Okay, not gonna lie, there have been moments in this whole construction process that have left me feeling perplexed and unsure. Choosing exterior paint colors has been one of those perplexing moments. I’m generally pretty savvy with my color wand. I can usually choose colors quickly and successfully and have an entire method I follow to achieve the perfect palette for whatever setting I’m designing. But the exterior color palette for my home is another story.
I have painted, pondered, mixed, re-mixed, reviewed in the morning, assessed in the afternoon and critiqued in the evening. My local paint store thinks I’m bipolar and my contractor is seeing an indecisive part of me that I’m not too proud of. But, as the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” And sometimes, your mind just needs time to process all the options in order to come to an informed and insightful decision. I love painted brick, and we’re painting our entire exterior a uniform color, that had to compliment our gorgeous french gray windows… this was no small decision people, it’s the entire outside of my house!!!
After about 3 weeks of restless ponder, I’ve come to the decision to use Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. They have great exterior paint and after looking through hundreds of chips from about 10 different paint companies, this was the winner! It’s the perfect white, not too gray, not too warm and not too stark. Our new home sits on 5 wooded acres and I didn’t want a white that looked stark and out of place in the natural setting. I needed a soft white, a welcoming white that had both cool and warm undertones and that looked amazing in the summer shade and in the bright winter light.
Here are the options I narrowed down to from the hundreds I took into consideration. They’re all beautiful, but there’s one shinning star that checks all my boxes, the color in the center. Since our entire home is brick and painted brick has gained popularity in the last few years, I wanted to be a little different and chose a brick that has lots of inclusions and texture. I think the light will play on them beautifully once painted and give our brick exterior some interest and character.
These are my go to inspiration images that I’ve referenced over and over again when planning the exterior of our home. I wanted a European look, but nothing over the top that would look out of place in our southern neighborhood. An exterior that would reflect my love of gorgeous windows and a classic color palette but also that has unique and understated details that will stand the test of time. So, these are the images where I found color inspiration and my jumping off point when meeting with our architect and contractor.
The exterior paint on our home should be finished in the next few weeks and I’ll do an update post as soon as that’s finished! Until then, we’ll keep on chuggin’ along at the job-site, muck boots on and coffee in hand. The two pictures above are quick glimpses of the masonry progress on one of the gables and the cool brick detail we are using around the entire home. Be sure to check out my Insta stories, I’ll post daily progress there! Until next time…