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The Very Best of…Front Door Colors

by Sarah on August 12, 2014, one comment

This is our edition of the Very Best of…Front Door Colors— of course until there are more that surpass these in bestiness.

This door is on an interesting modern Georgian farmhouse fusion, pretty wild combo

yellow door2

I’ve always liked this simple modern entry

yellow door

The old Blueprint mag cover. Makes you want to go out paint your whole cottage white with a little black trim on the gables, get some modern steel house numbers and some of those barn lights from Lowes, and don’t forget your IKEA watering can to get all styled up for your photo opp.

yellow door3

This is really tempting to me. I have warm brown shingles on my house with white trim and I’ve really been thinking about this,

blue on shingles

Before we could spruce up the Connecticut Ave duplex, I painted the front doors a color similar to this to shape the place up temporarily. It’s a stately blue.

dark blue door

I know all you beachy cottage loving boys and girls want to know what this color is and according to most sources on the interwebs, it’s Ben Moore’s Wythe Blue

blue wythe door

We couldn’t talk about front door color without mentioning the exquisite front entry of the townhome of designer Miles Redd,

miles redd door blue

 

pale blue door

Even if this is not your style, surely you must appreciate the detail and sophistication here,

cool blue grey

Again with that quiet blue/green,

sage door

OK things got a bit serious there now we’re back to a little more fun in a coastal cottage with robin’s egg blue paired with yellow shingles,

robins egg on yellow

I love those big tall french entry doors with a quarter of the bottom a solid panel and lime green well that just makes it all the more better, again with the barn light

lime door2

the contrast is paramount here, love it

lime door

having a little fun with a traditional entry, clearly there was risk that the gas lanterns were going to make things too formal,

green door

this shade of spruce green is so rich, wonder if it’s pine scented?

spruce green

Coral and navy, now that’s something you don’t see everyday

coral on navy door

a pattern will emerge, light blue likes to commiserate with orange quite often

orange door

 

orange gambrel door

 

orange door2

 

red

and rounding up the round up, is pink and peach on old brick, pretty dope if you ask me. Please email me if you actually do this to your brick house and then convince your neighbor to use the other color.

pink and peach

 

Best Neutral Paint Colors

by Sarah on July 14, 2014, one comment

If you paint enough rooms, you’ll have the fan decks memorized and you’ll have a select group of colors that almost always work. Your go-to paint colors. I’m pretty close to committing the entire Benjamin Moore Classic Colors fan deck to memory but I also have a few colors that I always try first because they look great in most settings.

grout paint sample side2sampling exterior colors at Grout Cottage project

I like complicated colors that don’t read clearly one way or another, is it blue, green or gray—it appears slightly blue in the daylight and entirely gray at night. Choosing paint colors is pretty challenging, it’s a sampling and trial and error based process– like when I painted the same house three times (not recommended). Exterior painting is trickier than interior in my opinion because so much of the house’s identity rests on the colors.

To make the selection process a little less of a guessing game I’ve got a set of go-to neutral paint colors. This particular set contains all Benjamin Moore colors.

Best Neutral Paint

 

Paper White OC-55

This is a great subtle gray. If you need just a hint of gray, this is your color. It’s crisp and it can go modern or cottage.

paint paper white

Simply White OC-117

For the last year or so I’ve been steadily using Simply White for all my trim, cabinetry and millwork. It’s a relatively warm white but remains pretty crisp because the yellow tone isn’t overdone. It plays well every time even with walls that are painted white. I apply it in satin but I’m sure it’s great glossy.

 

Apt A Living Rm Trim Detail

Trim detail at the Grout Cottage

Suzy Dressing Room cabinet

Dressing room cabinet detail at friend’s Master Bedroom project

Moonshine OC-56

This is a warm gray that in the evenings when subjected to only interior light doesn’t turn lilac. I commonly use it in living areas and bedrooms but it will work anywhere.

paint moonshine YHL

White Dove OC-17

I’ve painted both kitchens and baths White Dove. It’s an almost infallible warm white that works well on millwork and cabinetry and makes for the perfect wall color for those white kitchens that we all love.

paint white dove

Stonington Gray HC-170

If you’re looking for a cooler, more traditional gray that stays consistent throughout the day and night, this gray is a good option. I’ve only used this particular gray in living areas.

