House and Trim Colors that Make a Statement

October 14, 2010 § 3 Comments

Every now and then I see an accent color that whacks me over the head, and this bold expression of lemon yellow really does it to me this time! Usually a color that does not translate well onto siding or other large surfaces because it’s just too intense, this clear saturated primary color on a shutter paired with black wrought iron hardware on a subdued and sophisticated dark, gray-blue siding is a knock-out! What a statement!

What makes this combination work is the sharp contrast between the gray tone in the siding color and the bright clear shutter. If the siding were another warm clear color, the combination would scream like a caution light. But the calm understated siding lets the yellow attract all the attention. There’s no competition between the colors, just sheer harmony.

Another key to this combination is the “bridge” color that pulls the look together: white. The white trim makes the colors pop — as they say — and it’s critical whenever you use bright colors, either inside or out. White also gives your eye a chance to rest from the intensity of the palette.

But just like other bold statements,  be prepared to attract a lot of buzz. And keep the lawn mowed.

§ 3 Responses to House and Trim Colors that Make a Statement

  • Joanne says:

    so would you also go with a yellow door or perhaps white?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Yes, Joanne. It would depend on the door. But I might do a white door and then put pots of yellow flowers on the front step. Or a yellow chair on the porch. Something to connect with the shutters but in not such an obvious way. Thanks for asking!

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