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Old 01-25-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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We are building a new house and now it is time to paint. I am having one hell of a time deciding what paint colors to go with. We selected the Andersen 100 windows in Sandstone. The windows have no extra trim so what to do with colors. Should I paint the house to match the windows and then it will look like the windows blend in or do I got lighter? Or does it even matter? I was hoping to get the trim and gutters to match. They are doing coated seamless gutters so I have a good choice of colors to pick from.

Any ideas or inout would be great.
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Since you are at square one, how about a trip to the library to look over magazines and books with exterior color suggestions?

The major trend that cycles is whether to blend the home with the landscape or to have it stand out from it. I am not sure where we are with that. You should also think about what the exterior will look like in different seasons. And finally, give some thought to what neighboring houses look like.

There is a place in Central Illinois I call the Leprechaun Whorehouse. It is beautifully painted in more shades of green than exist in all of Ireland. It is so out of context it is hilarious.

Finally play around with one of the online virtual painting programs. Pick a pre-masked photo with features similar to your house or upload photos of your house and mask off the painting areas. Then try as many color schemes as you want. I use the one from Benjamin Moore for clients but Sherwin Williams and others have them too.
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We are building a new house and now it is time to paint. I am having one hell of a time deciding what paint colors to go with. We selected the Andersen 100 windows in Sandstone. The windows have no extra trim so what to do with colors. Should I paint the house to match the windows and then it will look like the windows blend in or do I got lighter? Or does it even matter? I was hoping to get the trim and gutters to match. They are doing coated seamless gutters so I have a good choice of colors to pick from.

Any ideas or inout would be great.
If you have a color in mind....start there. See if it flows with gutters, windows, etc.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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I would also suggest getting a decorator that is good at helping with these decisions. I have one that I bring in when people need help- charges a flat rate for just color consultation- and is well worth it .
Much better than struggling with it, not having a clue and then making a mistake that you have to live with for years.
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There are a ton of home design software packages from freeware up to whatever your wallet's threshold of pain is. Many will allow a download of a picture of the house and you can just play with all the colors you want.
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Walk around a neighborhood you admire and look at the houses. You can get a lot of ideas that way.
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It's all about personal taste. I agree you should just look around in magazines and neighborhoods to see what you like.

Can you do shudders? Either way, personally I think exterior paint on houses looks best when it is one or more shades of the same color. E.g. dark blue window frames with light blue siding.
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A pic of your house would help drastically here...

Make sure you get samples and put them on your house! That is the only way to be sure of a color. Lighting is significant, and swatches are not perfect.
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