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Need help with exterior paint colors on our south Florida home

Michele Lumadue
29 days ago

We moved into this home 2 years ago during Covid. We replaced the roof and our front doors were finally replaced. They are unfinished and we need to choose a color, and would like to do the entire house while we are at it. We feel the color now is drab and doesn’t highlight the front accents at all. We live in a neighborhood with only 16 homes so we don’t want the colors of the neighbors homes next to us. I will use the comments below to show the neighbors home colors. Please help us

Comments (119)

  • btydrvn
    12 days ago

    I think there is a good chance it will look great if you just paint the body a bright crisp white..the trims may be okay as is…

  • btydrvn
    12 days ago

    I guess my definition of trim is all the architectural changes that do not match the body house… as it is now…i can see how it is confusing…but my theory is that “tonal” is more elegant than contrast…you have a lot of detail …..all of it does not need to be featured with a “different”color…but tonal variations are …interesting …not overbearing

  • btydrvn
    12 days ago

    The front door color can be a pale shade of your favorite color … you can tell your friends…”you will know my house by the “lavender” door! “

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    Flo Mangan
    12 days ago

    Agree. By trim I mean the stuccoed area around windows. Leave windows as is. Tone on tone will really be gorgeous!! Other neighbors will be asking you what your colors are so they can copy!

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    Flo Mangan
    12 days ago

    Like this. Pale color around windows.

  • PRO
    Flo Mangan
    12 days ago

    Low contrast with body color.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    My husband likes this last picture the most Flo. He said he is going to try and figure out those colors tomorrow.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    Thanks to all of you for your help. I really appreciate it

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    And He loves the idea of a blue gray door.

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    Flo Mangan
    11 days ago

    Tried putting mock up together for you. Hard to do with small pieces but this might help you visualize. I would remove the existing greenery because it has gotten “leggy” and you cannot fix that. I also but a “paver” walkway which is as wide as porch step down.

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    Flo Mangan
    11 days ago

    I put gray/blue doors in even though these are different than yours but trying to give you vision. Hope this helps.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago


    Thank you Flo. Olga, with Celery Visualizaion helped me with the landscaping design that I had in mind for the front yard. My husband softened the body of the house and the trim to maybe 2 levels darker than the body. So think of the landscaping in the top photo going with the house in the bottom photo. Because of the pots and the red in the plants, we felt a red door would be more complimentary to the outside landscaping. What do you think




  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    And I feel like that trim band that goes across the body of the house should maybe be the same color as the body color. Just trim the windows in the different shade, and the trim on the pillars and at the top of the pillars. He said he could elimintate the band and see what it looks like.

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    Flo Mangan
    11 days ago

    Most of these decisions are personal choices. With your roof color, I wouldn’t do red front doors. Maybe a blue/red? Or a blue/green?

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    Flo Mangan
    11 days ago

    I would update front exterior lights though.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    We don’t have any blue inside the house, or outside. I thought you had to have it flow from your exterior to the interior? Is that an old rule? Funny. We did those lights when we first moved in 2 years ago. The ones on the house didn’t work and were broken.🤣🤣. We thought we were doing pretty good with upgrades. That’s how bad we are at this.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    I like, and he liked, the picture you attached that had the blue gray shutters. We can’t get that look on the front door in the computer. I think we need another trip to the paint store

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    Flo Mangan
    11 days ago

    And you thought this was easy! Lol. It’s nice to coordinate outside and interior but your roof is the wild card here. So it’s best to do outside right. What colors do you have inside? The problem with your exterior lights is they are too small for the house entry. Also, they are quite traditional and your home has transitional look. I chose some copper to play nice with roof but oil rubbed bronze would look nice too. But size needs to be half again as tall as current lights. This is due to height of peak over porch. One more thing. The detail horizontally across the front emphasizes the width of your home which is nice. If you keep paint color pale it will create very classic look. Otherwise, the house will appear more box-like.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    Flo I never thought this was easy. God bless you guys and your patience. We have earth tones inside. Natural linen on the wall. The kitchen has a backsplash that we placed off of and it has earthy reds and greens and browns. My entire space is open from when you walk into the house. You see the living room to the kitchen to the dining room and the sliding doors look out to the lanai and pool.

