Trial and Error with Exterior Paint Colors

Limo-Scene Paint Behr The idea of gold and purple is very striking.
The body will most likely be the darker color: Limo-Scene. The trim will be the lighter color: Ginger Snap. Details will be the darker gold: Antique Penny.
The body will most likely be the darker color: Limo-Scene. The trim will be the lighter color: Ginger Snap. Details will be the darker gold: Antique Penny.

While it sounds easy finding just the right combination for a Fairy House is not easy.  I have spent hours looking at a range of colors to get just the right look.  Luckily I could get a range of paint samples from my local Home Depot.
 
 
 
 
  
After testing my originals choices I was back to the drawing board. I purchased a range of additional purples to look at on the house. 
 
This is the original color choices.  This morphs throughout the process.
 
This is the same set of colors shot wit the same camera at a different time of day.. 
  
My mini - helping test out new colors on  the front of the cottage.
  
The samples where priceless. Testing the colors on the cottage helped me see what I did and didn't like about some of the colors.
  
The Wee One painting the side of the Wee 'Ouse.

   

Paint swatches are great but they can only tell you what you ask them.  I looked at them in a range of areas around the house and in different light at different times of the day.

  
The far right color was the first winner.  Medieval Wine: but after seeing it in real life it was much too red for me
  
Top is Plush Purple, my original color choice. Bottom is my current first choice "Limo Scene"
  
The top color is Limo Scene my final choice for the front of the cottage.

  

This is how different colors look on the back bathroom exterior wall.

 

This how the front looks with all of the swatches (Example 1).

  
This how the front looks with all of the swatches (Example 2)
  
This how the side exterior looks with all of the swatches (Example 3)
  

  

The piles of swatches seems wasteful but it make a big difference to look at the color choices for a while before making a choice.

   

To make my life easier I made a paint board to look at under different conditions of my three favorite exterior colors.

June 26,2020 Update

On June 22nd I reached out to friends and family on Facebook  

 The consensus was that the blue tones are better than the golds.  

Problem is that a ton of the houses nearby use similar color schemes and I don't want to clash... Yes... Clash.  

Here are the articles on the topic of house color:

February 25, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 16, 2021

.March 21, 2021

May 23, 2021

 

 


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