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When Chad and I were first married, we decided to build a duplex. Our builder showed us a board with tiny paint swatches on it. We chose a beautiful brown color (or so we thought). It was a nice warm tone and we knew it would be beautiful. Little did we know – paint on a wall and on the side of the house doesn’t always look the same as it does on a tiny swatch. The plain, neutral brown color we had chosen had pink undertones. When our duplex was all painted, we realized we lived in a pink duplex! (Okay, it wasn’t totally pink – but it was definitely NOT the look we had been going for).
Paint on a wall and on the side of the house doesn’t always look the same as it does on a tiny swatch.
How To Choose Paint Colors
That experience taught us a good lesson – don’t choose a paint color from a tiny swatch. The process we use now for choosing exterior paint colors is pretty simple.
- Look at Pinterest, design magazines and makeover shows, and drive around and see what colors you like.
- After narrowing it down to a few favorite colors, get some actual paint samples (of paint – not just a swatch) and paint it on the side of the house.
- Paint will look different in different lighting and at different times of day. Sometimes colors will be much darker once they are painted. And notice the undertones! (No pink houses – unless that is the color you are going for).
- Choose your favorite paint colors and go for it.
Our Latest House Makeover
For our current house redesign, the house was sort of an overall beige with pink/peach undertones. The stacked stone matched the house color. Our last house was gray and we loved it, so we decided to go with another gray paint here. After some research, we decided to just paint right over the stacked stone instead of replacing it. We chose white trim with a black front door, black lighting fixtures and house numbers. We can add color to the front porch and back deck through the use of pillows and accessories.
The fence was a faded red and was peeling and looked old and terrible. We thought we were going to have to replace the whole fence. But a fresh coat of paint gave it new life.
Exterior Paint Colors We Used
- Outside Main Color: Porcelain Shale – Valspar
- Garage Door: Porcelain Shale – Valspar
- Stacked Stone: Sable Evening – Valspar
- Fence: Sable Evening – Valspar
- Outdoor Trim: Paramount White – Valspar
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What exterior paint colors are you loving right now? Do you have any funny painting stories? Let me know in the comments!