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“Regret-Proof” Your Exterior Paint Colors with Fiverr

This post is sponsored by Fiverr. All opinions are my own.

 

Yep, it’s summer in the U.S. alright when every other house you seen is getting scraped down for a paint job. Painting the exterior of your house is a BIG commitment. Not only does it cost a bundle, but you’re probably not going to repaint for another 5-8 years if you get your colors wrong. So if you make a mistake, you’ll be staring at it, day-in, day-out, for quite some time.

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

So I’m here today with a nifty little low-cost way to help you determine your exterior house colors before you take the big plunge — having your home photoshopped into your potential colors with Fiverr.

 

Regret-Proof Your Exterior Paint Colors with Fiverr

 

Fiverr is an international network of independent freelancers in all sorts of creative & business fields — graphic design, social media marketing, music & podcast editing, tech, photo editing … you name it. Each specialist sets his/her own price for various gigs, starting at $5 (hence, the name of the company!) Jobs are usually turned around in 1-5 days.

I’ve used Fiverr a number of times — for logo design, real estate photo editing, and, starting a few years ago, photo-shopping exterior color combinations to help homeowners visualize results.

 

Especially if I was suggesting something that was different than the homeowners’ original concept. 

 

HUGE CAVEAT: Photoshopping an image of your home will NOT help you if you are trying to choose between colors that are very similar to each other.

For example, between shades of white. Photoshopping your exterior will NOT pick up on subtle undertones & how they play with the other elements of your home. If you need help with that, hire a professional color consultant to come up with a couple of schemes for you and THEN have them photoshopped on your house. It won’t be exact, but it will help you if you’re waffling between different schemes.

 

Phew! Glad I got that said. Now onto the fun stuff!

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Seeing is believing in the world of design. (See this post about how I use renderings to give clients confidence in our interior design vision!) So, if you’re trying to choose between 2-3 color combinations for your exterior, having an image of your home photoshopped through Fiverr into your preferred colors is a fabulous and really cost-efficient way to help you decide!

 

Paint Schemes for My Historical House

 

We’ve been patching our paint job for years, and last year it finally popped! We can’t wait any longer. It’s time to repaint… which gives me an opportunity to change our exterior color combo!

We also need a new roof, but that has to wait.

 

Our house is a lovely yellow, chosen by the previous owner. Yellow is such a friendly color, don’t you think? And I have to admit that both Things 1 & 2 are rebelling at the thought of changing the color they’ve known for the last 9 years. However, I want to change it, and they’ll just have to deal.

 

Let’s back up a bit. When choosing an exterior color scheme, you should always keep in mind a few key considerations:

  1. The architecture of your home.
  2. The surrounding neighborhood.
  3. Any architectural or building elements — like brick, stone, roof color, etc.

Architecture: The oldest pictures we have of our 1790 house show that it was white. Check.

 

 

Surrounding neighborhood: Apparently, ALL the houses in our village used to be white. Check.

 

Funny story. We were told by our realtor that, many years ago when one couple decided to paint their home a mid-tone blue (actually, a perfectly appropriate color for their earlier, Georgian style saltbox), a number of long-term residents knocked on their door and raised their objections for the break with tradition! Since then, many houses have gone rogue (including past owners of our yellow house!), so I think we’re safe no matter what we choose.

 

Architectural building elements: The biggest thing I need to consider is our roof — which is very dark gray. Even when we eventually get a new one, I intend to keep the color roughly the same. So I’ll be finding colors the undertones of which work with the roof.

 

I actually have always wanted to return our house to a white scheme. I know, I know. With Joanna Gaines & Studio McGee, a white house seems actually seems kinda trendy now, doesn’t it?

 

However, I have DO history on my side. During the early American and Georgian periods (before 1790), many New England homes were painted richer colors.  Our house was built either in 1790 or 1795 (there’s some dispute as to the date in the village historical society files), just as America entered the Federal architectural period. And while it really was a working farmhouse, the builders tried to put in a few more formal details favored by the Federalists — interior trim work, front door, etc., slightly higher ceilings, larger windows.

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
Historic New England’s Historic Paint Chart

 

During the Federal architectural period, lighter exterior colors were favored — whites, creams, pale grays. Shutters were usually dark green or black.

 

This is a great article on general colors schemes for historic houses. 

 

So, if I want to look like the original house (or like many other beautiful houses in my village) I would choose a white body color and black or evergreen shutters. End of story. Done.

