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Exterior in Grays; Before & After

By 08/11/2010January 27th, 201727 Comments
Cathleen hired me to help her choose colours for her house in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here is Cathleen’s house before. She wanted to update it with some new colours because she will be selling in a few years:

Such a pretty setting!

And here is the after (below), nice to break up all the red:

Photos by Cathleen

Siding Colour Ralph Lauren Washboard TH07, Trim HC-84 Elmira White and Front door HC-166 Kendall Charcoal


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  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Love the gray color. Such a lovely house and setting. Hugs, Marty

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    The gray looks lovely – so homey. I can just see it at Christmas with a wreath on the front door.

  • Windlost says:

    Beautiful Maria, it looks gorgeous. Great choice. I am definitely going to hire you for your opinion when we paint our house in a year or two.

    xo Terri

  • Vitania says:

    This the question Maria – My trim needs to be done.. and I am having a hard time deciding..

    the gray looks fab!


  • Brillante Home Decor says:

    Great transformation, she was a very smart lady to ask you advice. By the way your Newsletter is absolutely great, full of information and interesting ideas. Thanks for writing it.

  • Jaime says:

    Great colour, I love the two greys.

    Our house is white stucco with a red roof, and we are in the process of painting the shutters & trim Hale Navy & Whale Gray. (benjamin moore colours). I find blues and gray's very calming.

  • Greet says:

    Dear Maria,
    You have done a wonderful job! This house is a thousand times prettier than before! It is definitely the right color!
    PS I still read your posts but I am so sorry to not have the time to comment each post! But your posts are incredible interesting!!!

  • heather jenkinson says:

    Oh wow, you did a great job, Maria! I love the grey toned blue with the quiet, grey green toned door. Beautiful.

  • Joanne @ eBoutique says:

    Grey is such a nice colour. We built our house about 8 years ago (from brick) and haven't yet painted it as I kind of like the natural look but we are thinking about painting it but just not sure what colour. I wonder what grey would look like on brick?

  • Allison Stephanie says:

    Love it… Love it!!!

  • Beautiful color choices for that setting and I didnt even notice the red roof until you mentioned breaking up all the red. I guess that is why you are the color expert! I would just pop the front door with a bright spot of color; red, black, mallard green etc.

  • Stacey says:

    I love that grey colour and how it contrasts with the red. Beautiful outdoors too!

  • Elizabeth Brown says:

    Excellent job Maria!

  • NYCLQ says:

    I wish we could paint our exterior gray! (I guess that's one of the downsides to living in an association/community.) At least I have our interior walls in shades of gray (it's VERY versitile!)

    Thanks for sharing!
    😀 Lynda

  • Debra Phillips says:

    sheer perfection!

  • Color and Style says:

    Great color, what a transformation!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Lissa @ After Adornment says:

    Great Transformation! I love the gray and it looks so much better being able to differentaite the roof from the house. Nice color choice.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm loving gray these days too! I painted my kitchen a gray called Seashell gray before I started reading your blog and before I even knew that this was a new thing. Actually I thought I was being different. Lol This small town I live in where most still have wallpaper in floral prints all over every wall in the house, it was different here I guess. Now I'm trying to figure out the hallway colors and living room. I so want to do fresh green and plum in my living room. I did green and blue in the kitchen so I'm thinking this will still work for flow. I know I want the accents in the green and plum but how do you do a wall color that matches that except a beige or white? Or is this a case where you should go white? With medium wood floors that seems like so many neutrals.


  • camdesign says:

    wow, nice change…good job.Closest to our building is HC-76 davenport tan and newly painted fence CC-530 brandon beige,(so love how it looks) have not finished painting the gate so no before & after pictures done… but you can see the fence in the pictures of our new patio on my blog…

  • Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations says:

    It turned out lovely! I love the front door.

  • Ideezine says:


    Love the new gray color. Of course I love gray myself and my home is yellow, gray trim, white accent trim and French doors. I would keep the same color theme.


  • Emom says:

    Oh such a sore subject…..I live in an wonderful condo, a townhouse from the early 1970's….interesting in many ways, but not the dark brown exterior wood siding…..hung vertically….

  • Anonymous says:

    The gray looks nice but I would have stained the screen enclosure and rear railing white. I think that the brown looks terrible against the gray.

  • Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog says:

    wow – these are some great home ideas, i think exterior in greys are likely to last long as they have got nothing to lose,

  • says:

    What a difference!! Good work, does not even look like the same house. BRAVA!

  • pve design says:

    Reminds me of "country mouse vs city mouse!"
    Love the posh new paint.

  • joanne says:

    How do I go about finding a vinyl siding close to this color? It’s hard to tell on-line exactly what grey to look for.
    I like the Kendall Charcoal door, would it look okay with black shutters or should they be Kendall also?

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