What Shade of Blue Should You Paint Your House?

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Craven, Jackie. "What Shade of Blue Should You Paint Your House?" ThoughtCo, May. 29, 2017, thoughtco.com/shade-of-blue-to-paint-house-4065267. Craven, Jackie. (2017, May 29). What Shade of Blue Should You Paint Your House? Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/shade-of-blue-to-paint-house-4065267 Craven, Jackie. "What Shade of Blue Should You Paint Your House?" ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/shade-of-blue-to-paint-house-4065267 (accessed September 21, 2017).
Colorful marine blue Moroccan house n Marrakesh
Colorful marine blue Moroccan house n Marrakesh. Photo by Frank van den Bergh/E+ Collection/Getty Images
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Bright Blue Victorian

A Gallery of Blue House Colors: Ornate Victorian Style House in Nashville, Indiana
A Gallery of Blue House Colors: Ornate Victorian Style House in Nashville, Indiana. Photo by Mardis Coers/Moment Mobile/Getty Images (cropped)

Like the sky itself, blue has many moods. A bright blue house may appear playful, especially when trimmed with crisp pure white. Gray-toned slate blues and almost-black midnight blues suggest quiet dignity. Deep red accents can add richness to darker blues. The pictures in this gallery suggest ways you can use blue colors in your house painting project.

Mixing blues can be tricky, because two different shades of blue will clash. To be safe, stay with a single blue and choose whites, grays, and red for moldings and details. Robin's egg blue isn't a traditional Victorian color, but it harmonizes well with the gray color of this home's gray metal roof. The trim is a crisp off-white, with a darker color for accents.

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Purple, Orange, and Yellow Bungalow

Purple House With Creative Colorful Paint Job
Purple, Violet, or Lavender?. Photo by James Brey/E+ Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Where does purple fall in the color chart? Writer Jakub Marian does a good job explaining that purple has more red than violet, which has more blue. So, the counterbalancing colors will depend on the shade of purple you use.  The neighbors might not want you to paint your home purple, violet, or lavender, but the Easter-egg colors do add a sense of play to this Bungalow.

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Beige and Blue Bungalow

Lighter colors accent the brackets on a Craftsman Bungalow
A Gallery of Blue House Colors Lighter colors accent the brackets on a Craftsman Bungalow. Photo © iStockphoto.com/Gary Blakeley

Architectural details are emphasized when painted a lighter color. This Craftsman Bungalow is a non-traditional shade of dark marine blue. The trim is beige.

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Blue Ranch in Florida

Blue ranch house with dark blue shutters in Florida
A Gallery of Blue House Colors Blue ranch house with dark blue shutters in Florida. Photo (c)Jackie Craven

The City of Delray Beach in Florida is filled with color. From artist's studios to a poet's cottage near the Atlantic Ocean, the blue color of the sky and ocean permeate the surroundings.

With dark blue shutters on an egg-blue Ranch-style home, this Florida home fits its location. Consider how combinations of colors bring together your house. Simple changes, like painting the door a dark blue like the shutters, might lend more balance to the curb appeal.

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Blue house in Bay City, Michigan

Blue house in Bay City, Michigan
A Gallery of Blue House Colors Blue house in Bay City, Michigan. Photo by Elizabeth W. Kearley/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

For houses with loads of details, experimentation is in order. Choose a color you like for the siding, and then paint and repaint the handrails, spindles, gables, corbels, and cornices.

With all the work you put into painting your house, curb appeal can be quickly destroyed by one dish antenna or a window air conditioner.

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Grey-Blue and Turquoise

Grey-Blue Ranch House with turquoise-colored shutters and trim
A Gallery of Blue House Colors Grey-Blue Ranch House with turquoise-colored shutters and trim. Photo by Trinette Reed/Blend Images Collection/Getty Images

Not all blue colors work together. Even if the colors are speckles in the asphalt shingles, when colors don't work together, change them.

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Blue Victorian house with Pink Gable in Colorado Springs

Blue Victorian house with Pink Gable in Colorado Springs
A Gallery of Blue House Colors Blue Victorian house with Pink Gable in Colorado Springs. Photo by Lori Greig/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

Experimentation with color combinations is a good thing. Ask your neighbors, however, if that pink gable works for them. Even with other pink highlights, this combination might be making an unexpected statement. That doesn't mean that pink and deep blue colors do not belong on the same facade. Color is an adventure, but be flexible to change.

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Blue House with Ornate Victorian Trim

Blue House with Ornate Victorian trim painted white
A Gallery of Blue House Colors Blue House with Ornate Victorian trim painted white. Photo by Jason Sanqui/Moment Mobile Collection/Getty Images

This blue house is so rich in detail that one more color might be added to the combination.