If you are building a new house, you may be wondering which stone is right for your exterior. Choosing exterior stone for a new house is all about the undertones.
Which stone colour is right for your new build exterior?
My client was building a retirement home in a warmer city, in another Province. The challenge was that she wasn’t there every day to make sure everything was going according to her specifications.
Most recently, her contractor had installed the wrong colour roof (which in the end, I assured her she could keep because it did not impact the curb appeal of her home in any way).
Halfway through construction (when her builder was calling for decisions) she flew in to consult with me because, she confided, “We have walked through so many homes, and most recently a 3 million dollar show house that was just plain bad. The colours didn’t match, the kitchen was ugly. We’re spending a lot of money and we don’t want to make a bunch of mistakes.”
What are the undertones of stone?
She arrived with this stone that she was considering for the exterior:
Well what does it look like to you? Is it obvious? Does the undertone jump out at you?
My client saw pink in it and wasn’t loving it. But that’s because her builder had painted up a sample that was green grey (Thunder on the right).
I also included Edgecomb Grey (a lighter green grey) on the left, so you could see that it wasn’t green grey.
But was it pink beige? I immediately pulled out my large curated samples and placed the pink beige samples behind the stone:
Now it also looks like it could be taupe right? That’s what I said it was. Especially when you’re comparing it to pink beige.
So I pulled out my taupe samples (below):
By now she was just off the entire stone. She didn’t want pink or taupe stone. However, if you look again, it’s not quite taupe yet is it?
It’s getting much closer, but now we see violet right?
Look at how nicely it matches the violet grey samples in my System for Specifying Colour (above).
Using the Colour Wheel and my System for Specifying Colour
Let’s place my Understanding Undertones colour wheel on the stone as well:
So here’s the thing. A lot of you have this colour wheel already (if you don’t, you can get it free here–you’ll just pay shipping and handling).
This is exactly how it works.
Notice, I have added the paint chips which is what you’ll need to do to make it totally accurate (because the printing process never is) all the paint chip name and numbers for 4 paint companies are located on the colour wheel landing page here.
Wait. There’s one more taupe we haven’t seen that’s slightly less pink than Cedar Key and it’s Pale Oak. So let’s compare Pale Oak and Collingwood again, but this time together:
They both look like they could work.
And often this will happen when you are moving the colour wheel around your home on different fabrics and finishes.
What this means is that you pull out both sets of samples from each undertone to see which one is perfect.
The difference between ‘meh’ and perfect, is easy to see once you have a large sample.
So in this case, I would test them both outside on your stucco if this was the stone you were installing on your house.
If you’re doing orange beige stone with taupe (as they are often found together, below) you’ll want the right taupe on your house (and not the wrong green grey which would make it look close but not quite perfect).
Then you would also ask, is the white on this house right? Was the blue grey stone on the foundation and walkway the right choice as well?
Testing colour is important.
Did you get that? Never just assume you’ve nailed it, especially if you are still learning and training your eye on what to see.
However, didn’t we narrow down the colours fast?
And simply using colours from my curated system of paint colours which you can purchase here.
What you’ll learn in my Masterclass on Exterior Colour Selection
In Module 4, you’ll learn what colour white this house should have been in order to coordinate better with the stone (below). In Module 6, you’ll learn whether this even should have been specified. And in Module 8, we’ll talk about balancing trim colour (which is a common mistake people make).
I’ll also teach you about the colour of concrete and we’ll talk about whether pink beige steps were the right choice here:
This online course is included as a FREE bonus for everyone who enrolls in my Specify Colour with Confidence workshop. Register here.
PS. What did my client choose in the end? She brought two more samples and we settled on the white stone (on the left) below:
Have you used my colour wheel and you have questions? Email me here with photos taken in good natural light without flash to be considered for an Ask Maria post.