Sunday, January 22, 2012

Exterior Paint Colors

In 2010 we embarked on a complete residing of our exterior. It was a big project for us in all ways. I don't even want to remember how expensive it was, and to learn how much an intricate paint job was going to be... I'll never forget hearing those bids!

Needless to say, we survived and conquered! A few words of advice that we learned along the way: TEST SAMPLES. They are worth their weight in gold. The last thing you want to do is not be happy or have to repaint.

We knew we wanted to accent the brick, but not let the house feel too colonial. The other hurdle was playing up the timbering that we had, but was previously blending in.
Lastly, the saying "location, location, location" also applies here. The lighting conditions change the color of the paint... full sun, south facing, in shadow, cloudy, etc. So paint it and look at it during various times of day for a few weeks to check out how it changes. You'd be surprised!

Lastly, the "black" accent trim. Black itself is too harsh, so we went for a very dark blue to serve as black... If you want the look of "black" look at the darkest color on your paint chips if you want something more sublte and warm.
Test Location 1 (front of house, east facing)
Test Location 2 (south facing)

How did we do?

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