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Apr 16, 2021 - 6:20:15 AM

maxmax

Sweden

1483 posts since 8/1/2005

We're looking at buying an old wooden house. I think it's beautiful apart from the color; a really bright yellow. It would benefit from being repainted either way, but I'm not sure if I would want to paint it a different shade of yellow, or an entirely different color instead.

Since we haven't bought it yet, I don't want to post pictures, but it's a fairly typical two story house with terracotta roof panels (that has some patina, but mainly terracotta color) and currently has white boards around the edges and windows. It's surrounded by mixed forest.

I kind of like pink houses (it's the one thing I like in pink), but not sure about that combined with the terracotta roof. Falu red is the traditional color on these kinds of houses here in Sweden and I like the idea of preserving our cultural heritage, but I'm not totally convinced as I don't necessarily think it's the most beautiful color. I don't want white, but other than that I'm open to any suggestions! Bonus points if you have pictures. smiley What do you all like? If you live in a house, what color is it?

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:34 AM
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6637 posts since 9/5/2006

back when my grandma and grandpa on my moms side got married,,she told him she wanted a pink house with a white picket fence,, so when they bought their first and only house,,in the 40s,, he painted it pink,, and till the day she died that house was painted pink every few years ,,,, it only changed to white after they both had died and was sold. but for around 50 years it was pink,,, and it had a white picket fence in the front yard too.

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:39:57 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

10931 posts since 2/22/2007

Yellow wooden houses are my favorite, they look happy to me, but it has to be the right shade of yellow. Also like pink and blue, again the exact shade is critical. I have recently acquired an old wood house and it is painted something between an orange and a salmon color, with white trim. I would not have chosen that but it's growing on me.

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:51:14 AM
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KCJones

USA

1488 posts since 8/30/2012

Matching the roof is important. Doesn't matter what color it is, if it clashes with the roof it won't look good.

I've always preferred a green house with a brown roof. Or a blue with green roof. Or yellow with red roof. or white with red roof. The important thing: Pick a real color. Grey/Taupe houses are devoid of soul and should be banned by building codes. Just my opinion.

As the person responsible for maintaining a house where winter exists, I prefer vinyl siding and steel roofing. No painting necessary, and no shingle maintenance.

Apr 16, 2021 - 7:18:13 AM
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phb

Germany

2617 posts since 11/8/2010

quote:
Originally posted by maxmax

Falu red is the traditional color on these kinds of houses here in Sweden and I like the idea of preserving our cultural heritage, but I'm not totally convinced as I don't necessarily think it's the most beautiful color. I don't want white, but other than that I'm open to any suggestions! Bonus points if you have pictures. smiley What do you all like? If you live in a house, what color is it?


I like the traditional Swedish red and before reading to the end of your question I thought that I would recommend choosing a traditional colour for what is an old house. I think you can't go wrong with it. You know what you are going to get while more individual colours always carry a risk of not looking as good as you thought they would.

Apr 16, 2021 - 7:20:53 AM
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11788 posts since 1/15/2005

An interviewer once asked the coach of an NBA team what his church preference was (when it was OK to ask those sort of things) and his answer was "Red Brick"!

Apr 16, 2021 - 7:31:36 AM
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Owen

Canada

8379 posts since 6/5/2011

This is in St. John's NL, but I suspect similar can be found in several other places.

167 Gower Street, St. John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, A1C1P7 — Point2  Canada

You could paint each of the four (?) sides in one of your four favorite colors!!

Back when I entertained thoughts of building a street rod, I said I was going to paint the components in various colors [red roof / green left front fender / black hood / etc.].  That way if it was necessary to replace a part I could simply go to the auto wrecker and be confident of getting a part that matched the color scheme.   yes    Alas, it never got beyond the "thoughts" stage.  sad

Edited by - Owen on 04/16/2021 07:34:06

Apr 16, 2021 - 7:44:03 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

10931 posts since 2/22/2007

All the colors in Owen's photo look harsh to me, and I'm agreeing with Steven about the importance of a complimentary roof color. If my orange house had any form of dark shingle I would not have been able to bear it, but with a shiny metal roof it works.

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:00:20 AM
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74297 posts since 5/9/2007

Whatever color this one is.


 

Apr 16, 2021 - 10:30:03 AM
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RonR

USA

1814 posts since 11/29/2012

Our house is unpainted tan stucco and very drab. We painted the trim brown, shutters green, and doors and window boxes purple.




Apr 16, 2021 - 10:54:07 AM
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Brian T

Canada

18059 posts since 6/5/2008

I think bright house colors make a dent in the monochrome of snowy winters.
Our house was bright pink with white trim. On one side was a purple house.
On the other side was a leaf-green house. Most everybody had white trim.

Apr 16, 2021 - 11:11:39 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

10931 posts since 2/22/2007

I'm also tired of drab houses, but gray can be cool if done right. There is a brick ranch near me that the owners painted a nice gray then used red shutters and trim, with some white in the right places, and the three colors together really pop. The red makes all the diff.

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:01:49 PM

maxmax

Sweden

1483 posts since 8/1/2005

Thanks for all the replies! I pretty much agree with everyone. Still not sure which way I'm leaning, and once I do I still need to convince my wife too. Lol.

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:11:25 PM
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Brian T

Canada

18059 posts since 6/5/2008

I agreed to help a friend paint their house ( 9 times around the house on a ladder, as it turned out.)
I also said it was impossible to do anything until the paint colors were picked out. DUH!

