken a big project, and I know it can look fabulous in the end. However, I still can’t get to that point on my own. I am agonizing over this.

    Our gray cultured stone has no brown in it; it is only shades of gray. I wish there was brown in it. I want dark brown accents using old wood, but I don’t know if I can do that next to gray. And can I have a brown roof next to gray? What about the wood eves? The bronze windows almost look black, so would I do black shutters? Or dark brown stain? Do I do lighter gray keystones around the dark windows, or wood window surrounds? I want natural colors too, though I love red for a front door. What color do I paint the stucco areas which include the dormers? Covering everything with the gray stone to match might be too expensive. Should I use that old red brick like Jack Arnold did?

    I know this is so much to ask, but I need to have more of an end picture in sight, if you can help. I guess my husband is really messing me up by trying to keep the bronze windows. Or is he?

    Lauri

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Are you saying that your house is actually as gray as the Jack Arnold house but it’s just the photo and computer screen that makes your house look warmer than gray? When I look at the Jack Arnold house, which is definitely gray, next to your house (the side view), your house at least on my screen (which may be the problem) looks like sandstone and not limestone. I see gray/tan/light cocoa brown colors. And at least on my screen, it looks fabulous with the bronze windows. And that’s where I got the brown/tan/cream palette.

    Anyway, regardless, here’s what I would do. I would blend the roof with the house to maximize size and not chop the house in half. Take the darkest stone color and use that for your roof. If it turns out to be gray, go with gray. If it turns out to be a cocoa color (like I see on my screen), then go with cocoa brown for your roof. Either way, you’ve blended the roof with the house.

    I like the keystone look around your windows instead of wood trim. Again, pick a stone color. Go with the lightest stone and use that for the keystone color.

    As for the wood trim, I would choose a color from the medium colored stones. To me, it looks like a taupe. But again, it might actually be a medium gray. You could also go with the grout color for your trim. It will completely blend the wood.

    Then, you can accent your house with the dark wood posts. It’s okay. You have bronze windows. I think I would go with solid wood doors. Did I mention that in my previous post? Great for your style of home.

    As for the walkway, you could pick another natural stone but on the warm side. From my vantage point here, gray still looks good against the brown wood of the porch.

    I wouldn’t worry about so much gray. Embrace it (as they say). You’ve got lots of greenery so the house will have color around it.

    If you’re interested in a gray green, check out Carolina Gull (Ben Moore) and check out Northern Lights (also Ben Moore). If you go with a gray roof, etc, the gray green might be nice for your dormers and other siding. As for shutters, don’t make that decision yet. Settle everything else first.

    Hope that helps you now. If you’re still stuck, I would highly recommend enlisting the services of a local decorator who can actually come to your house and zero in on exact paint colors. If you’re in New England, I can do it, but I don’t think you are. Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lauri says:

    Hi Barbara-

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I love your recommendations, and yes, our house is totally gray. I looked at that side view again, and saw the brown palette you referred to. I wish I had that. Unfortunately I don’t.

    I am moving forward with the roof, and then I have more time to mull over the other ideas. I was thinking, too, a light keystone around the windows, but then I read I should match my windows to my trim to make them seem larger. So I’m glad you settled that for me.

    One question–and I’m sorry I am so needy. When you say medium gray trim and then wooden posts, does that mean I would have gray along all horizontals and roof lines and then wood on the verticals? I am matching that wood design above Jack Arnold’s entry onto my entry and then on the side of my house, so do I do all that in the dark wood to match my front door?

    Thank you sooooo much,
    Lauri

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Lauri,

    Ok, if the posts are wooden and not painted, then it’s okay to go with the medium gray for the horizontal trim right under the roof. I would blend the trim with whatever the roof color turns out to be. If the roof is dark gray, then the trim will be a medium to light gray, a color taken from the stone.

    Then, you can have your sculpted wooden entry way in brown stained wood. Since the brown is stain and not paint, there won’t be a problem with mixing the two colors. The brown wood will compliment the bronze windows and you’ve tied the house together. Gray stone, gray roof, gray trim (like the Arnold house), but since you have brown windows, you’ll now have brown wood accents in the door, the posts, and the entryway. I would go with gray for the siding on the addition. And again, I would wait on the shutters. You may or may not even want them, depending on the final house look.

    Does that cover it?? Send photos when you’re done!

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lauri says:

    Barbara-
    Thank you soooooo much! I always need a lot of clarification for my non-expertise, and now I’m ready to move forward!!!!!!!!
    Lauri

  • jami says:

    Hi, We have a brick cape cod, but the second story section (gables?) on the sides is siding as well as the gables on the garage which face front, right now, the door, all the trim on the windows,the front porch coloums, the garage doors and the sides and top of the garage are all white! My biggest problem is what to do with the garage, if I paint the house a different color should i paint all of the garage the same color or can i do the doors different? There is just so much white but i don’t know where to do the color changes, or what colors will keep true to the cape cod style

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jami,

    I would paint the front door something other than white, for sure. You could do black or another color that contrasts with your brick. Keep the white trim everywhere else except for the garage doors. They should really be the house color with white trim around them. White garage doors are okay, but they really stand out and as soon as you paint them the house color (something other than white, that is), the whole house looks bigger and more pulled together.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Megan H says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We recenelty purchased a 1967 pink prick colonial and are in the process of “cleaning” it up as far as curb appeal goes. We have had several trees taken down and many old, over grown shrubs removed as you had suggested in one of your postings. Now we are down to color choices and the first thing to be completed before winter is our front door. I really want a stained wood door but even the color of that is overwhleming to me. Currently the front door is stark white with white side lights, white trim around the windows, and very black shutters. It is very dated and unappealing. The brick morter is a very dark cream. Any ideas as to door color / stain, trim and shutters would be greatly appreciated.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Megan,

    If you’re not happy with black for shutters (traditional on a pink brick house), then how about a really rich dark chocolate brown. You could then use cream trim, which would blend with your grout, and a dark mahogany stained front door. (You didn’t mention your roof color but hopefully it’s not green or something like that…)

    I think the pink brick and dark brown combination would be different, a little unexpected perhaps, but quite stunning.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Megan H says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for your feedback. Now lets say I get my ideas completely out of the way and go with the traditional painted door and get over the black shutters, what would you suggest to give it a fresh look (by the way my roof color is black)? My eye is typically drawn to craftsman style homes so I tend to confuse the styles in my color ideas. So since I own a colonial and not a bungalow I need to focus on what would compliment this style home. I’ve also noticed that some brick homes use a very pleasant creamy white vs the stark white. Would you happen to know a particular brand and name that would represent this idea?

    Thank You,
    Megan

  • Megan H says:

    PS – One last question to go along the lines of the door. Currently we have a very old screen door covering our 6 paneled wood door. Initially I thought to replace it with a new, all glass storm door but now I am questioning whether to to put one up at all. I think that I get the functional purpose of a storm door but for asthetic (sp?) purposes do you recommend it? I should also point out that the door is deep set rather then at the front of the frame.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Megan,

    Well if it were up to me, I would go with the black shutters and the shiny black door with a brass kickplate, brass door handle, and brass accessories. Call me a traditionalist, I guess. I’m not sure exactly what creamy trim would look best with your grout, but I use cameo white (Ben Moore) quite a bit. You can check it out. It might be a little too yellow for your grout. There’s also Cloud white (also by Ben Moore). Anything that is on the creamy side of white and not bright white will work.

    As for the storm door, I don’t like them aesthetically, but if you need one (and that’s understandable), the full view door is the way to go. It’s either all glass or all screen so you can still see the front door. I recommend matching the front door color if possible or going with the trim color if the door color is not available in the screen door. (Many older homes have doors that are set back. Not to worry about that at all. If you want to get rid of the screen door, go ahead.)

    Hope that helps. I would go with the classic traditional brick look. It will give you great curb appeal.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Shivani says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I am in some kind of trouble. Actually i have just got the walls in my room painted green (the light tone) in combination with parrot green on one of the wall behind the bed. That was looking very good. further i went ahead and got the wooden furniture in my room (2 doors, 1 window and 2 cabinets) painted golden brown. Earlier this wooden furniture was in white color and that time the room was looking quite bright and big. Just to mention that i have a really small room.
    Now the colour on the wooden furniture seems to be too glossy, plain and has captured all the attention in the room. the room doesnt look as bright as it used to be and also looks smaller. Can u suggest how i can change the painted wooden furniture to some other colour which will complement well with the walls or by itself. Can i polish on the paint? I do not want to use white paint on the wood as i have become bored of this color. Plz do suggest..
    Shivani

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Shivani,

    Without repainting the wood trim and furniture white, you might just add more white/cream to the room. A bed cover, pillows, window treatments, rug, artwork all should either be white or have white in them. That will lighten up the room somewhat.

    You also might want to add some shiny metal to the room, either in the lamps (brushed nickel or brass) or picture frames or small tables. The metal will add to the reflected light in the room and make it seem brighter. And don’t forget to add good lighting. One window is not enough. You’ll need bright bulbs in your lamps.

    Good luck

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • virgene says:

    Lauri and Barbara: I am building a home and would like to know the name and color of the stone on your house. That is exactly what I am looking for. However, I have taupe windows to work around and I too would like the old world look with a wood stained door. Barbara: I will follow the advise you gave Lauri and will contact you, if I have more questions. Thanks Girls!! Virgene

  • Debra says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I communicated with you on August 17th regarding exterior colors for my house

    http://home.gwu.edu/~robinson/House.JPG

    I was originally going to paint the siding Bone White but think a sample looked too washed out against the house. The house faces south. I was also more recently toying with the color Millstone Gray (BM-1581) but think that color also washes out.

    What do you think of this (maybe final?) scheme using Benjamin Moore paints:

    Manchester Tan (BM-HC-81) for the siding
    Brilliant White for the trim
    Tudor Brown for the shutters
    Cottage Redwood for the door

    Thanks, once more, for your help.

    Best,
    Debra

  • Debra says:

    Oops,

    I meant to say Millstone gray for the shutters and door.

    Debra

  • patricia says:

    Hi..I live in a “garden home”…from the street all you see is the garage door which faces the front and a brick wall which is mostly covered in ivy. The front entrance is through a garden gate, obscured from view. I know that the rule says you paint garage door to match the house, but mine is a pinkish brick. Right now the door is painted to match and looks mauvey to me and I hate it…any suggestions for garage door and trim? My front door is dark wood and is not seen at the same time as the garage. Thanks in advance!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Debra,

    I like the Manchester Tan. It has a little more color than the other neutrals we were talking about. The Millstone Grey will be a sharp contrast to the brick — that’s okay. Right now the colors blend. But the grey will make the shutters and door really stand out against the house. If that’s the look you’re going for, and that’s fine, then I think the combination will work.

    What you can do is paint the body of the house first. And then make a decision about the shutters and door after the house and trim are all done. Much easier that way. Don’t let the painters push you too hard. It’s your house.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Well, you have three choices from my vantage point. For the garage doors, I would try either the grout color (probably a warm gray), white, or black. I would not pick another color out of the brick as you already have that. Black is the most formal. And it’s okay to paint garage doors another color when you have a brick house. But I would stay neutral.

    As for trim, depending on the brick, either white or grout color would be best.

    Hope that helps. Sounds like a lovely home.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Gina says:

    We are building a new home in West Virginia. Siding will be a “wood grain” moss green. For the windows, trim, and porch railings on the wrap aroiund porch, we are considering a medium tan. We are trying to decide on a front door color. Thinking about a deep plum color with purple and white plantings along the front porch versus a dark wood stain on a fiberglass door, like a walnut maybe. What do you think?

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Gina,

    I love the idea of purple accents for your moss green home. Either door color would work, but with a porch, the door area tends to be dark so I would opt for the deep plum color. That will add a little life to a dark door area.

    Sounds great. Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Ryan says:

    Barbara,

    My wife and I are building our first house. We are trying to choose between White doors and trim, or stained trim and doors for inside the house. We have cherry cabinets, and a pecan wood floors. We were leaning towards the stained, but the doors are the basic flat doors with no definition at all. What do you recomend? Would white trim and doors look bad with all the natural wood colors? Thank you so much!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I would go with white or slightly off white. You could look at Cloud White by Benjamin Moore. Going with paint for the trim and doors will help to pop the wall colors and also call attention to your wood tones. Adding a third wood tone by staining the trim and doors would just darken the rooms and add visual clutter. White with cherry is quite nice.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Ryan says:

    Thank you so much for your quick response! We decided on the white, and are now wondering what color we should paint our kitchen/dinette room? Like stated before, we have the cherry cabinets, with white doors and trim, with pecan color wood floors, and a sandstone color corian counter top with stainless steel appliances. We would like a neutral color, but are not sure. Thanks again for all your help!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Ryan,

    You might consider a rich caramel color (if that goes with your wood floors). It certainly would enhance your cabinets, countertop, and moldings and would be warm and slightly European. Like a wonderful Italian cafe.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Marla says:

    Hi, we have a 1-1/2 story home with a wrap-around porch and gables. We are going to replace the roof and paint. The house is currently painted a pale yellow with white trim and porch and black shutters. The roof color we are thinking of using is Owens-Corning “Teak” color which is a dark brown. I want to paint a different color than yellow and was thinking of Sherwin-Williams “Stucco” for the main color, “Roman Column” for the porch rails, and “outerbanks” for the floor and possibly shutters. I really want to keep the breezy country look since I live in the country. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Marla,

    I like your overall theme, but the Roman Column is too similar to the Stucco to provide enough contrast. I think it will be lost. I would suggest going with either white or cream for the porch rails and trim. The rest is fine.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Marla says:

    What color do you suggest we paint the front door?

  • bmeglis says:

    How about dark brown for the door? Or a darker version of the house color. For your breezy look, it’s all about blending colors and not having anything stand out too much. That can be reserved for your Adirondack chairs out front. A bright “country” color like grass green or sky blue.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Patty says:

    Hi Barbara,

    My colonial style house is stained with Cabot Driftwood Gray, which I think is like a light-medium gray. My roof is one of those architectural roofs with variegated colors – grays and like a touch of blue-green in it I think. I really wanted to paint my shutters some type of Colonial blue green. I have tried so many and nothing is looking good. I have tried BM Stratton Blue, Sea Star, Caribbean Teal, and lots of their greens like Dartsmouth Green, Jack Pine, can’t even think of the others right now. I don’t know what to do. Does teal even go with gray? And what about the door? I think I like BM Paper White for the trim. Help! The painter is coming soon.

    Thanks,
    Patty

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Patty,

    I don’t think you’re going dark enough with your shutter color. The colors you chose don’t have enough contrast with the Driftwood Gray so they’re just washing out.

    Try going to the bottom of the paint chip to the darkest color, like Mediterranean Teal (2123-10) or Hidden Falls (714). I think you’ll be happier with the dark shutters. The color will really show off the variegation in your roof.

    I like the trim color you chose. Nice!

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Patty says:

    Thank you so much Barbara for replying so quickly. I think you might be right. I’ll try the Mediterranean Teal. The others are washing out. What do you think about my door? Should I try some type of brick red, or is that just too many colors on the house? Should the door be teal also?

    Patty

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Patty,

    I think teal might look good on the door as well. I don’t think I’d introduce another color. But why don’t you have them paint the front door last. That way you can check out the shutter color and the rest of the house and trim before committing to the door color.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Patty says:

    Thank you Barbara! It’s so kind of you to share your expertise on this board.

    Patty

  • Ellen says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I almost have the colors pinned down for my Victorian farmhouse, with one exception. The property slopes down in the back of the house and the basement is a walkout in the back. The foundation is brick and is already painted, so we are going to repaint. The house body will be Benjamin Moore Tree Moss #508 and the trim and brick will be BM Springfield Sage #511. Shutters will be BM Essex Green and window sash and doors will be BM cottage red.

    What color should I paint the basement window trim and sash? My sister, who is a painter, says don’t highlight them. That sounds right, but would it look strange to just paint the surrounding brick, window trim, and sash all sage? The most prominent windows won’t show because they will be under the new porches. The rest will be framed by shrubbery.

    Here are pictures if the above link doesn’t work:
    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AZNWLVk4buGLjg

    Thank you!
    Ellen

  • Frank Evangelista says:

    I am in the process of painting my entire house. I have panel moulding throughout and I have decided not to paint the traditional wainscott of half and half (above and below). I want the panels to add texture to the walls. My dining room has a chair rail around it with upper and lower panels. Our hardwood floor is 3.5 inch Walnut stained maple.

    We have decided on Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81) for the walls. We love that paint. We are painting the panels right through becuase As I said, we wanted them for texture. Here’s my dilemma. I don’t like the look of the white baseboards (7″) and the white crown moulding. It takes away from the mood we wanted.

    I’ve experimented with a few trim colours and like the look of BM Niveous (OC-36), a nice creamy off white. I’ve also experimented just in the dining room, painting the inside panels of the panel treatments in the niveous.

    It looks good but I’m concerned about making the entire main floor trimwork look too creamy….is this a bad thing as opposed to the often used cloud white (BM CC-40)? I’ve decided too to paint my ceilings the same color as my trim (Niveous) but at only 10% tint. They do look like a nice soft white as a result.

    Anways, I want to paint my baseboards and crowns in full tint niveous. This though, will include my toor trims, frames, doors and casings.

    My family room is currently painted BM Wild Mushroom (CC-336)and the Kitchen is BM Putnam Ivory (HC-39).

    Question: Will all that creamy trimwork make the home look too yellow? I ask because the painter suggested Cloud White but it’s too contrasty for me with the look we’re trying to achieve.

    Thanks,
    Frank

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Frank,

    If you’re looking for a soft look without much contrast, you might consider white down (OC-131), which is not as yellow as niveous but not as white as cloud white.

    See what you think.

    Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Frank Evangelista says:

    Thank you bmeglis. I will pick up a quart or sample and paint it on a door trim next to the Manchester Tan wall. I’ll let you know how it looks.

  • Patty Rayner says:

    Hi,

    I am truly desperate!! I have painted my shutters 3 times and my front door 4 times. I need help. My roof is typical light – medium gray and the house color is called grey moire but is fading and looks light beige to me.

    Ant suggestions would be taken very seriously1
    I,m already gone to the paint stoer!
    Thanks
    Paty

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Patty,

    Have you tried black yet? Black works almost every time to dress up a house. You can do shutters and door the same, a nice shiny black. Then put a nice colorful wreath on the front door to add the much needed zest. Also you can get color from potted plants and other outdoor accessories.

