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The Most Overlooked Colour for Exteriors

By 06/03/2010January 16th, 202020 Comments

It’s newsletter time again and this month it’s dedicated entirely to exteriors. I’m gathering all my exterior posts so that they will be in one place with the addition of my special article written especially for my subscribers (it’s free, click here if you would like to receive it): The Most Overlooked Colour for Exteriors.

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Related posts:

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Exterior Colours

The Best Exterior Trim Colours—NOT Cloud White

How to Pick Exterior Colour without a Designer


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  • Ivy Lane says:

    Looking forward to it Maria! I always learn something new from your blog posts and newsletter!

    Have a GREAT Day! 🙂

  • Ideezine says:


    Great as we are outside more to notice the exterior and texture surfaces of many things and colors.


  • Charlotte's Color Specialist says:

    I get so wrapped up with interior colors I hardly notice the exterior! I'll keep my eyes open for more colorful posts on it.

  • Kim@Chattafabulous says:

    Why are exterior colors so difficult. It seems that change even more than interior colors once they go up! Can't wait to hear your great advice on this subject!

  • Annie@A View On Design says:

    I look forward to that one!


    Three cheers for newsletter time!

    Thanks for stopping by Gg – Notes on the Journey. Always love your visits.

  • pve design says:

    yeh, for outdoor colors and gate-keepers.

  • Velvet and Linen says:

    I always love receiving your newsletter. I learn something new each month! Have a wonderful weekend, Maria.


  • Lila says:

    A house in my town should have followed these steps. They built a Victorian style home with gorgeous architecture and painted it YELLOW! Not the beautiful, buttery, rich yellow. NEON! What a waste of a gorgeous home!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Will definitely check out our newsletter. And I want that house!!! (and dog)

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    Ditto . . the house but not the dog . .

  • Karena says:

    Maria your posts always make me so happy!! Love the gate and doggy

    Art by Karena

  • Ann says:

    Maria- I just discovered your blog and I love it. I have a very hideous color scheme on my exterior right now-all the wrong moves. Dark teal trim, yellowish stone, white stucco, light brown asphalt roof, and orangey-wood front doors. Not sure what to do. I can't afford to repaint entirely right now, and so I'd like to just repaint the trim and front doors. Any advice? Thanks.

  • Maria Killam says:

    Hi Ann,
    How about a dark brown to relate to the roof? You can't do black (which would be my first choice) because your roof is not black but brown would work.
    Hope this helps,

  • Mattie says:

    Hi Maria,
    I am very much looking forward to your newsletter.
    When painting a front door, is it wrong to paint out the sidelights and surrounding trim and possibly the storm door in the same colour as the door?
    My front door is a mess right now and needs a good ‘facelift’ including its hardware.
    Love your ebook! Thanks for being there.

    • Maria Killam says:

      It’s not wrong but not every house can handle it. If you think your’s can than go for it! Maria

  • susan says:

    Hi Maria, I need your opinion. We are painting our 2.5-storey 100-year-old Victorian-ish house Comox
    green from Vancouver historical True Colours palette:
    Trim colours will be something creamy without being yellow and a red. I like Benjamin Moore Caliente. What do you think of this combo? Any suggestions for the creamy white?

  • Lucie says:

    Good Morning, Maria – I so love this house and also all the beautiful front doors in the 10 best front door colors. Will you consider a post about storm doors? We really feel more comfortable (safe) in our city row house with a storm door, but I really dislike our current door. How does one choose a storm door color? Our porch light appears to be bronze, but i think is really aged brass and our front door hardware is brass… Thank you so much. I am learning a ton from your posts!

  • Teresa says:

    Getting ready to paint the exterior of our lake house. I don’t have a clue. It is a driftwood color on cedar at present. Need help!

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