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Choosing the Right Colors for an Exterior

Jun 11, 20130 CommentsCase Studies, Exteriors, Neutral Palette

This Colonial house was painted a light yellow beige similar to color of the siding. The lower part of the house was originally stone that had been painted over years before by the original owners. The trim was a dark almost black green which was painted on the shutters and porch grill work.

The client looked into restoring the stone to its natural state but the results were, a)not cost effective, and b)unclear as to the possibility of doing it and what it would look like when completed. So, we decided to paint it. The client was keeping the roof and the siding which was in good condition. The question was what colors to choose for below the siding and the trim.

I felt that we should choose a color close to the siding but slightly darker. We didn’t want to call attention to the painted over stone and using a monotone palette would solve that problem and be pleasing to the eye as well. We used Benjamin Moore HC89 Northampton Putty. I felt the trim color which was an important element should be a contrasting color to give interest to the neutral palette. We chose a rich creamy chocolate, Benjamin Moore 1001 North Creek Brown.


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