Q – I would like to paint the outside of my house but I’m not sure what colours would look best. I really want to make the right decision. I want my house to look great. It’s a semi-detached home but I will be painting my neighbour’s side as well to match. I need your expert opinion!
Currently, everything is pink and in my opinion there is a little to much pink. I would like to paint the garage door, all the trim as well as the little amount of wood siding on the second floor. The rest is brick.
I uploaded the picture in your online system which it a great system and tried to choose some colours but I am just not good at matching colours. Its not one of my strong points.
I would really appreciate your help in giving me advice of colours that would look great. In return, I will buy all CIL paint for the project!
A – It is fantastic that your neighbour and you are coordinated in painting your semi-detached homes together, as an integrated colour scheme that works with the integrated design of your attached homes will make both sides look their best. The tricky part, as you note, is the peachy pink tone of the bricks. It is quite intense but it can be worked with in creating a welcoming scheme.
As green is the complementary colour to red (pink) I suggest going with a neutral palette with green undertones rather than pink. For the garage doors and the surrounding trim you’ll want to choose a similar intensity as the brick to help these recede somewhat and draw the focus more to the other interesting elements of the facade and the front doors. While it is always a challenge to get an exact read of a brick colour via an image on a computer, a grey green taupe such as MC47 Toasty Grey 30YY 51/098 looks like it would be a good choice.
Paint the horizontal facial boards that run beneath your eaves troughs and the soffits in the same colour as the troughs, the colour and intensity of which looks similar to MC47 Plateau Grey 40YY 20/081. This will add a stronger horizontal element visually to the facades.
Paint the front doors and the shutters in MC47 Dark Cavern 40YY 08/107 or move closer to the green end of the spectrum with SE48 English Pinewood 90YY 19/075 or SE21 Plantation Green 90YY 13/177.
Paint the remaining trim and details, and the siding in MC47 Pillar 40YY 67/087.
To further play down the wall of garage doors and to draw visitors towards the front doors, add dual large planters similar to that of your neighbours, on either side of the porch entry.
Pick up the colour cards at your local CIL retailer, and see which of these selections works best for your home.
Susan | CIL Design & Colour Expert