Friday, June 8, 2007

Another color change of heart

Picking a color combination for the exterior is absolute murder.

After more great advice from Stephanie, I went to the drug store, printed out a picture of my house's exterior, made 20 photocopies, and began coloring with some colored pencils. I obsessed for a couple of hours and now have about 11 different color combinations. Most of them are horrible. The one that looks best to me is bone white with mahogany trim. It makes the house look a bit like an old train depot, which I like.

At first I was sure that I wanted white trim, but now I'm all over the place. After deciding to abandon white trim, I happened to drive past a bungalow with suede-colored paint on the wood siding and white trim. It looked so good, so now I'm sort of back to that. Arg!

I never imagined that I'd be the sort of person who subscribes to the Better Homes and Gardens website, but they have this great Java tool there that allows you to color in the exterior of a variety of different houses. They had one just like mine, only with much better landscaping.

Check it out. Honestly, it just left me more confused, but at least I can visualize things a bit better.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Rocky Mount, NC and Mount Laurel, NJ

I'd like to thank all of the good people from Rocky Mount, NC and Mount Laurel, NJ for visiting the site. I've started tracking stats for the blog, and visitors from these two towns account for nearly 15% of the total traffic...

More Color Choices

I don't know if you're getting sick of this yet, but I sure am. Here are two more color choices. The orange is the same color I have in my kitchen, and I really like it in there. I was considering going kind of coastal with the house, and I really like the orange. I'm afraid it is way too much though.

The other is a suede color that would look good. Its a bit boring, but I think it'd work fine.

The quality of the paint and the paint job is really terrible, but you get the idea. I've now gotten 5 quarts of "Colors To Go" from Sherwin Williams. Its terrific to be able to try out the colors before making the final choice.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Exterior Color Angst

I'm really not sure what to do about exterior color. I really was thinking red with white or off white trim, and after advice from Stephanie (check out her blog here), I bought a quart of Roycroft Copper Red from Sherwin Williams. I slapped it onto a part of the house (over top of some of the paint that's aligatoring) just to see if I like it. It is one of Sherwin Williams' Arts & Crafts colors, all of which I like. I love that Sherwin Williams sells cheap quarts of paint so that you can see if you like it before you commit to ten gallons.
Anyhow, I'm crazy about the color in general, but I don't know if I'll be happy with it covering large chunks of my house. I might switch to the terribly-named Bunglehouse Grey from SW's Arts & Crafts collection with white trim and either the above red or Roycroft Bottle Green for a highlight color. This is all causing a ton of anxiety.
By the way, the top picture shows you just how bad the paint is now. My painter assures me it'll look amazingly better when he is done.
Any feedback is appreciated.