    See what you think. If that doesn’t work, you can send me a photo.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Julie says:

    Hi Barbara,

    You seem to have a confidence in color that I lack, and I would appreciate your advice. I am building a new home and know exactly the look and feel I want, but am having trouble with all the small decisions that get me to the end result! I love Jack Arnold’s work and it was the inspiration for the house. French Country elegant. Timeless and classy.

    I have pasted a link to some pictures of my front elevation and the architect’s rendering of the house. Also some Jack Arnold extracts for reference.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/spankyhelper/NewHouse

    Here is my current color challenge and I would love your input:

    The exterior will be a yellow stucco.

    But I can’t afford the headache of REAL wood windows on the exterior so I am going with Eagle Aluminum clad. I have 50 color choices and can’t fine one to work! How can that be?
    The “inspiration photos” usually have wood windows, so I am considering a brown tone aluminum. Nothing looks like wood of course so it falls a bit flat. I want green shutters (sage, olive, slightly blue green?suggestions welcome) and was thinking the couple of window lintel beams would match the green shutter color. Almost every picture has a GRAY roof with the yellow stucco and green shutters. I never would have thought to do that, as a warmer brown was my first instinct, but now that I look at the architect’s rendering and think “San Diego Padres” I realize gray is the likely roof color, so I worry about brown windows?
    Also I should mention I am going to “splurge” and get a limestone surround in creamy white to trim the arched entry, a solid wood cottage door, natural stone in a cream/brown/grey/yellow color mix for the recessed entry walls and keystones at windows and 2 huge copper/bronze light fixtures as an old world detail.
    A friend suggested dark grey windows, but I thought it might look contemporary. Another friend suggested I take the leap and have olive green windows, but the olive Eagle offers is a yellowy-green and I worry that 10 years from now that is a permanent fixture that might get old? Also, I think my shutter color would then be dictated as a similar shade to the window color. I could do olive windows and real wood shutters and reverse the color scheme, but I really like my inspiration photos and that seems to be straying from the scheme.

    So, you see, I need help. Sorry to be long winded, but I have to order windows next week and all this is spinning in my mind.

    Anyway, I’ve enjoyed your postings and responses and look forward to your thoughts on my color scheme.

    Cheers!
    Julie

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Julie,

    Very pretty house. I love that style of architecture.

    My advice would be to stick with the gray/brown roof color that you see in the inspiration photo (not nearly as brown as your architect’s rendering but much more brown than traditional gray). Then I would coordinate the windows with the brown of the roof. Sierra bronze looks like it would go with that roof color.

    Then the shutters can be anything. Personally I like the rustic brown wood shutters better than the green because they just look a little more European to me. Then you allow your plantings to provide all the greenery. But if you go with green, make sure it’s a green that’s in your environment, nothing that stands out too much. The beauty of this style of house is its understated class. Nothing too opulent or showy. I love it.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jeanne Morales says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for the get website. I have a mid century home. The kitchen, dining and family room all open to each other. We are looking at paint colors for our house and are considering BM camouflage with BM carolina gull as the accent color. We have basically always used white in the past, but that is because we are afraid of color. My couch is dark gray, the dining room chairs are a tan/orange and my accessories are light green. The furniture is modern. What color do you think would work in the kitchen. The cabinets are maple, the countertop is dark green, almost black with tanish spots.

    I look forward to your reponse and thanks for your help.

    Jeanne

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    I’m looking at camouflage as I write this. I just painted our sunroom that color and I love it. I had tried inner balance, which is a greyer green, but it was just too grey. The camouflage is a very soft green that would be very nice with your maple cabinets and countertop.

    The carolina gull as an accent is an interesting idea. It’s another grey-green but bluer and the same value as camouflage. Sounds like it would be beautiful.

    Nice choices, especially for a modern decor.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jeanne Morales says:

    Hi barbara,

    Thanks for your reply. It was really sweet.

    As much as I liked the carolina gull, it was just too dark. We are thinking of going with BM edgewood rocks with BM camouflage in the kitchen. The dining/den, which the kitchens opens to BM olive branch. The hall which you can see a small portion of from the den, we are trying BM golden gate. Your thoughts?

    Thanks again, your the best.

    Jeanne

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    I love the camouflage with the olive branch and the golden gate. I’m not sure how you plan to use the edgewood rocks as an accent in the kitchen but it is a nice color for maple cabinets. It’s a little muddy looking with the greens but it might work as long as it’s in your countertop. Make sure the greens are in your countertop somewhere as well.

    You’ve gone from white to quite bold. Give yourselves a chance to get used to the colors –in other words, don’t panic and whitewash over everything. With your modern furnishings, everything will look terrific.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara.

  • Serena says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am really struggling with a storm door I recently purchased. Originally, I thought a storm door would be better security, protect my door and save on my energy bill. My home is a brown stucco territorial type home with white trim. My door is a beautiful wood door. I purchased a white glass storm door and now I’m not sure it goes with the home at all. It seems to stick out to me. Should I have purchased a brown storm door to somewhat match my wood door? Or is the white glass storm door ok and I just need to get used to it? Or do you suggest taking it down all together? Are storm doors even a good idea?

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Serena

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Serena,

    It’s always a struggle. Form or function.

    Yes, a storm door can cut down on some energy bills, but it does stand out. Usually I recommend going with a door color that is the same as the front door to minimize the storm door look. Or a storm door in the trim color usually works as well.

    I think in your case, your brown stucco house is making the metal storm door stand out too much. Even though you have white trim, there is a sharp contrast between the earthy stucco and the industrial-looking storm door. And the fact that your door is a beautiful wood now masked is just an assault to the eye.

    If it really bothers you now, you probably will not get used to it. If you really need the storm door, you might exchange it for a brown one. But if I had my choice, I would probably remove it altogether and restore your natural house facade.

    Wish I could give you better news. Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jeanne Morales says:

    Hi Barbara,

    You were right the edgewood rocks was too muddy. It sort of worked with the uba tuba counter tops and maple cabinets, but there was something off about it.

    Instead I chose BM Firenza from the aura paint line. It really adds warmth. The painters are here today, so I hope I like it in combination with everything else.

    My only concern is the golden gate (I’m painting it in the hall), I love the color. I’m just hoping it doesn’t look too close to the firenza.

    Thanks again for all your help. I really appreciate it.

    Jeanne

  • Monty Hudson says:

    Hello Barbara,

    My wife and I are looking to update our front door. Currently the house is full of white trim and there are no plans of changing it anytime soon. We are looking at getting a wood door with a light to medium stain. The door is currently white with white trim with floor trim at either side.

    We are debating on what we should do with the trim. Either leave it white with the stained wood door or have it trimmed in stained wood to match. The big problem is the white trim tying in with the stained trim at the bottom of the door.

    Which would you think would be better? Stained trim around the door or keep the white trim?

    Thanks,

    Monty

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Monty,

    I would stick with the white trim since you have it throughout your house. The stained door will look just like a painted wood door will look with white trim around it. Terrific. Less confusing than mixing the trim colors.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Erin says:

    Hi!

    I recently purchased a house that needs some help! The front is a red brick with white siding on the other three sides and above the garage. The trim, garage door, and shutters are a light blue YUCK! Any suggestions?

    Thanks Erin

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Erin,

    I think I’d stick with white trim, and black garage door and shutters. It’s a classic look.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • vanessa says:

    hi i have a question, well actually a couple. we are currently having the inside of our newly built house painted. i went pretty neutarl. the walls are monroe bisque bm hc26 in the halls and kitchen. dining room is quincy tan hc25. my provlem is this…i originally was going to use monterey white hc 27 for trim and ceiling and then at the alst minute thought it would be too beige and changed to cloud white. now that i see cloud white it looks pretty stark. i am considering having tehm change the trim and doors (which aren’t already painted) to monterey white but my ceilings will ahve to stay as cloud white. will it be noticeable that the 2 are different being so far apart and do you think cloud white is, in fact too stark?
    HELP! i hate choosing colors!!!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    I like your wall color choices. As for trim, it kind of depends on the overall look you’re going for. The cloud white gives a crisp, Cape Cod look to your rooms (although it’s still a softer white than “super white” or “white”). There’s nothing too stark about cloud white unless you really don’t want white trim.

    I generally use white dove or china white when I’m looking for an “aged ” white — nothing too stark. As for monterery white, it’s pretty yellow, but it would definitely give a softer, more blended, aged look to the room. Not nearly as much contrast as with the cloud white.

    Bottom line: If your furnishings are antiques/traditional, go with the monterey. If your furnishings are contemporary, go with the cloud white.

    And it’s fine to have a different color on the ceiling. No problem at all.

    Hope that helps a little.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Love the article. I put black vinyl shutters on my house to match the roof and they look great! Best suggestion I heard so far.

    I also found some good exterior house color tips here: http://www.exterior-window-shutters.com/articles/tips-for-exterior-house-painting.aspx

  • Ryan says:

    I am back! My wife and I are about to close on our first house here in a couple weeks! We also are expecting our first (a boy) in late June. We are going to have Cherry Wood furniture and different shades of blue for the bedding. What colors do you recomend for the walls? We don’t want to do all blue, and we are thinking of puting a chair rail around the room also to break up colors if we need to. We just want to find a couple choices for wall colors besides blue, that would go with the Cherry and Blue. Thanks for all your help!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Congratulations on all your new additions! You certainly have a lot going on!

    You might consider a medium to dark blue for above the chair rail and an off-white (or even a tone-on-tone white/beige stripe)for below. That way your cherry furniture will look really sharp as will the blues in the bedding. Dark red accents would give the room kind of a nautical feel. Nice for a little boy.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Monique Partridge says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I was delighted to find you web-site as we are planning to spruce up the curb
    appeal of our house.
    The bottom half has reddish/pinkish bricks. The roof and eavestrought are darker rusty brown. The windows are painted in dark chocolate brown. (Snowy photo included.)
    I am wondering about the color of the window frames. What color should they be?
    The shutters, front door, side door and garage door are mossy green.
    It was painted 2 years ago.
    Also the house looks better with the second storey painted a beige/creamy color. However it is facing north, gets no sun and mildew shows up as black streaks on it. We have tried pressure washing and hand scrubbing but it returns regularly. It makes the house look unkept, dirty and the work is dangerous. How can we fix this problem?
    Which colors do you suggest after we treat it once again. Is the house better in darker colors? (remembering that facing north makes it even darker.) What would you change? Which colors would you pick? Please include the exact paint # from Benjamin Moore paints, as I am confused…

    Also, the house has had a big addition built on top of the garage and that creates additional curb appeal challenges. Any architectural suggestions? or anything else?
    Thank you for your help.
    Monique Partridge
    ps.I like to include the photo but don’t know how.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi again Monique,

    Hope you get this. I suggest you paint the upper portion of the house a rusty brick red or a maroon red (whichever red coordinates with your brick). Then paint the trim an off-white (unless you fear mildew on the moulding in which case you could stick with a medium brown (kind of a golden oak color). Then do a natural golden oak front door. Beautiful!

    As for the garage doors, the same as the house color. And for shutters? Either dark brown to match the roof or black.

    I like the window boxes!

    Good luck with your painting.

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Karen says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Love your ideas. We are finishing up on our newly built cape-cod style lake house. We are in a wooded area on a large hill looking down on the lake. The siding is a creamy yellow, the roof is driftwood (medium grey), trim is white, composite wrap around deck is a reddish brown, red brick piers for support that will have white lattice in between the piers, white 8″ fluted columns on the front porch. I’m having a problem with the color for the shutters and front door. We have an oval beveled glass fiberglass front door with half sidelights. I had originally wanted to go with a golden brown stain. But I’m not sure. I’ve read about the black and it sounds good. What about a reddish dark brown front door and shutters? I’m open to any ideas?

    We are going with a tropical/nautical theme throughout the house. The great room is Benjamin Moore’s Windham cream. The two bisque cabinet walls in the kitchen are raspberry truffle, guest bedroom is blue haze, and the master bedroom is a soft fern. All of this is trimmed in white dove. Thanks!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Karen,

    Wow, you’re not afraid of color. Sounds wonderful, especially for a lake house!

    Because it’s not your formal home, the reddish dark brown front door and shutters sound terrific. I would not do the golden brown stain. Not enough contrast with the yellow. Black will always work, but it’s a bit formal (perhaps) for your lake home. I would stick with the nature colors and go with the reddish dark brown.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Diane Simal says:

    Hello. We are going to paint our home this summer. It is an old stone, colonial home in Chevy Chase, MD. Are you a color specialist that can help if we have pictures? We have some ideas but are stuck a bit. For example, if we use a cream for trim, do we need the picket fence to match or can we keep it white? Thanks, Diane

  • kevin says:

    Hi, I have a rancher type house with seinna blend color roof(brown) cedar shutters with a natural stain, faded grey/tan colored vinyl siding, chocolate brown gutters, fascia and soffits and the garage door has been painted the same color as the house with cedar trim.We have a black mailbox ,house numbers and porch light. My question is about the front door , I want to paint it black and should I paint the trim black as well or the same color as the house? also ,can I paint the INSIDE of the door black? Doors and trim inside the house is 1983 mahagony reddish brown. thanks for reading

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Diane,

    Generally, you can have a white picket fence with any color house and trim. It kind of stands alone. But sometimes if the fence is really close to the house, it looks better painted the house trim color.

    I would be happy to look at photos of your project.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Kevin,

    It’s okay to keep the trim around the door the same color as the house. That will make the door stand out without adding another trim color. And the inside of the door can be anything you want. It does not have to be black.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Betty says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am new to the site, so perhaps I am not in the right place. We have the opportunity to replace our garage doors with new ones. We have bone siding with white trim. We have a three car garage and plan to replace the current doors with garage doors with windows. They are currently a soft gray–and it looks OK-but certainly different than what most people have here (white) I am wondering about staying with the soft gray or going with a Sandtone–which looks several shades darker than the bone of the siding. The Sandtone is definitely a safer choice.

    Betty

  • Betty says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I forgot to add that we have grayish, brownish brick that coordinates with either a Sandtone or a gray garage door. Our front door is painted Benjamin Moore Classic Burgundy. Our shingles are a dark gray mix.

    Betty

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Betty,

    Sandstone should be perfect for the garage doors. Since you have the gray roof, you can go either way, but I suggest moving to the warmer sandstone which is terrific with bone.

    You’re all set.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • wahoowah says:

    Love the site already! I have a sanity question. Our little rancher has a very basic color scheme right now – deep, reddish brick, white siding and black shutters. My boyfriend loves orange (and related sports teams here in VA) and would like to use an orange & navy color scheme on the outside of the house. I don’t know if I am just tired of the fight, but I am considering letting him paint the shutters a very deep navy and using a very deep pumpkiny color on the door (nothing bright orange.) I am beginning to think along with polished updated house numbers, knocker, etc. it might not look to bad. Is that crazy? Any other recommendations?

  • wahoowah says:

    Forgot to add – the shingles are a medium gray mix. Thank you!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi wahoowah,

    Wow, what a sports fan! As long as the brick is orange-based and not too red, the color scheme (although a BIT unusual, perhaps) should work. Blue and orange are contrasting colors so the house will definitely make a bold statement. But using dark navy and more of a pumpkin hue will make it a little less collegiate and a little more like you planned it that way.

    If the neighbors revolt, give your boyfriend his own game room in the house and let him decorate it VA style.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Diana says:

    Barbara:

    I have a small traditional ranch that is red brick on bottom and red siding on top with a brown roof. I took the shutters off the bronze-colored windows. I painted the columns on the porch white and the front door is mahogany. The trim just below the roof and around the windows and door is a yellowish beige.

    What is the best color for the trim and the garage doors? Would the house look larger if I painted the window trim red or bronze? Also, what is a good color for the concrete front porch?

    Thank you. I really enjoy your suggestions to others.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Diana,

    Since your house is a ranch, we need to emphasize height and avoid chopping up the front with stark contrast. So using the bronze for trim around the already bronze windows and doing the same for the garage door and trim will maximize the size of your house by avoiding contrast. BUT it will be dark.

    Another option is to go with the grout color for trim — usually a sand color (less yellow than your current trim). The lighter trim will accent the windows and doors a bit more than the brown without a huge contrast. Either will work.

    As for the columns in the front, if you leave them white they will really stick out (that’s okay if they’re nice chunky columns) but if you want them to blend slightly more with the rest of the house (since you’re not using white trim), you can paint them a cream color, which will certainly accent the house but not stick out quite so much.

    As for the concrete porch, again, the grout color would be perfect against your brick.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Diane Simal says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We really need help picking out a color to paint our house. Where should I email you house pics to give you an idea of what we are working with. Also, could you recommend a good off white that is warm and looks well in a foyer, living room space. We were thinking Benjamin moore – Linen White?

    Thanks,
    Diane

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Diane,

    You can send a photo either embedded in a post here on this blog site or you can send one to my email at
    bmeglis@yourhomeandcolorcoach.com

    As for a good off-white, linen white is terrific as is bone white, both Ben Moore.

    Hope to see your photos soon.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kate says:

    I love your blog! We just had our windows and doors done (Windows were a sandstone, Front door is black) – our eaves are white and our roof is a spattering of black, dark gray and gray, and our garage door is currently white – the final step. Do you suggest we do the garage door sandstone as well or can we try a color? Many thanks!

  • Olga says:

    Hi Barbara,

    This is my 1st time posting a question on this site. I ordered white custom open back shelving (cabinetry) for my walk in closet to be installed in 2 weeks.

