Introducing Our New House Colors

On Monday we told you that we’ve had a difficult and stressful time choosing new exterior colors for our house. Oh, the drama. Our first paint samples were too bright. The second ones were too dark. But the third ones were finally just right. Or at least we hope so because we’re pretty sure this is what we’re going with! Ugh, I sure do hope so.

For the age and style of our home (1890), we were told by the historical society to choose muted earth tones, like greens, tans, grays or dusty blues. We decided to go a little blue, a little gray and a little tan. We’re covering all our bases! (If you want a reminder of what our house looks like now, click here.)

And since I’m sure you’re all dyyyyyying to know, or at least are mildly curious if you’ve made it this far … here’s our new colors!!

new house colors

Ta-da! What do you think?

(These are samples, of course. The actual painting hasn’t started yet.) Left side, top to bottom: Storm Cloud (SW 6249), Westchester Gray (SW 2849), Sands of Time (SW 6101); on the trim: Sand Dollar (SW 6099); and on the shutter: Inkwell (SW 6992) — all by Sherwin Williams. As soon as we put these paint samples up, it kind of clicked for us. We feel like they work well with each other and look appropriate for the age and style of our house. We’re really happy/relieved, and to make it better, our painter likes them too! Phew.

Here’s a little mockup that Andy made of approximately what our house is going to look like:

house colors mockup

So, we explained on Monday how we need (at least) 5 colors: the main body, which is Storm Cloud; secondary body, Westchester Gray; main trim: Sand Dollar; secondary trim: Sands of Time; and window sash accent color: Inkwell. We’ll also have a sky blue ceiling on our front and back porches, which I’m kind of way too excited about.

paint samples

We might like to do something a little brighter and more cheerful for the front doors, since I think our current dark brown doors look sad and uninviting. We don’t want our house to look sad! Do you have any cheery door-color suggestions for us to go with these colors?

Now we just need this rain to stay away! Our painter is on the second week of prep — sanding, smoothing, priming, repairing. So I’m not really sure exactly when the actual paint will start going up, but our painter says that’s the easiest part, even though it’ll take something like 50 gallons of paint! (For our next house, I want a one-story ranch, ha)

What do you think of our new house colors???

— Kerry

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2 thoughts on “Introducing Our New House Colors

  1. I’m obsessed with yellow doors on houses…but that probably wouldn’t go too well with these colors? It’s hard to say until I can see the finished product : )

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