The Joyful Exterior How To Give Your Home Just The Right Touch Of Blue Here Are Ways To Add Blue To

The Joyful Exterior How To Give Your Home Just The Right Touch Of Blue Here Are Ways To Add Blue To

First in a series on how to choose a bold accent color for the outside of your house

Most homeowners prefer neutrals for the main body color of a home’s exterior. With a few exceptions, I tend to agree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also bring in a fun hue. Here are eight examples of pairing a subtle house color with a bold blue accent.
Beach Style Exterior by The Bazeley Partnership The Bazeley Partnership 1. Gray cedar siding gets a boost with a splash of vibrant blue. This palette is perfect for a place by the beach, but even landlocked homes can pull it off beautifully. It’s all about using neutrals (gray and white here) for the bulk of the color, and limiting the bold blue hue for smaller accents such as the front door and window frames. by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design For a similar palette, try:Stonehedge semisolid exterior stain with trim in White Dove and an accent of Watertown, all from Benjamin Moore. Traditional Exterior by Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc. Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc. Save Email by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design Save Email 2. Warm, soft neutrals are enduringly popular exterior colors for a home. Make your place stand apart from the neighbors’ by going with a more unusual accent color. This watery blue allows the handsome architectural details on the house to take center stage.

For a similar palette, try: 
Lover’s Hideaway with an accent of Pacific Bliss, both from Kelly-Moore. Beach Style Exterior by Glenn Layton Homes Glenn Layton Homes 3. As color complementaries, or opposites on the color wheel, blue and orange offer a dynamic contrast. You can rein that in a bit by going for a neutralized version of one of the colors (such as the toned-down tan on the shingles here) and allow the other color to really stand out (the aqua accents on the door, soffits and porch ceiling). by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott DesignFor a similar palette, try: Tony Taupe for the main color,Raindrop for the soffits and porch ceiling, and Reflecting Pool on the front door, all from Sherwin-Williams. Traditional Exterior by Felhandler/ Steeneken Architects Felhandler/ Steeneken Architects by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design 4. The saturated blue on the windows and shutters here mimics the clear blue sky. This is perhaps a bit more than an accent of blue, but because most of the home is painted a soft off-white, it doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

For a similar palette, try: 
Ivory Mist with an accent of Castle Moat, both from Behr. Farmhouse Exterior by CCD Architects CCD Architects5. This adorable cottage gets its color boost from soft turquoise accents. by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design For a similar palette, try: Lime White with an accent of Blue Ground, both from Farrow & Ball. Beach Style Exterior by Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture6. If you have any fun or whimsical elements on your home, by all means, use a compelling accent color to make them stand out. Conversely, paint any unsightly elements such as gutters, downspouts, conduits, vents and utility equipment in the same color as the surrounding siding so they’ll blend in. by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design For a similar palette, try: Delicate White for the main color, andArabella and Chinese Porcelainas accents, all from PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Traditional Exterior by Maribeth Peters Team of Allie Beth Allman - Dallas Maribeth Peters Team of Allie Beth Allman - Dallas Save Email by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design7. When selecting exterior accent colors, take into consideration any fixed elements on your home, such as the roof or stonework. Unless you’re also changing the color of those, make sure that your accent hue plays nicely with them. This deep blue-green looks terrific with the gray roof shingles.

For a similar palette, try:
 Bistro White with an accent of Sky Space, both from Valspar. Traditional Exterior by New Avenue New Avenue by Jennifer Ott Design Jennifer Ott Design8. This color scheme calls to mind the sun and the sea, and is a great choice for a cottage near the beach or for those who want to capture that seaside vibe.

For a similar palette, try:
Chamber Yellow for the main color, Capitol White for the trim, and Lazy Sunday for the door and other accents, all from Benjamin Moore.

Your turn:
 How have you used blue on the exterior of your home? Post a photo below and tell us what color you chose!



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