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Green exterior paint color schemes

When it comes to exterior color schemes, there's something to be said for tried-and-true combinations. This classic abode would probably look out of place with any other setup than warm beige for the siding and bright white around windows and on rails. Another good accent piece to pay attention to: exterior light fixtures. These are wonderful for adding complementary materials or colors, as well as decorative accents. The lantern-type fixtures here balance the home's symmetry, with a pair flanking the doors on all three floors.

Pick Two Hues in Varying Brightness for Accent

Some of the more interesting exterior color schemes are those that turn tradition on its head. Take, for example, Colonial-style homes: Very often these are painted in a single color, many times white. While that's a great solution, there are ways to update and modernize that choice, too. The accent shades chosen here—a dusty, lavender gray and a bright turquoise—would normally not be used in the same color scheme. Here, though, the gray offers refined accent on the shutters, while the turquoise—a brighter spin-off of some of those same blue-purple tones—directs foot traffic to the front door.

Limit Bold Accents

Judicious use of a bold accent color can lend your home a more restrained exterior scheme than you might expect. It's a choice that works well with classic home styles, particularly because it doesn't overpower their very traditional forms. This home—which deftly matches a deep gray with a lighter tone—also relies on an orange-red hue, inspired by some of the roofing materials. That tone is carried over on rooflines and side doors to provide a continuing color line for the eye to follow.

Play with Primary Colors

Red, yellow, and blue, the primary colors, are the basis of all other hues; as such, they're naturally complementary. But very few of us would consider painting a home in red, yellow, and blue, as represented in the original color wheel form. However, when given rich depth or startling brightness, the hues provide an exterior color scheme that's at once distinctive and deeply satisfying. The key is to select one color that pops—here, yellow—and another that's used sparingly—in this case, red. The rich, almost neutral shade of blue offers a base.

Rust-Oleum Rust-Oleum 238474 EPOXYShield Decorative Color Chips, Green Blend
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  • Can be used with water or solvent-based concrete coatings
  • Quickly enhances the look of the surface
  • For use on interior and exterior surfaces
  • Great for carports, laundry rooms, porches, patios, walkways and pool decks
  • Combine with other colors of EPOXYShield Decorative Color Chips for a customized look

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