Indiana living room after

Finished living room at Indiana Project

Healing Aloe 1562

Healing Aloe lives in that uncertain mix of blue, gray and green. It can go any of those three directions depending on the amount of light in the room. But no matter which direction it turns it always looks great. Although I commonly use it in bathrooms, it worked out surprisingly well in the dining room at the Connecticut house.

paint healing aloe

 Images in this post via The Estate of Things or Pinterest

 

 

 

Moody Walls

by Betsy Moyer on January 7, 2014, no comments

This mix of turquoise and emerald and teal here is some descriptive word that doesn’t even exist…. I wanna live in it.

Teal Room

 

Grout Cottage: Samplin’

by Sarah on July 16, 2013, 7 comments

This week it was time to do some color sampling on the exterior of the house and the interior of the upstairs apartment. The interior selection is fairly straight forward. I generally approach the paint color selection process in this way.

  1. I gather some inspiration via Pinterest, Houzz, blogs, misc interwebs
  2. Based on the inspiration and my personal preferences I choose a general color for a room, i.e. I’d like to paint the bathroom aqua blue, living area will be gray etc.
  3. Take some paint chips and the color wheel over and see how some specific shades look in the actual space
  4. Purchase paint samples and paint them on
  5. Live with things, re-visit at different times of day. Hopefully don’t have to repeat.

So I’m at Step 4 of the process and this is what things looked like this week,

This is the open kitchen and living area combination, there is no way to break this room up to change colors so the whole space will be all the same color. I have so many light gray samples already so I boxed up some of my favorites and took them over.

The samples in the kitchen area,

grout paint kitchen

1. Gray Owl  2. Classic Gray  3. Moonshine

Before putting the brush to the wall I was really banking on Moonshine being a sure thing but I don’t feel 100% about it yet. Everyone loves Gray Owl and I thought I would give Classic Gray a chance. I had tried Winter White in the downstairs apartment and it was too light although it looks like perfection on the chip. There’s no clear winner at this point. I’ll have to keep visiting and I have a week to decide on interior colors.

Here are the same colors in the living area,

Grout paint LR

1. Gray Owl  2. Moonshine  3. Classic Gray

On the same day I tested some colors in the bathroom. I thought about maybe going bottle green this time but I just can’t seem to get away from blue/green and I’m going to use the snowflake tile again and I like the blue/black/white combo.

Grout bath paint sample

I tested Woodlawn Blue, my go to Healing Aloe and Hollingsworth Green. Woodlawn is the winner.

Moving to the really exciting part on the exterior. This is my first round and really this project warrants at least a 2nd round BUT I think you’ll agree there are some solid possibilities here.

Testing on the side of the house,

grout paint side

1. Woodlawn Blue  2. Hollingsworth Green  3. Stratton Blue  4. Wythe Blue

5. Knoxville Gray  6. Templeton Gray

grout paint sample side2

Colors 5 and 6 are meant to be accents. I originally set out to find a 3-color scheme but I really want to make things a bit easier on myself and do two colors–a color for the body of the house and a trim color. But I think I can easily use Knoxville Gray on some small trim parts on the house without over thinking things.

Same set of samples on front porch of house under cover,

grout paint sample porch

And again on the back of house,

 grout paint sample back

I know someone out there has a opinion so let’s hear it. Favorites, clear front runner, instincts, experiences with these colors? Do tell.

 

 

 

Vanities in Color

by Sarah on March 18, 2013, 2 comments

Colored bath vanities, in bold or neutral hues are whats happening and I’d like to get one of my very own sooner rather than later.

Case in point-

the greens,

green vanity2

green vanity

 

green vanity3

the grays,

gray vanity Urban Grace

 

gray vanity nest egg

gray vanity4

gray vanity3

gray vanity2

gray vanity

the blues,

blue vanity2

blue vanity

blue gray vanity

a lone black one or maybe its charcoal,

black vanity

Plans have been made for a colored vanity at the Grout Cottage. I went to Pittsburgh Paints and ordered a tinted gallon of a product called Breakthrough,

PP Breakthrough

it acts like a lacquer, wipe-able and is water based. Sounds like a dream coating. I’ll report back on it’s durability.

all images via Pinterest