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Exterior Paint Colour Combinations for 2012 From Cloverdale Paint's New Artisan Collection

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

It hasnít skipped my attention that the weather in Vancouver is getting slightly better. Funny thing about the sun. It gets people thinking about being outside again and all of those projects that need attention.

Exterior house painting and exterior house colours have been high on the list of search terms on our website lately. So I thought I would give my readers a Spring gift.

I have spent a considerable amount of time testing the new Artisan colours from Cloverdale Paint and as I have mentioned previously, I love them. No more colour matching for me. If we are painting a house in Cloverdale Paint, we are now using Cloverdale Paint colours.

So fresh from Cloverdale Paintís new Artisan Color Palette, here are my top exterior colour combinations for 2012.

And of course I fully expect greys to remain front and centre in house colour trends for 2012.

Finding that right grey that doesn't have a lot of blue (or worse purple) undertones is important for choosing exterior paint colours for your house. My favourite exterior greys are always a green grey and my favourite on the Cloverdale Paint Artisan fan deck is Bay Leaf (CA142). It has the right amount of green undertones in it and it pairs well with Wool (CA031) and Foothills (CA084). This is also a great combination if you have brick on your home.

Walls in Cloverdale Paint CA142 - Bay Leaf, CA031 - Wool for trim and CA084 - Foothills for accents.

For a darker grey combination (like the one we feature on much of our advertising) my choice is Cloverdale Paint Brushed Nickel (CA205). I paired it with Mist (CA028) and I have the front door in a fabulous burnt orange Brandy (CA226). Last Fall I did a similar recommendation of what I thought was some of the best colour combinations from 2011 and I think this will continue into 2012. I also really like Brushed Nickel with Fossil (CA079) for the trim.

Walls in Cloverdale Paint CA205 - Brushed Nickel; trim in CA028 - Mist and a fabulous front door in CA226 - Brandy.

Even though grey is the new brown, brown isn't disappearing anytime soon. I put together a combination that will work with the abundance of brown ledgestone I see on houses. Cloverdale Paint Oyster (CA018) is a great neutral. I have paired it with Peat (CA077) for trim and Canopy (CA212) for a dramatic dark door. Canopy is dark enough that it will read as black in lesser light. A very beautiful colour. This is a combination that will again work well with brick.

For walls Cloverdale Paint CA018 Oyster, Trim CA077 - Peat and CA212 - Canopy for doors and accents.

Do you have a great cottage or charming bungalow that could use a great paint colour? I love this combination of Cloverdale Paint Artichoke (CA160) with Olive (CA162)  for an accent colour (think shutters and window trim details). Colour this fresh needs a good white and I have chosen Cameo White (CA008). A colour selection like this could also work on a heritage home as well.

Walls in Cloverdale Paint CA160 - Artichoke; trim CA008 - Cameo White and accent colour CA162 Olive

I grew up in a blue house. I like blue houses - when the are done right. Navy can't have purple undertones. Lighter blues can't be baby blue and the trim needs to be the perfect compliment to the blue (no Cloud White). There are a couple of blues I like in the Artisan fan deck. I am pretty keen on Shale (CA192) because of its smoky green undertone. On a colour like this I wouldn't do an off-white because it will read dirty so I paired it with the creamier Buttermilk (CA001). I like a glossy black door and accents with a dark blue house but since the Artisan palette doesn't have a black I have chosen Obsidian (CA204).

CA192 - Shale with CA001 - Buttermilk for trim and CA204 Obsidian for a perfect front door.

Do you like blue but not for a whole house? Here is a nice combination that plays on the teal blue that is becoming more popular. A front door would look stunning in Deep Water (CA203). Especially with a nice paper bag brown on the siding in Mocha (CA048). I paired it with Vellum (CA011) for the trim.

CA203 - Deep Water for the front door, CA048 - Mocha for the siding and CA011 - Vellum for the trim.

Six hot colour combinations for exteriors for 2012. I have some others that I like but remember when choosing colours for your house, don't ignore the fixed features that are often going to determine the colours that will look best for your home. Then you have to test them because getting it wrong when painting an entire house is either going to be a mistake you won't forget until you repaint it.

If you have a home in Vancouver anywhere in the lower mainland, you can also call us at Warline. We'll not only do a first class job painting your home, we'll make sure the colour is perfect.


Posted by: Diane Dahlin
Hi...we are getting ready to paint our house Benjamin Moore''s Jamestown Blue. I think the gable will be 25% strength of that also. I'm trying to find just the right creamy color for the trim. There are so many to choose from! What would you suggest? I don't tend to like really white, I think the cream is a warmer feel. We do have white vinyl windows though, but I've heard those can be painted. Also, I think we're going to do a red door and not sure what color red to go for. I'd love to he


Hi Diane,

Jamestown Blue (HC-148) is a great historical colour from the Benjamin Moore collection. Be careful using a half tint though because often half tints will not actually look like a lighter shade of the full strength colour. You definitely need to sample it first. If it doesn't work try Buxton Blue (HC-149).

As far as a trim colour, I agree that keeping it creamy is your best option. Ignore your white vinyl windows and do not try to paint them. It's not worth the effort. The white vinyl will look fine against a creamy trim like Cotton Tail (2155-70) or Spanish White (OC-35) for a little less yellow.

Front doors are a great way to make your house pop. If you are going to do a red front door, just pick your favourite red and see if it works. I stay away from true reds on blue houses so that it doesn't look too nautical or American flag. Townsend Harbour Brown (HC-64) is a great front door colour.

Good luck with your painting project and be sure to send in pictures.

Posted by: kip
We have a blue metal roof (medium sky), live on an island, water view House is more on the modern side. Any Cloverdale colour suggestions?


Hi Kip, That sounds divine. Without seeing the house its tough to recommend a colour but with a medium blue roof and modern design I would probably stay in the greys. Try Cloverdale Paint CA028 Mist of CA187 Platinum for some nice light greys that work with blue.

Posted by: restylinghomebykellyblog
These color combinations are so beautiful! I would have a hard time choosing my favorite. The grays are beautiful, but so are the greens and blues. I have never heard of the Cloverdale paints before now. I wonder if they are also in the US. Great post!

Hi Kelly,

I am glad you like the colours. Cloverdale Paint is available in the US through Rodda Paints.

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