We knew we wanted to accent the brick, but not let the house feel too colonial. The other hurdle was playing up the timbering that we had, but was previously blending in.
Lastly, the saying "location, location, location" also applies here. The lighting conditions change the color of the paint... full sun, south facing, in shadow, cloudy, etc. So paint it and look at it during various times of day for a few weeks to check out how it changes. You'd be surprised!
Lastly, the "black" accent trim. Black itself is too harsh, so we went for a very dark blue to serve as black... If you want the look of "black" look at the darkest color on your paint chips if you want something more sublte and warm.
|Test Location 1 (front of house, east facing)|
|Test Location 2 (south facing)|