I am so bad at getting 'after' photos for the exteriors that I consult on and I'm always so grateful when one of my clients voluntarily sends me one. Katherine from Burnaby hired me about two years ago and here is the final result.
Katherine and her husband actually completed an entire facelift on this house as you can see, here is what it looked like (above) when I arrived to help choose the colour.
My clients appreciate the large colour samples I always use in my consultations.
After-Casings (BM) OC-21 Winter White, Exterior Colour (Pratt & Lambert 33-24 Durango)
My clients installed white vinyl windows so in this case I suggested that the casings be the same colour. White is crisp with grey and I think if it's possible and works with your colour scheme, painting the casings the same colour as the window creates a cohesive and pulled together look and feel.
When choosing whether to coordinate the casing colour to your VERY white vinyl windows, the way to decide is:
1. If the colour of your house is grey (with a blue or green undertone) or is painted with cleaner colours (not muted and/or dirty tones).
The above house (see the entire post here) has white vinyl windows but the field colour is brown so painting the casings white would not have looked as good as the cream colour we chose.
2. Off-whites and creams generally look the best with browns, sage greens, pink beige and green beige undertones.
In general grays with purple undertones or clean blue or grey blues work with either white or cream because yellow is the complement of blue and purple. Blue and white creates a more nautical feel where blue and cream looks more like a heritage colour combination.
What colour are your casings?
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