Choosing a Color For Our Exterior Trim & Windows

August 23, 2023

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We’ve been on a journey to find the perfect exterior color to pair with our red brick. You see, our windows need replacing, so we’re taking this window of opportunity (see what I did there?) to paint all the exterior trim, soffit, and fascia to match. We color-matched my top window colors, and we’ve been painting samples on all sides of the house, hoping to find the one

Stone Planters | Faux Topiaries

We decided to go with Sierra Pacific Windows (totally unsponsored) because of their great color options and also their flexibility in replacing just the sash kits. While some of the windows will fully need replacing, a lot of them only need new sash kits, and we’ll be able to paint the trim to match, saving us tens of thousands of dollars! Back in March, we tried on some window and trim colors via Photoshop, which was a good warm-up. It really helped me visualize the drastic change a little paint can make, but the paint colors we “tried on” weren’t color-matched to anything. So when it came to actually making a decision, I chose my top color selections from Sierra Pacific, and we color-matched some paint samples to actually try them on. Here are the options we went with!

Of course, we tested some mossy greens, a few blues, and some grays. These are just some of my favorite hues, and although I love taking risks, I want this color to feel classy and timeless with the brick.

The same color is going to look different in direct sunlight, shade, or under artificial lighting at night, so we tested swatches on a few different windows, and I stood outside and stared at all times of the day.

As fun as the blues and greens are, I was naturally gravitating more toward the grays and beige tones. I’m not one to shy away from color, but I want the color to coordinate with the brick but also the style of our colonial style home. After staring at these samples for days, I was pretty sure I wanted to go with Gull Gray, but I wanted to test two more colors just to be sure!

That’s Gull Gray on the left and Antique Bronze and Burgundy on the right. The Antique Bronze looked much greener than I anticipated, and the Burgundy was absolutely lovely and bold but not the vibe we were going for.

Porch Lanterns | Welcome Home Mat

Here’s gull gray and Antique Bronze once more, helping me solidify the decision to go with… Gull Gray! I love how it coordinates well with the brick and the roof, and it’s just a nice warm, taupey gray.

Next up, we’ll need to get approval from the HOA, which I’m not too worried about. There’s quite a variation of home colors and styles in our neighborhood, and despite our rough patch with our HOA, I think we’ll be in the clear. Then we’ll get our windows ordered!

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What do you think?

  1. Sandy Cherry says:

    We have the same color around the windows and trim of our house. I love it!! You will too. Looks great with our brick and black front door.

  2. Karin Ladis says:

    Looks great! For the Topiary balls do you insert anything in the planters to keep them in place?

  3. Alexis Nicole says:

    I’d love a link to the sconces on your front porch! Looking for some large lantern lights myself!

  4. Love, Love, Love! The way it turned out! It is interesting and updated and elegant. Not boring or jarring. I wish I had been as diligent as you in picking a recent shutter color update and door stain. I went for sw succulent – a mossy green but I don’t love how it looks with our Old Chicago brick. Ugh!
    Love your selections! They are perfection!

  5. Eileen Howe-Gotelli says:

    Gull Gray for the win! Classic meets Timeless . Best of luck 🤞

  6. Paula says:

    lol…. the one I picked before finding out which one you chose.

  7. Yessss! That was my pick too! Love the sense of validation you get when Julia’s pick is the same 🥹🩷

  8. Kristi D Hayes says:

    I love your choice! Will the interior side of the windows be the same color? Or white? Black?

  9. Erica says:

    I always love seeing your process in making design decisions, but for some reason this one has been particularly exciting to me. Maybe because changing windows isn’t always something we think of as an option? Thank you for sharing every step of the process-it’s going to be beautiful!!!

  10. Tonya says:

    That’s a great choice and very similar to the color I’ve been looking for our garage door change. I see the window brand is Sierra Pacific but are you just going to have that color matched in a specific brand? If so what brand would you use?

  11. Emily Sykalski says:

    Good choice. Would’ve been mine as well.

  12. Kim says:

    The color you choose looks really similar to the trim color on my 1920s brick colonial (but I have black window sashes). It’s gonna look great!

  13. Adrienne says:

    How could a build that new and high end possibly need new windows already? Are they actually fitted? Was there an accident? I’d be asking the contractor some questions…

  14. Vicki says:

    My favorite! I love a warm taupe gray. It is so classic and subtle but so beautiful and just enough contrast with the brick. It is going to be so beautiful.

  15. Becca says:

    Yay! That was my favorite from the beginning! It’s going to be so pretty!

  16. Suzanne Suzanne Barker says:

    What brand of paint are you using?

  17. Themagpiegirl says:

    Definitely the right choice! So gorgeous warm and classic.

  18. Shelby says:

    Is this a Behr paint color? What finish are you using?

  19. Sharon Benson says:

    As usual I feel you’ve made a good choice. I can only imagine how hard this decision was to make. Imagine this will take awhile to complete. Looking forward to the results.

    • Tracy says:

      My favorite is the classic white LOL! But I know this will be beautiful too. Crazy how windows make such a big difference to the entire look of the exterior.

  20. Linda says:

    I’m probably in the minority, but I think it looks best white. I grew up in a red brick Georgian with white trim so to me it looks off to see the trim in another color. But I can’t wait to see the final outcome!

    • Laura says:

      I agree! Sometimes, it’s maddening to see some of your design decisions because they just don’t jive with the style of the home. I think you should probably study some classic new builds and traditional and historic builds first before the whole aesthetic is screwed up by ill formed
      decisions. When you bought this home, I thought you might make a disaster of it because it’s clearly not in your style wheelhouse.

      • Kristen says:

        Being someone from the area where they’ve chosen to live, I personally love seeing them tackle a traditional colonial and bringing their own style to it. There are so many new builds in this area and many older homes sit because they don’t fit someone’s design aesthetic. They’re showing what’s possible and how to breathe new life into older homes and personalize it. Not all design choices are to my taste, but they really spark inspiration for what we can do (or not do lol) in our own spaces and I think that’s part of the point :)

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