source: Best Friends for Frosting
My virtual design assistant Tricia who lives in Edmonton is an artist as well as a True Colour Expert™. She sees undertones from miles away and is truly gifted! And what’s even more amazing is she has my aesthetic. She is the ‘team’ in my exterior and interior econsulting services.
Recently, we had a client who asked for a shade of pink to sample for her exterior and I said:
“Whaaaaaat? Am I hearing things? Could this be true? In the almost 20 years that I have been specifying colour, no one and I mean no one has ever asked me for a pink exterior! Okay maybe once, but still.
Tricia said, “Funny, I have a friend who’s talking about painting her house a pale pink too”.
After all, we did that in the 80s, and some of us still remember that era well. And if you are younger than those years, you might have renovated or lived in an 80s house and couldn’t wait to paint your pink exterior, or rip out the pickled pink oak cabinets or pink entry floor tile.
Well my new, fabulous local assistant Kelly and her husband Mike, recently bought an 80’s house with an existing pink/peach exterior.
When we stood in front of her house evaluating what should be done, she said her husband hoped I’d come up with a less expensive solution that they could live with, other than just repainting the entire house.
They would paint the exterior eventually, but their current budget was allocated for the flooring and kitchen renovation inside. Exterior could be next season.
If you have money to burn, I said, sure, paint the entire exterior now, but if not, the worst part about the colour is the sage green trim colour which was surely added in the 90’s since that was the trendy colour back then.
The windows are white so if the casings go white, it’ll look much better, just like the house next door (below).
Kelly’s garage door will be replaced since it’s warped and in this case it will stay white until the house is repainted.
I always write a blog post when a client asks me for a colour that I have never or rarely specified in my 20 year career, because that, is the first indication of an emerging colour trend.
Just like in March 2012 when I was standing in a client’s playroom and she said “Could I see something Mintier?” Mint and seafoam greens had been all over fashion in the previous 6 months, so no surprise that suddenly that shade of green was making it’s way into interiors.
That is exactly how colour trends work. It’s not a bunch of colour forecasters sitting around with their crystal balls saying to each other “Why don’t we introduce pink to the masses?”
And the fact that pink and periwinkle blue were Pantone’s colours of 2016, well I have been seeing more pink requests for interiors but now that it’s moving outside? I’d say it’s here.
SW Rachel Pink Door (source)
Pink roses (source)
BM Monticello Rose siding, Brown Teepee siding and details, Incense Stick Trim and details
Here’s a pink heritage house in New Westminster one of my True Colour Experts Heidi Nyline and her company Warline Painting completed recently!
Over to you my lovelies. What do you think? Do you see pink coming to your home anytime soon? I’d love to hear your opinion!
Also, I did a podcast recently with LuAnn Niagara the host of A Well Design Business where we spent the entire hour talking about my upcoming Specify Colour with Confidence™ Workshops, What they look like, what happens each day and find out what a high-end designer said to me over dinner at my New Jersey Workshop this past Spring!
You can see that Understanding Undertones® is critical to choosing the right exterior colour. Become a True Colour Expert this Fall, here.
If you’d like help with your exterior this season, check out our eDesign packages here