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heidi anderson
request for paint color advice

I hope you can give me a quick 2-cent comment on the following:

I have an older, 3-story colonial home with (sadly) cream-yellow vinyl siding that we do not plan to remove. I couldn't get the photo to attache but would be happy to send it to you. I have just purchased quality window boxes for the upper windows. I plan to paint the boxes the same grey-green (benjamin moore paint) that is on the window trim and fill with red flowers. I also plan to paint the apex above the steps the same color. Good idea? Any further thoughts/ideas? The door is currently black...should that change? My goal is to draw attention away from the vinyl siding and to add some life (but in a classy way) to the flat-facade of the home without getting too involved in expense or tear-out; and without it looking like lipstick-on-a-pig. Thank you!

Re: request for paint color advice


You seem to lament the color of your vinyl siding. It is actually possible to paint vinyl siding. 100% acrylic house paints adhere to it well without a primer. The one caveate is to not choose a color significantly darker than the original color. PVC vinyl siding is subject to expansion at relatively low temperatures. Heat absorbtion through dark colors could cause the siding to warp.

Re: request for paint color advice

Paint your door a highlight color - that will draw the eye. Also, don't neglect landscaping to deflect the attention.

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