Choosing the “right” combination of paint colors for a house can be a challenging task. It takes time and reflection and while personal preference is a large part of the thought process, so to must be what colors are compatible within the community and do not conflict with homes nearby.
As help in that reflection process, the A&LR Committee has pre defined over 70 color combinations (palettes) for you to consider. (See: Pre-Approved Color Palette Swatches below.) These are color combinations or “palettes” based upon Sherwin Williams modern colors and combinations. While they are pre defined (pre-approved) you still must submit an application. You do NOT have to use Sherwin Williams paint OR one of the 70+ palettes. BUT it will take longer to get approval from the A&LRC. If you pick one the the 70+, you will get very quick approval so that you start painting right away.
Checking your selection colors:
AND, before you make your final decision and submit your application and start buying gallons and gallons of paint, it is recommended that you go to Sherwin Williams or your selected supplier and pickup swatch samples of your selections, EVEN IF IT IS ONE OF THE 70+ PRE-APPROVED PALETTES. Be aware that sample swatches are matte finished. That means they are a flat color, not shiny. Paint looks different if it semi-gloss (shinier) and looks very different in sunlight than on a cloudy day or in a shaded area. Further, a color on a computer screen is going to look different than that same color on a house. It is very expensive to repaint a house, so make sure it is the color you want and the best way to do that is, once you are very sure you have the “right” colors, get some small samples from your paint supplier and find a couple of different spots on your house to paint. Check the colors throughout the day. And if you have already submitted an application with different colors, you can always submit a new request if you find you do not like the color in the sample.
One further thing: Main wall (Base) colors are typically done in matte finish but trim colors, many times, are done in a semi-gloss, which makes the paint brighter and the trim standout more.
Base: Main walls.
Trim: Areas around windows, roof fascia and soffit, railings, porch coverings, coining/relief areas.
Accent: Doors, shutters and other decorative areas/appliques.
Garage Doors: Base color or Trim color.
Ready? Clearly fill out an A&LRC Request Form, if you haven’t already done so. Per the above, know where your trim and accent colors will go. It is important that you and your painter know that the roof fascia and soffit is considered trim and should be the trim color. Once you are approved, you may begin - - - wait! One more thing to do if you are not painting your house yourself: Always check the paint colors that the painter brings from the supplier against the colors you selected. Make certain they are the colors that have been approved and that you want.
To visualize your color combination (palette) on a sample house, click on the link above and wait for the “interior” view/scene to come-up, then to get to the right scene, go to the left by clicking the “<” (on the left) 3 times, to the 2 story house with the porch on the left and garage on the right. Click, “Paint this Scene”.
Clear the colors that come-up at the bottom by clicking the Garbage can in each, then click the “+” sign. When the color wall comes-up, click “search” in the upper left-hand corner, then enter your “Base” color code and click “+” in the color box that pops-up, then enter your “Trim” color code and click “+”, then enter your “Accent” color code and again click “+”.
Then click “cancel” in the upper right corner, then “Close”. Your selected colors will now be at the bottom of the house scene. Click your “Base” color to the left at the bottom, then any large area of the wall of the house, click your “Trim” color at the bottom then any trim area such as the column to the far left, click your “Accent” color and then the front door of the house. There, you have a representation of your selected palette.
To print your sample color palette scene, click “Image” on the middle right. In the pop-up window select what you want to do with the scene (it is in a JPEG format so you can save it or open it in your photo program of choice) and then, using the “Print” option of that program, print it out.
- In the scene, the arched fake vent on the wall above the garage door is colored by the program the “Trim” color but in the Dupree Lakes community that type of applique or “detail” is to be the “Accent” color like the shutters and front door. Any other small items such as the garage lights, fake garage door hinges and handles and even house numbers can also be the “Accent” color.
- Also note that the garage door in the scene does not change from “white” whereas in the Dupree Lakes community the garage door MUST be either the “Base” color or the “Trim” of your selected palette. IT CANNOT BE THE “ACCIDENT” COLOR! Most Accent colors are much to dark for that large a space.
- AND, due to screen limitations, colors seen here may not accurately reflect actual painted colors as they will appear on your house. To confirm your color choices, visit your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store and refer to their in-store color swatches (cards) or Color to Go® color samples. (See “Painting tips”)