Well, friends, after following my highly scientific method for choosing exterior paint colors, I have made my final decision. Now I just need the painters to hurry up before I change my mind :)
I've decided to go with Sherwin Williams "Intellectual Gray" for the body of the house, and "Urbane Bronze" for the shutters and doors. The trim color will be matched to our existing gutters.
Here is Intellectual Gray on the 2013 Southern Living Idea House in Nashville, TN…
Hey… if it's good enough for Southern Living…
I made the paint decision a few weeks ago, but it's always a little nerve-racking wondering if the color will look good when the entire house is painted in it. There was a house in our town that did a lovely renovation, and I drove past every day admiring how it was turning out. At the end of the project, they made an unfortunate color choice (think neon yellow!) Now I drive by and think "Why???"
The other day I was driving my son home from tennis practice, and did a double take when I saw this house..
Naturally, I hung out the window to snap some pics.
I really loved the paint color and the way the trim around the windows really popped. I just had to know the paint color, so I went up and rang the doorbell. The homeowner stepped outside, and I immediately recognized her as a very well-known local designer. No wonder her house color was so good!
She was very gracious, and said I was not the first person to stop and ask about the paint color, which was Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle. I told her I had decided to paint my house Intellectual Gray, but perhaps I would reconsider. She said her last house was painted Intellectual Gray, and is very similar to Fawn Brindle. She assured me that if I liked her house, I would be very happy with Intellectual Gray.
It was just the confirmation I needed, and now I am so excited to see the final result. The painters come at the end of the week.
After the house is painted, I will be planning my biggest remodeling project yet. Here's a little clue as to what it is…