Category: Exteriors

Best of 2019 Posts

December 28, 2019

Here is a list in no particular order of reader favorite posts from this past year:

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

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The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know

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Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

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Exterior Front Stonework

August 31, 2019

Do you have stonework on the front of your exterior? There are so many options to be considered to enhance the front of your home and stone can be a great way to add an interesting, custom look. Our architect we are working with assumed we were having stone installed on the front and I think it is because it seems every new home build is using stone for the front exterior. My first thought was yes, I definitely would like some stone work mixed in as well as painted siding. But then I started researching in depth looking through Houzz and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for our new home and thought for the style of our home,  maybe stone would not be the best option. Our front exterior looks similar to the below photo, (although we did make quite a few changes):Read More

A Beautiful Exterior Transformation With Before & After Photos

July 27, 2019

It has been a busy season for me with exterior paint color consultations and I really enjoy helping with color questions.  I especially love when the client sends me AFTER photos! Like my new friend Bethany who wrote asking if I would help her select paint colors for her home’s exterior:

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Beth first wrote that she found me on Pinterest. She was ready to paint over the brick and needed a little color help. I told her that it is always harder to choose color for your own home! Isn’t that so true? She was actually getting her home ready to sell and wanted to brighten it up a bit. Here is the before:Read More

Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

June 22, 2019

I have noticed a growing trend in darker exterior trim paint colors.  More often than not, instead of the usual  question of which white to use for trim, now everyone wants the darker colors for their trim.

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I think it adds character and charm when painting your window trim and architectural details in a darker contrasting accent color.

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So cute! I think they nailed the color combo perfectly in this photo above.

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Dark colored trim also make a house look more substantial, more detailed, more interesting.

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The darker trim colors  are usually a dark gray or dark brown, or a dark gray/brown such as SW 7048 Urbane Bronze. A beautiful color:

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And I have also seen dark blue trim:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on using darker trim colors for contrast:

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Have a great summer weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Favorite Color Combo: Red Brick & Gray

February 16, 2019

Hey everyone! Over the years working with brick exteriors, I have found my favorite color combination with red brick is dark gray:

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Don’t you agree the gray together with the brick looks beautiful?

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Grays are tricky because of their undertones. The undertones of a color really stand out in the sunlight. The lighter grays have blue undertones, such as Boothbay Gray HC-165 and Stonington Gray HC-170. Here is a example photo:Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Stonington Gray Exterior Project

January 26, 2019

What color do you think of when you picture a home exterior on Martha’s Vineyard? I think of light and airy beach colors. And that is just what the customer ordered- “I want gray and white beachy!”.

The first paint color that came to my mind was Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray HC-170:

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A modern and fresh medium toned gray with a slight blue undertone.  I have suggested this paint color many times on exterior consultations. The client sampled on a large poster board and loved it.

Here is a before photo of her home:

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My friend thought she would like the whole exterior, including the bottom lattice, painted in the same paint color. But after priming the lattice:Read More