Q – I have a stucco house with beige vinyl windows. I am totally lost on what colours I can go with, as they all seem to clash with the windows. I have included a few photos that may help. What colours would you suggest?
A – Thanks for including photos with your question as this definitely helps in recommending suitable colours for your home’s exterior. To choose a palette that works with the colour of the windows, try to find as close a match of this colour to one of the colours in our CIL master palette and then use that colour’s family as a base to build on.
From the photos you sent, it looks like the window colour is similar to Autumnal Equinox 10YY 73/042 in the MC42 colour family. If so, choose Fretwork 90YR 57/070 for the stucco. Paint the decorative trim around the windows, the garage door and trim and the trim around the base of your home, and the decorative elements on the chimney in Council Bluff 90YR 43/101. Paint the facia board that runs underneath the eaves troughs in a darker colour in this colour family to coordinate with the roof colour – Otter Brook 80YR 11/151. Paint the front door a standout colour to draw visitors in, such as DL06 Orient Express 96RR 08/311or MC49 Covered Bridge 30GG 130/46.
As it’s difficult to suggest an exact match from the colour read of a photo on a computer, pick up the colour cards at your local CIL retailer, and see if the MC42 colour family works with the colour of the windows. If not, perhaps it reads a little closer to Natural White 50YY 83/028 in the MC46 colour family, and if so, select the other shades for the elements of your home from this family accordingly. Or select a number of colour cards to determine which is the best match.
Susan | CIL Design & Colour Expert