Thursday, June 3, 2010

Choosing exterior trim paint – help!


The challenge for us is to paint the-brightest-white-I-have-ever-seen railing a color that will help the home “settle” into the background scenery. AND, the steps will be the same color at the insistence of the paint contractor, my husband.

The siding color tends to have a slight pinkish cast which we want to minimize. Here are the browns I chose after trying out colors, brown being the best, on a Valspar model with only an approximation of the siding color:


Which one would you choose? Why?


Shelia said...

Hi Nancy. You home is so lovely. I'm probably not too good at this but I think I like #2. It's a warmer shade and not so dark as to look black. But, heck, what do I know? Nothing, like I told you! :)
I know you'll make the right choice.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

LV said...

I am not good at picking or matching colors. I am sure with the help of your fellow bloggers and your eye for color, you will make the right decision. I would be flattered as well as honored to have you feature me on Pink Saturday.

DollZandThingZ said...

I wouldn't paint it. It matches your window trim--if your trim is white.

I would add some color by adding hanging flat baskets to the rail to break up the color. I think a dark rail is not good for safety purposes. Just my opinion.

BTW, your house is really very nice!

Susie Jefferson said...

I actually like the white! I think it looks very crisp and clean, a good contrast.

Why would you not want the step railings to show up? You'd fall down them in the dark, and the door will look disembodied, floating in mid air. Also, for health&safety reasons, you need to be able to see your handrails.

Steps: if you insist on minimising, go for 2. I'd go for a strong contrast and pick 8 or 5 - against white, it would look really chic.

Just my 10-pence-worth...

Pam said...

I, personally, like the white. However, I'd choose #2. I think it would stand out and provide a contrasting color.
Your home is lovely. :)

kittiesx3 said...

Piling on to say I also like the white a lot. Sorry!

Paula@pondalicious-plants said...

i like #2. don't make the steps the same color unless you leave posts white... who hired that contractor anyway????
leave posts white, paint railing and steps #2 and call it a day. other chips are either too gray or would pick up too much of the pink in the siding paint.

Jillian said...

While I do think the white is nice and crisp, I was thinking 7 with 2 as a runner up. You mentioned the pink cast which I think 7 has a pink tone as well. Hope this helps! Best of luck!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Nancy, the white doesn't bother me, but if you think it is too white, then I am trusting your judgment on this. I can't see the color samples for some reason, but I think some people sound like they know what they like. I mentioned this in the first post to which I responded, but you can always try to approximate your colors using paintbox or whatever tool you can find to see how you'd like it on the house itself.



~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Nancy~ ~Don't you just love to give your oninion? That being said it is your house but here is a thought. Why not just paint your steps the dark color first and see how you like it. Better yet choose 3 or 4 colors you like and paint 2 steps each color and then choose the one you like best. I vote for #6 looks like it have a green tint but not too much which I love to see with the trees.
Then paint the door too. The steps will then lead to the door in a harmonising way. You can choose to paint the rails later. Whichever color you choose you really need to consider the roof color as well, or you could just choose the color you like and replace the roof!!!!

Can't wait to see the transformation.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~