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What exterior and front door color to match the existing stone?

last year

Hi, we're remodeling our house and would like to paint our siding and replace our front door. I don't like the current yellow beige. Our original idea was to remove the stone and do a charcoal gray house with some cedar and a bright front door to balance it out. We're cost cutting, so we're keeping the stone. The garage doors and front door are still being replaced.


I would still like to do a bright front door, maybe yellow, and we tend to like blues and grays, but I don't know that those colors would go with our brown stone. These are some pictures of the house, front door, and close up of the stone.






Our landscaping is overgrown, but we're planning to tackle that after the house itself is done. Any long term landscaping suggestions are welcome as well. The current garden beds were from the previous owner and don't seem in good spots to me, but I don't know what direction to go yet. I'm in the Seattle area and the house is south facing.


Thank you everyone for your ideas on color schemes and/or landscaping!

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  • last year

    Since you have a brown roof in the gray Pacific Northest , then a warm ivory might be a better choice than gray. That's probably why previous owner went for a light color. Does the house need painting? If not, then devote your budget to great landscaping. new stairs. the greenery in front of the left wall does a decent job of camouflaging the rock wall there. The big rhododendron on the right should come down. Paint foundation to match whatever color you pick.

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    For the landscaping, you could consider a front patio and a low deep bed on the right.

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  • last year

    I forgot more details. We are doing an addition in the back and the rest of the roof needs replacing so that can change as well. Thank you for the ideas!

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  • last year

    It seems the previous owner wanted the stone ignored. Dark colors are very popular and that would certainly be an easy way to go with the stone.

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    last year

    As for landscaping. Here is some option



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  • last year

    @housegal200 I do like the idea of ivory more that what's currently there, but I do prefer darker colors. I'm afraid that since the stone is dark that a bright front door isn't enough to balance all that out. Haha, we were planning to redo the stairs/entry and remove the rhododendron, but that was part of the cut.


    @Celery. Visualization, Rendering images Oh wow, thank you for the renderings! It's very helpful. I do like a taupe grey with the stone. In my head I kept picturing the blue gray we had originally, which doesn't go as well. I didn't even think about changing where the entry stairs go. I do like idea of having it closer to the end of the driveway.

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    12 months ago
    last modified: 12 months ago

    Is that the only place where there is that stone? I like stone on homes but if thtais the only lace that has the stone I would probably remove it if it is driving every choice you are making, If you love it then a taupe is the answer .definately not blue I aslo think the landscaping will change the whole look of the house and show a lot more of that stone that to me is just slapped on to say you have stone.

  • 12 months ago

    As far as the front door color, do that last. A pop of color against a neutral body color will look good and is in keeping with the style of the house. Once the rest of the house is done sample some bright colors you like - one of them will hit the spot. Or since you're replacing the front door, look at the manufacturer's standard colors as a factory finish is the best choice. Hopefully a MCM style door will have some nice color options.

  • 12 months ago

    @Patricia Colwell Consulting That is only place with stone and we don't like it very much, but taupe with the stone is helping it grow on me. We were unfortunately ~20% over our desired budget, so we are prioritizing the interior vs our exterior wishes.


    @kandrewspa We're lucky that we can get any Sherwin Williams RAL color (https://industrial.sherwin-williams.com/na/us/en/general-industrial/color/ral-color-selector.html) factory finished for our door, so we're trying to pick our door color along with the trim and window colors. I think I'd want to keep the trim and windows similar.


    Debating white trim vs dark or black trim with taupe first. I keep leaning towards dark.






  • 12 months ago

    I like an orange or poppy red door with a dark exterior. Lime green or bright yellow also work if you like something that really makes a statement.

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  • 12 months ago
    last modified: 12 months ago

    Think of that stone not as part of the house but more as a backdrop to a spectacular flower bed/front yard landscaping. Incorporate the stone colors into your new stonework /masonry, (including driveway). I really like Celery's #2 example, with the various step levels artfully arranged. (Except I would move, eliminate, or shorten the wall (with house number) so as not to block the view.)

    Sorry I dont think the dark siding + white trim works - at all. Not only woefully overdone, but on this style of house to pick out/emphasize skinny trim is not a good idea. Just leave trim same color or only slightly lighter than siding. The front with its large glass panes is plenty interesting as is (it really is quite lovely), You dont need the trim picked out/emphasized, in fact doing so would make the front too "busy" looking. For siding stick with light or at most a mid-tone - you want the visual "weight" to be on the bottom (ie the stonework/ flower beds/landscaping), not top.

  • 12 months ago

    @Debbie Downer I'll definitely think incorporating the stone colors whenever we're ready to tackle the landscaping on a grander scale. I do tend to like cleaner less busy looks, so having the trim and siding similar makes sense.


    @kandrewspa Thank you for the ideas! It was surprisingly difficult to come to a consensus on front door color because we each like different ones. Both of our neighbors have red front doors, so we'd prefer not to do the same. Yellow ended up the winner.


    I'm playing around with some paint options. For siding, I'm considering SW black fox, SW urbane bronze and the wild card of SW raisin. Would love specific suggestions and also planning to explore lighter options as well, but as mentioned, I just like the darker look. For the door, I'm between a more neutral yellow or more orangey yellow.



    Made my best photoshop attempt with SW black fox siding just to get an idea.



    I'm planning to get some paint chips and will keep mulling things over. Thank you everybody for getting me started!

