I am so grateful I came across your blog this afternoon. I have an older 1980’s house that I’m getting ready to have painted with SW paint. Could you please take a look at what I’m working with and let me know what you think for color ideas. Roof is black, then there’s some darker brick towards the bottom. I am not even sure whether or not I’m going to have the brick painted or not. I also don’t think I want to paint all of those vertical trim pieces on the front, but am completely up for suggestions. Also, do I paint the planter box in front the same as the house, trim, or different accent color?
I’m so fickle that I’m all over the color wheel with ideas, so very open to all colors. I’ve attached a few pictures to help you out. The first photo show’s the back of the house and that is a lilac bush. (Do I cut this down!? Is it obnoxiously large?) The second and third are of the front of the house. I guess my objective is to make this home look a little more up to date and welcoming. The bush on the left of the house turns a beautiful bright red in the fall, and we have large fur pine trees to the right of the house.
We are a young couple with a small budget. I know a good paint job can really help this house out.
I happen to be super opinionated about painting Tudor style homes. Probably too opinionated. I think you should use the original Tudor construction as your guide. The Tudor home was traditionally built with what is called half timber/ waddle and daub construction. With this, you still see the timbers, and the area in-between is filled in with the waddle and daub. The effect is the dark brown of the timber, combined with a cream color. (see this post for a more in depth description)
If it were me, I would go super traditional, like the photo below.
You will want to use your brick, and sample quarts as a guide for selecting exact paint colors.
The off white portion can vary quite a bit, depending on how much contrast you want.
So, you might ask, do I HAVE to go traditional? To which I say, no. Not in your case, because your architecture isn't pure Tudor. (If it were, I would tell you differently). For example- the home below, is not painted a traditional color pallet, but looks nice.
I love the shake on the home above.. and what a great porch that would be!
How about a darker center color? I guess that's ok too- but keep it neutral. Stucco shouldn't be blue or green. It looks weird. I do think that the home above would look better if it had a more traditional pallet.
However, going LIGHTER on the timber portion of the half timber construction, to me, is like turning your back on your roots. It's like changing your last name. It's trying to be something that you are not. (OK- maybe that's a little dramatic) Again, for a truly Tudor home, I think that would be horrible, for you house, it's OK, as the style of the home is not Tudor, except for the half timber facade.
Now, do you want to know what I would do with your home? I would remove that half timber facade altogether. Your architecture does not support it. I think it was a poor decision by the architect, or builder, or whoever designed it. I would take it off, frame out the windows, each broken section, (those sections that protrude forward) and add shutters. (while you're at it, you could add a porch... :-)
Here is a color pallet that I think would look really nice with your brick (notice the brick behind the bushes):
SW 6199- for the field
SW7571- for the trim
SW6208- accent color- would be good on your door
I want you to look closely at the home above. Do you see how under the eaves, it is painted off white, not gray, like the field of the house? And do you see how each of the vertical slats is painted the accent color? Don't let a lazy painter (or a higher cost) do that any differently on your home.
My sharpie added some shutters and a porch for you. (also remove the half timber accents)