The new poll feature was a bit of fun and I laughed when I saw the results were a split vote! 2 for red, 2 for white and 2 for yellow (I'm counting this as 2 since I have one last person commented that they loved the yellow). Colour is obviously a very personal choice.
I do want to say thank you though to all who commented on my last post. Many ideas and suggestions were noted and were very helpful. GardeningBren stated that dark colours would make the house appear smaller. This was a great piece of advice as I had thought a dark colour would make the house look even larger than it is. Now looking at the pictures I can see how it actually looks smaller and that helps to ease my mind should we go in a dark direction.
Island Threads mentioned that dark colours hold heat better which could be useful when considering plantings.
TS noted that perennials are useful in plantings around the house as they won't be damaged by snow falling from the roof. This is a concern I've pondered on a few occasions and I'm glad to hear about somebody elses experience with it.
Other things we've discovered are that dark paint fades faster in the elements and will require repainting sooner than a light colour. Also, solid stains last longer than oil or latex paints.
All this playing with colour has got us thinking about what it is we really want to achieve by painting the house. We don't actually dislike the colour of the house right now but I do find the ultra white and darkest black to be too stark for my liking. Something softer would suit me better. With that in mind I softened the yellow I had originally chose and brought it to this.
We also really want to show off the shingle work. Right now you can't see the half dozen varieties of shingle on the house because it's all one colour. Using variations of the same colour and bright trim colours will hopefully change that.
|We liked the creams of this house but added a dark green trim as an accent.|
You can see we still have a ways to go on choosing a colour but I think we're starting to define more what we want. Thanks for all the thoughtful tips and when a decision is made you guys will be the first to know!