A FRESH COLOR PALETTE FOR A 90s RANCHER
When it comes to picking paint colors for brick houses, there are SO many things to consider: brick, roof, stone, driveway, exposure, landscaping, and sometimes there’s stone too! Throw personal tastes into the mix and it’s no WONDER it’s a stressful process!
Remember, the curb appeal of your home is the first thing YOU and your visitors see!
This cute 90s brick home is the PERFECT example of ‘high needs’ as there are a lot of fussy finishes to accommodate. Luckily, it has the right bones to be a beauty, she just needs a lil’ KLC…
But first, we have to prioritize which finishes matter the most. Priorities can change depending on how much brick you have or how much roof you see, but this home has a LOT of everything…
1. the brick and its undertones (orange, violet, pink) followed closely by…
2. the colors in the asphalt orange-toned roof (orange and violet)
3. the brick driveway and its strong orange, pink, and violet hues
From their questionnaire, I know the owners want a color that’s NOT warm, NOT yellow, and that’s hopefully taupe or gray with a green undertone. I figure we can squeeze in gray, but I can’t accommodate the green undertone.
The exterior finishes on this home are warm-toned – orange to be specific. Sure, there’s some purple and pink in the driveway and purple on the roof, but the dominant hue is orange. Because opposites attract, if we choose a gray with a green undertone or greige (which naturally has a green undertone), there will be no visual connection to anything on the house.
While this can work on some homes with fewer features to accommodate, with ALL of this home’s features, we had to lean into it.
Instead, by listening to the homeowner’s wants and combining them with the needs of the home, I found the link – purple! All three of the above surfaces have purple or a purple undertone in them, making it a great color to link them with.
If you can’t see the purple, I recommend you drink a glass or two of wine, and then you will (helps every time).
And the results?
It’s like a different home! With a beautiful color palette, lush green grass, and landscaping, the value of this home (financially AND emotionally) just increased in a BIG way…
Neither myself nor the homeowner can decide whether we like the front windows surrounded by the siding color or with the trim color – it’s a tough call as neither is wrong.
In the above photo, notice how the garage door matches the white trimmings, as do the shakes around the window. Below, both of these are painted with the siding color…
I kind of lean towards warm gray around the windows and a white garage door – the best of both worlds!
Now let’s take a closer look at the front door, where we can also see how the paint color closely coordinates with the brick…
The new front door style and color are a WAY better choice for this gorgeous home. And while the white trim is bright, it has a softness thanks to a creamy undercurrent.
WHAT COLOR PALETTE DID WE CHOOSE?
Picking exterior colors to coordinate with a brick facade is tricky business and it’s important to sample a variety of shades of the same color, as well as any other options that seem like contenders. Brick exteriors often suit a wide range of colors and you don’t to miss out on your home’s best color by focusing on one that’s second best, or clashes.
For example, this home doesn’t just suit a darker warm gray or taupe with violet undertones, it also suits…
The orange/beige represents the basic neutral on the brick walls/driveway and roof. Of the 3 palettes that I suggested, they chose:
- Siding: Sherwin Williams Mink, which is a med-dark warm gray/taupe with a purple undertone – see more of those HERE
- Trim: Sherwin Williams Alabaster, a soft, warm white – see more of those HERE
- Front Door: One of my favorite, soft shades of blue, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.
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