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    I've been looking at pictures of home exteriors that paint companies put up to show off different paint colours. They always use homes with interesting features which accent the colour.

    What about homes with extremely boring exteriors? Like, zero architectural features - save for a couple undersized, oddly placed windows. How do you choose a new colour for a house that is basically just a rectangular box?

    I should probably wait until it passes the inspection before I get too deep into my renovation plans , but the house we are planning to buy is very plain on the outside and a colour that I dislike. My natural inclination is to go neutral, but then I wondered if there was a way to make it actually look really good, rather than just less noticeable.

    So, who has seen an otherwise featureless house with a colour that made you take notice (in a good way).

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    Found this site: Paint Colors - Color Ideas - Color Visualizer - Sherwin-Williams

    Really fun, you upload a picture of the paint and try different paint colours. Of course, it only has sherwin williams brand, but it at least gives you an idea of what looks good. Also lets you paint the trim and door, and do interior views as well.

    Does anyone know any others?

    P.S. My box house looks much better in dark colours

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    Neutral colors with trim and door painted in traditional contrast always looks clean and tidy. You can spruce up the front with bushes and flowers, hanging baskets or large pots by the front door. Is it the type of house you could add shutters to? How about a small portico of some kind?
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    I always thought I would go for a very nuetral color if we put siding on our older home. But I have seen a few homes with new siding in a brick red color with wihite shutters. I love it. It is different enought to be unique, but not weird. After all, brick red is very traditional.

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    when i lived in england i became enamoured with royal blue doors.
    the sherwin william paint visualizer is fun.

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    Do you have brick showing that will match? My dh does siding for a living and there is a house in our neighborhood that matched the siding with the brick perfectly. The colors go great together. I have never seen a house that I liked the colors so much. I would say look at houses around the neighborhoods that you drive in and get some ideas that way. The best way to see if you like it is to see it on the house no just sample colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeywrangler71 View Post

    P.S. My box house looks much better in dark colours
    Is there any way you can paint SOMETHING on it another color for contrast?

    I agree..........drive around and look at homes in your area. Or even go to a paint store and ask one of the pros there for ideas.....they might have some idea that you hadn't thought of......and a suggestion of colors/paint chips too.

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