What Color Should I Paint My House?

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Q: I am seeking paint color suggestions for my house. I have attached an older photo because right now it is a frozen hellscape. The dish is long gone. The landscaping is a work in progress — much has been done since this photo, and more will be done in the spring. So, don't get distracted by the landscaping! Although I agree painted brick can look great, we are not painting the brick (I realize that won't dissuade some of you). I want to find colors that work with the brick color and give the place some much needed curb appeal. I attached a close-up so you can see the brick color better (more clay than red). The white paint that is there is in very poor shape…

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…I am currently thinking of steering clear of bright colors, and I like the idea of a rich brown taupe for the siding and window heads/jambs/sills. (The frame/sash will remain white, as it is vinyl or something similar.) I love contrast around a window. For the eaves, I am thinking I should stick with a pale color because they reflect into the house (maybe gray). Then I would use that same pale color on the door frame. But more important, what do you all think?

In the spring, I am going to install a full glass storm door, so suggestions for that frame color would be appreciated also (white? taupe/brown?). The door will either be painted, or I will restain it (currently wood but not in great shape).

Thanks in advance for sharing your suggestions!

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