    Closet is 10′ x 7′ with 34″ diameter round window in the middle of front (10′) wall. I have Swiss coffee trim through all the house and walls are “acoustic white” (I think that ‘s the color, it’s kind of creamy white). I am OK with the whole house being generally white (I live in California), but cabinetry would be pure white color, with crown moldings and baseboards painted to match the color of cabinetry during installation. So, now I am facing a situation to have 3 different whites in my closet – creamy white on the walls and ceiling, Swiss coffee around the doors and clear white color for the cabinetry. I am worried that 3 shades of white in 1 small room so close together would not look good. I don’t want to change the color of the trim, since it goes through all the house and color of cabinetry not changeable at all. Question: Should I leave my walls and the ceiling creamy white, or paint it to some other, different from any shade of white color. You advise would be much appreciated.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Kate,

    I don’t think I picked up the color of your actual house, but I like to paint the garage the same color as the house to make it go away. Unless you have a fancy garage door to show off.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Olga,

    I don’t think the three whites will be any problem at all, especially after you put all your clothes and other items on the shelves and elsewhere in the closet. I think any other color would close in the closet. My advice is to stick with what you’ve already got. No problem at all.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Ryan says:

    Hi Barbara,
    This is my first time posting so thanks in advance for your help. I have a small two story rowhome which is all brick but the first story was finished to look like a baby brownstone. Before I purchased the home, all of the front windows were replaced with traditional six over six double hung cream windows. My front door is painted a gloss black and has nice brass accents. My dilemma is what color to paint the trim around the front door? Or should I do the trim around the door and the door itself? I was also thinking of shutters? As you can tell I need some guidance as I’d like the house to pop since its already unique with its brownstone look. Thanks!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I suggest cream around the front door, but keep your wonderful door glossy black. And if you do shutters, I would go black. Then you’ll have a very classic look.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tiffany says:

    I have just bought a 2 story (attic refinish) that is sort of a Folk, Victorian, Craftsman mix. Right now its the true Mut of houses. I am putting on a metal roof and plan to paint the house as well. The lower siding is 4″aluminum lap and the two extensions from the second story are 12″ hardy plank lap. One extension can be seen in the picture, the other is on the opposite side. I will also be replacing the windows, so that color option could be white or beige. I have so many options right now in setting the color scheme that I have “paralysis of analysis”. I feel like I need to make a roof color choice first as that will be the first thing. I love red roofs, but they have become so trendy. Someone suggested going with green, but I don’t know what to best match green with, other than boring beiges. For siding, some of the colors I have seen that I like are the Olive or Sage siding with the red roof, but they are becoming very popular. Today I did see a green metal roof with these deep spruce green, beige upper level, and black shutters. It looked great. The difference was the green siding never met the green roof and the tan upper was a lap cedar style. I worry that in my house the green connecting to close to the roof may clash. I have done the color visualizers and that works great for the siding selections in that I have found several I like but I can’t tell how they will be with a colored roof. I guess I d like some color suggestions that would go well with a green or red roof or suggest something totally different. The good news is right now its ucky mustard and anything has to look better.

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  • Tiffany says:

    Hi Barb,
    I forgot to also mention there is a 26 x 28 detached garage/pool house that will be painted to match the house and the roof will be metal as well.
    I am looking forward to hearing your creative suggestions.
    Tiffany

  • SUZ says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I just stumbled on this page and BOY DO I HAVE QUESTIONS! I will start with the outside first only though: We bought a Home with Vinyl Siding painted a soft BEIGE yellow-more beige than yellow really. It has a WRAPAROUND Porch with natural light wood planks and WHITE Railing/Thin pillars. The 3 car garage doors are painted White. The Shutters and the Front Door are also painted White. It has a Brown Roof. As you can tell it is mostly BEIGE and White. I would like it to look “Stately” or even Georgian Southern Style, but NOT Country. Would it be best to leave it alone and go on inside and work on the colors there, or PAINT the Shutters and Front Door a Black or DARK Blue or Red? I can’t post it here, but can send to you if that’s possible. Thank you!! Suz

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    I love your house!! And two of the best features are the sloping roof over the porch and the porch. Frankly, I suggest going with a little more traditional roof to capitalize on the Victorian aspects so if you want metal, I suggest a dark bronze color. Then you could have the olive or medium sage siding with no problem and white windows and white trim.

    I’m not a big fan of red and green metal roofs for your style of house, as they attract a little too much attention. I would hate to miss all of your detailwork because the roof was screaming, look at me!

    You’ve got a terrific house. I also love the light blue porch ceiling — to keep out the birds. Very classic!!

    Hope that helps a little.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tiffany says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks so much! I was trying to justify going with a more traditional color such as silver or bronze, but was so afraid I would end up regretting not going with punch. There is hardly any slope at all to the additions, so that is the primary reason for the metal. When I get to the inside, I’ll be writing again.

    Tiffany

  • Debra says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I wrote to you a couple of times last year regarding what colors to paint my siding and trim, but only now am having the painting work done. I wonder if you would be so kind as to give me a few shutter color suggestions.

    I’m going to have the siding painted with Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan and the trim with the BM Brilliant White. We discussed this previously. Also, I’m going to take your suggestion and ask the painters to give me some time to decide on the color I’ll paint the shutters, flower box, and front door.

    As I mentioned before, I’m considering BM Millstone Gray for the shutters, but this might be a bit high contrast with the washed bricks on the front of my house. (A photo of my house was attached to one of my previous messages.) Can you suggest other colors that go well with Manchester Tan? Especially in the brown family, though, I’m open to other possibilities. If you have any paint numbers or names that would be of further help.

    The front of our house has southern exposure and therefore, is seen in bright sunlight. Also, the roof has a shingle called Cinnamon Frost which combines cinnamon-brown colored flecks with bluish-gray flecks. The bricks on the house have a sandy/taupe wash. In places you can see their red-clay interior.

    Thank you very much for your previous suggestions and current help.

    Debra
    Maryland

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Debra,

    With your roof color, I do like the idea of a dark brown shutter. Have a look at davenport tan (HC-76) or even a darker charleston brown (ext. rm).

    For the door, you might want to get a warmer deep clay color that will compliment the brick and warm up that dark overhang entry. How about georgian brick (HC-50)?

    I think you’ll like these better than the gray. See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Suz,

    Sure, start with the outside. I think a dark shutter and front door color will add a stateliness to your house. With a brown roof, I suggest a really dark brown shutter and front door. It will almost look black but a little warmer and better coordinated with the roof color than black would. Although you cannot go wrong with black especially if you’re looking for a more grand curb appeal.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to paint those garage doors the house color (with white trim) or replace them with the new carriage style doors (white with black hardware would look great!). Changing out the doors will also add some grandeur to your home.

    Start with the outside first. That’s what people see. And then you can begin the inside projects.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Debra says:

    Hi,

    After picking up some more paint chips today, I have another questions. Is there any chance BM’s Cinnamon 2093-10 could be used on the shutters of my house?

    It’s the exact color of the bricks beneath the sandy wash in front of the house and fairly close in color to the warm flecks in the roof tile. It seems to me to go fairly well with the Manchester Tan I’ve been planning on using on the siding. And it blends well with the wood colors I have inside (golden oak floors and natural cherry wood) so it could work as an introduction to the interior.

    Thanks again for your opinion.

  • Debra says:

    Correction:

    Oops. The BM color mentioned in my message should have been Cimarron 2093-10 (not Cinnamon). Didn’t have my reading glasses on.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Debra,

    You’ve analyzed your color choices like a pro. I love the Cimarron! Go for it.

    -Barbara.
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Alicia says:

    Hi Barb –

    We are installing Alcoa Wicker Siding to our cape cod style house (no covered porch). The chimney is a brown/brick red. The window trim is an almond/tan color. We just installed a new front door with 2 side lights (3 windows on each side). It is white for now. The shutters are going to be a midnight blue…what color do you recommend painting the front door if the siding is a tan and the shutters are a very dark blue? What about a paint color for the side lights?
    Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!

    Alicia

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Alicia,

    I suggest painting the side lights in the trim color. Then you can go with either a midnight blue door (the classic, predictable approach kind of like the “black shutter/black door” look) or maybe the same brown/brick red from your chimney. Front doors are often a third color to really stand out as a focal point. But those are the two options I see from your color combination.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Amy says:

    Hi there:

    I have a small ranch home with a one-car garage set in a woodsy location in the valley of a small mountain. The home is currently red with black shutters and black trim (including the gutters!), but white window panes (way too much contrast).

    Red really seems to fit nicely with the environment, so I’d like to leave it that. But I want to get rid of the black and update/soften up the look a bit.

    I was thinking of painting the base BM cottage red and painting the front door and possibly garage door BM tudor brown. But I’m not sure what to do with:

    –the window trim, front door trim, and garage door trim
    –the shutters

    I’ve been looking at neutrals in the gray and beige family but am afraid of either picking something too light or too dark. Our roof is light gray, so that also throws in some complexity.

    Thanks for any advice you can offer!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Amy,

    Think about going without shutters altogether. With such a dark house, you really don’t need black (or really any other dark color) shutters and anything too light will just break up the small house with lots of contrast. Something to consider.

    As for trim you can certainly soften up the look with either sail cloth (Ben Moore ext) or richmond bisque or another taupey tan. I would replace all the black trim with one of those. Even though your roof is gray, I wouldn’t use a gray trim. Not with your color choices. Too blah. You need some separation between your house color and your door so the door will stand out. The colors you’ve chosen are both dark so the lighter warmer trim will help.

    Make sure your gutters along the roof are the trim color and running along the house are the house color. We don’t want to see gutters. They’re purely functional.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Amy says:

    Thanks Barbara:

    If you have a moment, would you mind looking at a picture of my home? This is from when we first purchased, so a few things have changed. The little white fence, the screen door, and the eagle are gone. Landscaping has changed.

    I still feel a bit confused as to what to do with the place. How do you think it would look without shutters and do you think cottage red, tudor brown, and another taupy color are decent choices? The only definite at the moment is keeping it some shade of red.

    This isn’t a home we’re going to be in too long. But we want it to look presentable and inviting.

    Thanks.
    Amy

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi again Amy,

    Thanks for sending the photo. You have a really white roof (at least it looks white in the photo — it’s probably light gray). But the black shutters are not enhancing the house. I would try just removing them and see if it brightens up the look. But if you really want shutters (and I don’t usually say this), I might try white. Since the roof is so light, they will actually work on your house. Also the porch light is right up against the shutter. Without the shutter there, the porch light will be in the right place.

    You might want to get a white full-view door for the front. That will give an updated look as well.

    It’s okay to have the black accents (although brass or chrome numbers might show up better). You’ll also want to lighten up the garage door. Black just doesn’t work with your roof color.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Dana says:

    We have a medium red brick colonial two-story with a faded blue/gray siding. Currently we have a dark gray/green front door and shutters. We have a new front door and are looking to brighten up the house with a new color.

    My initial thoughts would be navy blue – front door and sidelights with white trim (and storm door) and navy blue shutters.

    Looking for something with a little punch! The colors we have today are so drab.

    Also wondering – do we paint the front door AND sidelights navy with all white trim, or the front door navy ONLY and leave the sidelights white or paint the sidelights navy ONLY and leave the front door white?

    Thanks so much! I can send pictures if you give me an address. Really excited to get some great feedback, you have all been so helpful.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Dana,

    See Post on Coordinating Brick House, Siding, and Roof Colors for my thoughts on sidelights and how to handle your front door area. Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Debra says:

    Hi Barbara,

    The painters will be here as soon as the spring rains subside. As we discussed earlier, I’m having the siding of our sixties split-level painted Manchester Tan to match a washed brick face and the trim painted Brilliant White. I’ve decided (finally) on the Benjamin Moore color Seed Brown (a close relative to the previously discussed Cimarron) for the shutters. An earthy, reddish brown. Now, I’m trying to select door hardware and lighting colors and wonder if you have some advice.

    Many people in the neighborhood have polished brass hardware with brass or black outdoor lights. Up until now this is what I’ve had, and I’ve been fairly happy with it. It’s probably not as shiny as the new stuff because it’s so worn.

    Another possibility: I’ve seen some bronze or copper lamps I like, but I don’t know that I’d want matching hardware.

    I’m attracted to satin nickel because of its modern look as my furnishings are Danish modern, but think it might look cold against the warm exterior colors. I’d probably change the interior knobs if I go with this metal, certainly in the entryway.

    Any hardware and lighting combinations you can suggest for my color scheme and house/decorating style will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your help.

    Debra

  • Lori says:

    We have a native stone home (limestone) built in 1948. The grout is gray, and the light fixtures, step railings, etc., are a black wrought iron. We have had replacement windows installed that are trimmed in white. (I would have opted for black trimmed windows if I had to do it all over again.) The rest of the house trim is similar in color to the stone. What would you suggest for a door color?

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Debra,

    I suggest either the rubbed bronze or wrought iron. The dark colored metals tend to dress up the house — I like satin nickel for the inside. Great with Danish modern. It’s okay to mix.

    Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Lori,

    With such a wonderful mix of neutrals you can choose almost any color for your front door. You need some inspiration, either from your yard (flowering shrubs or treasured lawn furniture) or the inside of your house. Often with such a blank canvas, people use an inside color from their foyer or living room so that you open the door into the same color scheme.

    See if that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • catherine says:

    we have a white row house with columns/porch and a mostly glass front door– wanting to paint the trim/ front door- including window trim/porch, columns, etc. the trim is currently a horrid red that looks terrible— any ideas?

  • Lisa says:

    Hi,

    Love your advice! We have a 1960′s Ranch style home (almost contemporary) with blonde brick. Right now the soffit (which is very deep), fascia, garage door, and utility rooms are painted white. (boring!) The roof is dark grey to black, charcoal I guess. Our front door is a dark, olive-y green (but willing to change it).

    Any suggestions on colors?

    Thanks!
    Lisa

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi catherine,

    Since your house is white, you need to look at pastel trim colors and you can choose almost anything from tan to light sage green to peach. As long as there isn’t much contrast between your house color and the trim, you’ll have a very subtle sophisticated look. You might even choose two color values (one a little bit darker) to use as accent on columns or the porch. And of course there’s always white and a very light gray. But I would stay away from dark colors like red and green as they will call too much attention to the trim itself and the size of the house.

    Check out this link to a photo of a beautifully trimmed white house! Thanks to windmillchace.co.uk

    http://www.windmillchace.co.uk/projects/9/39/image.jpg

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I suggest a neutral trim color that is close to the grout color (probably a tannish grey) to blend in with the brick and minimize the outlining of your ranch style house. You can use that neutral for the utility door as well if you don’t want people to notice it.

    Then for the front door (and maybe even the garage door if your house has a contemporary feel and you don’t mind showing off the garage), I would go with either a dark rusty red (for the wow) or a dark rich chocolate (for the classic conservative elegant). Either way, you’ve really focused the color on the one or two areas that need the attention and minimized the other trim color to enlarge the house.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • andor says:

    Hello, I would like to hear your advice in choosing painting color.

    Actually I feel so lucky to find your website with lots of helpful information on color design as I and my wife are desperately looking for advice in choosing paint color for an old house we bought. The house is going to be thoroughly washed and re-painted soon. I have some pictures for the house at the link below: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellend). Around the house and in the backyard, we do have several green trees.

    Follow your suggestions in the post, I guess the garage door color is in contrast to the brick color and thus “outperform” the door color; also I might want to change the window trim color to white. However, I am not sure if this is the right choices and if there are still some exceptions for this kind of middle-century modern style home.

    I get two reasons in mind to chage the siding color,
    1) I do not feel right with the white door in the dark-red wood siding….
    2) the back yard gonna has a patio with cover, and dark-red is not an relaxing color for me.

    Could I get some suggestions from you on choosing the color?

    Thanks,

    Andor/Houston

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Andor,

    I would use the brick and your natural surroundings to choose a new palette for the siding and windows. Take a look at Behr paint’s Clay Pebble 770D-4, Sand Fossil 770C-3, and Belvedere Cream 770C-2. Or choose three related colors from another paint swatch. Then paint the darkest one on the siding, the lightest one around the windows, and the medium one for fascia and other trim. As long as the colors can be found either in your brick, walkway, or plantings by the door, you will have a very peaceful color scheme that should work better than the red.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • andor says:

    Thanks a lot , barbara,

    I will play with the color you suggested.
    As a person knowing few things about color, i will need some time to fully appreciate it :).

    As you might notice that the garage door is quite “obvious” there since it directly faces the street(South) with quite open drive way in front of it, ; yet the entry door facing west and is somehow “hided” by the green plants.

    For the curb appeal, could you please also suggest some choices for the garage door and entry door/trim color based on the scheme you mentioned above?

    Also do you think the window on the left side of the entry door would benefit from a matching shutter?

    best

    Andor

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Andor,

    After choosing a soothing three-colored palette in natural tones taken from your brick, I would put the most contrasting color by the front door for drama and put that color on the other siding as well. You can use the medium tone for the garage door so it’s different from the front door and doesn’t attract as much attention. No shutters needed for your house — it’s far too modern for them.

    Two big suggestions for your curb appeal: trim back the lovely bush right next to your garage. That will open up the walkway to the front door. Then focus (when budget allows) on redoing your driveway (repaving) and creating a flagstone walkway to the front door. That will create a very dramatic entryway.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • andor says:

    Many many thanks for these suggestions. Once we get these things finally done, we will bring back some updates.

    Have a good one!

    andor

  • Karla says:

    Hi Barbara!

    Thanks so much for all your wonderful advice on here. I have so much trouble visualizing these things on my own! So here’s my dilemma. We just bought a brick ranch style home recently and will need to replace the door, shutters, garage door and roof. Before we do, I was wondering if you like the color choice of the previous owners (burgundy and a brown roof), or if you think we can do better. The house has wood siding which we plan on painting a sandy color (unless, once again, you have a better idea), so we can use it elsewhere on the house also if you think it might look nice. I’ve uploaded a picture here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27221760@N07/2540458094/

    What is throwing me, is the brick color. It’s a combination of blonde, rust and black. Oh, and would you recommend painting the concrete porch and steps?

    Thanks a million!! :)

  • claudia says:

    Hi,
    I need advice in choosing a paint color for my open porch, I live in an arts and crafts style house that is painted pale yellow with black shutters and a black roof. The trim and the front door is painted white. I have no idea what color to paint the porch and the tops of the brick pillars that run along the side of the walkway. Please help.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Karla,

    Since your brick is so colorful, I would take the palette right from there. And you’ve already named it: blonde, rust, and black. It may seem a bit conventional, but I would go with a soft black shutters and garage door and a dark charcoal roof. I think you’ll be happier with a toned-down house. Since the front door area is recessed, you might paint the front door the dark brick color for some warmth. (not sure what color the storm door is but you can keep as is if you want — it should go fine with black).

    The front steps are okay as is. No need to paint the concrete– it’s a soft color that blends beautifully.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Claudia,

    Since you have an existing palette of soft yellow, white, black, and brick, I would stick to that. The porch can be yellow with white railings and accents and the tops of the brick columns can be white if they’re plain wood. You can certainly use black or brick as an accent color as well, but I wouldn’t introduce anything else.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • mary says:

    hi barbara,

    I love your site! It is just what I have been looking for. I have a rambler with vinyl siding in a light beige shade. The roof is light slate/gray with a 24″ overhang. The trim is white and currently shutters are dark pine green. The dining room was an addition, that now connects the garage to the house and now we have 2 front doors about 25 feet away from each other.

