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Question DetailsAsked on 3/13/2017

does beige soffitt and fascia look good on a brick house with white windows

we are building a brick house with white vinyl windows. does beige soffitt match the windows

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An Interior Designer or Architect is really the person to ask about things like that - or google or pinterest search phrases like this - images of brick houses with beige trim - to see lots of photos of similar houses - most of which will likely have white window frames.

White window frames/shutters are generally considered "color neutral" except against black (where it can get garish like a chessboard house), so people normally consider that white goes with pretty much any color. Gray, then beige are generally considered the next-most "neutral" colors on a house.

The beige trim - personally, unless using white or yellow brick, I would not consider beige to be a match for a darker (red, brown, or black) brick house - but look at the images you call up and see for yourself. To many people (myself included), trim looks better done in darker shades than the field, as an accent color - but there are some people who use bright or light trim on darkish houses to sort of "border" the field areas. And of course if the brick you are using is pretty dark, then you might want a lighter trim to soften the dark impact of the image.

There are also a few siding and paint companies who have "color test" apps on their websites - you choose a basic house then select colors for the field and trim and roof to see how they like. Not exact, but can give you an idea of how it might look. Some home improvement and building supply stores also have that type of program in their design department, who will do this sort of conceptual color mockup on their computer if it will get you to buy your paint from them.

And of course, once you think you have a color scheme, the ultimate test (assuming some brick is already up and at least some windows in) is for you or the painter to get a sample can (typically 1/2 pint or quart, depending on whether the manufacturer offers sample cans for sale) in the chosen color(s) and try it out on a couple of pieces of scrap trim board and tack them up for a few days to see how it looks. And look at it in morning and evening twilight as well as both bright and cloudy mid-day to see how the shading looks under different conditions - the lighting conditions can really make a big difference. If color really matters to you, try several colors at one time so the decision-making process is not drawn out too long - especially if they are getting near to being ready to do the trim painting.

Or if house is not that far along, or to play a lot of games with this at home, print off a picture of your house (if getting framed up already) or of a house from the web that is similar to yours and cut and glue on some brick image from a photo, then use paint color strip card cutouts to make trim material for your mockup - and plain white cardstock for the windows if the ones in the photo are not white. Don't forget to do the roof in something like your chosen shingle/tile color too, because the beige (or whatever color you choose) might or might not look good compared to that.

Of course, if you have an architect working with you on the house, this sort of conceptual color scheme sketches is something they normally do as part of the design - using a computerized rendering of the house, and commonly plugging in colors from a palette for the brick, trim, window and door frames, roof, etc as you watch - printing off the few that meet the initial cut for you to take home and look at for a couple of days before you choose an exact color scheme.

You can also buy architectural design apps and conceptual design programs for under a hundred $ - but be careful, they can be addictive, and I have heard of people realy ticking the builder and/or architect off using them because they start playing around and next thing you know the entire house is being redesigned during construction - bad for both the schedule and the pocketbook.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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