Who here loves paint? Do you love staring at all the different colors selections at you local paint store? Buying a gazillion samples? Agonizing over making a selection while your husband rolls his eyes and tells you that they all look the same? Do you love talking – in detail – about extremely subtle differences in various shades of white paint?
Me too. So let’s find an exterior paint color for the new house, shall we?
First, a disclaimer. The sun hasn’t come out in what feels like weeks, so the colors are a little dull and not white looking. Also, the yellow primer on the hardie board is throwing them a bit. And lastly, you can’t trust your computer monitor when it comes to choosing a paint color. Isn’t this fun?!?
So here are the contestants –
The color I choose will be going on the board and batten (which wraps around to the back of the house) and on the entire garage (which isn’t pictured below, but it’s attached to the breezeway).
A greige (combo of gray and beige) that everyone seems to love. I keep seeing people sing its praises online, but to me it looks purple.
Okay, so not so much in the computer sample, but on the wall? Purple.
Perfect bright creamy white, similar (if not identical) to Benjamin Moore White Dove. It is likely that this will be the trim color for the inside of the house.
Greenish white. A very nice color, but not for the outside of the house.
This is the only non Sherwin Williams sample in the bunch. My sister-in-law choose it as her interior house color, and I jacked her sample because I liked it.
A warm white greige. I really like this one.
A white with a slight warm gray undertone, extremely similar to oyster white, but lighter. Also really like this one.
A warm gray with subtle green undertones.
A light greige, emphasis on the “eige”. Adam wants me to pick this one just because he likes to smoosh the two words together and yell them in a thick german accent. “WOOLSKEIN!”
White with the tiniest amount of color.
I thought I liked this one the best on the paint chip, but in person it has a slight pink undertone. Not a fan of those.
I have to pick a color before the stone goes up, but picking a color that is supposed to complement the stone without actually seeing the stone is next to impossible. Here is a picture of the stone we are getting (yes, it’s been picked!)
Do I want a creamy white that will match/blend in with the stone, or something bright that will differentiate itself? I definitely don’t want the siding color to be darker/dirtier than the stone, but I also don’t want it to look stark and ridiculous. But really, can any of these colors look ridiculous? I mean, we’re talking shades of white, here….it’s not all that risky.
Anyway, I took my four favorite samples and painted them in another area of the house, next to the clay colored windows.
After studying them for a while I called my husband over, fully expecting him to make fun of me and ask if they are different colors. But he stared at them for an appropriate amount of time, numbered them from his favorite to his least favorite, and said why. Man it was sexy. He said Shoji White is his favorite, Zurich second, and that Oyster White is too dark and Alabaster is too bright.
I think I agree. I like Shoji and Zurich, but Zurich is still throwing me a pink undertone. I want to paint a bigger section of Shoji in the sunlight just to make sure, but I think we have a winner!
Also, I perused Houzz and found a few houses with Shoji White exteriors.