Exterior Painting! Part DEUX

September 3rd, 2008

I attempted to use the Martha Stewart inspiration photo and translate it via “amazing” Photoshop skills into a paint color mock-up.

Then I bought more color samples…I’m at about 21 now…

Nothing was right. As I was organizing my shoes after my little vacation in Palm Springs I saw the perfect colors! I knew I liked this color combo.

I went to Lowes and had them color match my old stinky shoes. Poor lady at the counter looked a little weirded out about having to touch them. Apologies ma’am.

Tried them out and liked them but the gray was a tad bit too dark. (In the left photo those three colors on the far left are the color matched samples from the shoes). So I had her lighten the converse gray by 75% and 150%.

I like them both and I really think I like the black trim. I think I might go with the lighter color but it seems a bit pink in the bright sun. The shoe sample of yellow is awesome – I can’t wait to throw it on the front door – GLOSSY style.

What do you guys think – which one – and is the black trim weird? The boy thinks I’m nuts to paint gray cement a lighter gray…

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  1. Anonymous on 09/03/2008:

    i prefer the paint color on the left in your pic. the other is too pink for me. love the yellow and black trim! good luck!

  2. Anonymous on 09/03/2008:

    Yes to the color on the left. Good luck!

  3. lisa on 09/03/2008:

    i was going to say the lighter color on the right. i have been totally into this color combo since you first blogged about it a while back. the black trim is great and the yellow for the door is perfect! i can’t wait to see the outcome!

  4. Lisa on 09/03/2008:

    I think you’ve hit the perfect yellow, and the black trim will be awesome, a nice frame for the house.

    For the grey, I think a colour right in between your two samples would be nice, lightened by 110-115%?

  5. katek on 09/03/2008:

    I agree with Lisa–a mid-point between those two colors. Not the darker one, for sure. I LOVE the black trim; that will be so so modern and sharp, and the yellow door will be amazing. Cannot wait to see the results.

  6. karen on 09/03/2008:

    The LEFT gray, imo.
    *Painting gray cement a lighter greay = a perfect way to make the whole exterior look and feel a lot cleaner and lighter. Go for it! 🙂

  7. Rick on 09/03/2008:

    i love the yellow, and definitely the gray w/o the pink. for the trim, you could also go for a ‘midnight’ navy-bluish color, which the MS pic seems to appear like in that light.

  8. Anna on 09/04/2008:

    I prefer the colour on the left.

    For the trim I think black could look too stark. I would go for a charcoal colour with a blusih tint which I think is a better match with the grey.

    Love the yellow!

  9. googiemel on 09/04/2008:

    I would go for a middle grey– something between the two. The grey on the right is definitely too pink, but the one on the left is a little too dark.

    Also, just wanted to say that’s it’s SOOO very Viceroy Palm Springs, which is my favorite hotel out there! I love the yellow/black/grey combo. It’s so chic and Modern (capital M) while also staying very modern (little m), if you know what I mean. It’s Mid-Century but also very contemporary. It also pulls in a little of that Hollywood Regency look that is so “in” right now. 🙂

  10. RoddCohen on 09/04/2008:

    One of the things most of my color clients fail to realize is the difference between sampling and final result. You are in California, the light is very intense. As a generality, most colors look 1 to 1/2 steps lighter in the outdoor light. In your case, your color may look up to 2 steps lighter. What this means is that the color you thought was gray may look like an off white. Especially true if you pair it with dark trim…the two paints will be pushed further apart (trim seeming darker and ground seeming lighter) because of the contrast exaggerating their properties.

    Good point about painting the concrete blocks gray…I notice also there is some gray flagstone at the base of the portico pillars. The worst thing is to juxtapose two grays with different undertones. All color with the exception of primaries have undertones. The more neutral (away from primary and towards gray) the color, the more complex its menu of undertones. They are easy to read if you have a trained eye but for my clients, undertones are one of life’s biggest surprises. Designers love grays because they assume the compliment of the color they are placed against. If your roof is a bluish gray, if will pull out any warm red or red-orange undertones in the gray. Oops, there’s your pink cast, voila!

    Also, contrast makes a house look smaller, if one of your goals is not to diminish the size of the bungalow, lose the concept of high contrast between trim and body.

    One of the things I don’t know is what community standards are for your house. I’d almost encourage you to go for a very muted gray green which will really make your yellow ochre door pop (compliments), then you could comfortably use your dark trim. Stay away from true black, use a very dark charcoal which will read like a black from the street. Here’s my color recommendations, all Benjamin Moore paints:
    Body: Greyhound, 1579
    Trim: Wolf Gray, 2127-40
    Door: Stuart gold, HC-10

    This is a fantastic color palette which will give your home distinction and honor its character. Although it is a vintage 1950’s home, you really don’t want to live in a house that looks like a Krispy Kreme store, do you?

    Beware of Photoshop, computer renderings are pixels not paint and your monitor is not calibrated. The colors you see are not accurate. I encourage you to fetch the paint samples for accuracy. I can arrange to have larger paint sheets sent to your mailing address. Visit my web pages and send me an email.
    Rodd Cohen

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