Thursday, September 24, 2015

Help a Sister Out! {Choosing Exterior Paint!}

I am in a major time crunch to pick the color our house will be painted tomorrow! Please, dear friends and readers, lend an indecisive lady your eyes and insight, won't you please?!

Everything has been pulled away from the house and it has been pressure-washed as of this morning!

I'll try to keep this short and sweet.  For various reasons, I've decided I want to paint our house a dark color.  Partly because I just want the chance to experiment with something different (and when you know you aren't going to live there forever, risky decisions seem a little less, well…risky.); partly because I think a dark, dramatic look may help our place stand out a bit.  In the absence of much architectural interest or charm (I honestly do not even know what style/era our house is?), I feel like a dark gray could add a little weight and gravitas to our humble abode.  I'm so excited to have it painted--once that's done, I've got big plans to spruce up the landscaping (if it will ever rain?!)

This discussion is for another post, but let these pictures serve as evidence that the struggle is real out here in Cali…we are in a drought, hence my sad "yard" where everything is dying.

I've basically narrowed it down to three options.

Option A is Benjamin Moore's Sharkskin, a grayish green.  When I look at the swatch on my house, in certain light, it reads pretty green, and I'm not sure if it's maybe too green?  But when I saw it painted on this house, I loved it and just had to find out the color.


Maybe a gray that has a little color to it (in this case, green) wouldn't be such a bad thing?!

Option B is Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal, a darker gray with brown undertones.  Here are some examples of houses that have been painted Kendall Charcoal (at least according to Pinterest--hope the captions are accurate!).



source: Pinterest

Option C is Benjamin Moore's Amherst Gray, which feels the most like a true gray to me, with less undertones in it.  I was leaning toward going this route, and I think it's a pretty safe choice, but maybe safe is not always better?!


A couple things to consider--most everything will be painted whatever color we choose…there will be a little bit of white at the windows and around the garage (not pictured), but I've decided I want the trim at the roofline painted the same as the body of the house.  To me, a flat-roofed house doesn't do itself any favors by having the trim stand out.  I was thinking of having that little block of brick painted, but at least for now, we may leave that as is…

So, what do you think?!  Time is running out!!


  1. I absolutely love C...does B look purple in person? The picture you posted looks eggplant to me but I've been know to be color blind in the past 😁

  2. I might have to go with B based on the sources. That being said can I rent your house when you move out?!