So we got a few pages of house paint colors and drove around, looking at houses.
Home-owners got suspicious of us stopping until we waved the paint pages at them.
It came down to like and don't like.
Forest green with straw yellow trim turned out to be quite attractive.

Apr 16, 2021 - 5:42:54 PM
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518 posts since 10/4/2018

I like dark stained wood. Maybe you can match your house to the stain of your banjo. Mine is dark stained cherry wood and it looks delicious.

Apr 16, 2021 - 7:05:55 PM
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donc

Canada

6552 posts since 2/9/2010
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When Max posted this question my first thought was the village where my grandfather was born. It was Resele, Sweden. I've never seen Sweden but the Google street view pictures show that at least 75% of the houses in the village are painted red. Colours are more typically be a regional thing. Green and brown colours were popular here for several years because we live in a forest-mountain area. In recent years the influx of outsiders has changed that rule to 'anything goes'. Our original city houses were often a cream colour. Painting a house pure white was a bad idea because everybody burned coal or sawdust. A new white house soon became various shades of a cream coloured house.

Apr 17, 2021 - 5:32:39 AM
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wizofos

USA

5936 posts since 8/19/2012

Our home is surrounded by old growth trees in the woods and we decided to put gray vinyl siding with some dark brown accents so it looks like weathered wood. Roof has faded and is light gray but darker than the siding. The only problem we had was when we put on a new deck we needed some siding and what we had was no longer available so the contractor was able to find some that was close in base color. It is not too bad since it is under the deck.
After we resided our house the people across the road also did their house in light gray and another house on our road was also resided in light gray. We only have 4 homes on our end of the road and they are about 100 meters/yards apart and separated by woods.
The only house we painted was dark cream color with brown trim.
I read your post to Her and She said that a grayish/brown mushroom color would look good with the terra cotta roof.

Apr 17, 2021 - 8:39:18 AM
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15157 posts since 12/2/2005

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Originally posted by steve davis

Whatever color this one is.


Me too. Those of us who live within a mile or two of salt water are often in neighborhoods in which raw cedar shakes side many of the houses. Over time, the salt in the air helps those shakes achieve a lovely weathered silvery-gray color.

I'd say the majority of the houses within a reasonable radius of here use this approach. Among those houses that are painted, white is the predominant color, with yellow coming in a distant third.

Apr 17, 2021 - 10:47:24 AM
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74297 posts since 5/9/2007

One of my favorite things to "don't" is paint a house.

Apr 18, 2021 - 4:46:51 AM
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rinemb

USA

13272 posts since 5/24/2005

My wife, having been an interior decorator for 20 or so years, sees tones, values, an colors way out of my wheelhouse.  So last time we painted our house in celebration of it's 100th year, we decided to return it to its original color.  We removed a paint peel protected under a bay window and delaminated the layers of paint to first coat in 1912.   

After that we bought about 10 quarts of paints and blends.  Painted swatches on every side and viewed them in sunlight and shade.  I didn't have a clue what my wife was seeing or saying. But the wine was good in those hours sitting in lawn chairs watching paint dry.   

Oh yea, what was the color. It was in the family of yellow.  But more a wheat straw-after harvest. Not too bright, no lemony tone, etc.  It is our favorite. Brad, kansas

Apr 18, 2021 - 5:28:20 PM
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4133 posts since 10/18/2007

My neighbor's house was painted a bright mustard yellow about 10 years ago. It was glaringly ugly. But it has paled over the years to a lighter, gentle yellow. I find it very attractive and am tempted to paint our house a similar light yellow when it's time.

Apr 19, 2021 - 7:40:10 AM
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2630 posts since 2/10/2013

On TV I have seen communities in Norway and Iceland. House colors are very striking. The commentator said these colors help offset the depression caused by long winter conditions. My wife loved the colors they painted their houses. I would guess parts of Sweden and other countries would have the same problem.

I live in a warm climate where the sun affects building materials. Materials deteriorate more quickly and colors fade.

Apr 20, 2021 - 2:49:39 AM

maxmax

Sweden

1483 posts since 8/1/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Hauser

On TV I have seen communities in Norway and Iceland. House colors are very striking. The commentator said these colors help offset the depression caused by long winter conditions. My wife loved the colors they painted their houses. I would guess parts of Sweden and other countries would have the same problem.

I live in a warm climate where the sun affects building materials. Materials deteriorate more quickly and colors fade.


I think there might be some truth to that.

I work a lot in Iceland and love the colors of everything they paint! But their houses almost all have corrugated sheet on the outside, and I would think the decision to paint a house like that in a wild color would be easier than an old wooden house. And my general feeling of most Icelanders is that they don't take too much too serious, so it suits them quite well. We are not as spontaneous over here. blush 

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:42:09 AM
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3998 posts since 12/6/2009

it also depends on the style of house and the era it was from. and of course the roof color that isnt so easy to change until needed. (unless ya got money to burn). I bought a house with a brown roof and spent a lot of time until I came up with a silver green that blended.. I also trimmed it with a muted white trim (they called Linen white).....I would tell neighbors, " it took me a year to to find a color my wife wouldn't like"...lol. Yellow could be ok but it also sometimes makes a house stick up outa' the ground. I like colors that keep them with the surrounding visual.....and you cant go wrong with white, and grays......on older colonials. IMHO

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:16:45 PM
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Paul R

Canada

14317 posts since 1/28/2010

Historic houses here are all pretty much the same colour - with good reason.

They don't call it the Limestone City for nothing.






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