    We only use the door that is close to the garage. I am considering painting the door and storm in cranberry. And the door that we never use in biege – same as house and storm same as trim. i’m also am thinking of changing shutters to a light tan and re doing all trim to light tan.

    Also, after reading the above questions, i will now be painting our white aluminum garage doors. Thank you!!! I knew there was a reason I didn’t like them.

    Thanks again. Hope you enjoyed your family reunion at Lake Ontario.

  • mary says:

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    I’m attaching photos for my house that is desperately seeking curb appeal. I also plan on adding arborvitae, rosyglow bushes and polka weigela. Thanks again, Mary

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Mary (236),

    Sounds like you have your color scheme under control. I like the idea of painting the door you actually use the accent color and the other door a color that blends away with the house. Good way to get people to knock on the right door!

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Deena says:

    Hi :
    We have a house that we are ‘stumped’ on to paint. We just hate the color of the trim with the siding. The roof is black, with black shutters upstairs, a black door (these we added) Now the house is light brown/beige/tan with a little darker trim.
    The windows themselves are white, but the trim is brown. The neighbors on one side have almost white trim with a green house and the neighbors on the otherside have a white house with brown trim.
    We have native rock on the front of our house in columns. Native stone from Arizona. We live in front of ponderosa pine trees.
    What color would you suggest to paint the walls, and trim.
    PLUS if we painted just the trim, what would you advise.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Deena (#239),

    If the house color is in your stone columns, it may be just the trim that needs painting. It sounds like the trim color just does not add enough contrast with the siding color (and maybe adds too much contrast to the white windows).

    I suggest you try a cream color on the trim. It is closer to white without being white (also an option, of course), but it’s lighter and brighter than the current brown trim. The cream should bring out the different colors in the native rock columns and tie the look together.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Bev says:

    I live in a remodeled farmhouse that has redwood siding. I want to change the colors of the deck which is redwood also and the white trim everywhere. It’s very dated but I don’t know what colors will go with redwood. Any suggesions? Right now the columns are white and the shutters are white and the deck as I said before is redwood. I was thinking a soft brown or taupe but I hesitate because I’m sort of color challenged, lol. Please help!!!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Bev,

    You can certainly paint your trim a cream color which will blend better with the redwood and warm up the house a bit. Then you can lighten up the deck, but I would keep it on the warm side. A soft brown will work. Taupe is kind of gray and will really stand out against the redwood. That’s okay if you want to show off your deck. But if you want it to blend in with the house, I would stay with the yellow tones.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kristi says:

    Hi Bev,

    I have a split level with rough limestone on the main level and vertical wood siding on the upper. The stone has shades of gray and tan with yellowish to rust streaks throughout. The roof is mottled gray with tan (Weathered Wood) and we have silver aluminum windows on the upper story that we can’t afford to replace just yet. I really love modern homes and mid-century modern design. My house doesn’t exactly fit the bill but I would like to paint it SW Tony Taupe with a lighter trim and SW Spicy Hue (very dark terra cotta) as accent on large front bay window, double front doors and shutters on upper story only. The taupe test patch looks really good with the stone but I’m afraid it’s too light to hold it’s own against the orange. I’m also afraid any darker field color will make the house look top heavy over the lighter stone. I really like this orange a lot, do you think it will look OK? Should I just go for dark gray shutters and leave the orange for the doors and bay window? They’re near each other (but are surrounded by stone) so I’m worried it won’t look balance with the rest of the house.

    Thanks!!
    Kristi

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Kristi,

    I love your color choices, but I would start with your double front doors in the spicy hue since you like modern design. Modern homes, as you may well know, use color very deliberately to accent design features and not simply to add color. So using the spicy hue on the bay window and the shutters may only make the house look traditional, since most people will choose to use the color that way.

    I suggest you keep a monochromatic color scheme using the tony taupe for your field color and a trim color that’s either the same or a shade darker or lighter. I might even leave the shutters off altogether (modern style does not use them). Then use the spicy hue on the big focal point, the entryway.

    How does that sound?

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kristi says:

    Barbara,

    Sorry I called you Bev–I was tired and not paying attention as I typed! Thanks so much for your advice. I would like to leave the shutters off entirely but the upper story is so large and the windows so small that I think there needs to be more visual weight there. I think you’re right about keeping the shutters in the same family as the field color but darker and maybe going with a lighter shade on the trim. Ideally I would replace the windows altogether with bigger and more interesting modern choices. Until I’m able to do that, I think shutters are our best option for curb appeal. As for trim, just how light do I go? There are several nice options in the Tony Taupe family but I’m at a loss of what to do. Seems like going just slightly lighter might look more sophisticated than going almost white, but I’m afraid I won’t quite go light enough and it won’t look different. Also, would I paint the bay window in that lighter trim color or the darker shutter color? Thanks so much for your help and your site! I couldn’t even get the folks at Sherwin Williams to help me this much!

    -Kristi

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Kristi,

    That’s fine about the shutters. Staying in the same family (maybe two shades darker) would blend the shutters in somewhat but add weight to the second story. For trim, you could try two shades lighter. That should provide enough contrast for interest but not enough contrast to distract the eye from an overall monochromatic color scheme. I would stick with the window trim color around the bay window to avoid creating two focal points.

    Have a look at Accessible beige (SW7036) for trim and either Smokehouse (SW7040) or Virtual taupe (SW7039) for shutters. Just make sure they all go with your roof (the weathered wood looks a little green on my screen but that might be my computer).

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jill says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I stumbled upon your site and I’m so excited about it! I’ve gleamed so much from reading so many of the blog entries.

    I have been wanting to get a new front door or maybe I should say paint our front door and glass storm door since we moved in here 4 years ago. We had a little accident with the glass on the storm door getting broken so now is the perfect time for this. Our siding is a tan with darker brown garage door and trim. Here is a link to pics of our house:

    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AZNWLFk4csWLro&emid=sharshar&linkid=link4

    What would you suggest for a color for the front storm door as well as wood door. Is it a big “no-no” to paint our existing wooden door?

    I so appreciate your input. Thanks, Jill in St. Cloud, MN

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jill (#247),

    First of all, that’s a really nice front door. The problem is, I’m not sure it’s the right style for your contemporary house. Although the “boxes” repeat the garage door “motif,” the front door is more reminiscent of a Spanish mission style. Of course, having said that, if you paint it, the door will no longer look like Spanish mission. So the question is: would you rather replace the door with something more contemporary or keep the door and paint it?

    As for the storm door, I would rather see either the trim color or black so that it doesn’t stand out against the house quite so much.

    In terms of front door color, you might want to pick up on some of your plantings and use a rich dark rose which would go nicely with the taupe siding color. If you’re really daring and want to make a statement, you can use your front fence color for the front door. That would certainly have the neighbors talking.

    But first decide on whether to keep the wood door or sell it on Craig’s list. Like I said, it’s a NICE wooden door.

    Hope that helps a little.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • marisa says:

    I was wondering what paint colors with go with the color of my roof?

    Here is a picture link

    http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g113/marisabowes/083.jpg

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Marisa (#249),

    Almost anything except gray. The most conventional colors with the brown roof are: cream, tan, taupe, yellow. But you could certainly go with reds or greens. The big thing is to tie the roof into the scheme by using antique bronze fixtures instead of black/wrought iron. And use brown accessories around the yard. Once you do that, almost any house color will work.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Melissa says:

    HI!

    We are brewing for some ideas to paint our basement… It is usually used as a family room and I have a home office area, the carpet is a blue-green… Right now the walls are just a basic flat white (yuck) and in desperate need of a change… When I’m not working the kids spend a lot of time down here with the 150 gallon fishtank we have and the big screen television… (not to mention all the toys) so we want to make a change and keep it “fun” Any ideas?

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Melissa (#251),

    I suggest a lighter version of your blue-green carpeting since you have the large fishtank in the room anyway — what an inspiration! Make the walls a light blue-green and then use an accent color (or colors) like orange, lime, lemon, and raspberry for your accessories (pillows on the chairs/sofa, artwork). The walls will make the room feel serene — like a dip in the ocean — but the toy colors and vibrant accent colors will give the room some fun energy.

    Hope that works for you!

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Sally says:

    Hi,

    I just stumbled across your website and would love to have your advice… My husband and I have a single wide mobile home that we rent out… There is currently someone living in the home but getting ready to move. Once these folks leave I want to repaint the whole home, but I am having trouble with paint schemes. One because as known in mobile homes every room kinda runs together so I don’t know first off what colors to start with, and where exactly I should start and stop different colors. There are 2 full baths I would like to do a green in one and blue in the other and for the kitchen/living room/hallway some what of a neutral color… or maybe not… I am definately up for any suggestions. The home has drywall walls but have a kind of texture/grooved design in them??? Please help!… Thanks so much

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Sally #253),

    I love your idea for the two bathrooms. Green and blue are both soothing colors and they both recede, which makes the rooms look bigger. I would stick with pastel shades on the color wheel. As for the main public area of the home, I would stick with a neutral that will make the space look bigger and not chopped up. But you can do an accent wall or something along the backsplash in the kitchen if it’s drywall.

    As for choosing colors, select the neutral/blue/green from the same row on the paint chip. That way they will all blend together beautifully. For the backsplash/accent wall, you might bring in the same green you choose for the bathroom. That will tie the whole color scheme together.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Betsy says:

    Dear Barbara,

    I have already learned a lot from reading all of your other responses–thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

    My husband and I have been stumped for a while on what colors to paint our house. We live in Tennessee and our house is a pinky-orange brick with a red rust roof. (Orange and rust are NOT colors I particularly like.) We want to paint the trim, shutters and front door and I dislike the pinky rust color of the door now, but I understand that it goes with the roof. The windows are new and are “French vanilla” and we don’t want to repaint those. The shutters are currently a yellowish cream color. There’s also a French vanilla garage door.

    One color a design/interior decorator recommended for the front door is Benjamin Moore Cottage Red (22 in its exterior color line). It’s a dark, brownish red. (There are actually two front doors.) Another color that was recommended–for the shutters, I think; I can’t remember because it was 5 years ago when we bought the house, but I circled this color!–was Benjamin Moore “Canyon’s Floor” 2164-50. It’s kind of a pinky taupe. I have no loyalty to these colors; they’re just mentioned here because I have no idea what to do.

    The colors I like personally are blues and greens, but I know that I’m stuck with a pinky orangey rusty house and I just want to make it look handsome. Any suggestions will be so gratefully received.

    Thank you!

    Here are some pictures which I hope are helpful:

    http://s382.photobucket.com/albums/oo263/RockytheScout/?action=view&current=IMG_1167.jpg

    http://s382.photobucket.com/albums/oo263/RockytheScout/?action=view&current=IMG_1169.jpg

    http://s382.photobucket.com/albums/oo263/RockytheScout/?action=view&current=IMG_1166.jpg

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Betsy (#255),

    Since you’re not partial to the pinks and rusts, I suggest a dark shiny rich chocolate for the front door. You already have a lot of colors going on between the brick and roof, and the dark brown will calm everything down to a neutral. Then you can use your accent colors, whatever you like, in your landscape, pots, and garden benches.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • mira epstein says:

    hi barbara,
    awhile back you helped me with choosing the right color for the roof.
    roof is driftwood ,brick is stratford rose by pine hall . bricks will be covering the front of the house.it is a corner lot home. on the side we are having the second floor cement stucco. windows are Pella true divided lites in poplar white (sort of very pale ivory)the other side of the home is not visible from the street and is going to be covered with hardi plank color-sandstone.
    now we have to make a desicion on the window surrounds should they match the window color (parex-ivory)and have the second floor facade a darker shade of stucco .I was thinking possibly parex- limestone or warm sand.
    also what kind of finish should the stucco be?
    thanks ,mira

  • Betsy says:

    Barbara,
    Thank you so much for your help!

    I love the idea of a dark brown “calming down” everything else. Would I use the same color on the shutters? Or would I use a lighter, more neutral color?

    Thanks again,
    Betsy

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi again Betsy (#257),

    You can go lighter on the shutters if you don’t want the windows to be a real feature. That way the door will stand out more. As long as the shutter color is in the brick somewhere, it will coordinate beautifully.

    Good luck.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Mira (#257),

    I like your idea of matching trim to windows since you already have several colors on your house already. Going with the darker stucco (warm sand) sounds perfect as well, as long as it goes with the hardiplank color on the other side.

    As for stucco finish, it depends on how busy you want the stucco to look in relation to the brick, and that’s a personal decision. Also there are care issues. My big thing is to make sure you get a flat, nonglossy surface on the stucco. Then it will look like it’s been there awhile and that’s the idea.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tiffany says:

    I would love your help. I am leaving a link to a photo of my house. We would like to change the front door color to a deep red, and I’d like your suggestion on what to do with the shutters? Take them off, leave them so the kind of blend with the house and roof, paint them the same color as the front door? Also what do you think about the white mail box? Leave it white? I’d also like to change the house numbers, light fixture and railings. Any help would be wonderful! Thank you.

    http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q79/tlily_99/2007-06-12/6027re2.jpg

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Tiffany (#261),

    Make sure your red is not too pink/purple so it goes with your roof color. It’s okay to be red, just with brown/rust undertones, kind of what you already have actually. But it’s okay to punch it up a notch or two. I would also go ahead and remove the shutters. With your type of windows, you really don’t need them and there’s plenty of color with the roof and the front door.

    You might also consider adding some taller shrubs on the right side of the front step to fill that blank space between current shrubs and high windows. Since the windows are not symmetrical, the landscaping doesn’t have to be either.

    As for the mailbox, numbers, light and railing, you might go with either wrought iron or bronze and keep the same metal color for all four of those items. That will really dress up the house.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beth says:

    I would love some help! I have a cedar sided house with a brick veneer on the front and white windows. The cedar siding is stained not painted and it’s what I would call a “typical” cedar color – reddish-orangish but not too “bright”.
    The garage and doors are a blue-grey and I really don’t like them. I decided to paint them a spicy red (a little lighter than a red-red) but now I’m second guessing myself. Do you think it will look okay?

    Also I’ll be replacing my wood fence next year with a vinyl shadowbox probably in a tan. Do think that’s too many different colors (the siding, the fence, the doors, & the windows)?

    Any sugguestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

  • Trang says:

    Hi Barbara.
    I just wanted to say how great your site is, its been extremely helpful! I’ve been serching for a site like this for a long time.

    My problem is I have sooo much to choose from. Im rebuilding my home. I have windows with white trim and I know Im going with stucco. I want a grey with blue undertones but dont want it to turn out a plastel colour that looks cheap. Im also going to get large 6inch moulding around the windows, the porch will have pilasters and a large band of crown moulding on the top and across the middle of the home. What colour combinations would you suggest for the window trim, the porch area (pilaster and moulding) and the crown across the middle of the home. Also a door colour would be great help (I was thinking cobalt blue?)

    Thank You,
    Trang

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Beth (#263),

    As long as you stay within the brick/cedar (red/orange/tan) family, you can have as many shades as you like. It’s when you start adding other colors in, like the blue-grey and other unrelated colors, that you get a patch-work quilt. I think your color choices sound fine. (Make sure your spicy red has some brown in it so that it goes with the brick and doesn’t stick out TOO much).

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Gale says:

    Hi Barb

    The exterior of my house is what’s called clay vinyl siding – presenty the doors and shutters are Williamsburg Blue – however I lost several of the shutters in a wind storm and need to replace them so thought I might try a dffernt color – do you have any suggestions – I should mention that the house is a one level ranch style with a large front porch with picket rails painted in white – leaning toward navy blues or bright burgundy for shutter and doors – let me have your suggestion

    Also, on the interior – I have beautiful charcoal gray leather sofa and navy blue side chairs in the room – the wall is yuky (cream color, left over from previous sofa) I want to paint (not too bright but a color that would coordinate well with both sofa and chairs – also the kitchen and family room join but I would want to put a darker color in the family room than in the kitchen – thanks for your advice

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Trang (#264),

    With a medium blue-grey, I suggest white trim — all of it, including pilasters and moulding. The medium grey will really set off the white architectural features and make the house stand out. As for the door, I haven’t seen the house, but you might consider a shiny black or navy blue. With all that white around the door, the contrast will be very dramatic!

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Gale (#266),

    Since you have the porch, I suggest you go with burgundy shutters and door. The warmer color (instead of navy) will look really good against the clay and will not go to black in the shadow of the porch.

    As for the inside room with the gray and navy, have a look at Ben Moore’s Gentle gray. It’s a wonderfully soft gray-blue that will look spectacular behind your furniture.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jack says:

    Barbara,

    Thank you in advance for any advice!

    I recently bought my house (www.writerartist.com/house.htm), and the previous owners had spray painted the exterior trim in a pure flat white before putting it on the market. I’m trying to decide what to do with it, and will be grateful for any suggestions.

    I’ve read through some of the other posts, and it seems like your suggestion of a black door (and minor trim?) would help tie together the light-gray roof and the darker tones in the brick (while certainly drawing attention to the doorway). If I take this route, should I stick with pure white for major trim or would you suggest something else? Do you have any other color ideas that I may wish to consider?

    Thanks again!

    Jack

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jack (#269),

    I suggest leaving the door, fascia, and window trim white — it provides a nice clean contrast between the brick and the roof. But have a look at Georgian brick (Ben Moore HC-50) for the front door. That would warm up the area and be less harsh than black. With such a gray roof, the black door is going to be too stark.

    If you get an opportunity to paint the siding under the gable, you might pick a warm neutral tone out of the brick to blend that area a bit more. Right now it’s competing with your front door for all the attention. The brick red door will help though.

    Hope that helps. Don’t forget a big pot on the front step or some annuals in front of the shrubs. A little color there will help as well.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jennie says:

    Please reasure me the colors I picked are going to work.?
    woodland green-hardy plank
    beige grey-shake gables
    trim is dessert tan
    solid wood door
    what color for the decorative garage doors?
    and columns in the front?
    House style is a exposed ranch~leaning towards the craftsman style. House is located in the country.
    please help! Thanks!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Jennie (#271),

    If the budget allows, I would go with natural wood carriage garage doors that will really compliment your front door/house. As for the columns, they should be trim color, dessert tan.

