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pacificwest 02-22-2012 11:28 AM

Ideas for exterior paint job?
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Thinking about what to do with this wood paneling. Definitely want to remove maroon awnings over windows....

What do you think? Ideas for exterior color combinations? Houses in this neighborhood tend to be a blend of whites, grays, beiges, etc.

titanoman 02-22-2012 11:40 AM

Show some individuality.
Neon colors.

user1007 02-22-2012 11:46 AM


Originally Posted by pacificwest (Post 860207)
Thinking about what to do with this wood paneling. Definitely want to remove maroon awnings over windows....

What do you think? Ideas for exterior color combinations? Houses in this neighborhood tend to be a blend of whites, grays, beiges, etc.

I downloaded the photo and will lighten it up to see the house better. Back at you in a bit.

A general comment though. There is a cycle I have observed over the years where home exterior colors shift from blending in with their immediate environment and the neighborhood to standing out from both. I am not sure where we are in that cycle at the moment but a quick trip to the magazine section of the library might provide some clues.

By the way, you might want to update your profile to include at least basic location. I guess from the username you are in a mild climate? One thing I try to get clients in climate change areas to think about is what their homes are going to look like in different seasons. Light grays, beiges and so forth look awfully depressing to me with snow on the ground, for example.

user1007 02-22-2012 11:49 AM

I was unable to modify the photo enough to see what you really have. It looks like you might have been shooting into the sun or something? Could you post a better picture?

titanoman 02-22-2012 12:25 PM

Drive around, find a house with colors you like, peel some paint samples off of it and have the paint store mix you up a batch.

pacificwest 02-22-2012 01:49 PM

Yes it is hard to see. Looks like a log cabin with vertical wood paneling....don't have a better picture. Would want to change the color scheme of the whole exterior to some combination of brown, blue, gray, white, beige, etc....

user1007 02-22-2012 02:53 PM

I know you will be changing the exterior siding and shutter colors but was trying to get a better idea of roof color since I assume you will not be changing that. It becomes part of your color inventory you have to work with. Many an exterior color scheme fails because the siding and trim colors look alright but end up clashing with the roof color. Quite a shame.

By the way, one thing I was going to do for you is toss some of the colors I came up with in Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer program. Both the online and downloadable versions are free but you also have to load Adobe Air for the downloadable version and they make you register if that bothers you. It is one program I use all the time in color consulting work. It lets you "virtually" paint any colors from the Benjamin Moore collections. Sherwin Williams and others have similar programs. Ben Moore's seems to work the best although you can buy Home & Garden type software that has similar programs that are not product specific as well. I think even BEHRly paint offers one but you have read enough horror stories on this site to know not to buy box store crap paint, primer or stain right?

You can either pick a "look-alike" photo from the collection of photos in the program. Or, if you have a sharp picture of your own home exterior, interior, truck, car (it is not really for vehicles but works just fine!) or whatever you want to paint, and are willing to use the onboard tools (easy but take some patience) to mask off the paint areas---shutters, trim, siding, etc., you can paint your own project. It will even let you adjust opacity and things like that.

You can save different versions you try and like as JPG images. The system will even print the color names and numbers next to the image for you.

Once you have color combinations you think will work, you can go to the store to check the swatches they have or better yet have a quart or two mixed for a trial before ordering gallons and gallons. And, it is kind of fun!

To convert any digital color to paint, all you really need is the pixel color of what you want and its RGB code. A free pixel grabber will kick that out for you. You can type the code into and that free program will kick out the four nearest paint chip matches from major manufacturers. The pixel can, of course, come from any digital source---magazine image, photo, scanned fabric swatch, paint swatch, peeled paint section, etc. You should set your monitor color profile to the standard for color viewing which is 6500K (for some reasons monitors are usually shipped with some wacked color temp that is supposed to appeal more to gamers or something). There is a pre-set for this in Windows accessed via SETTINGS. will let you color correct using its calibration tool but it sets the monitor only temporarily.

By the way, is the siding stained or painted now? In good shape overall and you just do not like the color?

Nailbags 02-22-2012 10:10 PM

I say be the first on your block to use water paints and make it tie dye!:thumbsup::eek::thumbup:. That should get you on your neighbors good side. Now all Joking aside what it look like to me is you have Cedar siding great stuff that you may not want to ruin with paint. If it were me. I would use a nice wood oil to treat the wood and call it good. because once you paint it you can bring back that nice natural wood grain and beauty.

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