Dark Color for Our House?

Dark Color for Our House?

Regina Yunghans
Nov 14, 2011

Q: In hopes of staying in the neighborhood we love as our family outgrew our space, we just did a small addition to our home. After choosing and scrounging (thank you, Craigslist!) all the fixtures, tile, etc., plus adding a new baby to the mix, we hit the decision-making wall. We've been slowly checking the remaining projects off the list. The oustide is next. With the rainy season looming and our neighbors likely tiring of our raw stucco look, I thought your kind readers might be able to help.

The house is a modern craftsman (1924 with a 2010 addition). The new windows are clad, so those are set with a creamy off-white exterior and a dark bronze (almost black). The original windows will be painted to match. There are a pair of thin silver metal bands that divide the two floors.

So here are the questions:
1. Should the stucco be all one color?
2. Two different colors for the stucco? Divide top and bottom? Top and bottom same with a different color between the bands?
3. Any suggestions on colors?
4. Finally (and this part is probably the most fun) any suggestions on a bright pop of color for the front door? It's a vintage 1920s door, but we're hoping a bright color will make it more inviting.

I love dark houses, and we've been leaning towards Benjamin Moore's Gunmetal or Ocean Floor for the main color. Of course, if we were sure of that, I wouldn't be writing you now.

Thanks to everyone for your help.

Sent by KB

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