    Hope that helps. Sounds like a nice palette.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Laurie says:

    HI Barbara.

    You have great ideas and thought I would run this color combo by you. We have a stucco front house, with siding, garage doors face the street. Here is are the colors I am considering. BM Buckhorn for the house, BM Smoky ash for the trim and BR Rural Earth for door and shutters. It seems that most people are going to the darker shades and I would love your opinion on this choice and any suggestions to change it up would be create!

    Thanks for your help!

    Laurie

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Laurie (#273),

    You didn’t mention your window color (white?). The combination of colors is pleasing, but there’s not much contrast between them. You could use some white to offset the overall dark scheme. You might consider moving up a notch or two on the color chart for the siding and trim so there is contrast between door/trim/siding colors. Something like smoky ash for siding with indian river or stone hearth trim. Then you can use the rural earth for shutters and doors.

    Although the house color scheme is earthy, you might like to add a punch of color in pots/flowers/garden bench, etc. Orange, light blue, OR hot pink would be sharp. Or just stick with white, again for that nice contrast.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rob says:

    Here is my story, sad but true.

    We had replacement windows installed today. We have a two story home that has a blue/light blue vinyl siding.

    The new replacement windows are white vinyl. Previously, the windows where a brownish color and we had black shutters.

    I do not think the black shutters with the new white windows is the way to go.

    Can you offer any suggestions?

  • Rob says:

    Oh yes – by the way. There is some red in the roofing shingles.

    Thanks.

    Rob

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Rob (#275),

    You may be experiencing “replacement shock,” at the sight of your new windows. But honestly, they sound absolutely perfect to me. White windows with blue siding, black shutters, and a roof that has some red in it is a terrific combination. Your other windows sounded a bit blah in comparison.

    I suggest you give it a few days and see how the windows begin to fit in. It could be that the replacement windows are giving you a lot more “white” than a traditional window because of the nature of replacement windows. But I don’t see any red flags in your scheme.

    Send a photo to bmeglis@yahoo.com if you’re not convinced and I’ll have a look.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rob says:

    Barbara:

    Uh oh! I did not see your response until this morning. We bought Maroon shutters. They have not been installed yet so I can take them back. What do you think about Maroon? The window people made the suggestion. I thought that they have seen hundreds so I went with their opinion.

    I e-mailed you photos of the house.

    Let me know what you think – if you can, can you e-mail me?

    Thanks.

    Rob

  • Nina says:

    Hi Barbara, I was wondering if you could help me. I have a cream colored stucco bungalow with very pale reddish roof tiles and white window trim, white shutters, and a white front door. I want to make the house pop a bit more (it looks washed out to me), and I was thinking of painting the shutters and front door (and maybe the window trim?) and I wonder if you have any thoughts about what would look nice with a cream colored stucco. I was thinking an earthy tone, but I don’t know if that would pop enough.

    Thanks so much – this site is awesome!

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Nina,

    How about rust for your shutters to go with your pale red roof tiles and maybe a contrasting color for your front door? A dark olive green would look great. You could also reverse those colors and put the rust on the front door.

    See what you think.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • L says:

    What is the particular red color on 10 Downing Street? Is there a pantone or other similar swatch that I can copy from. Love the color. Thanks.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi L,

    I am sad to report that the door color at 10 Downing Street is now black. Exactly what color red Tony Blair chose during his administration remains a mystery.

    If you like red, have a look at moroccan red (Ben Moore 1309) for a rich dark version of this wonderful color.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Julie says:

    Hi, I have a white house with a red roof (we’re talking barn red). We are going to replace the windows this spring and I’m not sure what color to trim them out with. Right now some of the windows match the roof color and some are white. What do you think? I am not opposed to a new color and the only thing that has to stay is the red roof, we could paint the house.

    Thanks

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Julie,

      If you have an old white farmhouse style of home, I might recommend what’s very fashionable now, black, for your window trim. I would definitely not use red. Keep that for your roof. You can pull red in with accessories or plantings/flowers, but keep the rest of the house neutral.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Joe and Barb says:

    Dear Barbara,

    Not sure if you’re still responding to this post or not. Found it on Google. We have a problem that we’re stumped on, and trying to decide so we can buy our windows.

    We’re taking a 1940s neo-colonial and changing it to more of a rustic feel. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we like natural wood. We’re going with either Certainteed fiberboard with a redwood stain for the house and cedar stain for the gables, or the other way around.

    But we’re stumped on the trim and window color. We’re buying windows now, so we need to decide quickly and we just can’t decide. White windows, while common in this area, won’t work with a natural wood exterior finish. The question is, what will?

    Any thoughts you have would be very much appreciated. You can check out photos of the house at http://www.greenrenovation.us/ . Our blog follows our sordid renovation tale.

    Thanks,
    Barb and Joe

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Joe and Barb,

      What about dark bronze windows? I definitely would not use white with your new rustic style — dark brown will provide contrast with the house color but will de-emphasize the windows, blending them into the overall look. Very rustic. And old world. A really nice look seen a lot in European country homes. As for trim you could stick with natural wood color.

      Good luck with the renovation.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Fran says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I have found your blog very helpful. In the attached web address you will see photos of our home. We moved in just under a year ago and have been hard at work updating the interior of this 20 year old home which appeared to be very much un-loved by the previous owners. This year we need to paint the exterior. The roof is a dark gray and is new. The trim is currently cream, the window frames are cream also and the clapboard is I think Benjamin Moore’s Salmon Stream, which looks fine at the back but on the shutters and door at the front looks really insipid and strange. Our brick is a sand color with an off-white mortar. We live in CT the other homes on our street are mainly classical colonial with a few other brick homes. Inside ours is a mix of contemporary and traditional, the middle picture is our family room to give you an idea of our tastes and the style of the house. I think the back of the house (Mr. Hyde) would look good whatever color it was painted. But I would really like to make the front (Dr. Jekyll) look as handsome as the back. What should we do? We were leaning towards painting the clapboard a strong color & as we like red perhaps BM’s Cottage Red, but is it the right thing to do? Would it look better if we paint the clapboard a color closer to the brick (e.g Hampshire Taupe) and then what to do with the insipid looking shutters and door? Should the trim remain cream would white look odd? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

    Fran

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Fran,

      For some reason, I could not log into your photo album. If it’s not too late, you could send photos to my email address: bmeglis@yourhomeandcolorcoach.com and I can look at them there. But from your description, here are a few ideas:

      I suggest painting the back a color from the brick, a rich taupe would be very nice with the sand brick and the gray roof.
      Keep the cream trim. And paint your shutters and front door black. Now you have a classic, elegant, Connecticut house.

      You can use the cottage red color as an accent in your yard with flowers, planters, and other accessories. But I would stick with a neutral palette for the house.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Fran says:

    Hi Barbara, Hopefully you will be able to see the photos I emailed to you now. I thought you might suggest we paint the shutters and front door black. As the front is so “flat” looking could we get away with a very deep red? ( We both like red a lot).

    Thanks

    Fran

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Fran,

      Sorry for the long delay. Busy weekend! I LOVE the color of your house, at least on my computer. But I don’t love the matching shutters. I still would go with neutral charcoal black to go with the roof and add wrought iron lighting by the front door (larger lights). The front door can be red. That’s fine. I just think the red shutters are a bit too matchy-matchy (overused phrase, sorry) for your elegant house. I know the front is kind of flat, but you can add fancier window molding and higher shrubs to beef up that area a bit.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Fran says:

    Barbara,

    Thank you! I’m sorry but do you love the red and sand combo or should we paint the clapboard a color to match the brick?

    Thanks again

    Fran

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Fran,

      I do like the red and sand combo because your brick is very monochromatic and the red really brings the house to life. And it’s a large house and can support a strong color. Besides, you like red and that’s important too. (I just didn’t like the red shutters.)

      Hope that clears it up.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Fran says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Many thanks for your advice, I’ll let you know how it goes (if the summer ever arrives!).

    Fran

  • Teege says:

    I live in a mobile home park. Several people have decided to paint their driveways. The problem is that some people have chosen outrageous colors which don’t blend well in the park. What colors would you think appropriate for driveways? All houses are white and we want to select three to five colors that would look good in the park. People can then choose the color they want

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Teege,

      I’ve enclosed here a link to a conversation about painting driveways. I thought you should read what others have to say about the process and how long the results last. Staining may be more successful, but I would definitely talk with somebody who installs driveways to get their expert opinion before painting or staining.

      In terms of color, I can certainly help you there if you decide to proceed. I would offer a range of colors that are natural to your environment, everything from clay red to sandy tan. I agree that getting too creative with the driveway color may affect the overall look of your park and affect the home values as well. Personally, I would skip the driveway painting and look into painting the homes a variety of colors in a palette of say 5 shades. That would make finding a particular home a lot easier for visitors and add pizzazz to the park. If painting the homes is not an option, you could look into offering optional flower pot colors or lamppost colors. Someway to distinguish the homes. I get the sense that people in your park are craving color.

      Good luck, Teege.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080208143708AAuNSbM

  • Amy says:

    Hi,

    I have just bought a small multi-level house with my husband. It is mostly tan aluminum siding, with a small strip of purplish brick accross the bottom. The previous owners painted the shutters and front door dark red. It just doesn’t seem to match to me. But, I can’t think what colors would be better. Most of our neighbors with our same model of home have charcoal shtuters, and white doors, which looks nice, but we don’t want to match everyone else exactly. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Amy,

      How about a really dark eggplant color for your shutters and door. Not too purple but something that goes well with your brick. I think that would look great and it would certainly stand out from everybody else’s house in the neighborhood.

      Good luck. Send a photo if you need help picking a color.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • tina saville says:

    Hi Fran,
    I have a European style home in ATlanta, Ga. It is currently white stucco with black roof and shutters. I am interested in chaging the color of the exterior and can not find the color that works. I love the colors of the european Jack Arnold style homes. Do you have any suggestions on exterior stucco colors that reseamble the Jack Arnold style homes?
    Thank you, Tina

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Tina,

      Any of the medium taupes and rich caramels would look great with your black roof. Generally the Jack Arnold homes have a soft, earthy look with natural materials (stained shutters, for example) and roof colors that blend instead of contrast. But you have a black roof to work with. No big deal. Just pick a combination of earth tones for stucco, trim, and shutters and capitalize on the architecture of your home and the landscape. If you have an opportunity to reshingle the roof at some point, you can consider a color with less contrast.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tara says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Your article is so well written! I would like some advice. We have a small cape cod home with tan vinyl siding and white trim. We need to replace the shutters, which are burgundy, and they match the burgundy front door. Our roof is a dark grey. I love your idea of black shutters and a dark red door, however the house beside us and across the street are tan with black shutters and black doors. Do you think that matters? Our home will stand out from their homes because of its style and the new landscaping we are putting in right now, but I don’t want it to look like a copycat.

    Should we just keep the burgundy color scheme?

    Here’s a link to a picture from last fall so you can get a sense of it: http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c81/just_the_girls/IMG_2378.jpg

    Also, if you have a suggestion for a style of shutter, that would be great!

    Thanks so much!
    Tara

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Tara,

      Your roof looks like it has some blue in the gray. How about a really dark blue for the shutters (something like Ben Moore’s Blue note 2129-30) with a Fresh clay 2093-20 door to coordinate with your brick steps and foundation. See what you think about that idea. It will be just different enough from your neighbors.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jocelyne says:

    Hi Barbara,
    We just restucco our house in the cement grey color. My windows and sliding doors are dark bronze (almost black) color. Our roof is red tiles, I need help for the trim. I was considering the same color as the house and do a cool color on the front door. What do you think?
    Thank you
    Jocelyne

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jocelyne,

      I suggest a trim color that is a couple of shades lighter than your stucco. That will actually highlight your dark bronze window/door color and make them look great. You might consider pulling a rusty red down from the roof to use as your door color. That would look great!

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • NeilM says:

    Hello Barbara, I just finished painting my 1918 Massachusetts Cape style home with Olympic Paints Blonde Beauty, a pale yellow, in satin, and Gypsum, a off white, trim, in semi gloss. The home has vinyl matte black shutters. I’m trying to decide on a front door color. The front door is on a part of the house, which used to be a porch, now enclosed, with white cedar shakes, and door moldings painted in the Gypsum. The sides of the porch are painted the body color. The roof is a high pitched multi-colored natural slate. There is a overhang of patchwork lattice, which I was thinking of painting an off black, to make it somewhat disappear from the cedar shingles. The home in a Historical District, but neighborhood house colors seem all accross the board. Any suggestions you can give would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Neil M

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi NeilM,

      Sorry for the delay. I see your post and will get to it as soon as I’m done with morning appointments. Sorry for the delay.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jeannette says:

    I live in a new construction neighborhood in northern Illinois. Everything about the neighborhood was pre-planned by the developers. My house has white siding and cranberry shutters (wish I had the yellow house with cranberry shutters but it didn’t have a great backyard). My front door is a primed 6-panel and I don’t have a clue what color to paint it. I would really like it to stand out (within reason), but I don’t want my house to end up looking like Christmas or the 4th of July by adding blue or green. I have thought abount cranberry but I’m not sold. I’d love to have a wood grain door but that’s not in the budget. I have enjoyed your responses and was hoping for some direction. Thanks.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jeannette,

      How about shiny black?? If you have black metal lights, mailbox, etc, then black would be a good choice. Then you could put a pot of cranberry red flowers by the front door. Pretty!

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jackie says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I have been reading your posts and am very impressed with your straight-forward advice. I have a very simple colour scheme, yet am having a hard time choosing a front door colour.
    The house is a fairly simple 11/2 story victorian era home with large side porch and a bay window near the front door. It was sided about ten years ago with a dove [light] grey vinyl, which tends to pull blue because my husband insists on calling it blue. However, it is grey because when we sided it a blue siding was available that I didn’t like. We added fishscale shingles to the gables and these are pure white, as is all the trim on the house. The roof is a basic black asphalt shingle.
    I like the fresh, small town feeling of the house, as this is where it is located. Also relevant are the large shade trees [maple] surrounding the house. The front door also has a white victorian screen door, so the entire main door does not show to the street.
    Can you give me some suggestions? I was thinking maroon, yellow or navy but am not sure of shades. It is black now, but I don’t really care for it. Sorry no picture available.

    Thanks,
    Jackie

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jackie,

      How about a really sunny yellow like Ben Moore’s Beverly Hills to really spice up the gray/blue? Behind the wonderful white screen door (I love it!), the yellow will look really sharp.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Julie says:

    Hi Barbara,

    You have some really great advice about colours for houses so I am hoping you can help me out with my dilema. My house is light grey vinyl siding with white trim, white porch floor, white large poles on porch. I really want to freshen the look but keep it simple. I also have a larger back deck that needs to be painted as well, at the moment it is a dark stain. The back door is white but needs some freshening up? Can you give me some ideas for colours I am up for something that pops! Willing to paint whatever needs to be to give it a new look!
    Thanks,
    Julie

    I also have white muskoka chairs with a small table(wood as well) on porch, willing to paint to punch up colour if need to!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Julie,

      With such a neutral palette, adding just a little color will make a huge impact. I would paint your doors and the muskoka chairs (Adirondack if you’re on the southern side of the St. Lawrence River) a wonderful color that either comes from your garden or complements it. You could do a hot raspberry if you have pinks and purples in your garden. Or you could do a sunny lemon or burnt orange if you have yellows and oranges in your garden. And don’t forget rich grape, but I think a warmer color would be better actually. The table can stay white.

      Then you can add some pots of flowers and a colorful door mat and you’ve got a fantastic look. See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

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  • Renee D says:

    Hi – we have a cape cod house with Woodland Green Alcoa vinyl siding and white trim – I am considering painting our front door a contrasting color.

    Visited Sherwin-Williams and Lowe’s today and picked up bunches of swatches; I am leaning towards a plum, purple or reddish-plum color.

    so1) any ideas? and 2) what is the best way to “test” this without buying 50+ different sample cans of paint? haha

    Thanks!

    Renee

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Renee D,

      I know you don’t have Ben Moore in front of you, but there’s a really beautiful “purple” called Dark Walnut 1358 that would be really nice with your green siding. Either of the other two paint companies can match the color if you prefer their paint. Just make sure that the color/paint is suitable for exterior.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Cindy says:

    I have just moved into a new brick home. The brick is best described as rust red/orange with intermittent charcoal black throughout. It sits in a subdivision of cookie cutter homes. Most were build by the same builder with only subtle changes in brick or trim style. I wanted to enhance my house, not just blend in. The rustic style shutters that came with the house were basically unstained wood which were so bland. I stained them black to match the black in the brick and the very dark gray roof. The front door was painted a beige that matches the garage door, gutters, trim around windows and grout. This is just like every other house in the subdivision. My house is southern facing and I was considering painting it black. There is an overhang porch so it doesn’t get sun beating down on it all day. I was afraid to introduce a color on the door that would clash with the brick on the house. I want classy not retro.
    Any ideas would be so helpful,
    Cindy

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Check out the Ben Moore Affinity collection for some possible door colors. Look at Dinner Party AF-300, Caliente AF-290, and Moroccan Spice AF-285 to see if one would coordinate with your brick. As long as the door is separated from the brick by beige trim, one of these colors may work perfectly to add some pizzazz to your entryway and stand out from all the other homes. See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • judy says:

    Hi,

    I like BM simply white for my kitchen cabinets and trim– the room is dark, so I’d like a light beige for the walls — not too dark, but enough to give the white a punch. Any BM ideas???

    Thank you for your thoughts!
    Judy

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Judy,

      Try Ocean Beach 958. It’s a great beige — I have it in my kitchen!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mike O'Connell says:

    Hi,
    I have a 100+ year old 2 1/2 storey home that has natural, unpainted shingles.
    The trim, doors, and shutters are in very rough shape though and need to be painted. They are white right now, but my wife would like to change that and go with 2 or 3 colours. She is having a very hard time finding colours to go with the natural, weathered shingles though. Any suggestions???

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Mike,

      How about Ben Moore Affinity Collection’s Boreal Forest AF-480? It’s a classic look that really works with natural shingles, if they’re still brown. If the shingles have weathered to a Nantucket gray, you can keep white for the trim and then choose a coordinating color for shutters and door. How about Chambourd AF-645?

