Need to choose exterior colors for new home!
September 17, 2012 in Design Dilemma
My husband and I are trying to choose unique, but tasteful exterior colors for our ranch - stucco style home. The house is not yet complete, but will look nearly identical to the attached photo (another home in the neighborhood).

The houses in the neighborhood are quite neutral colors commonly seen on stucco style homes - beige, gold, yellow, cream. However, we would like to achieve a color scheme that that is a little more unique and interesting, but tasteful. I really admire the unique color patterns of arts and crafts houses. We are currently considering a "terracotta" color ("timeworn terracotta" by Kelly-Moore). What trim/accent colors would best compliment this color and make it pop? What about a different color for the dormer? Would another house color be more suitable?

Any and all feedback is welcome!
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Nice house. All you need is GREEN. Just buy more and more and a lot more trees.
September 21, 2012 at 9:05AM     
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Benjamine Moore also has a colorful terra cotta called Salmon Stream 2173-30. They pair it with a color called Maple Surup 1105 and Limestone 513.

Here is a modern version of terra cotta: Powers

Love this take on traditional colors; would look good with a light grey roof: Front Exterior

Like this washed look of light terra cotta and pale turquoise: Modern California Style Tuscan Villa with Standing Seam Metal Roof & Guest House

This raspberry red with black and grey would look good too: Willits Compound
September 21, 2012 at 10:13AM     
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This home is neutral, too, but truly a standout. Mullions black, supports black, trim dark gray, body a lighter gray and even some light/gray blue incorporated. The cherry on the sundae would be a terra cotta front door.
September 21, 2012 at 10:55AM     
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Search inthe box above for "craftsman dormer" and you'll see lots of ideas for color on your home.
September 21, 2012 at 11:50AM   
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Myers Construction
Ranch style house with stucco/eifs and craftsman details? Paint isn't the only thing it needs. Architects with no imagination and builders who think they are architects do more harm than good.
September 21, 2012 at 12:12PM     
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Landscape and plantings - your home color seems subtle and nice - even if neighbors is similar - made me think of some before and after landscapes - like this one . . notice neighbors home -
September 21, 2012 at 1:02PM     
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This is not your home, just a picture of one in your neighborhood. So, one important thing to know is what is your roof color? Have you selected that yet?

Be careful, if your roof is black, not to select too bright an orange shade. May remind you too much of a Halloween color scheme. And, do samples before buying all that paint!
September 21, 2012 at 2:27PM     
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Cottage red with white trim and dark charcoal gray door (gray sudders too if the house has them).
September 21, 2012 at 3:39PM     
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Green was the first color that came to my mind when I looked at your house. A soft green color. Love your house!
September 21, 2012 at 3:53PM   
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HI -- I love the Ben Moore color " Rusty Nail " with a cream color trim and a charcoal roof and roof edge .
September 21, 2012 at 3:59PM     
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Thanks so much everyone for all of the suggestions!
September 22, 2012 at 12:35PM   
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What would you say are the 2 colors shown on the house above?
I need to paint my house too!
September 30, 2012 at 7:38AM   
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You have such great wood work detail should be painted bright white this will make it pop .....then you should paint the body of the house a muted color
September 30, 2012 at 4:50PM   
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