Choosing colors

So… how do you choose colors for something big?

I’m fine with paint choices on something small like a room. I’m fairly confident in choosing yarn colors (confession: years of sock knitting mean that *bright* colors do not frighten me). But now I’m thinking about something very large, that won’t be a knit accessory, won’t be hidden by cuffs, and won’t be changed for about 5 to 10 years.

How do you choose colors for an aging Victorian house that’s been painted butter cream for ages, without much contrast in trim? The previous owners replaced the porch with a deck (or maybe the porch had fallen off before they arrived), and in 1910, probably, the original owners tried to update the look to be more modern and less “fussy”.

How do you choose colors when everyone else with a similar house has decided on butter cream, blue, steel grey, or all white? Do you get a huge board and just paint it different colors and put it out in your front yard to see how it looks in different light? Or do you do what I’m tempted to do: paint it light burgundy with white trim and green and periwinkle accents, and avoid talking with the neighbors until they calm down?

Here are a few color combinations that I thought worked on the web:

New Orleans house

I’m also getting ideas from quilts online: purples, greens, and white: Lone Star Country Bride Quilt.





3 Responses to “Choosing colors”

  1. 1 anj November 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I say.. it is your house. and if they don’t like it they can keep it to themselves. I think your description sounds lovely.

    • 2 wordtapestry November 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Oh, I have neighbors who love to rib one another about things. Mostly I want something that isn’t sky blue…. everyone has sky blue or buttercream. One neighbor bucked the trend with grey house and maroon shutters.

  2. 3 Anne Bonney November 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Go for the burgundy (not too light and by that I mean dark) – green and periwinkle sound great – white or off-white – ?
    I usually just put together a lot of paint chips, choose what I like and go for it!
    Choose what you like and go for it!

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