      See what your wife thinks…

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Amy Ohlendorf says:

    Hi. I’ve attached a link to a pic of our house. We are trying to decide what color to paint the front door. We are planning to get a new roof soon as well and were thinking about using CertainTeed Landmark 30 (Driftwood or Weathered Wood) Architectural Shingles. Any ideas would be appreciated re: roof and door. Thanks. Amy

    http://cid-b097ba53f12e90b9.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Home%20Exterior?uc=1

  • Dotty says:

    Hi!

    Great information on colors.

    We have a 1950 wood frame house. We have a wood picket fence, a wood railing next to the gray granite three steps.

    The house is tan, the house trim is a light green, the wood screen door is vintage rust, the window and window boxes are white, garage is white and the rootop is black/gray.

    I like to keep the windows white, the window boxes white, the house tan, the house trim light green and the screen door a vintage rust.

    My question is what colors would go well together for the front door, the door trim, the picket fence, garage, wood railing and steps.

    Thank you,

    Dotty

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Dotty,

    You have a lot of colors already, but to pull the look together, how about a shade darker green for the front door, white trim for the door, white picket fence, rust garage with light green trim, and natural wood railing for the front steps.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • SUE says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for all the great tips.

    My home is a 100+ year-old story and a half. We have reroofed, sided and put in new windows. The windows are white vinyl. The siding is medium gray. The roof is slightly darker than the siding. Currently the trim is cranberry, but it needs to be painted again. I’ve experimented many times with trim and been burned, so I’m asking for an expert’s opinion this time. The cranberry looks nice, but I’d like to change it up a bit.

    My problem is this. We have cranberry screen doors on both the front and back. How can incorporate new colors and have it look different, but good?

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Sue,

      If you’re still pondering trim color, go with white. It’s fine to have cranberry screen doors since they’re the focal points anyway. Just add pots of cranberry colored flowers and other red accessories to tie the whole look together.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Amy says:

    Hi, So happy to find this site, i am remodeling &must pick a flat stucco color this week :-0 It is an older 3 story, close to beach in Sthrn CA, gray sandpaper mostly flat roof, 2 slightly rotted wood balconies previously painted dark brown (have been sanded),white roses in front and brick & dark gray tile patio. I really love the Cape Cod look and have always loved the white house w/black trim &black shutter. However, I’ve been told that bc of the upright/boxiness shape of the house, painting it white could possibly look like an office building and the black wood balcony could perhaps not look right look right bc it could be distracting of the view from inside. A friend suggested a very light yellow w/ white trim&shutters ..but ?That would be quite a change.. it was dirty beige rough stucco B4. I think I’d like to keep balcony white and pick a light/beachy pale color or white stucco with another color? Im so confused. I’ll download pics tomorrow. Thank you so very much:-D sorry so longrespectfully, amy

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Amy,

      I’m trudging through unanswered blog requests and I’m not sure if I addressed yours in time or not. If you’re still pondering the stucco color, how about a Cape Cod gray with white trim, black shutters (or none at all) and gray balcony. That would let your landscape/beach view take center stage.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Misty says:

    I have a question :
    I was wondering I am trying to put an old house with a bright blue roof together with a yellow house any help on shutter and front door color to make house blend would be great>

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Misty,

      Make sure you have white trim to tie colors together. Then I would go with white shutters and a blue door.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jackie Kane says:

    We have a 1941-ish two story wood shingles traditional house painted taupe with white trim and a newish brown roof that has minimal overhang. The front door has a sloping metal roof over it with posts. Can you suggest a color for the front door and what color the metal roof and trim there should be?
    thanks,
    Jackie

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jackie,

      How about a Dark Bronze metal roof or Weathered Copper? The Antique Patina is also a possibility. Stick with white for the trim and posts. As for the door color, you can pick a warm rust (Georgian Brick) or Charleston Brown or another warm color to contrast with the cool taupe. A dark eggplant like the Affinity Collection’s Caponata AF-650 would look terrific against any of those metal roof colors over the door.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Shirley says:

    Here is a url to the picture of my cottage http://thepurplesquirrelsalon.blogspot.com/
    soon to be a salon next to my big house.

    I can’t settle on a color for the exterior.
    Please advise me I’ve read your article and thank God I found it!

    Inside front room is cream, cutting room is a bright green and black with some purple, kitchen is purple and the bath is drawing on all the colors. Hope that doesn’t sound like a nightmare!

    Since buying this home every room has been a challenge and I have enough paint on hand to start my own paint store!

    Please please help me :)

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Shirley,

      Congratulations on your salon! Since you have a green roof, how about Ben Moore’s Prescott Green for the siding (HC-140) with white trim and a purple door (Chambourd AF-645)? Then you can add more purple with your landscape flowers and shrubs. (I love your planters — just adorable!)

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Shirley says:

    Thank you! :) I’ll post pics after painting! :D

  • Leia says:

    Hi Barbara,

    The siding on my house is cypress green. What are some ideas for front door colors? Thanks for your help, Leia

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Leia,

      Audubon Russet (Ben Moore HC-51, a rich brick) or Shadow (2117-30, a deep grape). See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Erika Nissman says:

    Hi Barbara,

    It is a bit late to ask you this, but maybe you have an idea: I have weathered cedar big house with wrap-around porch/deck. DH insisted on painting the two outside doors red (Behr, velvet red). The frames are a dark chocolate brown. Would it be ok to paint the trim around the glass parts that brown?
    Also, the front door has three parts (I don’t know what that is called), the actual door and two panels with narrow windows to the left and right – do they also get painted red?

    I should mention that the deck is going to be painted some yellowish deck color(also Behr). Should we pick up that yellow for the trim around the glass parts?

    Help – none of this was my choice.

    Thanks, Erika

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Erika,

      I like to see the little windows in the door framed out in the same color as the door (if I’m talking about the right thing). Otherwise you focus on the tiny little windows instead of the overall door color.

      The sidelights (narrow windows on either side of the front door) should be (usually) the trim color and not the door color. Sometimes wooden custom doors come as a set with sidelights the same brown wood. Not crazy about that look.

      As for the yellow of the deck, you can add accents (flowers, pots, etc), but I would keep the trim around the glass in the door red and the sidelights trim brown.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • hi.this is my frist time move in to a nices house to mysife an i need to learn more goals to keep this house in good conditon.
    so i can get inspection from the city.iam.on secin 8.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Mary Anne,

      Congratulations on your new home. The biggest part of home maintenance is keeping the house clean and in good working order. When things break, try to fix them (or have them fixed) as soon as possible. Otherwise, one thing leads to another, and you have a big project instead of a small one.

      Every few years, it’s nice to freshen up the paint wherever it appears a bit worn. That is easy to do and again, it’s easier to keep up with the house if you do a little bit of freshening each year.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more specific advice. Not sure I’ll be able to help, but I will try.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mary Lorenz says:

    Hi Jackie-
    I’m hoping you can help with some ideas for siding color. We’re getting replacement siding/trim/soffits/fascia.

    We have Chicago Brick on the lower half of the front of the house–it’s tans/reds/creams/a little black. The (ugly) vinyl clad windows are taupe (Marvin’s pebble gray I think). The roof is mostly taupe, with a few tan specks.

    You can see my dilema…warm-toned brick. Cool-toned roof/windows. Whatever looks good with the brick doesn’t look good with the windows/roof. And vice-versa.

    I’d like to keep the trim roughly the same color as the windows, in order to make them look bigger. But then what to do about the siding color????

    I feel like the siding needs to “go” with both the brick AND the windows.

    Help!!!!!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Mary,

      How about a medium earth tone from your brick — something that will contrast with the windows/trim but still look good with the brick. Look at Ben Moore’s Jackson Tan HC-46 and see what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Erika Nissman says:

    Hi Barbara, thanks for getting back to me. I am not clear on the following: The door is a full light Pella door (decorative glass), so there are no “tiny little windows”, and only the stiles, rails and trim will be painted.
    The sidelights have decorative glass only half way down.

    Now the door and sidelights are off white.

    The door and trim will be red.

    I think I may be misunderstanding what you are telling me about the sidelights.
    Will I leave the sidelights white? They are 12 inches wide. There is nothing else white anywhere near. I had asked about brown for the trim around the glass windows because the frame is chocolate brown, but it seems that we don’t consider the frame at all in this case.

    Many thanks for some more of your thoughts on this, E.

  • Jocelyne says:

    I have a question? My house is very contemporary and is a smooth light grey stucco and I have big sliders which are dark bronze almost black.. I have now new galvenized railings all around the house. What I was thinking is to paint the railing 2 shades darker than the house and the same for the trim. The roof is red tiles and the last time you had said to do the front door in the same color and the roof.
    We have 3 new garage doors whic I understand will be painted the same color as the house, what about the trim around the garage doors?
    If you could advise me I would greatly appriciate it.
    Regards,
    Jocelyne B. DuRoss

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jocelyne,

      I would keep all the trim the same, both house and garage, for a clean look.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Craig Hamm says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I will be getting a new front door. The door is bordered by brick on the right, and creamy (light butter) vertical wood siding on the left. The screen door will be going, forever. What do you suggest for a new door colour. A perennial garden dominates the front yard. I will send a picture.
    Craig

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Craig,

      How about a dark rich purple (eggplant) for your front door? I love that color with cream and red brick.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Brenda says:

    help! i have a small white house with a gray roof. But the wooden front door has a yellow/orange tint to it. I have two big trees in front of my house with a front yard, so too much green already. I don’t know what colors to paint the window trim, porch and porch railings and stairs.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Brenda,

      If you feel industrious, you might restain your front door with a mahogany stain to redden it up a bit. That would also contrast nicely with all your greenery. As for trim, either white or a light gray, and then dark gray for the porch floor and steps, white for the railing.

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • lisa says:

    Hello

    My house is a light beige colonial with stone work in the middle. I recently added plum shutters which pick up the stone work. The door right now is white but trying to decide on a color or if I should just leave it white and just go with a wreath with some color to brighten up the entrance.

    thanks for the advice!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Well, how about plum? Although it may be less imaginitive than yet another color, it’s definitely better than leaving the door white. You can add a white wreath on top of the plum. That would look terrific!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Penny Jordan says:

    Hi- I have had my front door painted black,,, the house is gray with black shutters… I wanted some Feng Shui in my house so painted my door red… The next thing I know, my neighbor painted her door red.. Well,, it did not settle well with me, so I went back to black and she painted hers black,,, I then went back to red and lo and behold,,, red again….. Now my new neighbor wants a freshly painted red door,,,, what the heck color other than black can I paint my front door,,, I have had only excellent comments on my red door, but two red doors next to each other,,, not so pretty,, please give me a suggestion…. thanks so much,, Penny~

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Penny,

      I couldn’t help but make a comment about your predicament. Don’t you just love neighbors who copy everything you do?? Try a warm sunny orange, like Ben Moore’s August Morning 2156-40, and see what your neighbor does next. (It will look terrific on your house, by the way.) If she copies you again, take a photo. I’ve GOT to see that. (I think she’ll get the message.)

      Good luck.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lyn R says:

    Hello Barbara,

    I’m so glad I found you.

    Our house is in north Florida. Color is beige, like a warm beige color (called Cashmere from Porter’s paints.)

    Trim is bright white.

    Roof is like a medium brown. I kinda wished I went for a dark brown for more contrast. But, neighbors said it looks great. They describe it as a pretty house.

    Door is white with the cashmere trim. I want to change it! Too blah. I love greens, hubby doesn’t. He wants browns.

    Question: How dark a brown should we go? Not darker than the roof, right? (I really don’t know.) Annnnnd if I can convince him on the green, what shade?

    Or do you have an alternative color? (I love purple, but I think that’d be pushing it. Lol.)

    Thanks!

    Lyn

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lyn,

      Sounds like the painter showed up before I could get to your email. Sorry about that. If you’re still looking and you say that you like purple and your husband likes browns, have a look at Affinity Collection’s Caponata AF-650 (Ben Moore). It’s a cross between the two!

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • S. Mo says:

    I need help! My parents gave me their old house but it needs a color change BAD!

    The roof is a tin BLUE color, not dark blue but not too light either. That has to remain the same.
    My biggest problem is what color do I paint the exterior stucco, trims, and doors?

    Please Help!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi S. Mo,

      How about a shade of peachy orange or terra cotta (rusty orange). Either will look spectacular with a blue roof, white trim and a blueberry blue door. Send a photo if you can.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Chandra says:

    Hi Barbara! I hope you are still answering questions because I need some advice. My husband and I are beginning to build a new home. The color scheme we have chosen includes the following: roof – dark gray; brick – pinkish/red (likely with a darker, neutral colored mortar); trim (including dryvit posts on porch) and windows – white; bottom of posts neutral colored dry-stacked rock; garage doors – white (not crazy about this, but don’t know what else to do); and mahogony arched, double-entry front doors. What do you think about these outside colors? Is there anything you would change?

    As for the inside, we are planning to have mahogony or walnut stained concrete floors, cherry kitchen cabinets, white trim, and a neutral (maybe camel) color on the walls. So here is my question… my plan has been to have white interior doors to match the trim. However, my husband saw some solid cherry doors that he really likes and wants to include on the inside. How do you think this would look with the remainder of the inside colors? Also, do all of the doors need to be cherry or is it okay to still use white on doors such as linens closets?

    Thanks so much,
    Chandra

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Chandra,

      The only thing I might change about your exterior is the garage door color. How about choosing a neutral from your dry-stacked rock, like a warm gray, and painting the garage doors that color. Much better than white.

      I think the solid cherry doors would be fine with the camel wall color and white trim. I often paint the inside of the front door an accent color (and it has white trim) so having solid wood doors that are different from the trim color is fine — it’s an outside look but it makes the interior doors vastly more interesting than your traditional white. And yes, the closets can be white.

      Hope that pleases both of you.

      Good luck with your new house — sounds terrific! And thanks again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Cynthia Beahm says:

    Hi—I’ve attached a link to two photos of my house. Please help, I know the screen door needs to go. I was also thinking of painting the door and shutters, but what color? What color for new storm door?Also was thinking of making walkway gardens, what color flowers should I use?

    I have limited resources and really cannot figure it out with possible trial and error. What would you do with house if it were yours and you wanted to give it some curb appeal? Thank you so much!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49250482@N02/

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      Yes, I would remove the current storm door and, when the budget allows, replace it with a full-view storm door (white). That will allow your solid wood door to show and I actually like the color of it with your stone steps.

      I suggest removing the front door shutters altogether. They don’t really add anything and are a bit out of scale to the size of the porch. The porch railing is kind of an odd color — gray (or another color from the stonework) would be better.

      As for the other shutters, take a look at Gloucester Sage (Ben Moore HC-100). It’s a wonderful dark olive that will coordinate very well with your stone steps and look fine with your light gray roof. Making the shutters dark will add some drama to the front of your house. The house and trim colors are fine.

      The stone walkway is fine except for the always-a-challenge weeds. Hard to avoid, I know. The hedges in the front are a bit outdated but they do camouflage the foundation nicely. If you dig out garden beds in front of the hedges and plant red flowers, I think you’ll be really pleased with the end result. And yes, if you do walkway gardens (nice idea!), then reds and lots of different shades of greenery are the way to go.

      Hope that helps. And thank you for your patience. Glad we found your question!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Laura says:

    Hello There!
    I have a very ‘Rusty’ looking house. My brick as you can see in the pics I have enclosed a link to is mainly rust hued, with creamy yellow brick and a smattering of charcol/black bricks. I live in a very shaded wooded lot in South MS. You can’t see the shutters from the road. Just looks like one monotoned color. As you can see the garage door is painted rust also as is the shutters and all doors with the exception of our front door which is stained a dark brown color. I don’t want to paint the front door. I like the wood color. There is black iron pattern in the glass of the front door. I can’t afford to replace the garage door at this point and it needs repainting badly as you can see from the pictures. It is located at the side of my house and not the front. I do have bronze colored windows. What can we do paint wise to the shutters, garage door and other side doors to brighten and add some wow to it? I am not painting the creamy yellow siding. It is in good condition and matches the creamy yellow brick. The existing rust trim matches the rust brick and motar now. I hope you can help me solve this ‘Rust Bucket’ color problem I have.
    Laura

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Laura,

      You’re right — it’s a lot of rust and it’s not quite brown enough to really enhance your brick. So have a look at Ben Moore’s Richmond Gold HC-41 for your garage door and side doors. Then think about black for your shutters. Although your roof is very light, the windows are under the porch and medium tones get lost under there. You have two choices — go lighter or darker. And for shutters, I prefer the darker. Whatever will provide the contrast that you need to make an impact with your windows.

      See what you think. I think the Richmond Gold will look terrific with your brick!

      And thank you again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Sharon says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I have an old 1970′s house that we are repainting and need some advice because of the different oddities of the place. The things we are not changing and have to work with are the light green roof, and the warm brown stucco. We recently put in a new front porch which we need to stain (color suggestions please!) and we are wanting to pain the bottom trim (currently its a forrest green… yuck!) and are open to painting the door and garage door as well. The garage was an addon, so the old owners just put white siding up so it really breaks up the house.

    Here is a link to view the current state of the house.
    http://gallery.me.com/chadfriesen/100147

    The awnings are coming down as is the storm door.
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    Sharon

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I suggest a darker warm brown for the base of your house to replace the current dark
      green color. Look at Jackson Tan HC-46 or Nugget AC-9.

      Then for the garage door, you can use either the house color,
      something like Adobe Beige AC-7, or the Jackson Tan/Nugget
      again. Painting the garage door will make the siding color (white)
      look like house trim — I think it will help a lot!

      Then you might pull in the green of the roof color into a gray-green
      for the front steps. How about Shenandoah Taupe AC-36?

      For the front door, check out Mayflower Red HC-49.

      See what you think of that color scheme. And again, sorry for the delay!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • kat says:

    Just found this blog, as I was interested in shine on Nr 10 door. Would like to correct you, as I took it for the truth and was really surprised, so had to do a research.
    The Downing Street Nr 10 has changed color of the door only once “During the early 20th Century it was painted green – dark green, in fact, from 1908 to 1916, when Herbert Asquith was in power.”
    And the info you have about Tony Blair replacing the door to red one was, in fact, an April Fool’s joke of 2006 published in Daily Mail.

