I don't know why it hasn't occured to me to turn to forums for help -- I've been googeling, searching pins and pics on houzz and other websites (like This Old House) but hadn't yet turned to real live people for help.
Here is the best photo I can quickly find of the exterior of our house. Not a lot has changed out front in the past 3 years since this photo -- except for the landscaping (prettier gardens) and the porch, door and covered porch walls and ceiling paint are all peeling.
Ideally I have a long list of things I'd change (feel free to add those ideas to your comments), but firstly I need to paint porches and doors. Right now the decking is grey, the railings and columns are white, the top of the railing is grey, and the doors are a pale purpley colour.
The white siding is old, and despite a cleaning doesn't look crisp any longer. I was thinking of painting everying white and just the doors a great red (not chosen yet) (concerns are if that will just eccentuate the old white siding). I've also thought about changing out the grey for a blue grey and doing red doors, or matching blue/grey doors. I always love black on a white house but the neigbhours (not pictured) have a very similar home and have black doors and shutters but is in a state of disrepair -- I'd like to help to distinguish our home from theirs.
Do you have any photos or initial recommendations for the colours of our porches and screen doors?