    No I like the long line across the top. Not sure about the one directly under it accenting to pillar. Is it necessary?

    Ok I understand on the lights. Yes they looked lost on the pillars

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    11 days ago

    The kitchen ceiling has a ledge like it hangs. I painted that a green and the dining room connects with a tray ceiling and around the border I took the green. On the wall in the living room I have a red accent deep red accent wall. So we have the vibe of the earth tones all inside. The floors are a horrible red laminate. The previous owner put it throughout the house and it is just too costly to replace right now. So we are living with it. There are too many things in the house that need more attention than the floors.

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    Flo Mangan
    11 days ago

    So after reading about interiors, I think I would do the doors in wood tone stain or paint. Darker better. Here are some inspirational photos and make note of some of the linear details too.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    10 days ago

    Thank you Flo. I like the look of all of them, but I really like the soft white of the third picture. I like how you see the details on the front without making everything so contrasted. I understand the line across the top of our Front enterance. I am just not sure of the line along the body. I am alright with doing the trim around the window in an accent color, I just feel like the line that runs, and sort of splits the house in half at the bottom of the window frames, makes it look short. Almost like a short girl wearing a pair of cropped pants. I feel like it could be elongated with the same color of the body. And then use trim on the top above the pillars and around the window frame.


    We are going for more paint colors tonight. See if we can't get the muted white and I like the picture of the door. It is a muted blue. But I do like the look of a dark wood. I have to get the body first.

  • PRO
    Flo Mangan
    10 days ago

    Sure. You might like doing all the trim you don’t want noticed in the same color as the walls. There are no “rules” on this it’s just person choice.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    9 days ago

    Ok Flo. We got more paint chips. I narrowed it down to BM - linen white, Swiss coffee and butter pecan (options for base coat). Haven’t thought about trim color, but I like going a little darker on trim. And then I’m going to get samples of BM pacific rim and Bella blue. You convinced us to step outside of our comfort zone. Pacific rim looks a little blue green and I think it will work with our interior flow as well.

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    Been fighting a summer cold, so sorry for being slow to see your post. I checked out these colors. First the body colors.
    BM Linen White -LRV 81
    BM Swiss Coffee -LRV 84
    BM Butter Pecan -LRV 85
    They are all in the Yellow Hue family. So they would all lean yellow and non white. Maybe even peachy. An option to look at is BM White Down. It is cleaner look.

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    The two trim colors you posted are strong colors. BM Pacific Rim has an LRV of 17.5. So dark color. It is in the blue/green Hue family so it will lean in that direction.
    BM Bella Blue has an LRV of 16 so also dark but solidly in the Blue Hue family. Both those tones will tend to make yellows more prominent.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    8 days ago

    So sorry about the cold. Yes the linen white and the butter pecan are too yellow and peach. Surprisingly, I painted the Swiss coffee I different spots around the house and it holds the white color. I painted a board to take out front. Yeah the colors for the door look too dark. I crawled up on the roof and saw the blue in the shingles. Thoughts on Favorite Jean or smoky azurite. Both sherwin williams

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    Oh geez! No ladders and roof. I will check those out. Bbl

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    8 days ago


    Here is a close up of the shingles. I didn't know there was blue in them until a few of you guys said something.

  • PRO
    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    Shingles give off what I call “net impression” of color. These have a net impression of orange/brown. The blue is very much secondary but good to know.

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    I put this idea board together with BM White Down as body color, added trim color and door color with possible new lights more modern but classy bronze/copper look for front detailing. The photo top right shows example of White Down with various lighting conditions. I think this is worth getting good samplize samples to try out. See what you think.

