Monday, September 16, 2019

Exterior Painting: Overcoming Too Much of a Good Thing

The Front of the House When Roger Was Done
It's not unusual for me to meet people who don't know how to go about choosing exterior paint colors, so they just paint the siding and trim in their favorite colors. 

This house in Tryon, NC was different. The former owners had tried diligently to work with the brick, but wound up with too much of a good thing because they painted the siding to match, and used a pastel version of the brick color on the trim, and that didn't feature or flatter it. The new owners wanted a complete transformation, and we were pleased to help them.


Here's how the house looked before:


The Front Before with Brick Colored Siding and Light Brick  Colored Trim
Left Front Before
Left Side and Deck Before

Lattice and Deck Color Doesn't Work with Siding Color

Back of House with Stark White Ceiling Under the Sunroom

Back of the House 


My goals for this house were to: 

  • find colors that coordinated with the brick and the roof
  • make the front door a natural focal point
  • make the lattice and deck look more harmonious with the house and 
  • use contrast to create more interest. 

Here's how the house looked when Roger finished painting it:


Front Side After

The Front Door and Matching Storm Door Are Now A Focal Point

Front and Left Side

The Deck and Lattice Are Now Part of the House
Right Side After
Back of the House After

Paint Specifications

We used our favorite material: premium quality Aura Exterior Paint by Benjamin Moore.

Siding, Lattice and Deck Color
Special Match to Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe #SW7039

Trim Color
Benjamin Moore Durango #2137-30

Ceiling Under the Sunroom at the Back of the House
Special Match to Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige #SW7036

Front Door and Storm Door Color
Benjamin Moore Georgian Brick #HC-50

We Can Transform Your House Too

If you want the same fine craftsmanship with a fresh approach to color for your house, call us at 828-692-4355 to discuss your project with Sandy LeRoy. Sandy's help with color is a free service for our painting clients. And if you want to do the painting yourself, but need expert color help,  a two-hour consultation and large samples is only $250 (travel charges may apply in some areas).

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