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Todd Miller, QMA Architects & Planners, QMA Design+Build LLC
Ocean City, NJ

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March 30, 2014
Iris Martin wrote:
What is the name of the siding paint color? Great house by the way.!
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HI Iris,

The siding is a prefinished Certain Teed Fiber-cement siding in Forrest Green. This question however brings up a lot of important issues to take into consideration when selecting colors and materials for your home from images that you see online.

When choosing any color, material or fabric, it is always important to see an actual sample of that material (not a photo, computer image or printed brochure) and then to look at that sample in the actual light it will be most often viewed in. Colors in photographs are notorious for changing and shifting (either intentionally or otherwise) and every computer monitor (unless it has been Pantone calibrated) will display colors differently.

Colors will also appear different in different lighting circumstances and can appear differently when viewed in direct sun vs shade. This is because we see materials by how they absorb and reflect light, so the type of light source can affect how we view those colors. Thus when selecting indoor colors, it is very important to view and select those colors in the same type of light as they will be in when applied. That is if you for example look at color chips at your local big box home improvement center, it may appear different there than in your home, because the store is probably using fluorescent or Metal Halide (or other) type of commercial light and your home will most likely have an incandescent or LED type of light.

I strongly suggest that when using websites for ideas, that these should only be the starting point for your selection process and that the final decision should only be made after an actual sample of the color/fabric/etc has been viewed in the space and under the conditions for which it will be used.
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