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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 12:07 PM CST
I'm wondering what color everyone likes for their house? Trim colors and shutters and stuff? My back yard will be a hodge podge of anything I want, but the front yard is very small and on a busy road. Do you coordinate the color of your plants/blooms with your home's colors?
I was thinking of painting my ranch style a sage color, with white trim and then a rose color pink shutters. What kind of flowers would I put with that? Maybe I should use mostly greenery/texture plants in the front?
Would love to see pics of the front yards with the house in it.

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lovemyhouse
May 27, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Had my house painted a warm ivory with sage green trim. Makes a neutral backdrop for anything I want to put in. I don't generally have much white, though, since the house is white.

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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 1:47 PM CST
Looks smashing! So do you have trouble getting things to grow with that huge tree right in the front like that? I had a maple once and it was probably 25 feet from my house and I could not get anything to grow around my house the roots were so thick. We even cut some roots out with the chain saw that got around the foundation/crawl space. We finally cut the tree, it rooted up into my neighbors garage. The tree was just as much on her side than mine-in the fence-thank goodness. I just told her one day that we were going to cut OUR half Smiling would you like us to cut your half too? A silver maple, those things I detest.
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lovemyhouse
May 27, 2013 2:36 PM CST
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chelle
May 27, 2013 3:09 PM CST

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Lots of pictures of our color scheme here, Frillylily. http://garden.org/ideas/view/Sharon/258/Garden-Tours-Chelle/ There are before and after photos, so scan past the first few.

I like it because so many of the foliage plants we treasure pick up the dusty burgundy and forest green shades of the house. And tan is everywhere, in every season. Smiling
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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 3:30 PM CST
here is a pic of part of the front of the house I will be working with.
I would like to put a metal roof on the house, in burnished slate, a really dark almost blackish chocolate color.
then paint the house a sage green color, not too dark though.
The main trim, sofit ect will be white, but Im not sure what color to do the shutters. I am thinking either a rosy coral color, kind of muted-nothing bright, or maybe a dark chocolate color to match the roof?


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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 3:32 PM CST
well my photo looks like the house is a lopsided mess, but I guess that must be the angle or the camera or something. The house really does look better in person lol
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lovemyhouse
May 27, 2013 3:32 PM CST
This is the previous color scheme before I bought the house
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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 3:35 PM CST
well that is ok too, but I think I like the green and cream better. I think the yellowish w chocolate looks kind of dated for that house.
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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 3:36 PM CST
chelle, your place is beautiful, enjoyed the photos. Liked reading your page!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 27, 2013 3:56 PM CST
Yep, it was real ugly in person, which is why I was so grateful to my boss for giving me a house paint job as a new homeowner present. Hilarious!
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Frillylily
May 27, 2013 4:02 PM CST
well that was lucky!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
May 27, 2013 4:04 PM CST
Yep. Smiling
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chelle
May 27, 2013 4:46 PM CST

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Frillylily said:chelle, your place is beautiful, enjoyed the photos. Liked reading your page!


Thank you. Smiling

A darker sage might be nice for your shutters.

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Calif_Sue
May 31, 2013 5:01 PM CST

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I have color swatches painted in several spots by the front and back door, been like that for over a year already, I am having a hard time committing to color over such a large area, it's scary to me LOL!
After seeing a local house color in town that we liked, I think I finally found what I want. It's a warm light olivey green for the body with warm cream trim (to me, white is too strong of a contrast) and the front door will be a deep plum. Green, to me, is a great backdrop for any garden plants!
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 1, 2013 10:36 PM CST
Oh, that will be very pretty Sue. I would really like to use the warm creamy color too for my trim, but the windows in the house we bought are new and they are white, we are broke poor and I figure matching everything up to the white will be easier to do and cheaper. So white it is. But that is the very reason why I don't want too deep of a color on the siding, too much contrast with the brighter white.
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Calif_Sue
Jun 2, 2013 12:29 AM CST

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Yes, I agree, in that case white would be the best choice with a lighter siding color. Thumbs up
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irisarian
Jun 2, 2013 8:29 AM CST
Our house is light blue which can look grey. Trim & shutters are 'buttercup' yellow. Large beech tree in front yard as well as other tree. House is on former conservation property & builder was able to sneak it in without cutting the trees. there were birch trees but he had to hit the roots so they are gone. No photos however.
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daylilydreams
Jun 4, 2013 9:40 AM CST
I would keep your colors neutral to blend in with nature since you want to plant flowers in front that way you can change the colors of plants/flowers yearly. Our house had been painted blue when we put new sideing on we chose a light beige/tan with white trim.
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Marilyn
Aug 9, 2013 11:47 PM CST
Here's some of my pics (click onto the link)... http://garden.org/ideas/view/Sharon/212/Garden-Tours-Marilyn...

Taken in 2005....

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These were taken in 2007...

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Taken in 2009...

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I can add more later when it's not so late at night.

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