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House in the Forest - A Dark Exterior Body Color with Window Trim in the Red Family

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Gabecascadia
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Hello All - We are building a house in the Pacific northwest that is surrounded by a forest and want the house to blend in to the site and not overwhelm it. We are using as inspiration, the grays of the tree bark and the mountain range that we have a view of that is composed of a type of rock that has a very high iron content and is thus a very dark rust color. I envisioned a dark gray or black house with dark red or burgundy window trim. The window frames are black and the roof is black. We are considering SW Urbane Bronze for the house body and SW Fireweed for the window trim. We are not sure whether these colors compliment each other and after reading several informed comments from Lori on Houzz discussions, I came to this great website. After reading through Lori's blog posts, I feel like I know so much more about colors but still struggling to understand whether these two colors are harmonious. Their Value is similar but they are in different Hue Families, so I'm confused whether that matters. So, please help me understand whether or not SW Urbane Bronze works with SW Fireweed and why or why not. Is there a better match of a similar color scheme? Thanks!


   
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Lori Sawaya
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Hi,

You're right about the Value thread of harmony - they both have similar Value.

Also, they have a relationship based on hue. A diadic relationship to be exact as you can see on the highlighted Color Strategist Color Wheel.

You can find more color wheels that show relationships here: https://campchroma.com/color-strategist-color-wheel/

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Gabecascadia
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Thanks for the response Lori. I used SW ColorSnap app to paint a photo (not our house) with the colors. I also painted the door with SW Sunflower and my eye seems to think it could work but I'm not sure why since other yellows don't appear to work as well. Does the Sunflower compliment the other colors?

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