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Q: We are planning an exterior facelift project for spring. We are trying to select a colour palette that is a bit more interesting than what’s there now (brown and white), but we have brown brick and a brown roof that are staying. Do our eaves, soffit and fascia have to be brown? What colours should we select for windows, shutters and our front door?

Tamara says....
The aluminum (eaves, etc.) doesn’t have to be brown at all. Be sure to select a taupe or warm brownish-grey tone that will add freshness to the new facade and won’t contrast with the brown too much. Your windows can be the same colour, but choose a much deeper colour—such as earthy charcoal or deep taupe with green undertones—for the shutters. The trim on your front door should be the same colour as the windows, and the front door should be the same colour as the shutters. Or, you can spice it up a little by using rich colours, like very deep olive green for contrast or deep muddy red to pull out the warmth in the brown brick.

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.