Thursday, August 26, 2010

Exterior House Color Contenders

If you remember this post, we are finally painting our house.  Per advice of a friend, I received some help from a color consultant and here are her recommendations:


Option 1: Body (Martin Senour Desert Cactus), Trim (Martin Senour Linen White), Shutters/Door (Martin Senour Black)

Option 2: Body (Martin Senour Owlet), Trim (Martin Senour Baseline), Shutters/Doors (Martin Senour Black).  She originally wanted to do a burgundy red for the shutters and doors, but I prefer black.

Option 3: Body (Benjamin Moore Weimeraner), Trim (Benjamin Moore Mascarpone), Shutters (Benjamin Moore Wenge)


While, these are great recommendations, I just wasn't 100% happy with them.  And, while I liked the idea of the color green for a house, I didn't love the green the consultant chose.  So, it wasn't until we were down in Florida visiting family when I saw this house and thought I like that color!   This is the house:



Have you ever walked up to a complete stranger's house and knocked on their door to ask them what color they painted their house?  If not, I highly recommend it.  Seriously. 


Think about it?  Who wouldn't like to hear, "Oh, I love the color of your house!  Do you mind me asking...?"  Well, these folks did, and a couple of beers later (no joke) we walked away with the color names in hand!   Sandy, thank you so much!  The paint line they used was Porter's Paints - Body (Tulip Poplar) and Trim (Soft Antique White). 


So, if you're looking to repaint your home, don't be shy and go ahead and knock on the doors of the houses you like!  Hope to have before and afters soon!

And, thank you again for those of you who suggested your favorite headboard in this post, my friend was giddy with excitement.  She goes back to NYC in 2 weeks and will make the final decision.   I'll keep you updated!

18 comments:

  1. love the colours here - so pleased you got the result for your house!KG

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  2. That was so sweet of them. From the picture I can't tell if the house is gray or green or a combination of both. Either way, it looks really pretty.

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  3. Karen, it's a green with gray undertones!! My two favorite colors!

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  4. That is the color! Black shudders with white trim. I think even Kev would like those colors. (And what a great story to go along with your choice!)
    -ME

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  5. I love that you did that! When my parents built their custom dream home when I was a kid, we used to drive around neighborhood and they spud do he same thing! People were so flattered and LOVED to talk about their landscaping etc!

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  6. Oh boy...on iPhone, apologies for the above typos...

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  7. i love the colors of the house in florida.... especially with the wooden door. very pretty!

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  8. Love the combos, but have to say that I am partial to Weimaraners. Had no idea that the paint color existed.

    Yes, always knock and ask. Most of the time people are thrilled to talk about their home.

    -Rene

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  9. That's a great story! Love the colors of the house too, can't wait to see how your house looks with those colors!

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  10. So fun. I have had two people knock on my door and I was delighted to share.

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  11. That is the cutest story ever! I love when we get those gut feelings about something and act on it. I am proud of you for being brave! The colors are so pretty.

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  12. Too funny! I love this story! And I love that house color. Good luck painting. Can't wait to see the end result on your home!

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  13. How cool! I love when stuff like that happens! Way to go. (I personally really like a dark siding with light trim, dark grey with cream accents, but maybe not the most energy efficient.)

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  14. How cool is that! I have totally thought that before about people's houses but never thought to ask them! So happy you found the perfect choices!

    Luvs!

    P.S. The colors on that house are gorgeous!

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  15. I'm from Florida and I've never seen a house that looks like this! Dying to know where in Florida you were. If there were houses that looked like that my family would have a much easier time convincing me to move back...

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  16. I am from northampton, seen your fabulous house. Can you post the exact address of yours?

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  17. i LOVE these colors. I have a raised ranch and am looking at Benjamim Moore Saber Gray. Thoughts? Will this get me close?
    thanks
    Debby

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