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Fall Round Up - The Best Exterior House Colours for 2011

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

As the season for exterior house painting wraps up in Vancouver, I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of my favourite exterior colour combinations from this summer.

I was itching to combine charcoal and green all summer long. I had seen the combination on a house and thought the was fresh and updated. I recommended a lot of greens this year but none had that soft sagey colour that I had been longing to use and none of them were paired with a dark trim.

Benjamin Moore
AF-560 Flint

Benjamin Moore
HC-114 Saybrook Sage

Benjamin Moore
AF-650 Caponata

Finally, I had a homeowner with the perfect house looking for the perfect house colour and I knew this was the place to put this combination together. We paired Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage (HC-114) with a charcoal grey similar to Benjamin Moore Flint (AF-560). Ooooh, I love this combination. My homeowner chose Bristal Blue (a special order Benjamin Moore exterior colour) for her front door because she wanted a change from the existing red doors she had. But she could have easily kept the rich red doors like Benjamin Moore Caponata (AF-650).

Such a pretty colour combination for a unique house.

I also fell for an unexpected colour combination this year. Grey and Orange. Grey is today's most popular neutral, replacing brown for exterior house colours. What got me onto this particular combination was seeing grey along side cedar trim and features on a house. The orangey red cedar pops beautifully against grey and everytime I see a house with this combination, I do a double take (the good kind). I've paired Benjamin Moore Buttered Yam (AF-230) with Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray (HC-167) to show how well the two colours work together, but I think it works well with a lighter grey as well.

Benjamin Moore
2142-60 November Rain

Benjamin Moore
HC-167 Amherst Gray

Benjamin Moore
AF-230 Buttered Yam

At the moment, Benjamin Moore Buttered Yam (AF-230) is hands down my favourite orange. Especially for door colours. And I am not alone. Colour expert, Maria Killam called Buttered Yam the new orange for 2012 in her popular blog Colour Me Happy.

Orange doors were popular this year.

I had never spec'd yellow for a house and technically I still haven't. But I did come close this year. It's a long story, which I will save for another article but I bring it up because I sampled lots of yellows and found one I just love. Benjamin Moore Soleil (AF-330) is a fresh and  lovely yellow, perfect for a beachside cottage. With a black roof, white trim, a glossy black door this colour is stunning. It would also be really nice for a Mediterranean style house with a red tile roof. I've paired it here with Benjamin Moore Almost Black (2130-10) because it has very subtle purple undertone which compliments this yellow so nicely.

Benjamin Moore
OC-45 White Wing

Benjamin Moore
AF-330 Soleil

Benjamin Moore
2130-10 Almost Black

This final combination below comes from a fellow True Colour Expert. Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray (HC-105) is a staple in my exterior colour collection but Ellen Rhett, a True Colour Expert in Birmingham, AL was looking for a darker colour for shutters to go with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (OC-20). I suggested Benjamin Moore Durango (2137-30) and when I put these three colours together, I decided this was easily going to be a combination I would be using next year. So there you go. You even get a little preview for 2012. Thanks Ellen.

Benjamin Moore
OC-20 Pale Oak

Benjamin Moore
HC-105 Rockport Gray

Benjamin Moore
2137-30 Durango

So what were your favourite exterior colour combinations from this year? Thinking about what colour you are going to paint your home next year? Make sure you give us a call and set up an appointment so we can find your perfect colour combination.

Posted by: Victoria @ Edin''s House
Orange is my absolutely favourite colour, Heidi... I think I''m going to have to change my Sundried Tomato doors to that gorgeous Buttered Yam!! My house is Glouchester Sage with trim in black and a butter cream (can''t remember specific name) so I''m confident it''ll look good. :-) Victoira

Victoria, Buttered Yam will look fabulous with Glouchester Sage. The cream trim will be perfect for the trim around the door. Just keep the black away from the orange so you don't get the halloween affect.

Posted by: kristie@thedecorologist
I love your color combos, Heidi! Definitely going to tuck these away for future reference - thanks for sharing :)

My pleasure Kristie

Posted by:
What a great post Heidi! Your color combos work so well together! Choosing exterior colors is hard for so many people. I am going to refer clients here to see how beautiful your color combos work. Thanks!

Thanks Kelly. I agree that choosing exteriors is way more difficult than interiors. 

Posted by: Mary Jo Gallagher
Love the colors!

Thanks Mary Jo.

Posted by: Chris
Great post, nice to have customers willing to try some color based on your recommendations. I bet they appreciate the service!

Thanks for stopping by Chris. Working with my customer to find the perfect colours is one of my favourite parts of my job.

Posted by: Mary Steele Lawler
Love your combos. Into my file they go!. DYING for someone to use Soleil. Guess I''ll have to paint my colonial house yellow.....

Let me know if you do Mary and I will send you a five gallon pail.

Posted by: Maria Killam
Love this post, great job on the colours Heidi! x Maria

Thanks Maria. I learned from the best. :)

Posted by: Jil
Great combos! Sure wish I could have seen the yellow home, hopefully someone will take you up on your idea and have you paint their home next year, would love to see those photos! Great job, the work looks superb!

Thanks Jil. Next year I will get that yellow house done. I am sure of it.

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