Oakridge Estates - Newbury Park

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New Dunn-Edwards Paint Colors in Place

Take a look at a list of the new colors—each has a corresponding Dunn-Edwards number that you can take to a paint dealer who will match the color.

Every color may also be viewed on the Dunn-Edwards Web site, where you can submit a request for up to eight paint chips, which they will send you by U.S. Mail.

A paint color history

When you paint your home, you must select colors from the approved color charts. The attractiveness of our community is partly due to pairing of complementary colors on stucco, siding, and trim.

In 2000, the board approved 39 ICI color schemes. In 2007, these were replaced with 20 Frazee color schemes, and now in 2010, they have been replaced again with 16 Dunn-Edwards color schemes.

Why so soon, you ask?

When the Frazee colors were adopted it was intended not to change them for some time since a lot of effort had gone into selecting them. But Frazee discontinued the Millennium fan deck from which these colors had been chosen and these paint chips became unavailable. Sets of paint chips were simply not obtainable.

The board began a search for equivalent colors within the Dunn-Edwards line; their view was that Dunn-Edwards provided better continuity and support than Frazee. This was a difficult process and some of the Frazee colors could not be duplicated. But now the 20 Frazee color schemes have been replaced by 16 Dunn-Edwards schemes.

There are 16 different schemes

Are all three-color schemes; each contains a:

Accent colors appear within new housing developments, but most homeowners will choose to disregard the accent color, either because their home has no shutters—few homes in Oakridge were built with shutters flanking windows—or they already have an varnished wooden front door, which is not a candidate for painting.

Other homeowners, when painting their home, may choose at the same time to replace their front door and accentuate it with color.

The human eye can perceive millions of colors

How many colors can a human eye perceive and a monitor display?

One Web site states that the human eye can see 7,000,000 colors.

There are three primary colors—red, green, and blue—and every other color is just a combination of these.

Current computer monitors can display 256 "shades" of each of these colors, which means that the total number of possible colors you can see on your monitor is 256*256*256 = 16,777,216.

Thus, you are likely unable to distinguish differences between two colors on your monitor that only vary slightly.