    If anyone is interested – you can read the whole story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8677004.stm

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Kat,

      Oh, thank you for the correction! My apologies. I guess I fell for the April Fool’s joke too! Perhaps it’s time for a rewrite on that particular blog post but in the meantime I will make sure readers note your correction and the link for the whole story!

      It’s still a great door color and certainly drives home my point about how important front door color CAN be.

      Thanks again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lloyd says:

    hi barbara! need some advice. my wife and i want to get more curb appeal for our brick front colonial. could you recommend a door style and color for us? The link to the pictures is provided below. Thanks! Lloyd

    http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=245613716803%3A686689068&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharee

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lloyd,

      Have you considered replacing the double front door with a single wide, raised panel door with two sidelights, one on each side? I love your navy blue shutters so I would stick with that color for the front door and paint the door trim and sidelights white to match the rest of your trim. Hardware would be antique brass like your lights.

      When you paint the door, paint the whole door solid blue. No need to outline trim pieces.

      See what you think of that idea. Hopefully you can find a door combination that fits into your current space. If not, I suggest going with two solid, raised-panel doors (very traditional) in navy blue.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Brenda says:

    Hi
    I live in Maine in the country. We have an New England Farmhouse with exposed eves. I have picked a choc. brown color for the base of the house. It is called chateau brown from sherwin williams in the new wood scape brand paint. I am having a lot of trouble choosing a trim color. I have a lot of trim becouse of the open eves and large windows. I would like to have somthing a little different other then cream,white or biege. Could you share your ideas on trim and front door colors. I have vinyl windows an doors so there will be a white frame around the windows that can not be painted and will remain white. I would like to try somthing different. thank you.
    Brenda

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Brenda,

      It’s okay to choose an accent color for the trim — something other than the usual. Burnt red or dark green will definitely work with the brown color scheme in the Maine country. So will a rich dark teal. With the white windows, though, you’ll want to add a little more white to the overall color scheme so the windows do not pop out too much. Otherwise, all you’ll see from the road is white windows. Your landscaping can solve that problem nicely with a few white flowering shrubs and some annuals.

      Get some paint samples and paint up the trim in a few areas, especially around the white windows. Then stand back and take a look. The effect should be pleasing overall — in other words, you should see more than just the trim color.

      Hope that helps get you started.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Guy says:

    Hi
    I have a white house with bedford blue shutters. What would be a good colour for the front door?
    Thanks
    Guy

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Guy,

      Depending really on you, take a look at the conservative burgundy red (Cottage Red) or the more adventuresome Sweet Butter (171 Ben Moore).

      Which one fits not only your house’s “personality” but yours??

      Either one will look spectacular.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Alan says:

    Hello. I am thrilled to have discovered your site! We purchased a fixer upper several years ago and would like to update and clean up the outside. We would like to paint our front porch, porch railing, shutters, door and an attached L-Shaped deck. Our home is a taupe vinyl siding with a green cast. The roof is brown (a bit faded, but if we replace it – it will be with brown shingles). The windows are white. The garage doors are an off white. The porch appears to have been originally stained a red or burgundy color~we assume burgundy because the shutters are burgundy. The porch ceiling is the same color vinyl as the home. The door appears to have been a burgundy red and we have added brown light fixtures to the side. Our porch furniture is brown. The home is set on a hillside (we used railroad ties to build an area that we could fill in with dirt to make a green lawn in the front). Originally, the the porch stairs in front simply led to the hillside which rolled down at a dangerous level. It is very woodsy here (east TN) and in the fall we have lots of beautiful colors when the leaves turn. In the winter, the hillside is quite stark and often covered with snow. My husband added the deck last year and it took an L-shaped turn so that we could take advantage of the beautiful view.

    The norm here seems to be variations of the taupe vinyl siding with burgundy, barnyard red or natural wood on the porches and decks. We can simply do that, too – but thought it would be beneficial to get some professional advice on taking our color scheme in a little different direction.

    We painted the porch floor with a solid stain (looks like red wine) in an attempt to match the shutters. There is a tree which turns purple and we thought this would be fine. However, we are having second thoughts since the red wine does not blend into the walkway which has stones with yellow and orange tints. (Honestly looks very bad where it meets! Thought about leaving it – simply because we had put so much work into it. We painted one set of stair railings an off white to see how it looked. It looked rather stark – perhaps because we are accustomed to the faded red that was on the porch flooring, rails and steps. The result is that we simply do not know what looks best and are willing to begin again.

    Should we use one color scheme for the porch attached to the home and follow through with the deck? Should we paint both the same or use the same colors in different ways on the deck since the porch has a wagon wheel design built into it and when my husband added the deck, we chose horizontal rails? Basically, how do we blend the porch and deck with the house so it doesn’t appear to be a little house attached to a huge porch and deck? Should we use a color scheme on the porch and leave the deck a natural wood tone or maybe use a semi transparent stain? We really like the solid deck and porch stains because they are easier for us to maintain. I like the idea of a colorful front door – Brown? Orange? Green? Red? All that I can say for sure is that a blue makes the siding look like muddy green and neither of us like white/beige or gray for a front door. We would like to put a storm door on it at some point.

    Could you recommend a traditional and non-traditional color scheme for us to choose from? Please give us paint names or numbers. Honestly, if you say caramel, we will find 50 that look caramel to us! If you have ideas on some things we could add to the porch or the deck inexpensively that would dress it up a bit; landscaping ideas or really just any suggestions, we would love to hear them. Primarily, please HELP! We simply do not have the talent for choosing appropriate or pleasing colors that work together.

    I love enjoy your suggestions and hopefully – an inside color scheme is in our near future. Thank you for making your site available. Sincerely, Lizette and Alan

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lizette and Alan,

      I agree with you that the red wine stain opens up a few problems (what to do about the deck, for one, and how to coordinate with the stone walkway, another). I think (ugh) that you would be happier repainting the porch a more neutral color (like Benjamin Moore’s Wilderness Gray — solid stain color). The gray-brown shade will coordinate well with your house color, offer cool contrast to the orangey front walkway, and blend well enough with the overall scheme to go all the way out the deck with the color. Then for the railing, you could lighten it up a bit with something like Sandsport Gray (again a Ben Moore exterior stain) that is kind of a softer version of your house and trim. What that will do is to blend the railing in with the house and make it look more like part of the house than simply an add-on.

      What a lot of work but I think you’ll be very pleased with the end result. Although railings are often painted white to contrast with the house, you have so much railing and they are different (porch vs deck). I don’t think you want to call so much attention to the two different styles. Using a blending tone will take care of that potential problem.

      Then, I suggest you really warm up the shutters and front door with a warm autumnal orange, something like Firenze (Ben Moore’s AF-225) or the more subdued but unexpected dark grape Chambourd AF-645. Either will look terrific with your purple bush!

      Speaking of plantings, I would add more white flowering shrubs as well as purple and orange shrubs/perennials/annuals. Sticking to that color palette will unite the entire house, deck and all. Use burnt orange/purple/white/cream for your pots and other accessories on the deck. Oh, and you might want to paint your garage doors the Wilderness Gray color — that will look very nice!

      Hope that helps. I didn’t exactly give you a traditional and non-traditional color scheme but I think the purple would tend to be more traditional since you’ve had burgundy up to this point. The burnt orange would make a bit of a splash.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Alan says:

        Thank you very much for your insightful color planning. We have much to do~but a great deal of stress is now lifted since we have a clear direction. Your blog is wonderful and we appreciate your making such a lovely service available to the more color challenged of us.

      • bmeglis says:

        My pleasure, Alan and Lizette,

        Let me know if I can help you further.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Debbie says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We live in Northern Indiana in a house that 50+ years ago was a single story ranch. After several owners and several remodels/additions it is now 1 1/2 story home.

    The house has a dark black roof, creamy/yellowish vinyl siding as well as limestone. The front door and garage door are both red. The front door is not very visible from the street due to tree in landscaping.

    Next week I plan to paint the garage door, however would appreciate your suggestion on a better color option.

    You may view photos at http://www.HouseExterior@shutterfly.com

    Thank you,
    Debbie

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Picking up on both your roof color and your stonework, how about a garage door (and back deck doors) of Boothbay Gray (Ben Moore’s HC-165)? That color should tie in the roof and add depth to your stone. Keeping all the doors neutral on the back deck will allow you to focus attention on the furniture, pots, and other accessories there. I suggest a gray stain for the deck.

      Then for the front door, add some real pizzazz with Firenze AF-225. That warm pumpkin shade should attract some real attention. Add some orange to your landscape and also repaint the house numbers the same color. A neutral garage door will take some of the attention away from it and move it toward the entryway where it should be.

      On the deck you can pick up the pumpkin with pots/flowers/cushions and really tie the whole house together.

      See what you think of that palette. Hope that helps. And thank you again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lynne Varney says:

    We just purchased a raised ranch home built in the mid-70s. I doubt anything has been done to improve its exterior since then! It’s dark and drab.

    We need to buy a new garage door, now. But, come Spring, we’ll also need to either re-stain the cedar shakes or paint them. There’s quite a bit of brick in the front of the house and I don’t know how to tie the brick, shingles, garage door, front door, roof, and trim all together. I’m at a total loss. I’d love a game plan for the overall look of my home so when we invest in something like a garage door, we have an ultimate destination in mind!

    I’ve just e-mailed you a photo of my house. I would love to know what you’d suggest.

    Thanks,
    Lynne (Ricker) Varney

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lynne,

      Here’s one plan for you: Certainteed’s Landmark in Charcoal Black. That will tie the roof in with the brick color. Then how about Revere Pewter (Ben Moore HC-172) for the siding — a neutral that will de-emphasize the textured cedar a bit, China White for the trim to lighten up the house, and Midnight Blue 1638 for shutters and doors? I love the dark navy as it ties in both roof and brick.

      See what you think of that palette.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lynne says:

    Barbara,

    Thanks for the quick reply! I’ve uploaded some photos so you can get a closer look at the house: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcv915/

    When I took a closer look, I realized that our windows are cream-colored (like the front door, currently)…most of the windows, anyway. As you can see, the smaller of the bay windows have brown (!) window panes. I have no idea why the previous owners did that but, obviously, we’ll have to address that window along the way.

    Given that the windows are cream and not white, what would you suggest? I’d love to play up the brick somehow. I like the brick…a lot. We were hoping, initially, just to stain the cedar shakes but can’t find a stain color that compliments the brick. It all just starts to look drab!

    Thanks for the advice! We’re eager to settle on a big-picture goal…so we can replace the garage door and still get that tax credit this year!

    Lynne

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lynne,

      Okay, how about using Bone White for the trim since the windows are cream but not a very yellowy cream. Then you could warm up the siding with Richmond Gold HC-41, a wonderful autumnal color that looks great with black shutters, charcoal roof, and cream. (If you’d like a warmer trim, look at Cameo White.)

      For the garage, you could use the trim color with black hardware?? Nice look!

      See what you think of that warm alternative.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lynne says:

    Barbara,

    Interesting! I’ve never considered warmer colors! My brain was stuck on taupe and grey (but I couldn’t figure it out given the cream windows).

    We’ll have to take a trip to Benjamin Moore for some samples. I’ve never seen a house painted gold…but, I can see how that might look really classy with the black and bone/cameo white trim. If we go that route, the shutters and front door are black and the garage door…what? Cream…or, the natural wood?

    You’ve given me a really great suggestion. Thank you!

    If I’m not pushing my luck, though, do you have one other color for the cedar shakes that might also go nicely with the Bone or Cameo White and black shutters/charcoal roof. That way, we can pick up two samples and see what “feels” best when we try it out! I’m not sure how my dh will respond to Richmond Gold and I’d love to have a second option!

    Thanks very much for your help. It doesn’t seem quite so overwhelming since you suggested specific colors!

    Lynne

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi again Lynne,

      Check out Greenfield Pumpkin HC-40. It’s a little browner than the Richmond Gold, but it’s in your brick which means it should work great! Then if you do not want to use the trim color for the garage door (I do like a little more color there usually), you could use Shaker Beige (HC-45) or another lighter neutral again from your brick. Sort of midway between the trim color and the siding. The palette should come from your brick for the most harmonious effect and your brick offers quite a nice palette.

      Painting a new garage door Shaker Beige now (as the first item on the to-do list) should be fine even with your existing brown palette. No problem.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lynne Varney says:

    Barbara,

    I love it! Your suggestions have opened up a range of possibilities I never would have come up with, myself! Thank you.

    It’s so nice to be excited instead of overwhelmed! :-)

    Lynne

  • Carol says:

    Hello,

    We have a very traditional 1950′s cape cod home with no dormers. The foundation size is 25 x 28 with a center front door, center chimney, side by side windows to the left of the door and single window to the right. It has always been this pink aluminum color for the 20 years we have lived here.
    The house lot is a hill up off of the road and the foundation is exposed by about 4 feet. We are going to be changing roof, windows, doors and siding and I have no idea what colors would work best. We will be going with vinyl siding and architectural roof shingles and white windows with grilles. We live in a neighborhood of all very similar homes and the other color houses on our street are dark grey, white, light blue and beige. We could do shutters if recommended and I definitely want to make the front door pop by not replacing the storm door. I want to upload a picture and will see if I can locate where I should do that as well. I definitely do not want pink or white for the house color but have entertained, sage green, warm beige, light grey, and light blue grey but would consider other colors you may be inspired with. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Sincerely, Carol.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Carol,

      How about a Certainteed Heather Blend roof with a sage green siding. Weathered Wood will work as well. Very earthy and the mid-toned roof color will blend well with the mid-toned siding and make the house look bigger. The brown tones in the roof will also coordinate well with your wooden deck on the side. You can pull that color over to the front door with something like Ben Moore’s Audubon Russet HC-51. White windows and trim will pull everything together.

      See what you think of that palette. And thank you for visiting and posting.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Amanda says:

    Hi! I’m loving your site.. We have about 15 days left to pic out our colors on the home we are building. And now we’ve just changed our ENTIRE color scheme. We went from Slate blue siding, with all white trim. and NO shutters. But now we ARE having shutters, and the slate blue siding is out of the question. I’d like to do White siding, with Black shutters and our front porch (wrap around) is all white. I just think that may be too much white. PLEASE HELP ME! Here is the link to what the house will look like

    http://waynehomes.com/homes-plans/index.cfm?a=detail&i=22
    We are adding a wrap around porch to the Classic elevation, and the front door has sidelights. And the window above the front door will be a square picture window.
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your help!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Amanda,

      White houses with black shutters are classic. There’s really no such thing as too much white on the body of the house (including the porch). HOWEVER, once the house is done, THEN you have to add color. I suggest a variety of greens in your landscaping — that will give you a nice base. Then pick either warm accents or cool accents and spread them around the landscape and the porch. Big colorful Adirondack chairs on the porch, a big colorful pot of greens by the front door, and even bigger ones by the garage will add wonderful color to your house and the white of your house/porch will make those colors — as they say — pop!

      Make sure you have a dark charcoal/black roof — nothing with any color in it or the roof will become your focal point. Not a good thing.

      Looks like you’re off to a great start. Thanks for visiting!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Julie says:

    I have double entry decorative glass doors. They look very pretty however we need solid doors due to two dogs that bark at passersby, cars, and anyone walking up to the door. I would like to send a picture through email of our house to get some color ideas for the new double entry doors – and style. Is this possible?

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Julie,
      Yes you can either include a link to a photo site like Shutterfly right here in the blog post or attach a photo file to an email and send to my email address: bmeglis@yahoo.com. Thanks for posting!
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • jeff m says:

    Hi there – we are replacing old 1950′s windows with new vinyl. We would like outside of windows to be a tan/beige color to match bricks. Would prefer interior window white for white trim. However there is a huge cost premium in dual color vinyl window (wood/clad even more). If we got a beign/tan interior window, could we have white trim? Plantation shutters white? Or would we be stuck with tan/beige trim throughout house?

    thanks!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jeff,

      The beige/tan interior window color will work if you have beige/tan several other places in the room/s. That way it will look intentional. For example, having beige walls in your living room will tie in the beige windows and allow you to keep the white trim throughout. As long as you make the window color look intentional, you can pull the whole thing off with no problem. A trend in exterior window color is to create contrast with the window trim (instead of matching trim with window) so you’ll be ahead of the trend curve on the interior.

      Thanks for visiting.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Beda Dessens says:

        Hi Barbara
        Thanks so much for your helpful website.
        I was almost in tears until I read some of your advice.
        We are building a home, and kept switching our mind between wood stained interior trim and white painted trim. We decided on paint grade trim, but forgot about the actual window itself (which we ordered in tan).
        So now, we have tan vinyl interior and exterior windows). We would LOVE to trim it out with white (or very light cream). But it will be 2 tone then on the inside. We really don’t want to trim it out with the tan…we were so stuck on the white trim (so the flat shelf part of the window and the trim will be white painted… but the window itself is tan vinyl.
        Do you have any picture of how this will look.
        I am totally out of my knoweldge zone when it comes to all of this.
        Thanks so much for your time and reply.
        Best Wishes
        Beda

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Beda,

        Your tan windows should look fine with white trim, both inside and out, if you tie the tan into either the room color or some other feature like the curtain panels. Same with the outside. Should be quite nice actually! Here’s a link to a Sears window site — the second photo down on the left should give you some reassurance.

        http://www.searshomeservices.com/shs/landing-page?pid=1&lst=2108&SID=SHPx20101014xGOOG269WIND&gclid&OVMTC=Broad&site=&creative=9356002081&OVKEY=windows&gclid=CILw87u0g6cCFcNM4AodYGamew

        Thanks for posting!

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beth C says:

    Hi, We are fixing up a mid 90′s contemporary ranch on a
    very limited budget. The current exterior scheme is biege vinyl
    siding, blah dark brown soffit and fascia, gutters, roof and
    shutters(shutters need to be repainted). The front door and garage
    door are only primed. The windows don’t really have trim, but are
    white vinyl. I found a really nice charcolish blue color I would
    like to paint the front door. My question is would you suggest
    painting the shutters in the same color or would this be too much
    of the accent color with the brown trim and roof? Thanks,
    Beth

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Beth,
      Do you really need the shutters at all on your contemporary? Much more “modern” without them. Then focus on your blue door and bring that color into the scheme in a couple of other areas: pots, planters, yard furniture or landscaping. That will pull the whole house together.
      Thanks for visiting!
      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Lynne,

    The answer? It depends. Sometimes we paint the storm door the same color as the trim around the door. That way the front door color pops out. However, sometimes the storm door comes pre-painted and does not match the house trim. In that case, we might paint the front door the same as the storm so the combination will be set off by the complementary trim color.

