This reader is stuck when trying to choose a colour for her retaining wall. Here’s my colour advice and a look inside my newest exterior masterclass module.
My 15th module for my Exterior Masterclass is live right now! And it’s another WWMD 🙂
What would Maria Do with THIS: Porch/Patio/Fence/Deck and I even mentioned outbuildings in this one!
I did get a good question about retaining wall colours this week and here it is:
We live in a 1930s bungalow in a part of town that is quite eclectic. It’s known for its artists and we love color here. I love my green and purple house.
The big problem we have is that our entire front yard is surrounded by a 5’ high concrete retaining wall, which we have never quite known how to deal with.
As much as I’d love to have it clad in stone, it just isn’t in the budget. I painted it cream years ago, but I’ve never been happy with it. Should the steps also be green, or should they be the color of the porch floor and retaining walls?
I’ve put off making any decisions as my husband has been dealing with cancer over the last few years but this year he is better & we are stuck at home and decided to finish it. But what color?
Well? What do you think?
What colour should I choose for my retaining wall?
Well, I see a bare wall like this and on the exterior, I’m thinking, this needs more than just colour. We’re back to landscaping.
I know. I’m like a broken record with landscaping.
Kinda like the way I am with lamps.
Because here’s the thing, the second question to ask yourself after:
What colour should I paint X (outbuilding, fence, deck, porch, retaining wall) on my house?
Would landscaping make a difference here?
When I sent MaryAnne White (my talented virtual landscape designer) the photo of the retaining wall, she said “Paint it green to match the house and add some cascading plants!” And find some interesting tile that would go with her artsy house for the stairs!
After I started searching retaining walls and cascading plants I came up with all kinds of beautiful ideas:
I do love green on a black wall. However in this case my readers retaining wall connects to her green house so it can’t be black.
Plant material in front of a retaining wall is beautiful. Suddenly, we don’t need stone anymore.
Here’s the before again:
Keep in mind this is photoshopped so it’s as natural as copying and pasting can be 🙂
Here’s the house and the wall together:
You could grow vines on a retaining wall as well:
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If you’d like to learn how to choose exterior colours using The Killam Method, check out my Masterclass here.
Here’s review I just received:
“I loved it. I am working on the exterior of my 1969 orange brick colonial style house. This really clarified a lot of our decisions. My children are design-minded and participating in our home renovations. I’ve been surprised by how accessible and interesting they’ve found this course.”
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