These clients of mine live in a development near Portland where most of the homes look pretty dull from the street, including their own. They wanted a makeover with fresh colors that would warm and brighten the house during our dreary gray Pacific Northwest winters, but not so bright that the homeowners association approval committee would nix it.
The house next door was already a kind of yellow, so we ruled out that warm color. I decided to key the body color to the brick trim, which led us to pale apricot, and to add a little excitement with blue-black for the front door, porch posts and railing.
They are very happy with the new look, and particularly the “daring” (at least for their neighborhood) black porch trim.