    In general, paint the storm door the trim color. That way it will blend in with the rest of the door trim and will allow the front door color to be featured. But make sure that you can actually see the front door behind the storm door. Pick a little stronger color for the front door than you might ordinarily choose. That will ensure that your front door is truly the focal point.

    Short question: Long answer…

    Thanks again.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • susan says:

    We have purchased a house for my son and we are painting the exterior. It has Timberline Barkwood shingles and the brick is a “shellfish” pinkish orange (is there really such a color??). The mortar is just concrete gray color (probably no color added). I am having a time deciding what colors to paint the trim and stucco as well as the front door and garage doors. There are the main colors of the brick and roof. Then there is a large stucco gable and facia board. Not a lot of trim around the windows.

    What address do I send pictures and I can send you pictures of the exterior so that you will be able to identify the style and colors better. Thanks so much for your help….I have had MANY headaches over this already :o(

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Susan,

      Frankly, I like the color scheme as it is already with the grout-colored stucco and cream window trim and fascia (only exception: front door — see below). But here’s another idea for a little more drama. Take a look at the taupes like Ben Moore’s Mesa Verde Tan AC-33 for the stucco. It should tie in both the browns of the roof and the grays of the grout/brick and give the stucco a bit more color. Then I would stick with a creamy trim color but not too yellow. Look at Sail Cloth for window/door trim as well as fascia. If the Sail Cloth is not significantly different from what’s there now, then you can use the current trim color. Still very nice with the taupe stucco.

      For the front door, you might consider a dark eggplant like Caponata AF-650. It’s a wonderful contrast to the brick yet a little bit more interesting than the typical dark chocolate brown (yet another option). I would definitely switch out the orangey door, though, for something that does not have a yellow undertone. Kind of clashes with the pink/gray in the brick.

      Gorgeous roof with that brick! A very pretty house — lucky son!!

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Aimee says:

    Hello.

    I am in need of some help with choosing a front door color for my home.

    Here are the existing details:

    Black roof
    Grey brick
    Black shutters
    White window trip and soffits
    3 white garage doors
    White front door

    Because the front door is the focal point of any home…I am struggling with what color to paint it in order to give the home a little boost. I have been tossing the idea of a dark red or black or even navy….I am open to any other suggestions you might have.

    Aimee

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Aimee,

      Since you have a neutral house from top to bottom, you have a crayon box of color options open to you. I suggest you choose a color that you have already in your landscape plantings and then bump the color up a notch or two. If you have pinks, oranges, and reds in your landscape, then go with a dark red door. If you have purples and blues, then go with a rich navy. The only door color I would avoid is black — it’s fine but you need some color.

      Thanks for posting.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mark says:

    Hi Barb,

    In your article it says:

    “Yellow house: Black door, black shutters, white door trim (a classic look)”.

    This is exactly the current color scheme of my house. Although the sidings are actually more of a light yellow/cream shade. Trims are white.

    I am currently in the process of replacing my garage door and was contemplating if I should paint it black to match my front door, or white to match the trim? Your thoughts?

    And definitely, the garage door trim and the garage door’s colors should always match to make it appear bigger right?
    Making them contrast by painting either one of them black or white is never a good idea right?

    Note: Btw, my house has a partial brick facade in the area between the front door and garage door.

    Thanks,
    Mark

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for posting your questions so I can clarify a couple of points about garage doors!

      First of all, on a yellow house, it is fine to paint the garage door black to go with the black front door. That look is very crisp and also practical unless your garage door is facing the sun most of the day. That’s when black is not such a great idea. But for the most part, it works and certainly cuts down on the dingy factor (white doors can look pretty bad over time).

      Now, regarding trim color. I rarely if ever use the same color for door and trim. There’s no real advantage to making the actual garage door look bigger — they’re usually standard-sized anyway and on the functional side. The exception is the carriage doors with black hardware. In that case, yes, the garage door will stay white and will match the surrounding trim.

      There are plenty of examples of white trim with garage doors painted a different color, either a couple of shades darker than the house color (for a blended look to camouflage old-styled doors) or a complementary shade to add a little interest to the garage area without making it an accent piece. In other words, the garage doors and front door are often DIFFERENT colors but rarely white and rarely the same as the trim color.

      Thanks for asking. I hope that helps!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Karen Izzo says:

    I’m about to paint my contemporary house. The roof won’t be done for two to three years. Here’s my problem, I hate the roof color I have now (light gray…it looks almost white when it’s dry and light gray when it rains) I would like to paint the house a taupe color but not sure it will look good with the roof. My two garage doors are more focal than the front door. I thought I would go with white trim, white front door (it’s full glass so it’s just the trim) and black shutters. Should I go for the taupe or stick with gray. It’s gray right now. I’d like a change in color… by next door neighbor has the exact color choice…uuuggg any other idea’s maybe a wheat color? Any color suggestions for me…color and paint brand? We get a lot of mold.

  • andra says:

    hi,i have a white mobile home with black shutters and trim,i have an unpainted wooden covered porch with steps up the front and a ramp down the side. and my door is white. i want to do something to make it look good but not tacky,what can i do? andramcmanus@yahoo.com

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Andra,

      If possible, paint your wooden porch — the steps (treads) and porch floor can be black or gray and the railing and risers can be white. Painting the porch will unite it with the home and make the whole mobile home look bigger. Then pick a color for your front door: red, blue, yellow, just about anything since your home is white. But choose a color that coordinates with some of your flowers and shrubs in the front. That again will pull the whole look together.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Gerri says:

    Hi again Barbara,
    Again thanks for your comments. However, I made the mistake of saying Bronze windows instead of Brown. I am sure that this will make a difference in the color scheme. Please reinform me.
    Yhanks, Gerri

  • Jenessa says:

    Hi,
    We are putting up a tool shed next to our house and we are using a non-colored tin roof (bc it was free). The tool shed is about half the size of the house and the house has a light brown roof with rock exterior in the front and almond siding on the rest (not my choice but we live on a dirt road and painting would be futile). I was wondering if you could help me find a color for the tool shed that would either give it a rustic or a modern eco look. Any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Jenessa

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jenessa,

      Look at your rock in the front of the house and pick a color out of that for your shed. A nice medium gray would work — and would be fine with the tin roof. Then you could use real wood (non-painted) wood doors/windows — a great way to tie the shed in with the house.

      Hope that helps get you started.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • J. says:

    Hi! I have a classic California Spanish style house with the original 1930s heavy red tile roof. AFAIK house has been white or off-white since it was built. My question is whether the maintenance aspect of pure white is any worse than that for modest off-whites. There is very little trim, but I was thinking of a golden yellow for it – if not more white or a near off-white.

    It is the only Spanish house on the block, the conventional neighborhood homes are all nondescript beiges. Spanish houses around the corner are mostly darker colors. Own and adjacent landscaping does not really suggest much, either.

    Thanks!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi J,

      Nothing like a white Spanish style house with a red tile roof! Love the look. Instead of yellow for the trim, how about classic dark brown? As for white vs off-white maintenance. All the same. Since your neighbors all have beige, I would go for the crisp white! Make a statement!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rick says:

    We bought my wife’s grandparent’s home which is red with white trim, shutters, and foundation. I’m not thrilled with the white foundation and would like to change the color. If the foundation were uniformly 6 inches high around the house there would be no problem. However, a large portion of the house has a 3 to 4 foot foundation that is very noticable, and can be seen from the road. Some web pages say to pain the foundation the color of the house, which would look odd given the size of the foundation. Any suggestions? I’m think a nice grey might work.
    Thanks.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Rick,

      Gray always works for the foundation. I prefer that to the house color if possible. There are exceptions. But see if you can camouflage the 3-4′ area with plantings/large pots with small trees in them. There are ways to make that area less of an eyesore!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • KAP says:

    Please can you tell me is the bay window considered trim? I wouldn’t think so, but my assocaition says it it. Please help.

    Thank you

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi KAP,

      Just the actual window trim needs to be “trim” color. If there’s any siding above or below the window, that would be the house color.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Sharon Young says:

    Hi! We recently put a new dark charcoal gray roof on our house and are now trying to decide colors to paint the exterior. I am attaching 3 images: one of the house, one a close-up of the brick and current paint color, and one of a brochure from Benjamin Moore.
    I am considering two options. The first is to repaint in a similar fashion – a taupe color with white trim. The second is something similar to the brochure so that the trim would be similar to the roof. The only thing is that the front entry is somewhat dark so a white door seems best.
    What are your thoughts on what would be best? Would there be another option that would work better?
    Thanks, Sharon

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Sharon,

      You can attach photos to an email and send to me at bmeglis@yahoo.com. I will be sure to get them there. The other email account is getting plugged up…

      I will look for your photos in the morning. Looking forward to helping you.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kim says:

    Hi Barbara,

    What a great idea for a website! Just in time as I’ve started some renos and MUST make some colour choices pronto. I have a large, light peach, stucco walk-out bungalow, circa 1993, in Calgary, Alberta. It has a black roof, bluish-green doors and white vinyl clad trim. I need to bring this house into the 21st century on a budget!

    We are currently replacing a large deck in the back (although the glass railing has a white trim, there are 6 cedar posts underneath holding the deck up). We may trim out with a little more cedar (stairs & beam) in the back depending on color decisions and budget.

    The front porch will be lowered one full stair, and I’d like to make it out of concrete, which will need to have an apron into the asphalt to get the drainage going the right way. I was thinking exposed aggregate with one bag of charcoal colour added… no railing needed. I will be centering the only remaining stair on the door since we can redefine the boundaries of the flower beds while cutting out the pavement to put in cement. Should all the landings, steps and the apron have curved corners in your opinion?

    We are also removing the 3 posts and replacing them with an added beam and two posts down the side (can be stucco to match or maybe go wood?) I love the arts and crafts look but don’t know if I can pull that off with this style house. I also want to order a new door, and love the look of the Pella fibre-glass, full glass (flemish) door with wrought iron installed outside. Of course, I love this in a wood finish, but don’t know if that can I can make that work with the finished product.

    Once decks are complete, a door is in, and stucco is patched, we need to paint all of the stucco, garage doors and trim. Thanks in advance for any advice you have to offer.

    -Kim

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Kim,

      Sorry for the delay…

      I suggest a modified version of both samples you have below. If you like Arts & Crafts, I would beef up the two columns that you plan for the front porch. It’s okay to move them more toward the edge of the porch, but I would have wooden upper columns (or wood-like) painted white (or the trim color) and stucco larger bases painted the porch floor color (or a deeper shade of the house color). Each column would be trimmed out in your wood trim — a la Craftsman style.

      Same with the garage door trim. I would square it out like you did on one of the samples and not have the diagonal piece.

      I like your stucco color options as long as you add wood accents. I like your idea for the front door in wood if possible. And the Flemish glass will “speak to” the curves on the palladian windows. It will add a Craftsman flair and will look really good with your (soon to be added) new wood garage doors. (Gray to match the front porch is a nice intermediate color for the garage doors in the meantime. It goes with all of the stucco color options).

      If you want to achieve a Craftsman style for your house, you might consider beefing up the trim/window/door trim since Craftsman is all about those wood details. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just more substantial.

      Does that help? I wasn’t sure which roof was staying or if you were planning on a new one. But it looks good currently. (The taupe example looks like it has a brown roof??)

      Let me know if I can help you further.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Hi,
    I have a complete white stucco house and I have painters wanting to paint the house taupe, white trim, Brown windows, and a red door.. I really dont think this will look good at all. What do you think?

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Nicole,

      The palette sounds pretty nice to me… especially the brown windows. Grape will also work for your front door.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Johanna says:

    Hi there,

    I found your article very helpful. My house is white vinyl with black shutters, black roof and the door has been for years a matte maroon. I’m remodelating a little the house (christmas time) and decided to change the front door look as well.

    I am going for the deep red door, but I’m not too sure yet about the trim (currently black). I’m almost decided to leave it black because of the shutters and roof. Please tell me if it would look ok.

    Thanks and happy holidays!

    Johanna L

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Johanna,

      If you liked the black door trim before, it will look just as good with a deep red door. Go for it!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Veronica says:

    Hi

    I purchased a fixer upper last year and now I’m starting to work on the outside. The back and sides of the house already have light blue siding but the front is still wood. I just painted the front a light blue to match the light the blue siding. I painted the posts, front door, and wooden shutters white, but it looks really dull and ghostly like, possibly because the light blue that I chose was too light. My garage doors are on the side of the house and they are white with black handles and decorative things on them. My question is should I paint the front door and shutters a different color or should I leave them white to match the garage door?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Veronica,

      This is easy. Paint your shutters black — they will tie in the handles and the roof and provide contrast with all your light blue and white. Then pick a new vibrant color for your front door. Choose a color from your garden — it could be yellow or green or even a dark fuschia — whatever the dominant color is in the front foundation area and yard. By choosing a color that is already in your landscape, you will pull the whole look together.

      Happy Painting!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Christa says:

    Hi Barbara
    I am trying to choose a new paint colour for my front door and deck. My house is a two story with a front porch. The siding is beige and the shutters are california red. I used a chocolate brown for the front door and deck but there isn’t enough contrast between the door and shutters plus it is quite blah. Can you help?
    Thanks so much!

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Christa,

      Use the chocolate brown for the deck. Then use the shutter color for the front door. Lighten it up with a wreath or two big pots of white flowers right by the front door. You can use a robin’s egg blue for an accent color if you’d like. Chairs, pots, wreath bow, etc.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Cheryl Scott says:

    Hi Barbara,
    We have a mostly light sandstone, pearl white & dark cocoa mixed brick house with a dark brown garage door, front porch, and house trim. We recently changed the front door to a mahogany door and had hoped to change the house trim color to brighten the house up. I have thought of changing the dark brown porch to a creamy goldish yellow to open the porch up, but we can’t agree on what to paint the trim and garage door. I think of garnet, maybe even brick red, but that may be too bold. Any ideas?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      Sandstone tends to have kind of a pink undertone to it so I would not advise using yellow on the porch. But I like the idea of lightening up your trim color. Pick a trim color from your brick and then an accent for the front door. That will give you an updated look.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • andra says:

    hi, love your advice!
    we have an off white mobile home with a blue trim.http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zsqh9zIiT5k/UFkgp5I8UcI/AAAAAAAADLg/zL074y5U3kc/s1600/DSC_0078.JPG (this is not my house although i wish it was lol) this is the exact color of our trim.
    We are also planning on building a nice size porch.my question is what colors with compliment this,or should i go i different rout and change my trim to another color completely?as far as porch,door, trim and lawn accessories im at a loss for what would look nice.suggestions?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Andra,

      I suggest switching the trim color to white or a light gray and using the blue as your accent: porch, door, lawn accessories.

      That should look terrific.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Eileen says:

    Dear Barbara,
    I have a small 1,800 sq. ft. ranch. The siding is a light gray. We do not like gray and would like to distract from the gray and do our shutters with a very dark blue but I don’t know what to paint the trim and I was thinking about painting the garage door the dark blue even the trim. Can you help me?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Eileen,

      The dark blue is fine for the shutters and garage door, but I would not paint the rest of the trim that color. Too much. A very light gray (even though it’s gray and you’re not crazy about it) will blend in with the house and help to make the shutters and garage door stand out more — what you would like to do.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Eileen says:

        Thank you so much Barbara! I forgot to ask you what I should do with our gray shed to tie it in with the house? Do you think it would look ok to put a yellow or goldish door with the house? My husband and boys would LOVE IT, as they are Michigan fans :-) I try to aim to please, only if it’s reasonable. :-)
        Thank you again! Sincerely, Eileen

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Eileen,

        I would not put the yellow/gold on the house door (a little too much Mich), but you can certainly do that on the door to the shed.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

      • Eileen says:

        Thank you SO MUCH, Barbara! Now I can take your advice to my men and help them see it’s not just my opinion! :-) Do you think painting the from door with the same blue, on the shutters, would be a good choice? Are you saying leave the shed gray and paint the door yellow? What other options would you have to tie it in with the house? My husband would like to do away with the gray, on the shed, as it is paintable. Thoughts?

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Sheds can be fun — MI all the way. Navy with a yellow door.

  • Dawn says:

    We have a 3000 sq ft stone home. Kind of tan. Neighbors all have 3 door garage. I’m tired of the dull and drab. Garage doors seem easier to see from street than front door. Can I go with a dark brown? Roof is dark brown. There are no shutters or other wood trim.

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  • lori says:

    HI Barbara, if you are still viewing this thread, I have a question , I am trying to update my moms raised ranch. She has it painted a medium milky tan with a deep red shutter. Right now our door is cream with the deep red accents and it’s not appealing. We need to pain the entire door , front and back. Would you go with a lighter color like cream or a darker brown color to make the door “pop”?
    Kind regards,

    Lori

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      A nice rich dark brown would certainly make the door pop. Otherwise, with a cream or light color, all you’ll see is the red shutters.

      Hope that helps.

  • Diana says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to get your opinion on how I should go about painting the exterior of my home. I have sent a pic of my home to you via email. I was thinking of painting the garage a taupe colour, the front door a dark grey or black and I’m wondering what I should paint the trim around the windows and the doors? I’m a first time home buyer and decorating the exterior of my house is really stressing me out. I’m not much of a visionary, so I appreciate the help. The brick is orange in colour…

    Thank you

    Diana

  • Michelle says:

    Hello Barbara, I have a dilemma…I have a log home that is pine and my roof is a metal burnished slate (appears dark brown but actually has a lot of gray in it) and my windows are a sandtone color that appears a little on the greenish gray side. My question is what color should I paint the trim around the house and windows?? I LOVE craftsman style homes and want to do the thick trim around the windows in that style so that will be quite a bit of trim. Thank you,
    Michelle

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Michelle,

      How about Ben Moore’s Fairview Taupe HC-85? It should contrast nicely with the windows and tie in the roof.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jen says:

    This page has helped a lot! We already have gray house and charcoal roof. The rust-colored door we painted suits me and is close to what was suggested. I will be thrilled to change the forest green shutters to black- it never occurred to me but will look splendid!

    Here’s what’s getting me: we have to paint the wooden porch floor. Right now it’s painted a stock dark gray, with white trim all around it. We don’t love the dark gray at all. Is there another choice? Would a black porch floor be weird?

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