 

WRONG.

 

Fresh Twists on White Farmhouses

 

I’m a friggin’ decorator, right? I LOVE historically inspired, but I don’t necessarily feel like being historically ACCURATE. Not with my own home, anyway.

 

I like to put my own twist on things — including white!

 

Check out the twists these other designers have put on historic white houses!

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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Eggplant door alert! OK, the above is one of my favorite historic house tours EVER. An inspiration for my home. It belongs to famous lamp-maker Christopher Spitzmiller and decorator Sam Allen. (Chris’ lamps costs $$$$$$. They are works of art. But he has a more affordable line for Visual Comfort that are still drool-worthy.)

 

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Blueberry shutters & red sashes! Katie Ridder & Peter Pennoyer’s amazing home. The book giving you every little detail of the interiors is one I go back to time and time again. They are artists.

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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Sky blue shutters & red door. I know this is more of a low-country style home (with a second floor), but I think it could work with my Federal.

 

Painting the Barn a Different Color

 

And then we have the converted-barn garage. In my head, I’ve always seen it in a deep red. My house just seemed to be asking for it.

 

Check out this article about why barns are often painted red.

 

But barns can be painted lots of colors. One of the white houses with green shutters in our village (SUPER traditional, right?) has a sunny yellow barn and it’s fabulous!

 

Some colorful barn inspiration!

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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Sooooo much good inspiration out there. But every house is different. How can you KNOW that the colors you choose will look good on your particular house?

 

Visualizing MY Exterior Color Combos

 

I came up with 3 potential paint schemes. For the purposes of this post, I sent them & my original house images to 3 Fiverr sellers advertising exterior house photoshop gigs, to see how the quality of work potentially differed.

There are more sellers who do exterior house photoshopping, but for this project I used (and can highly recommend) the following 3:

Every Fiverr seller sets the price/deliverables a little differently, but overall each gig cost between $40-$60 for 3-6 images.

 

When you work with a Fiverr seller, English may not be his/her first language. You need to be very specific about where you want your paint applied. I always provide very clear written directions. Although, in the past, I have also notated the original images with text showing where I want each color, this time I created a quick Loom video (you can make up to 5 minute screen-share videos for FREE!) talking through my color placement while using the cursor to point exactly where I wanted it. Took 2 minutes and worked like a charm. All 3 sellers said my instructions were super clear.

 

You’re welcome to watch my little video here to give you an idea of how I explained what I wanted done.

 

Help Me Decide!!!

 

Now for the tough part — which color scheme should I choose???? Which would YOU choose?

 

Scheme #1

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

 

Scheme #2

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

 

Scheme #3

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Paint Colors with Photoshopping Through Fiverr

 

I’m actually surprised at myself. I thought I would be ALL FOR a certain scheme, but now totally torn. This exercise was supposed to make things easier!

 

Which do YOU like best? Please help!

 

"Regret-Proof" Your Exterior Color Combo with This Inexpensive Visualization Option
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Last summer I took a break from blogging for July & August to spend more time with my fam, and I’ll be doing that again this year. HOWEVER, I’m planning on writing a weekly email with design highlights I’ve noticed from the week, as well as guiding new readers through valuable older content that might be hard to find.

 

So keep opening your Saturday emails from me! I’ll be back in September with (among other things):

 

  • an exterior paint update
  • some more “historically-inspired” exterior work we have to do (before the paint job)
  • a post on wood stains
  • a new project reveal …
  • and reopening enrollment for the Fall 2021 session of The Home Glow Method.

 

Happy summer to all!
-Amy

 

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32 thoughts on ““Regret-Proof” Your Exterior Paint Colors with Fiverr”

  1. While all three color schemes are so pretty, I’m partial to #1. Love that Raisin Torte for the barn! The contrast between that on the barn and front door and the Yarmouth Blue on the shutters is so striking and fresh looking!

    1. This was my “original” concept. 🙂 However, in the course of this exercise and forcing myself to think out of the box, I created the other schemes. Now I’m torn!

    1. #3 is the Handsome Husband’s favorite. He thinks it looks sophisticated … and might handle dirt better. Men always go for the practical!

  2. Although in the past, I would have been very partial to the raisin color schema, my favorite is #2. It leaves me with feelings of calm, steadfastness, like “a rock in the storm”. Wierd, huh? Don’t usually connect emotions to house colors.

