This is a photo from the Century 21 listing for my house when I purchased it, back in 1989. It had brown shingles, new steel siding in "Wedgwood" blue, and white trim and shutters. (Also very overgrown shrubs that I soon removed!)
Fast forward to 2013, the roof has been changed to three tab "weathered wood" shingles, a terracotta accent color was painted on shutters and doors, and all new flower beds and foundation plantings were added. I chose a terracotta accent color, because "when I don't plant in junk, I choose terracotta pots"!
I am trying out a new accent paint color today from Hirshfield's. I think it's a more neutral shade. Sort of a golden tan. I think it neutralizes my dated "Wedgwood" a bit.
The roof has been changed yet again, a couple weeks ago, with Certainteed Landmark Shingles, also in "Weathered Wood" but with much more dimension. So I am experimenting with a new accent color.
Why change accent colors? Well...
What I like about Terracotta: (1) The contrast with the now fading steel "Wedgwood" blue siding. (2)Terracotta, although an orange color, seems like a "garden" neutral.
What I don't like about Terracotta: (1) Tough color at Christmas with reds. (2) All outdoor chair cushions and rugs need to have shades of orange.
What do you think of the new color?