Our house is probably forty years old, and aside from painting the doors and shutters, I don't recall any work being done on it since. After years of putting our money into other things, we have finally decided to do a complete over haul - siding, roof, windows, doors, etc. Medium sized home that looks somewhat like you see in my poor drawing above, lol. The windows arent perfectly to scale, but just there for an idea. We currently have a peak above our door, but will be removing it as it is old and pretty beat up. Not replacing it for now. We're currently having an issue with siding color. We were leaning towards a more conservative color with Brownstone (http://www.reginawindow.com/images/Steel%20Siding%20color/Brownstone.gif), but later fell in love with a very dark grey called Granite. I'm just worried the granite would be too radical compared to the surrounding houses. To our left is a house with Wicker siding similar to this color: (http://lh6.ggpht.com/-A_xyqwuJQBM/R-vtLm9MK5I/AAAAAAAABRU/s0r9dmTSt0Q/IMG_3305.JPG ) and to our right we have an open space of grass, followed by a white colored house. Across the street is more of a cream color. So I guess what I'm asking is should we be putting too much stock into blending in with our neighbours? And also, would a dark gray house look too dreary with no bells and whistles such as the peak? We will be having white shutters or thicker trim around the windows (yet to be decided). All trim will be white (eaves, gutters etc) and the door. The grey would be similar to this: (http://www.decorpad.com/photos/2010/08/24/t_11f48f7fbfd1.jpg)Thanks so much!