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E-DESIGN: 2 Exterior Colour Facelifts!

Posted on June 4, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

2 Before and After Projects! Stone, Brick and More…

I LOVE exterior painting season. Now, if you live in the south, you might have this season all year round, sitting in your swimsuit sippin’ Sangria. However, here on the rainy west coast of Canada, this short-lived season lasts from approx May-September (if we’re lucky) – and then the galoshes come out.

Here’s a shot from one of last year’s exteriors

Kylie M Interiors EDESIGN, exterior front door painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, trim Alabaster, siding Mink. With brick

And things have been HOPPING this season with clients sending me some great ‘after’ photos of their projects. I have to pick and choose what I can share, as not all photos can be cleaned up enough for my blog (it’s the nudes that really throw me) – and it’s DAMN hard to get a good exterior photo, so mad props to those who get it done.

So, while I know these photos might not be magazine ready, they should give you some great ideas for how you could update your OWN exterior this season!

Project 1

A Stone and Brick Facade Face Lift

It can be tricky trying to marry up brick, stone, roof, paint colour and trim. Every product has its own specific needs and they don’t ALWAYS match up! So, I’m SUPER happy with how this gorgeous exterior turned out, giving some worn-out trim and siding a much-needed makeover.

BEFORE: Love the stone (you can’t really see much of the brick in this shot), but the OVERLY purple siding colour was fighting with everything.

Stone, brick and siding exterior before paint (1)

You can also see how there was a different siding colour on the front left portion – more of a beige with a pink undertone to it, making me think they painted this section the same as the trim.

AFTER: As you can see, sometimes it’s not about making a HUGE shift on a home, but about making the RIGHT shift into better undertones…

Stone exterior with brick painted with greige, taupe and beige. Kylie M Interiors, Online Paint Colour Consultant and Edesign blog

A photo like the one above is hard to take when the back of the house is getting hit with a different light from the front, but it definitely shows you how things levelled out on the whole (even though the 2 siding areas still look different).

BEFORE: You can get a good eyeball of the brick in this next shot. Notice how the body of the house is too purple for the stone, brick and roof and the trim around that bay window is slightly too pink/taupe.

Stone, brick and siding exterior before paint (3)

AFTER: It’s like the whole home took a nice DEEEEEP breath, and I took a nice DEEEEEP swig of wine and gave myself a personal high-five.

Exterior stone and brick beige, greige and gray, beige windows with Benjamin Moore Metropolis, Smokey Taupe. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

From the options I gave my client, she chose BM Metropolis for the siding and bay window surround with BM Smokey Taupe for the trim.

BEFORE: Oy vay, check out how the garage door colour was clashing with the siding colour. The garage door colour actually wasn’t BAD with the brick, but it was a hot mess with the stone and just wasn’t doing much for the overall palette.

Stone, brick and siding exterior before paint (4)

AFTER: This image isn’t as bright as I’d like, but it certainly will give you the idea! I don’t like to over-edit things, I want to show you things as close to real as I can get them!

Exterior garage door and siding in BM Metropolis with Smokey Taupe trim and pnk brick. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consultant and blogger

BEFORE: That purple was just hitting the brick so hard, made me a lil’ twitchy.

Stone, brick and siding exterior before paint (2)

AFTER: I LOVE this before and after as it REALLY shows the magic of the colour change…

Exterior pink purple brick with warm taupe gray painted siding and beige taupe trim. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color expert and blogger

And check out BM Wrought Iron on the side garage door. It’s also on the front door, but I couldn’t get the photo to brighten up enough to really see the beauty of it.

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron dark navy blue door wtih pink purple brick exterior. Kylie M interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant and blog

Read more: The Best Blue Paint Colours for Your Front Door

Project 2

A Red Brick Rancher Remodel

BEFORE: Not bad by any stretch…but also not good.

Ranch with red brick and white trim before painting with edesign

The yellow-green undertone of the house wasn’t sitting well with the roof. And while it was an ‘okay’ compliment to the brick, it was no screamin’ glory.

AFTER: Now the funny thing is that the grass actually looked better in the before photo! But for the sake of climate change, I don’t mind seeing a lil’ yellow grass.

Exterior red brick rancher with Sensible Hue siding and Cyberspace navy blue shutters. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

And my client actually DID send me a photo when the grass was green, but with the way the sun was in its full glory, it was harder to get a read on the house colours – still damn pretty though!

Exterior rancher with Sherwin Williams Sensible Hue and Cyberspace shutters with white trim. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online painting blog and consultant

And look at those flippin’ shutters! Adding shutters instantly took this home out of the ’80s and gave it a great personality (the same thing happens when I straighten my hair instead of leaving it natural).

Before and after red brick ranchhouse with Sensible Hue siding and Cyberspace shutters and front door. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Of the colours suggested, my client chose SW Sensible Hue for the siding and Cyberspace for the shutters and front door with Pure White trim. She originally was hoping for a sage green, but I felt like sage green would be too strong for her roof, Sensible Hue nods towards her personal tastes while blending them with the needs of her home!

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edesign, virtual paint colour consulting. Kylie M Interiors Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams color expert. marketing (3)

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  1. Both houses came out great. Homeowners must be thrilled. Thank you for the video on the SW Gossimer Gray. Beautiful soft color. I have a soft spot for those warm grays to greige. I painted a standalone antique cabinet off the kitchen in Agreeable Gray with rice paper lining the inside of the glass doors and a bit of gold rubbed into the carvings. It came out great. Warms my heart! LOL

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      Hi Linda, you BET you can paint vinyl siding – back in the day you were super limited and had to do it the same ‘depth’ to avoid issues, but paint companies have come up with some GREAT new paints to work on vinyl!

  2. What would you think about using SherwinWilliams white duck for painting the outside of a house and use a white trim? I have used your before for a bathroom but I’m asking this question for my mother.

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      Hi Bridget! I do love White Duck! On an exterior, you can expect it look creamier vs falling back into its neutral base. It can also look a bit lighter too, but having the white trim to contrast with it will help it to show up a bit more!

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      Hi Pam, it could be interesting as Woodstock is a lovely warm, but not overly ‘brown’ siding colour. It does depend on THE red brick you have, but no red flags right now!

  3. Hi Kylie, do you have a trim color you recommend for an exterior (soon to be ) painted in gauntlet gray that has more depth than white? Your new home exterior is similar to mine, I’m dying to know what you painted it as my paint crew is coming soon to do mine and I’d love to know which direction you went! Thank you! Cheers!

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      Hi Wendy, I chose Pure White for our trim and what not, but it can totally depend on your windows/brick/roof/etc…so I’m hesitant to throw out a ‘sure thing’. You could check out SW Pure White perhaps?

  4. I love the first house you did with the Metropolis. and the Smokey Taupe. I’m considering doing the same thing, except I have dark warm brown gutters, soffit and fascia. I did order from Samplize as suggested, but if you have any thoughts on the dark brown…

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      Hi Hope, I think those are GREAT to start with. A lot of people want to go traditional gray with brown gutters and it stretches them too far. Warm gray and taupe are GREAT ideas 🙂

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