Friday, February 13, 2009

Exterior Colors

I've been thinking a lot lately about what color to paint our shutters and front door when the spring comes. Just when I think I have it figured out, another idea comes to mind. There are just so many possibilities that it makes it near impossible to decide.

The first thing I did was hit the internet in search of yellow homes. There are many adorable yellow houses out there, all with their own personality. But what color scheme is perfect for my little yellow house? My first thought went right to black. A yellow house with black shutters is a classic combination but......then.......... I like the way the blue looks on the windows above.







Green never goes out of style and has been a staple in all my homes.













Or maybe no shutters at all? Hmmm...I don't think so, my house is not as grand as this one so I'm not sure she could pull it off.


A red door?







So what do you think? If you had a yellow house, what colors would you do on the door and shutters? I'd love opinions, right now I'm leaning toward green shutters and a tan door. Something like this:

23 comments:

Sarah said...

You know Michelle, I really like the blues you have. The navy and the baby blue would both look great but the darker color would look so sophisticated!

Reese & Marie said...

I like the olivey gray green of the picture of the really big house with 2 entries... it would look fantastic with a black door or tan.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I LOVE yellow houses...my first two were yellow. The first had black shutters and the second, green. I'm sort of partial to black or green shutters, but I like the sound of what you are thinking about, too. I have a red door for the first time on my current home and I really like it. I can't wait to see what you decide! :-) Susan

imjacobsmom said...

Right from the beginning of the post I was thinking green. I like the house in the bottom picture. But a red door would add interest, too. I guess I am not being that helpful am I? My cousin has a bright pink door on her pale yellow house - almost magenta and it looks great. ~ Robyn

Sarah said...

Hmmm....I like the thought of black or else chocolate brown. I love the red door idea and can not wait to get my own red door. It's on the long list of to do projects. Have a great Valentines Day!
Sarah

Gypsy aka Tam said...

I would choose for the shutters the colors in the second photo. I like the warmer, muted tones. But with the door I would not be sure tan, black and red would all work well and it probably would depend on my mood that day with what color door our home would end up with.
Have a wonderful day,
Tam

Wendy said...

I liked every picture you posted. I don't think you can go wrong with any color. I really like the last house, the one you added the colors.

Have a great Valentines day.

Wendy

Tricia Anne said...

I have always dreamed of living in a yellow house with white trim! :o) So I am a smidge partial to that combination. I am looking forward to your decision. :o)
Happy Valentine's Day!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
Ps. I am having a give away next week, please drop by.

carolinajewel said...

I like the idea of a natural wood or tan door and green shutters. (Not just because that's what I have on my house!!!!) What shade of green? That is a whole different question!!!! But I will have to say I love the way the blue shutters look in your blog header. So many decision, but all your choices are good ones! :D Jewel

beth said...

Oh wow. That is such a hard decision to make. I have always been partial to red doors. Our door is a cherry red and it is so inviting and cheery. I smile every time I look at it. As far as the shutters and trim, I have always liked the combination of yellow house with white trim. So I would probably do yellow house, white trim, and red door. But I think the colors that you put together on BHG was nice too. :)

marty39 said...

Oh, I love yellow houses. They always look the friendliest. I also love green shutters. Hard decision, but I'm sure your decision will be lovely. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. Hugs, Marty

Carol said...

Michelle...I'm a blue and yellow gal myself! I love the first picture. See my living room window here:

http://rosecreekcottage-carol.blogspot.com/2008/09/my-favorite-window.html

I'll be anxious to see what you decide! Good luck with it.

Helen said...

Red doors bring good luck and I have had several in my life! I also like the idea of yellow and crisp white ~ with red door. Have a happy Valentine's Day!

Lisa (aka) French said...

I like the idea of red but with the yellow my personal choice would be black shutters and door and white trim....either will look great though;) Happy V day to you! French;)

Darlene said...

I love the pictures with the blue shutters or the black shutters. I'm sure whatever you decide it will look beautiful! A yellow home seems so happy!

Happy Valentine's Day!♥

Victoria said...

I vote for blue, black or red since it seems like everyone does green. :)

Linda said...

Our house was painted yellow for years with white trim, and the shutters and door were Charleston green (a black with some green) by Duron. We loved it. Recently we had the whole thing repainted a taupe with white trim and again, black shutter and door. I love it. Actually, I especially liked the 1st - with blue shutters, the black shutters, and even the red door. Can't wait to see what you pick. Linda

Kathleen Grace said...

I am so glad you styopped by my blog and commented, I came here and just fell in love with your blog! I had to add it to my google reader right away! Weighing in on the color issue, I love the red door with a yellow house, but that's just me. I think any of the colors you mention would look great. I look forward to seeing what you choose:>)

Amy said...

This may sound crazy, but there is a little yellow house right down the street from me, and it has PURPLE shutters, window boxes and front door. Yes, I said PURPLE. And I love it - it is so happy - not a neon purple, not a dark purple, just basic purple. It is so stinkin' cute and they always have lots of other bright colored flowers planted all around. My son calls it the "rainbow and sunshine" house. And it is. You ought to try it - if you don't like it, its only paint...Just my 2 cents.

Karla said...

I would vote black shutters! But that's just me. (: We have a red front door and I love it! The first one I've ever had and I think now I may never go back! It's happy and inviting! Can't wait to see what you decide!

~Karla

Lorie said...

I love the green...but I am a sucker for a red door.

Martha (aka Yvette) said...

wellll I love a yellow house I have one :). My trim and front door is a rust/red color. But it use to be the hunter green. I should post a pic on my blog :)

kelly said...

My favorite house in the whole world is Yellow with a red door and dark green trim.