May 7, 2013

It’s Not White

Let’s talk color scheme. And if you haven’t figured it out already, it’s not white. Why do I mention this? Because nearly every house on our block (all 1950′s ranches) have white trim. Which I love. Well, loved. Now it’s more of a distant friendly relationship. Like, hey girl.. I like that polka dot shirt you’re wearing. Mmmk. See ya later.

Anyway. When we first bought our house I was all gung-ho about painting all the trim white. White trim around the garage door, white trim around the front door, white trim around the windows. You get it. One problem. We have black windows. Call it what you will, but someone was obviously a little house-smitten and committed some serious overlooking in that department.

Now, I’ve mentioned these windows before when designing our kitchen. Long story short, I despised them, and now I’m hopelessly in love, and wouldn’t trade them for the world. Black windows for the win. Plus, ironically they’re making quite the comeback on Pinterest, which has me a little happy and a little mad. You know the whole… “but they were mine first”. It’s whatev.

Sorry, it’s a rambling kind of day.

Moving on to the color scheme. I pinned this next photo over a year ago and never looked back. I’d never imagined an all-dark color scheme could look so good. And we were in luck, our home was nearly the exact same shade of red brick. Alert – DO NOT bother trying to find the paint color names behind this gorgeous photo. They do not exist. Take my word.

Gorgeous Charcoal Trim & Red Brickvia

 We played around with a few test swatches and finally landed on this color combination. It’s rich, moody, and dare I say.. sexy? Yes. Yes, it is. Heyyy there.

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Here’s the plan: We’re going black (Black Magic) on the shutters, garage door, gutters and roof. Charcoal (Ashwood Moss) on all the trim, soffits, and to frame out the peek above the garage. A medium gray (Sabre Gray) for inside the “triangle” above the garage and possibly for window boxes. Then, we’ll bring in pops of vibrant color to really lighten things up with a bright yellow door, modern green landscaping, and various shades of purple with flowers. That’s definitely not an extensive landscaping plan, but we’ll get to that part when we get there. We just have a basic idea in mind for now.

Now, here’s my lovely photoshop rendering ;)

Rich & Moody House Exterior Color Scheme | Cape27Blog.com

It’s going to be quite the transformation. Hopefully..

Rich & Moody House Exterior Color Scheme | Cape27Blog.com

I’m thinking paint alone will do wonders for our house. And maybe get the neighbors off our backs for a week or two.

Psst – The painting process has officially begun, so we’ll be sharing more progress this week as we go!

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15 thoughts on “It’s Not White

  1. Decorum DIYer

    This is great! You and I think very much alike. We have brick similar to yours and painted our screened porch and shutters a dark gray/green/brown (trust me, it looks like a little of all three). We, too, have paired it with brighter hues for chair cushions and pillows. I even painted a few side tables in Behr’s ‘Japanese Fern’, which is a bright green. I can’t wait to see your results!

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  2. Alison Schluenz

    I really love your choices of the paint colors for the exterior of your house. We just built our house last year and we chose to go with NO white trim for simply the fact of dirt getting all up on it since we are by farm fields. I think you will be happy as you two paint the garage door alone. We painted our garage door after it was installed because we didn’t love the color of it because it was too close to our siding color. I can’t wait to see your exterior progress! Nice choices so far!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Oh I never even considered going against the white for dirt reasons! Good thinking!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  3. Megan

    Oh I LOVE your choices! It will look very modern. I thought that you were going to paint the brick when you mentioned you were painting. I have similar colored brick on my home. I’m looking forward to seeing more! I love all your choices.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      We’re big fans on painted brick houses, so we considered it. I think if we’d bought a house of any other brick color we would’ve gone for it, but the red brick is too pretty to let go :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  4. kristy

    We painted our house a couple years ago. In its previous life, it was tan with brown trim. Ugh. I never thought I’d opt for such a dark color, but we chose “Intellectual” by Behr, which is a dark, moody, gray color. And yes, it’s sexy. I LOVE it! We no longer live in that house, but I still adore how our house looked with that paint, a new door, modern house numbers and a new porch light!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Haha, good to know I’m not the only one who thinks a color scheme can be sexy!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  5. Megan

    I’m loving this color scheme, its going to look awesome! I can’t wait to see it! We painted our house last spring – totally worth all of the long hours of painting trim!

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