Exterior color: Tried & True Blue

Choosing a color for your exterior is a scary process. Unlike painting a room, exterior paint is a big commitment of time and money, not very easy to redo, and (gulp) the change will be seen by everyone on the block. This client wanted a color combination that would be timeless but not boring, and also not make the house feel imposing or stand out like a sore thumb.

We chose a rich, timeless blue (Benjamin Moore's Charlotte Slate AC 24) and paired it with a sassy front door in Wasabi green (AF 430), with all the trim in clean Snowfall White (OC 118).   Now the home feels inviting, friendly, and happy, with colors that suit the neighborhood, the architecture of the house, and the homeowners, too!


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Before Exterior Color

AFTER
After Exterior Paint Color Timeless Blue White Trim Wasabi Green Door

Exterior color: Dressed for a Party

Repainting the outside of this house was the homeowners final step in making really feel like her own place, and she’d always hated the outdated turquoise trim.  We took a bold move and painted the body of the house deep charcoal gray and changed all the trim to bright white.  The front gate, front door and plant posts were painted vivid red and now the house looks more substantial, grown up, and dressed like it’s always ready for a party!

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exterior before

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exterior after : crisp

Exterior color: Natural Fit

As you can see from all the test swatches on the before picture, this family was having some trouble deciding what colors to paint the house.  They wanted something that would compliment and show off the house without making it stand out unnaturally.  Inspired by the grasses growing in the front yard I suggested a pale yellow with just a hint of green to it for the body of the house, and then grounded the home by suggesting a clay brown for the brickwork.  They wanted a red front door so we choose a color that was bright and cheerful yet still a compliment to the house colors.  It went from pale and dreary to defined and inviting, just like the weather in the before and after pictures!
 

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exterior before

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exterior after : natural

Exterior color: Natural Classic

The family that lived in this house was anything but boring, but the house, shutters, and garage doors on this house were all the same shade of muted pale off white.  The house had no definition and felt very bland.  We changed the house color to a soft, buttery yellow which will feel soft and warm even on our grayest Seattle days, then set off the shutters and garage doors in a deep espresso brown, another warm, rich color perfect for our rainy weather.  Lastly we painted the front door in a bright, cheerful red (Benjamin Moore Heritage Red), a way to invite friends and neighbors to come on over and visit!

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exterior before

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exterior after : classic