  • 12 months ago

    I think you should enhance the great MCM look of your house by replacing the garage doors and front door with period appropriate (i.e., mid Century Modern) style. Both look builders’ grade from the photos.

  • 12 months ago

    Here are two examples. Built there are many other MCM styles that would work well.

  • 12 months ago

    Jealous you can go dark where you live because I love the look, our sun is too brutal here in the South West. Here are some of my favorite deep shades:



    I wouldn’t worry about front door till you narrow down the body.

  • 12 months ago

    @Dan H. Thank you for the ideas. We've already picked out a 5 lite front door!


    @texmax13 Thank you! SW Black fox and Urbane bronze are top contenders.

  • 11 months ago

    Has the house been power washed? If not, I would suggest cleaning the stone before making a decision on color. Very attractive place!

  • 11 months ago

    Hi everyone, I have to order windows soon, but it's hard to feel confident making a decision when I haven't decided many other elements.


    Top contenders for the exterior are SW Black fox and BM Tulsa twilight 2070-10. Photos in sunlight and shade.





    To me SW black fox is the easy choice. Dark, but not too dark and matches the stone well. However, I've very drawn to BM Tulsa twilight because I like the hint of purple. Doesn't show well in photos. It is very dark in the shade and black houses seem hard to get right. I keep mulling if I can make it work or not.


    I see black houses with white trim and windows, but that seems to stark to me. Most black houses with black trim and windows have some lighter elements like wood to keep it from being too dark and when everything is black that's too much for me.


    So I think my debate is what elements could modulate going black on the house. Maybe going a shade or two lighter on the fascia/soffit/garage doors?


    And I'm debating black or bronze exterior windows assuming that I go dark.

    Thank you for any input since I've been going in circles on this.

  • 11 months ago

    The Raisin and bitter chocolate look good. So nice to see someone looking for some color other than gray

  • 11 months ago

    Here are some options for Sherwin Williams colors similar to Tulsa Twilight with a trim option and a green, which would be my choice for a front door color with the deep purple tones on the body.




  • 11 months ago

    Here are some options for trim with either a yellow or a blue front door with Black Fox:






  • 11 months ago

    Also, I came across this online for Tulsa Twilight:



  • 11 months ago

    @Kat M Thanks! I love Raisin in the shade, but I can't decide if it's a bit too purple in the sun for me. I think my unicorn paint color is between Tulsa twilight and Raisin in darkness and the amount of purple that comes thought. Raisin is still a contender though. I do seem to be attracted to less common paint colors and I'll be sure to update as things move along.


    @texmax13 Wow, so many combos! Thank you! I'll look into them and thankfully, I have a lot of time to make up my mind. I decided to go with bronze windows, so that's one less decision on my plate.

  • 11 months ago

    Dark Basalt is kind of in between Raisin and Tulsa Twilight :)



  • 10 months ago

    Reporting back- Dark Basalt isn't good for the exterior, but after another round at the paint store, I've come up with more options.


    Exterior options. Out of the hint of purple ones, SW Black Swan, BM Galaxy, and maybe SW Perle Noir are standing out, and SW Black fox is still in the running too.



    Trim options for Black fox. Yellow is the potential door color.


    I like SW Griffin, Manor house, or BM bear creek.

    I also like them with the other paint options because I think they go with the stone nicely. SW Peppercorn is pleasant without the stone, but likes too blue with it.






  • 10 months ago
    last modified: 10 months ago

    Ok, been digging deep. Before you make any decisions, grab these swatches. I think they may give you the purple feel you want while working better with your stone. Also, I know you want a yellow door but it’s hard to find yellows that are approved for exterior use so I’m giving you other options just in case.

    Ben Moore:






    Sherwin Williams: (the deeper colors in the last 3 palettes are part of their emerald designer color series, you’d need to double check whether or not they can be mixed in exterior paint)






  • 10 months ago

    @texmax13 Thank you for your continued help! I'll definitely keep getting swatches.


    I think our issue is warmer purples, start to look just brown as we go dark, so we (my husband especially) like the cooler or neutral purples.


    And sorry for the confusion about the door. We are getting it factory finished and they have a similar yellow available, so I was trying to see what I thought of it together. I would love a teal door too, but my husband didn't, so after some back and forth, yellow was the only color we agreed on, which is why I'm sticking to it.

  • 9 months ago

    @texmax13 I finally got swatches of your suggestions and more and went to take pictures. It was cloudy and it's amazing how much of a difference the lighting can make.


    This is the door color sample with my top options.

    SW Darkroom, BM Topeka Taupe, and BM Night Shade.


    I love Topeka taupe. It gave me the hint of purple I was looking for. I think BM Night Shade goes well with it, but don't like it as much. In the bright sun, SW Darkroom didn't appeal to me, but in this lighting, I liked it with Topeka taupe, and it also has that hint of purple.


    Thank you for the ideas, and I have a lot of backups if these don't pan out.

  • 9 months ago

    I would buy a Samplize of the top contenders. Keep Raisin in the mix. I’m sorry I didn’t post earlier so I could keep adding my vote for it. It’s the most unusual and interesting color of the bunch. (Second choice is Black Fox. Safe but definitely beautiful.)

    Picking an exterior color from these tiny patches isn’t a good idea. Painting big pieces of poster board, one for each side of the house really helps see what these colors look like at different times of the day. Before doing that, buy the Samplize. Small investment to protect a bigger one. This is a big decision.