Keeping Up with the Joneses’ House Colors

June 18, 2007 § 8 Comments

blueshutters.jpgBusinesses need to attract attention and this day spa does so in a good way with a very pleaseing cornflower blue color scheme.  Some over-55 communities also have similar colorful palettes for their house colors. The builder chooses the colors, of course, but they all go together nicely. One community in New England I saw advertised in the Boston Globe had very brightly colored homes, from sunflower yellow to peacock blue. That’s terrific.

If you live in a community (particularly new construction where you’re not concerned with historic palettes) in which all your neighbors are painting their houses bright colors, and you’d like to follow suit, go for it. When I mentioned in previous posts that your house should fit into its environment, those brightly colored neighbors’ homes ARE part of that environment.

The problem comes when your neighbors all have traditional home colors, white, grey, khaki green, colonial blue, and we come upon YOUR house in a neon salmon. We all like to march to our own drummers, but sometimes it just doesn’t look good. You get the picture.

§ 8 Responses to Keeping Up with the Joneses’ House Colors

  • Renee says:

    Hi Barbara –

    We are residing our home. We are using certainteed monogram vinyl siding – and we can’t decide on a color scheme.

    Our roof is pewter gray with shading effect. the pavers on our walkways and patio are also gray.

    One of the things in our decision is we don’t want to use white gutters (because of the streaking and graying). We’d like to use a dark gray gutter to match the roof – – not sure what to do with the downspouts.

    We are considering either arbor blend – a darker green/olive color with wood-like graining – with white trim.

    A color called woodland mist (light taupe) with white trim.

    Or granite gray with white trim.

    Our house is in the sun all day. Although we prefer a darker color siding, we are concerned about the heat factor for the siding.

    What do you think? Any suggestions?

    Thanks! Renee.

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Renee,

    Thanks for your question.

    I like the green, personally, because it’s a little more color than the other two choices given all the grey that you have elsewhere. The green siding is pretty popular as it really looks nice.

    If you decide to go with either of the other two choices, I would be sure to add color in your landscaping. Lots of hot pinks in the front yard. Of course, pink would look terrific with the green as well.

    I vote for the green. Good luck

    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Amanda says:

    Hello I was hoping you could give us a little help with picking a color for our siding. We have a brown roof and I am unsure what color to go with other than the tan and dark brown that is already on it. I really don’t like the tan and was thinking about a soft green and yellow for the trim. I can’t seem to find anything out there to help with this.


  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I suggest green with tan trim instead of yellow. The tan trim will blend nicely with the roof without adding another color to the house. Then pick a nice coordinating color for the front door. That’s where the third color will make the most impact.

    Hope that helps.

    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Brenda says:

    Hi I’m trying to choose roof and gutter colors for my home. It has light taupe color siding w/ black shutters…do i go w/a dark brownishblack roof? a light brown? i have the choice of white or brown gutters. any suggestions?

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Brenda (#9),

    Since you have black shutters, I suggest a dark brownish-black roof. Not light brown. The dark roof will make the shutters look intentional. Then for the gutters: if you have white trim and the gutters run along it, then choose white for the gutters. If the gutters or downspouts run along the siding color (taupe), then choose brown. The whole idea is to camouflage the gutters and downspouts as much as possible as they are purely functional.

    Hope that helps.

    Your Home & Color Coach

  • dyclettal says:

    Super writing. will definitely come back again=D

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