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Outdoor Trim

I need help! Our house needs updating, and I need advice on what color to paint our outdoor trim, doorframe, and window casings. We are also getting window headers.


By any chance can you upload a photograph? I need to see what color is your brick or vinyl siding of your home and your door.

Looking forward to working with you.

Maria Anna K.

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By looking at the photographs you have a beautiful home. Considering you want window headers I recommend you keep all trim, door frame and window casings white. Make sure the whites match your window headers to create an even continuation of the vertical unifying features. I will give you a different selection of warm whites to compliment your red/orange window shutters. The reason why to keeping everything white; the headers are a classic architectural piece. To keep the classic look it is recommended to go with a header that has a key stone with a dentil pattern, since the trim above your second story windows has the same dentil pattern. The key stone will add an architectural detail to your home in your header, or the other option would to only do a dentil pediment for your window headers. Your home is classic keep it simple and clean with going all white. The headers add enough visual contrast, architecturally. However color wise it is recommended you change the color of your door. The reason being your door matches your shutters. Add a visual contrast by using a blue. The deep red/orange shade of your shutters will compliment with the blues given since they are complementarity colors.

There is trial and error in color and it is a tedious process in getting it right. Please note because of outdoor conditions and times of day, will give different color renderings as seen and compared from a swatch or a screen monitor. Sample all color to get the result you want. As with whites there are undertones of cool or warm color. Stick with the warm whites with your warm undertones of your home.

Window Header Site

Sherwin William Whites


White Gardenia

If you decide to paint your door here are some blues to consider.

Benjamin Moore

Van Deusen Blue

Hale Navy

Newburyport Blue

If you paint the door the whites given may or may not work depending on the blue selected. We can reselect then. If it is necessary.

Good luck with your home. I hope it works out.

Maria Anna

Thank you! I am experiencing a similar issue with my casing and headers and this insight has been very helpful.

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