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Question DetailsAsked on 10/25/2011

we have a burgundy metal roof and having a tough time deciding on what colors to paint outside of the house, shudders,railing and door.

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Believe it or not, but this is also another area where working with a licensed Architect is in your benefit.

Most architects for this type of consulting job will only charge by the hour; they will look at photographs of your house or may even come to your house. From there they will make note of the amount of trim, changes in elevations and surface areas, as well as the materials on your house. Then, depending on the type of architecture, age and surrounding area (landscaping, views, neighbors) they will suggest a color scheme for the building.

Many Architects are also versed in paint types and application methods, since it must be specified in projects. So they will be able to recommend not only a brand, but a color scheme by that manufacturer. All you have to do is buy it or give a copy of this to your painter. Some architects will even prepare color renderings of your building showing the color options (may be done by hand in color pencil, or on the computer in 3D).

For a few hundred dollars, you will have a color scheme, brand of paint and peace of mind as you have your house painted.

If you want to do it yourself, visit the paint manufacturer's websites yourself. They typically will show color families that group different colors by hue, tone and complementary properties. Find the families that have a red similar to your roof to give you and idea of the blues, greys, yellows, etc. that would go with your roof. The danger here is that you may choose a color that hi-lights a feature you don't want hi-lit or that detracts from other features.

Be careful; of house will change the number of colors you use. A Craftsman and Victorian can have 5 or 6 colors, where a CapeCod or Ranch may typically only have 2 colors. Try to find examples of similar homes online so you can see when it was done tastefully, and when it was over done. Also remember, each new color raises the cost of having your house painted, and also raises the chances of a miscommunication between you and the painter. Be concise if you hire a painter.

Good luck!


Answered 8 years ago by Kenny Johnson


May we suggest a burgundy door also and trim with green shutters and railing - assuming your house itself is white, light or neutral?

Answered 8 years ago by wirtzswoodworks


Moss color for the house. Shutters and railing either Dark Green or Burgundy. Front door and trim around door should be burgundy. We took a sample piece of our metal roof to the paint store and matched the paint for our front door perfectly. Good Luck!

P.S. There are websites that allow you to try different roof and trim colors on houses. It works very well. Just google "burgundy metal roof" and you'll find one of these sites.

Answered 8 years ago by momofboys


I would like to help you out with this delima. With a burgundy roof I would suggest a medium grey house color with either the same shade of shutters or one shade lighter than your roof. I would choose a darker grey for your rain gutters and if you want contrast under your windows, black. What ever color you choose as your shutter color I would use it on your front door. That is what I would go with . : )

Answered 8 years ago by Jiggles


You may want to try playing with to see what certain colors will look like next to other colors. you can "build your own" pallette there to see. Its a great tool.

Answered 8 years ago by EasyTurf

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