It’s winter and most of us are taking a break from exterior painting out of necessity. Are you planning to paint your house in the spring? If so, now is a good time to think about color choices.
It seems that exterior paint color trends are leaning toward classic neutrals, including rich, deep dark grays, slate blues and charcoals. I’m don’t necessarily follow trends when it comes to architectural color design especially when certain style houses (i.e., craftsman style, Tudor) lend themselves to a variety of other color palettes, however, I do appreciate the beauty and safety of neutrals.
This little house got an instant update with a rich, dark body color, a new door, and some interesting brackets. Stark white trim creates a crisp, clean look and strong contrast. I especially love the white molding that runs horizontally around the house at the midline. It gives the structure more dimension. Now the house has a real presence.
This in-town stunner is sporting Ben Moore’s No. 1608, “Ashland Slate.” It’s daring to go dark, but it’s worth the risk.
Some recent Wellesley clients wanted a gray/blue color for their 1915 Victorian. They requested that it feel earthy and without stereotypical Victorian “whimsy.” The only pop of color is the red on the front door. Now, the home feels updated and refreshed.
My clients wanted their suburban home to have a “lake house” look. It is, in fact adjacent to a lake, but most of the other homes in the neighborhood are fairly traditional. The challenge was to create the look and feel of a retreat, while making sure the home still looked integrated into its surroundings, including the neighboring homes.
The client chose classic neutrals, both light and dark. It is still a work in progress... Here are the “Before” and “In Process” photos. Stay tuned for the “After” photo!
Is a neutral palette the best choice for your house? If so, here are a few colors to consider.
All of the colors I suggested for exteriors work equally as well for your interiors. For a simple, clean and peaceful look like the rooms you see here, use “Swiss Coffee” and “Shoreline.”
“Soot” is also a fantastic choice for interiors! Use on an accent wall or paint the whole room.
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