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    The trim color is BM Simply White.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    8 days ago


    I know that my architecture is not the same, but I think that you pulled the top right of the photo as an example of a blue gray and the trim and house color. This is the photo I keep coming back to. I think you did this where you put the darker trim on the windows and kept the body light.

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    You could do the trim in slightly darker color than body. I love that look. I will see what would work with the White Down. A little tricky since the reason I think White Down can work in your light is because it has a good bit of Chroma (think graying) without being gray. So I need to find darker color with similar properties. Bbl

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    Flo Mangan
    8 days ago

    This is starting point. These have to be tested in your light but technically they work.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    We have 16 samples ordered. If we can’t find a white, then our house shouldn’t be white.🤣🤣. There are other colors too for the trim and door. But a lot if white

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    Flo Mangan
    7 days ago

    All “whites” with a few exceptions, have some tints of colors. So it just depends on what your eyeballs see in your light. Make sure to test colors with a large piece of white poster board so you can visually eliminate the existing exterior color.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    Yes we are. I have 6 that we have bought and tried. Now we are going to the peel and sticks before I buy anymore samples.

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    Flo Mangan
    6 days ago

    The samplize sheets are so much easier to use and no pots of paint to dispose of either.

  • Tricia Woodworth
    6 days ago

    My front door is painted BM Bella Blue and the exterior is a driftwood grey stain. The Bella Blue is much darker than the SW Favorite Jeans. I totally think the softer Favorite Jeans is a much better choice with the BM White Down and
    Natural Cream. Those colors together look fantastic!

  • pat1250
    5 days ago

    Following

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    5 days ago

    We tried the favorite jeans on the front door with the samplize sheet. It was late afternoon and it looked
    Periwinkle. My husband says he likes the idea of blue, but more gray in it. The Florida sun really changes the look. Our house sits southwest when standing on the front porch. So we get sunrise, full daylight sun and late afternoon sun. The painter suggested paint because a stain wound hold up to all that sunlight.

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    Beth H. :
    5 days ago
    last modified: 5 days ago

    If youi want to stain, just make sure you use a good marine varnish over it. Or any exterior coating w/UV qualities. (not a poly!)

    if you want more gray, try this Nimbus Gray (BM)








    SW Foggy Day is a blue / gray as well.

    or, try either of these blue/green grays.



  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    4 days ago

    Thank you Beth. I will check out these samples when I go to the paint store. We have narrowed the body color down to SW - shell white and BM white dove. The shell white seems to be creamy white and looks great all around the house. The white dove is questionable because on some sides of the house it leans to gray.

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    Flo Mangan
    4 days ago

    With SW Shell White, I feel your front door will need a more teal tone. Then if you do a darker trim I selected Anew Gray. (Don’t let names of paint colors influence you. They mean nothing. Here is nice combo to consider.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    3 days ago

    Thanks Flo. We got Shell white and white dove. They are painted on spots on the wall. Nothing out front. We wanted to see big spots on the wall. We won’t have direct sunlight in the back wall until tomorrow. But my husband and I agree that we like both of them around the house and under the lanai. The decision will come in direct sunlight.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    Flo, here is a picture with Shell White as the body, anew gray as the trim and Great Lakes as the door. I feel like the door color is too trendy and it needs to be more of a timeless color. I don’t think the Anew Gray works with the Dove White.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    2 days ago


    Here it is with Dove White, Trim is Anew Gray and the Great Lakes door. I think it looks blown out. the white is white and teh gray is very stark. I think the Shell white is softer on the house.


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    Flo Mangan
    2 days ago

    Dove White etc. Looks great. I like the door color. Perfect. Your roof limits your door color and this looks great. You will always be able to change in a couple years. Black is always an option. SW Tricorn Black is great look.

  • Michele Lumadue
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    I didn’t pull the colors yet, but found SW - black fox, backdrop and Tempe star