Looking for a timeless exterior update with colour – as opposed to the white and cream trend we are seeing everywhere? Remember, colour is also timeless so I’m sharing two fresh and updated home exteriors with blue. Take a look!
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my fellow Canadians!
Today I’m sharing a couple of really fun eDesign before and afters with timeless blue exteriors!
ALL DAY LONG we get requests for all-white exteriors. And while we love a fresh white exterior, when the whole neighbourhood is being whitewashed, it’s nice to create a little variety and choose a colour!
A timeless home update with colour
One of my favourite colours to create a fresh look that is NOT WHITE is navy. If you have a relatively traditional exterior with ample white trim, you can pull off a dark and dramatic navy. When charcoal houses are starting to look dated, navy still looks timeless.
While I help clients get just the right white look for their exteriors all the time, it’s really fun when they are open to some colour!
Here is Sue’s house before. She was clear that her colour scheme was overdue for an update.
She needed a new roof and wanted to be rid of the orange cedar detail in the peaks. SO many builders did this darker contrasting trim look in the 90s.
Since she was open to some colour and had fallen in love with a green home in her neighbourhood, we gave her a pretty green option among others (below).
This is what my eDesign specifications look like:
Ultimately, after painting up her large test boards and polling her friends and neighbours on their favourites, she ended up going with this option:
I also recommended a new roof, and here is the beautiful after!
Body: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Sue, and her neighbours, are delighted with the result!
By the way, on most homes, when the garage doors are at the front of the home, it looks better to paint them the body colour to blend, but with this rich navy, keeping them white is a crisp way to balance the dark body colour. And her garage doors are pretty enough to highlight with their inviting windows.
Limitations on choosing non-neutral colours for exterior come not only from pressure from history’s most ubiquitous trend, the white farmhouse trend but also from having earthy fixed elements like brick or stone. If you have lots of either or both, that’s when you need the right neutral undertone to perfectly coordinate.
But if you don’t, if your house is mostly siding or stucco? That’s when you really should consider a PRETTY COLOUR over a neutral! Then you can say, my house is the pretty blue (or green or yellow or pink one).
Updating a Drab Green Victorian
And did you know that the exteriors that are the hardest to choose colours for are the ones where the sky is the limit?
That’s why I added this to my eDesign presentations for this kind of project (below).
My lovely client Julie and her husband purchased an eDesign consultation for ideas to freshen up their charming Victorian exterior (below).
To be clear, I am not a Victorian colour scheme expert, where details of the mouldings are picked out in various contrasting colours etc. That is not one of my specialities.
However, most often the answer to achieving a fresh and updated look for a house like this is to respect the historical nature of the house in the colour selections. And in this case, simplifying all the fussy trim accents with a single white. This gives it a clean and unified look. All at once, it respects the character of the house, yet also updates it.
This is the approach I suggested for Julie’s home.
The fresh and pretty after photo is below.
My eDesign process when colour choices are limitless
But first, let me just share with you. Once I sent them some original palette suggestions based on their stated preferences, we DID have to have some follow up consultation time to get them into a colour scheme that worked for them.
Most often, when picking colours for exteriors (that isn’t a neutral), the client is on a bit of a self-discovery curve.
Do I really like green? Or am I thinking green because it’s already green and I’m used to it?
Do I prefer a warm sunny look? Or something fresh and cool?
Do I lean towards traditional warm blues with a hint of green? Or am I comfortable with a cooler blue with a touch of periwinkle?
Mint chip? Tiger tail? Rocky Road?
The sky’s the limit. And it comes down largely to preference. And comfort zone.
So, if you know what your favourite colour/flavour is, great! We will help you get just the right hue of the colour you want, and maybe a few suggestions you hadn’t considered for fun (it’s important to push that comfort zone sometimes)!
Maybe you aren’t sure about your colour preferences? That’s when it’s tough to know if you’ve arrived at the perfect colour.
We started in the realm of greens and blue greens, but after some testing, we ended up with this lovely cool and crisp tone on tone blue scheme below:
Body: Benjamin Moore Oxford Gray, Shutters: Benjamin Moore Evening Dove
All the fussy trim details were painted out in a creamy off white, BM White Dove OC 17, so that they became subtle, sculptural interest instead of busy accents. This is much more pleasing to the contemporary eye. The gables could have also been blue with white timbers, but the white simplifies the look nicely.
They were so nervous to take the plunge and so well-rewarded when they did!
Plus working with colour is so much more fun than trying to make this beauty into a modest white farmhouse.
Here again, is the before:
And the after!
Over to you my lovelies! Would you consider painting your house blue?
Thank you so much to my clients for sending me after photos! Do you have “after” photos from an eDesign consultation? I’d LOVE to see them!
If you’d like to learn how to narrow down the RIGHT paint colours to coordinate with your home’s exterior, check out my Masterclass for Exterior Colour Selection here.
If you’d like help choosing your exterior colours, see my eDesign packages here.