When it comes to picking paint colours for the exterior, there are SO many things to consider: roof, brick/stone, driveway, exposure, landscaping, and then, of course, you throw personal tastes into the mix and it’s no WONDER it’s a stressful process!
And this cute little rancher is the PERFECT example of ‘high needs’ as we had to accommodate ALL of the above considerations. Luckily, she had the right bones to be a beauty, she just needed a lil’ facelift!
From their questionnaire, I knew the owners were looking for something NOT warm, NOT yellow and HOPEFULLY taupe or gray – with green undertones. I figured we could squeeze in gray, but I couldn’t accommodate the green undertone. Why? Well, the majority of the products on this property are warm – orange to be specific. Sure, there’s some purple in the roof and driveway, but the dominant colour is orange. So, because opposites attract, if we chose a gray or taupe with green in it, things would have REALLY started popping/contrasting, without any SINGLE thing to visually tie them together. It would’ve been a HOT mess.
Instead, by listening to the homeowners wants and combining them with the needs of the home, I found the link – purple! You can see the purple in the driveway brick, as well as the roof. If you can’t see the purple, I recommend you drink a glass or 2 of wine, and then you will (helps every time). By choosing a gray with a PURPLE undertone, rather than a green one, we’re more likely to make a visual connection with the other finishes – BOOM!
And the results?
It’s like a totally different home! A beautiful colour palette, lush green grass and landscaping – the value of this home (financially AND emotionally) just increased in a BIG way.
The new front door style and colour is a WAY better choice for this gorgeous home.
What colours did we choose you might ask?
The orange/beige represents the basic neutral on the brick walls/driveway and roof. Of the 3 palettes that I suggested, they chose:
- Siding: SW Mink, which is a med-dark warm gray with a purple undertone
- Trim: SW Alabaster, a soft, warm white
- Front Door: One of my FAVES, SW Iron Ore, which is a soft black.
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