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From the article: Pearl Gray Ranch House
Here's your chance to comment on our featured home, the Pearl Gray Ranch House. Can you think of ways to make the house more interesting? Which details would you highlight? What colors would you choose? The most interesting and most helpful ideas will be posted on this page. Suggest color ideas

Gray can have nuance

Doryg and Elbie have great suggestions. You must choose a color that works with the roof. You can do this with gray. There are lots of colors that will work, but let's just stick with gray for the moment. There are grays that are cold and those that are warm. You always want to paint your house in warm colors. It's a home! Next step is to find a gray that has nuance, one that has rosy undertones or bluish, or greenish. Ideally a gray with an undertone will change with the light and the weather. This will add a lot of interest to a plain house. Now you choose the trim color and this is hugely important. If you choose a strong white-white it will form a strong contrast with the body and take away all the nuance of the the body color. You will be best with an off-white--a creamy one will sparkle, a grayish one will work fine but make the house feel dull. Pick the colors outside on an overcast day or in the shade to see them best. For a accent use a nuance shade for this, too.


Forget the color, it's okay- just start landscaping like mad and cover up the concrete. Landscaping well will make the house feel grounded. As it is, it seems to float above the ground. Using any colors darker that this will make it float even more. Frankly the color is fine, perhaps a more nuanced gray would be better. The house is bland and really wants to look bland.

Landscaping, Landscaping, Landscaping

This house needs landscaping first! Choose Purples (Japanese maples or bonfire peach), blues (bluestar juniper) and lime yellows...then fill in with greens. Dark mulch or rock...Definitely shutters (charcoal) and a pretty color on front door (sky is the limit with gray). Add the grids to your front windows!!A nice resin wicker set! A charcoal urn with hot pinks, purples, greens and yellows...as well as those colors for cushions, wreaths, etc. My house is this color, and I get compliments constantly!! Good luck!!


It may depend on the color of your roof, but I have a ranch style home, painted in a blueish- gray. It has a white roof. What I did to punch it up was to add trim entirely around (the fascia and gutters were painted) in a darker shade of blue-gray, plus painted the window sills (which are concrete/stucco) and fake shutters on the front windows the same darker blue-gray shade. Then I framed the front door with white trim, and painted the door a poinsettia red. It looks great!

Highlight the trim!

I suggest painting the trim at the roofline a darker color and perhaps adding some shutters or painting the window trim the same color as the roof trim, therby showing off your home's best features: the gables and windows. Try going to Better Homes and Gardens house painting tool online to try different colors. You're sure to find something you like! (See House Paint Color Tools at http://architecture.about.com/od/software/tp/paintsoftware.htm)
—Guest elbie

old house

I would paint it in an ivory. Something in that range. The trim would look great in a brown of some sort.
—Guest Judith

Ranch House

How about adding some brick facade to get some color, or some nice hedges with a little bit of color with them in it?
—Guest azgirl

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Colors For a Gray Ranch House

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