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Exterior house painting color ideas: great shades you rarely see

When it comes to painting the exterior of your house, most homeowners tend to stick with tried and true neutral tones like gray, white or tan. If the idea of painting your house the same color as everyone else bores you, there are many shades to choose from that can make your home stand out from the crowd.

In my neck of the woods, which is a rural area, my favorite house is not only an unusual house architecturally speaking (we call it the gingerbread house), but it is painted a beautiful combination of lavender with purple trim. Over the years it has been a salmon color as well as a bright shade of yellow with white trim. It is very apparent that the people who live in this house enjoy color and the choices they make truly compliment the style of the home. Mind you, the house itself is amazing, but the colors really add to the overall scheme of things.

If you are considering painting your house, why not choose a color that shows a little personality? This can make you feel like your home is unique, especially if you live in an area where the homes tend to look alike. Sometimes in a housing development, where the houses are similar styles, painting your home is the only way to distinguish it from the others around it.

While the style of the house is an important consideration when you are shopping for paint, don't let it hamper your style. For instance, a Victorian style house, with all of its curves and niches, can be painted a combination of colors to accentuate the details, such as fuchsia with blue trim. It would also be interesting to paint the house in three different shades of blue, or decide to go with a subtle pink with purple and white trim.

If you like pink, there are many hues to choose from, from a striking bright pink to subtler rosy hued versions. Since most houses are painted three shades of colors, one for the siding, and two or more for accents and trim, you can mix and match different shades of pink for doors, windows sashes and railings. Pink can also be paired with many shades of blue to create doorways and windows that stand out.
If you enjoy the tropics, something in the way of turquoise paired with a similar darker or bluish green shade trim can make for a tropical setting, even if you are nestled deep in the woods. This color can also be paired beautifully with salmon.
Or, if you happen to have a red roof and want to go for a patriotic look, why not choose dark blue house paint with white trim? Hang up your flag and you have a house that shows your true colors. A red roof can also compliment a house painted black, with striking yellow trim.

Another cheery color is yellow, which comes in a pleasing variety of shades. These colors draw attention to your house and may even brighten up a rainy day. Yellow can be paired with many colors for trim, but is especially striking with most shades of blue. Along these same lines you may want to reverse things by painting your house a deep shade of blue with yellow trim, which also compliment each other beautifully.

If you like purple, this color can really show off the architecture of a house, with the house trim painted purple (one or more shades) and the body of the house lavender.

Another interesting combo is orange and blue. There are so many shades of blue to choose from, from electric blue to royal blue. Royal blue makes for an interesting contrast with tangerine for a brightly painted house. Of course, you can also get really artistic and combine colors that make statements, such as purple and red, orange and purple, or green and purple. Just make sure that you like looking at these color combos because you will have to live with them for quite a while.

Be sure to take your neighbors into consideration before you embark on any sort of color scheme, especially one that will stand out. You should also check with your neighborhood association or zoning board before you start your project to make sure there aren't any local regulations or restrictions in your area.
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