Last spring when we were planning to repaint our house for the first time since moving in 9.5 years ago, I did a little exercise using this inexpensive way to regret-proof your exterior paint colors. Tons of you weighed in with your opinions about which of the exterior 3 paint color schemes you preferred. And I have to say … you were NO help at all!
About the same number of you liked each scheme, making the decision even tougher! Argh. However, I will say this — before I wrote the blog post, I was basically planning to go with Scheme #1. Yep, I was TOTALLY certain. In fact, the only reason I came up with schemes 2 and 3 were for the sake of the post!
So…. which one did we pick??.
Color Combo #3
Yep! One of the two I only created for the sake of the blog post!
And I’m sooooo happy I tried to think outside of my preconceived ideas and explore other options.
Here’s our house as it was originally. The previous owners had chosen a pale yellow body, black shutters, and dark teal green doors. The barn was a mid-tone cool gray with the same teal green for the barn door.
(Please ignore the moss on the roof.)
Many of you commented that you weren’t fans of the windows over the garage. I’m not either. They were done by prior generations, and we haven’t had the budget to address that space yet. So the idea was just to ignore/disguise them as best as possible with a dark color, treating the garage & “barn room” as a separate structure — a barn — which it was originally.
Here are the mockups that I had created of our house in the new colors.
As I discussed in the original post, this mockup method cannot help you decide between close colors. Computer monitors read colors differently and obviously can’t account for lighting conditions, physical orientation, and paint undertones. However, it can help you decide between dissimilar color combinations.
And here is our house today!!!
(Of course, we got the leaves cleaned up AFTER I took pictures. Oh well.)
You can see how we painted the 1800s attached barn the same color as the 1970s barn in the background.
To the right is my Ultimate She-Shed design office for Home Glow Design!
I’m OBSESSED with the black/blue color we chose for the shutters & barn. It really looks so rich, and a little unexpected — but not way out in left field either!
I also adore the subtle difference between the Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee trim and the the Edgecomb Gray body color.
I want my home to feel *charming,” and I feel the coral doors accomplish that — like a blush on your cheeks when you smile. 🙂
I know that the middle of November is not the best time to take pictures of your house, so maybe I’ll update these next spring when everything is green and in bloom again. But I also didn’t want to leave you hanging!
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Selecting new colors for the exterior of your home can be really scary — it’s a BIG investment. One you’re not likely to correct until the paint starts peeling off.
If you’re trying out a new color combo for your next exterior paint job, I HIGHLY recommend my Fiverr mockup method. And if you’re unsure where even to begin with new colors … hire a professional color consultant!!!! It is WAY better to get professional help than to blow $10k-$20k on the wrong colors!!
What do you think?????!!!
See you next time!