Online Color Consulting: My Top 10 Exterior Painting Projects
Are you struggling to find inspiration for the exterior of your home? Are the homes on Houzz a little ‘out of your league and budget?’ I hear you, which is why I’m here to share some REAL home exterior makeovers with you, to get those creative juices flowin’ and paint rollers rollin’ (creative juice in our house is always mixed with wine).
Sample photos from a client’s E-design consultation
What’s a REAL HOME? Well, it’s not that fancy-schmancy homes aren’t real – they are, but they aren’t always ‘really applicable’ to the average homeowner, and sometimes it’s nice to see a home similar to your own, that’s undergone an affordable and FABULOUS colour makeover!
‘Because not every home comes perfectly coordinated, sometimes you have to find a happy medium between what YOU want and what your home can handle based on its existing finishes’
Sherwin Williams Alabaster siding with Aloof Gray shutters
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #1 Clean Colours vs Dirty Colours
This first one was a TOUGH one – I had to put on my serious
drinking thinking cap. My clients hired me to pick a new garage door colour, but looking at their photos, I knew there was NO magical colour that was going to pull everything together as the right bones weren’t in place.
- while the beige of the trim was fine with the stonework, it was too dirty looking for the yellow siding (clean and dirty colours don’t always love each other)
- there were both beige and white on the trims (beige main trims and white gables)
I never like to see clients waste money on painting projects when we aren’t fixing the REAL problem – even if that’s not the main thing they hired me for. So, I went out on a limb and asked if they’d be open to painting the trim – as well as the garage door, and freakin’ hallelujah, they agreed (I assumed painting the siding was a bit much to ask, and I didn’t think we needed to go THAT far to get great results)!
And look at her now…
It’s like the whole home breathed a sigh of RELIEF (as well as me, because it IS all about me…right?). Not only does the yellow siding look better with the stonework, but the home now has a thoughtful palette that looks PURPOSEFUL and intentional, rather than accidental.
BTW, my blog relies 100% on photos from my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients, so thanks to everyone who’s sent them in!
We also refreshed the front door with Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, as yellow, white and navy is ALWAYS a classic combo…
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #2 NOT SO GREEN WITH ENVY
This was another project that had me twitchin’ in my seat. My clients were looking for JUST the right paint colour for the cedar shakes on their home, but there was NOOOO way I was going to suggest a THING without seeing the trim and shutters painted first.
Let’s spend a visual moment with the green on the trim and shutters…
Feeling a wink nauseous yet? The two greens were fighting each other big time. And while the green of the shutters was oooookay with the brick, really, nothing was working and the home was at a FRACTION of its potential. However, I knew that with the right palette, this home could make a SHOCKING turnaround.
After, HOLY FREAKIN’ CANNOLI…
I KNOW it all costs money, I get it. But sometimes, if you can spend smart money, you’ll add visual, emotional and ACTUAL value to your home – rather than making things worse. My clients were getting their home ready for sale, and I can say without a DOUBT that the curb appeal doubled on this beauty.
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #3 A Mid-Century Marvel
Those who’ve been with me for a while (thanks for drinkin’ the Kool-aid) know this one will ALWAYS be near and dear to my heart…
This home had GREAT lines and the potential to be a real show-stopper – look at it NOW…
Did you sneak a peek at the orange front door? Let’s take a closer look…
See ALL of this project HERE
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #4 THIS EXTERIOR HAD ME WEEPING (you’ll get it shortly)
The colour on this next home was just a bit too warm for the roof, and the front door was too garish for the classic design of the home. And while you can’t see it from far away, the mortar was applied to the bricks in a weeping style, creating WAY more visual texture than the standard application…
Here’s a better look at the weeping mortar if you’d like to shed a tear or two…
The depth of Dorian Gray keeps the shadows created by the weeping mortar at a minimum, blending in the texture a bit more, with the black shutters and front door drawing the attention.
EXTERIOR MAKEOVERS #5 & #6 Ink Pink, You Stink
Pink is hands-down, the NUMBER ONE colour that haunts my Online Colour Consulting clients as they look to update and modernize their pink brick fireplaces, countertops and carpets and exteriors. And while the before photo of this first home is a bit blurry, you don’t need rose-tinted glasses to see the pinkalicious vibe of the stonework…
After, it looks like a BRAND-NEW HOME with the charcoal roof coming to life in juxtaposition to the warm wood garage doors and creamy warmth of the painted stone and siding.
As for this next home, again, it’s that DARNED PINK BRICK!
And after, what a cutie-patootie!
While there’s still pink brick on the front patio, the Benjamin Moore Sioux Falls is the perfect, gentle complement to it, while a stronger teal could’ve bounced too hard off of it.
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #7 Brand Spankin’ New
My next clients were looking for a white exterior, partnered with shutters that would complement their metal roof and warm-toned brick. And naturally, being new construction, there aren’t any ‘before’ photos of this bad boy…
But after photos? HELLS YES!
We went with Sherwin Williams Alabaster for the siding and Dovetail on the shutters, a soft, medium-toned warm gray. A cool white would have been too stark with the warm-toned brick (on the foundation and chimney), but we also didn’t want to go SO warm that the house turned out ‘cream’ or overly yellow.
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #8 Brown Brick Beauty
I love brick. I mean, I don’t love ALLLL brick as there are some darned FUGLY ones out there, but this was one I wouldn’t DREAM of painting over…
However, the homeowner was bored with the lacklustre beige on the siding (Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth) and was looking for more interest, while still humouring the needs of her home (roof/brick/exposure) – and she got JUST the interest she was looking for with Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray!
At first, she chose not to put the shutters back up…
And while her home could’ve EASILY gone shutter-free, we both agreed they would be the perfect finishing touch. I don’t have FULL home shots with them installed, but I do have a close-up as well as a shot of the detached garage (Minwax Dark Walnut).
To see more colours like Gauntlet Gray, read this post HERE
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #9 Shutter Love
While I don’t have ‘before’ photos of this project, I’m SUPER happy with how it turned out in all of its teal and gray glory!
A light colour like Gray Owl can be a tough one if you have TONS of south-facing light or afternoon western light shining on your home as this depth of colour can wash out, which is why it’s important to partner it with clean white trim to show contrast.
EXTERIOR MAKEOVER #10 The Green Machine
I love a unique home, and with its green and teal palette, this one was DEFINITELY an eye-catcher!
It was important to take our colour cues from the driveway, as the roof wasn’t visible and there wasn’t any stone or brick on the home to humour. Now, let’s see how she turned out…
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