  3. Hi Amy!
    This is such a brilliant idea! I have been contemplating the colors of my new little house and I think this would be really helpful for me as well…

    I love the first scheme SO MUCH!! the raisin torte color is a fantastic color for a classic red barn with its deeper richness against the white…and the Yarmouth Blue shutters look amazing…I also like how they will reference the blue music room and the front hall colors inside…

    I feel like the grey scheme and the navy scheme are nice but too somber.

    Cheers,
    Meredith

  4. I love color scheme #1 on the house. I adore the Yarmouth Blue shutters though I’m not that keen on the red barn. I love connected barns, however, the alterations to the front of the barn make it look more modern and I think that needs to be played down as it contrasts with the historical look of the house. I know people like to mix styles and sometimes it works but the fact that it is connected make me think a more harmonious flow would be very attractive. How about a Yarmouth Blue barn or perhaps a pale gray? Of course that is my taste and it’s your vision that matters. I’ve lived in three antique homes in my lifetime and I loved everyone of them.

    1. Hi Debbie — the barn was renovated into an upper rec space/garage some time in the ‘80s, hence the stylistic mismatch. We’re slowly trying to address the muddles parts of the house (we’re fixing the farmer’s porch with this update) but the windows & garage doors on the barn can’t fit into our budget this go-round. Hopefully in the next 5 years! Hoping the darker color will downplay them (the windows have dark sashes). They REALLY stick out right now.

  5. I do not like ANY of the new schemes where the barn is painted a different color than the house. The colors are OK but painting the barn a contrasting color is too big of a contrast. Not cohesive — makes things look chopped up. The barn doesn’t have enough architectural charm (i.e. if it were gambrel or architecturally distinctive from the rest of the house or actually looks like a barn) that it is worthy of drawing so much attention to it. The barn lacks the trim that would clearly define its origin as a barn (as was present in the photos of the yellow barn, the gray barn, etc.) so it appears to be merely a large addition that has awkwardly placed windows. As such, it should not be painted a different color as it looks too chopped up with the strong color used on the barn. Any of the combinations for trim would be OK as long as you keep the body of the barn and the body of the house the same.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Diane! Whether it’s distinctive or not, it WAS actually a barn as recently as 40 years ago (see old pic). And different colored barns on attached houses are very historic & common, even when the houses are small. The darker paint was cheaper than the white. I afraid I can’t help the modern windows/plain garage doors that were put in in the ’80s, because I can’t afford to change them yet. One step at a time.

  6. I like #2 best, #3 second best. I don’t care for the light blue shutters of #1 but I do like the Raisin Torte barn and front door.
    Good luck with your choice!

  7. It looks like you can’t go wrong with any of them! My preference is #2. While I loved the light blue shutters on the white home shown earlier in the post, I prefer the contrast of darker shutters with the creaminess of the Swiss Coffee. The Polo Blue on the barn allows it to recede a bit into the background and lets your house be the main focus. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your summer!

  8. Number 3 is my first choice, number 2 in second. I see many comments loving the red barn but to me it’s jarring and looks like it doesn’t go. I might like a brighter red better, but I def love the barn in the dark blue!

  9. So exciting! Here are my thoughts…
    #1. My favourite – really gives it a traditional farmhouse look and feel. I love how the garage and sheds appear behind the house in the approach shot – and will be how the house first appears to you and visitors as you drive up. I also love the blue shutters.
    #2. Also very nice but also completely on trend and very overdone in our neck of the woods. for this reason, will it look dated in a couple of years? But then who cares, it’s your house and you probably don’t have a lot of the trendy new builds/gut renos of 70’s houses in your neighbourhood. I do love the door colour and how it will flow into your gorgeous foyer.
    #3. My least favourite – I prefer the white to the grey.

    I think you can’t really go wrong with any of them though. They are all lovely. Good luck with your choice.
    Brenda

    1. It’s SOOOOO tough! We have a lot of ’70s muddles … my house included. Thank you for your thoughts, Brenda!

  10. Definitely #2. The house looks clean and elegant, it makes the barn a supporting element for the house, and ties it in with the shutters. And I love me a red door- it’s lovely. I’ll leave out the issues I have with the other two. ; ]

  11. Gayle M Thompson

    I agree with Meredith’s comments and choose color scheme #1. It just feels right to me. It says New England and historical without being stuffy. Love the approach shot from the road with the hints of Raisin Torte peeking through.

    1. Yes, and the approach from the road is what everyone sees. The different angle really does change how the house looks overall.

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