A New Accent Color for my House


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?  








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11 comments:

  1. I love the new color! It really tones down the dated wedgewood blue and doesn't compete with your beautiful landscaping!

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    1. I would love to paint the siding too but it has a "lifetime" warranty that is hard to void with painting. I agree, the color "neutralizes" the blue.

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  2. I like the new color. A more neutral color. Probably easier to find cushions and carpets.

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  3. IMHO Wedgwood blue is classic - never outdated. Tan and blue works, but I have a serious blue-and-white fetish, you know like the photo of your porch with the white shutter. But I think you're having trouble deciding because all of the colours have real advantages.

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  4. So pretty, Carlene...I love it against the blue and it will be lovely with landscaping, too!

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  5. Hi Carlene, I actually like that shade of blue and the golden tan goes very well with it and also with the colors of your new roof.

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  6. It looks really nice - you have done a beautiful job updating everything.

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  7. I love the new accent color. It is like giving your house a facelift.

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  8. Curious to why your roof was changed again. I like the colors from before..

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  9. The roof needed to be reshingled and we went with the same color, weathered wood, the only difference is the texture.

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