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June 10, 2011

MCM Home Improvement: Exterior Paint Combinations

By Sablemable aka Jan

I found an article in one of my vintage decorating magazines on how to coordinate exterior paint colors for your home.  The article included a “cheat sheet” to help.




I did some samples of the recommended combinations, using Better Homes and Gardens virtual painter at their website, www.bhg.com.  I used their sample exterior homes to demonstrate.   BHG had a great home to use, a classic MCM split-level.

The first home, with a gray roof, is painted a creamy yellow with gray-green trim.



Number 2 has a dark green roof with a white body and yellow trim.



Number 3 has a dark red roof, light gray body and dark red trim.



Number 4 has a brown roof, pink-beige body and dark brown trim.



The last one has a dark blue roof, medium blue body and light blue trim.



If you’ve noticed, I was able to change the color of the brick, as well as the roof color.    Of course, there are a lot of virtual painting sites, but I particularly like BHG’s site for the extra options they have.

If you’re planning on painting your MCM home and need ideas, then help has arrived!  Please print out the tip sheet and try out the color combinations at BHG’s website.

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4 Responses to MCM Home Improvement: Exterior Paint Combinations

  1. Felicity Reply

    June 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

    This is great. Thanks for posting this. We’re deciding on new roof shingle colors right now and then of course what to paint the house (though one of us has suggested they want to blast the paint and take it to cement).

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    June 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

    This is great, Jan!!! Interesting to note: We painted our cream brick house with a brown roof red-orange and brown, which is NOT recommended by the chart. D’oh! 🙂

  3. Lee Reply

    June 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    You should share this with Pam at retrorenovation.

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    June 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    What a cool little chart to reference Sable, Thanks!

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