Friends of mine in Calgary have asked for help in choosing a paint colour for the exterior trim and front door of their oh-so-cute little bungalow. Two years ago they refreshed the interior on a small budget - with big impact (check out the before and after). After getting married last year and now expecting a baby any day, they can't take on a project that's too big, but they still want to improve curb appeal - primarily with paint.
Painting a home's exterior can hugely amplify curb appeal, but it's difficult to pick exterior paint colours, as they often look much lighter outdoors than they would inside. You really need to take your time and examine patches in different light on different days.
Here are some colour options I'm recommending for my friends, who are starting with an off-white stucco. These options would, I believe, be good choices for any bungalow style home.
Choose a pewter gray for the trim like CIL Fine Silver, and make the door a more vibrant red, such as CIL Old Glory. I really like this crisp cottage feel - it's my fave... I think...so many good combos below...
Try a darker gray for the trim and a deeper charcoal of the same family for the door.
A variation on the white/gray theme would be to keep the trim white, but add light gray window boxes below the windows, and paint the door brown for a wood look.
I like the idea of a soft green trim, and would err on the side of a mossy gray-green. This example with a wooden door is wonderful, but a red or yellow door would work well here too.
Another variation of this would be to also paint the door in the same mossy green, only a couple of shades deeper.
If they wanted to try navy blue for a bolder look, pairing with a yellow door is a really cute option.
Now, if they wanted to get crazy and take on a little more work, they could keep the trim white and paint the stucco for a whole new colour palette. Here are a few options that would look nice.
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