Need help with exterior colors for new house

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We recently purchased our home and the siding and trim needs to be replaced. I hate the current siding color, but as you can see in the photo, there's cedar shingle (which we're not getting rid of) plus brown soffit and fascia (which we're also not replacing) and a bright white screened in porch. Any ideas for exterior colors that won't look hideous. I was thinking just making the whole thing white with brown trim, but we also seem to have a boxelder bug problem, so we're wanting to make the exterior a darker color since that is apparently less attractive to them.
q need help with exterior colors for new house, curb appeal, paint colors, painting
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  • Grady Grady on Apr 08, 2015
    Why do you want to change it? I love the way it looks.

  • Shari Shari on Apr 08, 2015
    Congratulations on your new home! I immediately envisioned this home with pretty medium-toned sage green siding. It would go great with the brown tones of the roof and cedar, and make the white railings pop. I would also consider putting decorative white shutters on each side of the 2nd floor windows.

    • Julie Julie on Apr 09, 2015
      My thoughts exactly I love sage and forest green, so either would really compliment the other lovely accents on the house.

  • User User on Apr 08, 2015
    I guess I would go with a green siding and a red door to make the railings pop :)

  • Linda Linda on Apr 09, 2015
    Lovely home! If your cedar shingles will weather to more of a gray, take this into account. If the porch railings are paintable, getting rid of the white would be a good thing. But if they are vinyl, then add some white elsewhere. Either way, I would definitely paint the lattice a darker color that will blend with your beautiful stacked stone, and thus make it disappear.

  • Libby Sinback Tipson Libby Sinback Tipson on Apr 09, 2015
    Thanks all! It's like you were reading my mind. I was thinking either green or dark putty gray. But I'm totally for the green now! We're going to do Hardie siding I think in one of their colors, so we're a bit limited in our options, but there's a really nice green to choose from that I like.

  • CK CK on Apr 09, 2015
    This website has great resources for color ideas that are appropriate to your home's age. www.oldhouseguy.com We're contemplating purchasing this home. This could give you an idea about this color scheme. (BTW, the porch and steps are new so they're not painted or stained yet.)

  • Victoria Noble Victoria Noble on Apr 09, 2015
    forest green!