Happy First Day of Fall, Y’all! It doesn’t quite feel like Fall in North Georgia, but nonetheless, the weather has been beautiful and I never complain when it’s warm and the sun is shining. 😉 Today I’m sharing our exterior house and porch colors, a LOOONNGG overdue post and a topic I receive many emails about on a weekly basis. Thank you for all your kind comments on my somewhat “happy accident” of collective paint colors! Instead of redirecting readers to multiple posts about the colors, today I’m sharing the paint color palette in one easy to find post.
Several years ago, it was time to paint our porch floor because our house was about 11-12 years old and the wood was getting porous and worn. Previously we had a wood stain on it in a dark brown color. The siding has remained the same color since we bought our home. When we decided to use Behr Deckover for the porch floor color, I didn’t find a color I liked for our siding, so we used a Rustoleum Restore color and Home Depot mixed it in the Behr Deckover formula. You can read about the product on an older post I wrote here and a year later update here.
When my husband, Mark, started painting the Winchester color on the porch floor, it was in the daytime and I loved the way it looked with our Hardiplank house siding color, Pewterworks by Duron. As daytime turned into dusk, the color changed and it didn’t look as good as I originally thought! We sort of stopped and assesssed and the next day painted a little more. The more surface we painted, the better it looked and the porch was completely transformed with the Deckover product, so that was a no-brainer. The surface looked more like composite decking and less like a wooden floor porch. It gave things a different look and feel, which after that many years, was such a good thing! After we got all the porch furniture, plants, cushions, etc. back on the porch, we LOVED it! ( NOTE: Any Sherwin Williams can mix and/or color match older Duron colors )
Back porch bench and Adirondack chairs had been painted Mermaid Net by Behr in a satin finish a few months previously.
The door was painted Caribou by Duron in a satin finish at the time.
The new porch floor and old siding needed some interest and new life, so I used Mermaid Net by Behr in a satin finish again!
I have been asked by readers if the siding and floor color are more gray or tan and the answer is this: Different monitors and devices are so hard to get a true color reading on, but this is where my “happy accident” comes in. Pewterworks is right between grays and taupes, so it sort of varies between the two. I have had so many people driving by in our neighborhood over the years stop and ask about our siding color with the same question! It’s another one of those chameleon colors, but Pewterworks is a bit more tan gray and Winchester more gray brown, I’d say. Somehow the two just work together because they’re not trying to be “matchy,” they just compliment each other nicely with the contrast. They both change to a more pink/purple as sunset gets closer, but it’s very subtle and we truly love both colors together after all. (Pewterworks picture image credits to My Perfect Color site.)
2 main things I always try to think about when choosing exterior paint colors for myself or for a client are:
What are the colors of the other house exteriors in the rest of the neighborhood? What geographic/landscape of the area might affect which colors you use?
Will the house exterior look pleasing in each season with various accessories, flowers, fabrics, etc?
Our home is a cottage/farmhouse style with a wrap around porch located in a rural area of North Georgia about 20 minutes from Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains. It was previously farmland and we had cows that used to graze right up next to the back of our property. Soft, subtle, earthy nature colors are what the majority of our neighborhood is, so this was keeping in the same style of our area. I have a little freedom to be creative with the front door color, but I try to keep the rest neutral. And the best thing is that I LOVE this color palette year round! I added a few color palettes showing how the colors have changed a little, but I stayed within the same color families.
Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish product info can be found here.
Below ( pictured left then clockwise: Pewterworks by Duron ( siding ), Caribou by Duron ( old shutters and front door), Swiss Coffee by Behr ( new trim and railing ), and Mermaid Net by Behr ( front door color and back porch furniture ).
The new exterior color palette below is the same as above except the top right dark gray brown is the new shutter color, Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams in a satin finish.
I felt like the porch needed a little more depth and contrast with the floor and siding, so I decided to go with a darker gray brown for the shutter color. Urbane Bronze is a great color to use if you want to update your dark browns and give them new life! I share why I love it on this post where I also updated the porch furniture with a grayed dry brush technique. Quick process that gives old porch furniture or dated colors a new look!
I added porch curtains to this outdoor space last Spring, and didn’t do a post on them, but I briefly describe here how we did them. They have been wonderful for adding a little privacy, as well as some softness to the porch. Love them!
I shared with you a few new porch table settings I did last month where you can see the porch curtains with the neutral paint colors in the background….( beads available in my Etsy shop which is found on the blog’s sidebar )
The final exterior color palette below pictured left and then clockwise: Pewterworks by Duron ( finish looks flat, but check if you have Hardiplank for which types of paint to use. Ours has always been painted professionally ), Mermaid Net by Behr ( satin finish on front door and back porch furniture ), Swiss Coffee by Behr ( semi-gloss finish on front door trim and railing ), Duron Builders Masterpiece White ( semi-gloss finish –the color the builder did originally on railing and trimwork and I can’t find exact white but it was a true bright white. This color was on the railing with the Swiss Coffee on the door trim and they still looked great together! ), Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams ( satin finish on shutters ), and last bottom paint color is Winchester, a Rustoleum Restore color mixed in a Behr Deckover formula.
I really do call it a “house for all seasons,” and am really happy with the end result of the color palette. “Happy accidents” sometimes turn out well! I love that because the entire palette is mostly neutral paint colors, I can still change the front door color and not have to change anything else except maybe a few cushions or throw pillows. That’s always fun.
Hope you’re having a great week…. It’s almost FRIDAY!!