A patron with a Colonial Revival clapboard and cedar shake house wants to know what color to paint it. BHPL happens to have piles of gorgeous house painting, decorating and architecture books, some of which she looked through including:
Exterior Style, inspiring color ideas and expert painting advice by Benjamin Moore Paints (698.12 Ben) has practical advice, 110 color pictures of different styles of houses from Victorian to stucco Southwestern Mission to Tudor Revival and Split Level. The book also shows "One House, 4 Color Options" which is very helpful to show how color changes the feel of a house.
The Perfectly Painted House, a foolproof guide for choosing exterior paint colors by Bonnie Rosser Krims(698.12 Kri) is arranged by color groups with different housing styles to illustrate each color.
Even though the patron's house is not a Victorian, we recommended Painted Ladies, San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians (728.37 Bae) and the sequel, Daughters of Painted Ladies (728.37 Pom) just for the fun of seeing the wild colors of these houses.
For a more subdued, rustic look, Sea-Captains' Houses and Rose-Covered Cottages, the Architectural Heritage of Nantucket Island (728.37 Boo) and Cottage, America's Favorite Home Inside and Out (728.37 Con) also provide ideas for house color schemes.
About.com, the website that has experts who write articles on common questions, has a guide to "Free Tools to Help You Choose House Paint Colors." These free websites let you try different colors out on a picture of a house similar to yours with which hours of perfectly good time can be passed, kind of like a computer game for home improvement fans.
Valspar/Lowes has a webpage for colors that work on Colonial Revival Homes and Federal Greek Revival Colors (picture shown) and other styles.