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Help! Your Opinion is Needed!

The time has finally come.  I have been thinking about this for the two years since we first toured our farmhouse.  It’s a big decision.  One that we will live with for a few {or more} years.  One that everyone who visits our home will see.  And one that every single person that drives past our home will view.  Can you guess what this decision is?  Either way, I’ll let you in: it’s painting the exterior of our home!

We have no idea when it was last painted.  Absolutely no clue.  Our records show that new siding was installed 20 years ago.  Has it been painted since?  I hope so.

What color is our farmhouse currently?  Ummmm, that’s a hard one to answer.  I always look a little stumped when I give someone directions and then they ask this question.  I assume they think I am a moron because I don’t know what color my house is.  Spoiler alert: it doesn’t really have a color.  It’s somewhere in the brown-red-orange color family.  What?  Yes.  That is my answer.  We have looked at areas of our home that do not receive sunlight and the color is a dark brown.  The front is very much sun faded and does not resemble the dark brown.  It’s a bit of a hot mess out there now and I cannot wait to bring her back to her former glory.

Here she is in all her unfiltered non-photoshopped mess:

See what I mean?  🙂

Now, this is where you come in.  We haven’t decided on a color yet.  I know that so many people paint their farmhouses white.  But, we are not “so many people”.  I love white.  {And you know that by the interior.}  And I love white on the exterior…of other homes.  I just am not getting a white vibe here.  I am really drawn to some color.  Mostly a deep rich color.  Every time I see a dark home, I almost drive off the road staring at it.  I am not opposed to a light colored farmhouse.  The options are pretty open…I am just staying away from the yellow and red family.

Using the gift of technology, I was able to “paint” our home right on my phone.  {I was really wishing it would be that easy in real life.}  I have included some options below and I would love to hear your opinions.  There are a few disclaimers though:

  • The app doesn’t allow me to put a specific color choice in, so these colors are not exact, but display a shade option.  (I have included some specific color choices at the bottom of this post.)
  • My coloring looks pretty rough on these pictures.  The app is not the easiest to use and even with a stylus, I went outside the lines often.
  • The trim color will most likely be white.  On a few pictures, I attempted to color them white {see disclaimer above} and it gave more of a ghostly-glow than a solid white.  I then gave up.  You’ll have to use your imagination on the pictures that have an olive green trim.
  • Our shingles are a green/black color.  Ugh!  But due to the slight incline of the front yard, it is not oppressively noticeable on the roof.  The shingles can be see on the little overhangs above the doors.  (I will include an image of the shingles at the bottom of this post.)
  • All of the stone work will remain in its natural color as seen in the pictures.

So, here it goes.  I would love for you to leave a comment with your thoughts!  And do so quickly, as I will head out for paint samples in a day or so.

Dark/middle green:

 

Middle/light green:

 

Dark blue:

 

Middle blue:

 

Dark brown:

 

Middle brown:

 

Middle gray:

Middle/light gray:

Here is some more information, as promised above.

Shingles (ours are a little bit more faded than these):

Listed below are the actual paint chips that I am considering getting samples for.  Click on the color name to be brought to Home Depot’s site for the specific color.

Burnished Pewter

Chimney

Shutter Gray

Euro Gray

After comparing the above colors to the chips that I have, they don’t match each other.  Another ugh.  I think that I will go with the chip colors though as opposed to the color on the computer.

There you have it.  Our big decision for this spring.  I am excited about this, but also nervous as this is much bigger than changing a wall color.

I really appreciate your insight and opinion!

Have a good one, friends!

xo,

Leigh

39 Comments

  1. Becky

    The middle blue!! Or that tone just a little darker. The grey blue more than the purple blue. So pretty!!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Becky! 🙂

  2. Becky

    … or the very dark brown. But I like the blue 🙂

    1. Leigh

      Blue, for you! 🙂

  3. Rachel

    Middle blue or light gray!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks for the input, Rachel! I am a blue and gray kinda gal too! 🙂

  4. Sarah

    Middle blue or light gray would be my vote!! NO Brown

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Sarah! No brown…;)

  5. Husband

    Middle Gray or Light Gray

    1. Leigh

      I will take your vote in consideration with all the others…lol! ♥

  6. Sil

    Your chip for Euro Gray would be stunning. It’s such a tough decision, isn’t it? Good luck! Your home is beautiful & will look beautiful no matter what.

    1. Leigh

      Thank you so much for looking and giving your thoughts! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  7. I tend to lean toward the grays. I never seem to tire of the gray. White window trim and then shutters and a pop of color on the front door. Had a thought……could you white wash your stone sidewalk and stone on the house or would that thought ruin the originality of the stone and possibly not be weather tolerant. I loved your fireplace. here are two sites for visuals that might help. http://www.pinterest.com (17 Best ideas about New England Homes on Pinterest) and newengland.com/colorsyankeemagazine. I know you will make a wonderful choice.

    Terri

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Terri! I am going to hop over to that pinterest site! I will look into the whitewashing, but I’d like us to first try and powerwash the stone as that may lighten it up. 🙂

  8. Bonnie

    Gary & I tend to lean toward a light gray because it may blend with the stone, but that is just our opinion. This is something you must live with for a long time, so we will pray for you.(:

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Bonnie and Gary! I love the gray too! 🙂

      1. Bettty Tuxhorn

        Tho I am a green person, for your house a light gray, it will bring out the gray with the stone, serene and magestic

        1. Leigh

          Thank you, Aunt Betty! ♥

  9. That’s a tough choice!! I think I like middle blue the best!!

    1. Leigh

      Luci,
      I know! We’ve never had to decide on an exterior color before and it’s kinda a big decision…like thousands of square feet! 🙂

  10. Krissy Kise

    Love the lizard green. ( Which would work with the shingles). Also like the Rich Navy and the “chimney” paint swatch. Think any of them would look great with the trim bright white!! Good luck! Can’t wait to see the final product!!

  11. Krissy Kise

    Love the lizard green. ( Which would work with the shingles). Also like the Rich Navy and the “chimney” paint swatch. Think any of them would look great with the trim bright white!! Good luck! Can’t wait to see the final product!!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you! 🙂 Fingers crossed it looks good when all is said and done!

  12. Christine

    This is so fun! I like the middle/ light gray in the pictures. It gives the stone work a more modern edge, I think. I like the darker accent color for the porch beams in the middle gray pic instead of the white though. 🙂

    1. Leigh

      Love your thoughts, Christine! 🙂

  13. Keri

    I like Navy Blue. As I was reading your post (before scrolling down and seeing the different color choices), I was thinking: blue! =)

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Keri! 🙂

  14. Debbie in Oregon

    My pick would be the middle blue … but the middle/light gray would also be nice!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Debbie! 🙂

  15. Sharon

    My vote is for Rich Navy or Nourish. Either is a nice contrast to the shingles and the grass next to it. Happy painting!! We are in the same process with our house. It’s an ugly 2 tone brown right now (think 50’s). Paint gives new life and impression!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you for your opinion, Sharon! Sending good painting thoughts your way too! 🙂

  16. Lynn Fowler

    Burnished Pewter is my choice with crisp white trim.

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Lynn!

  17. Betty Tuxhorn

    I am a green/sage kind of taste, but for your house, I think light gray would be good and help bring out the stone, serene and majestic!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Aunt Betty! Hugs and kisses to you! ♥

  18. Geka

    Burnished pewter on siding then go lighter or darker gray with trim. White trim is classic but two tone gray would give the house an older feel.

    1. Leigh

      Good ideas! 🙂

  19. Stacy

    middle/light gray

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Stacy! 🙂

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