And then you can turn it into this
Computers are truly amazing.
As you can see, we are discussing painting the house. We knew when we purchased the old girl there would be some work to do and that includes plenty of exterior maintenance. The first step will take place this coming summer. The roof needs replacement. We looked into this work last summer and discovered there were a lot of factors to consider. What style of roof was the first issue. Metal, cedar shake and asphalt shingles are all options. Then there was colour. We realized we couldn't really decide on the colour of the roof if we didn't know what colour the house would be. The paint is peeling off the shingles so painting the house cannot be avoided. But that's not such a bad thing. It gives us a chance to really make this house our own and it's really quite exciting.
So what has this got to do with landscaping? I intend to add foundation plantings around the house once the work is complete. Well, I'm going to try and wait until ALL the work is complete. It'll be pretty tempting to get in there and dig though so someone may need to hold me down. I know that if I plant too soon everything is likely to get trampled by men with sanders and paintbrushes so I must resist. But I am already considering what sorts of plants would go around the house and I think the colour of the house takes on a whole new dimension when you consider plants.
For instance the red paint is very dark and I think it would need to be balanced with something bright. Too many dark evergreens could really make the house seem oppressive. On the other hand the cream colours are just asking for lots of greenery in my opinion.
All this playing around with colour has me wondering what sort of house are we. What's our personality? Are we bright and cheery? Strong colours with lots of personality? And coming at it from another perspective - what kinds of plants do I want to see around the house? Grasses and ferns, or bright daylilies and roses?
No answer to those questions yet. We've got some time to decide and I'm busy just having lots of fun trying on new 'personalities'.
If you could paint your house what colour would it be?
Have you painted your house? Did you go light or dark?