Traditionally soffits are the same color as the siding, with contrasting color for fascia and trim. On houses without siding, soffits are the same color as the trim, including door frames. Trim may or may not match the door. It is quite usual to have a contrasting accent color for exterior doors.
Painting doors, soffits and trim one color creates a unified look; choosing a contrast makes a dramatic statement. You can emphasize unusual architectural features by painting trim, soffits and doors each in a different color. You may prefer to play down eccentric or ugly features by keeping paint schemes simple.
This is your decision; there are no hard and fast rules. Look around your neighborhood--see which color schemes you prefer. Paint test spots or use computer programs that allow you to test virtual paint schemes. Choose the look that pleases you while complimenting the neighborhood and house style.
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