What Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors for base, trim and shutters would you recommend?
My wife does not like the flesh tone in the current base color (Utterly Beige) or the yellow in the trim (Woolskien).
Roof is Certain Teed Weatherwood with various colors in it.
My wife likes Ethereal Mood (SW 7639) because it goes well with the stone and door, but there is too much green in it when we paint it elsewhere.
I would appreciate your recommendations if you have time to respond. We are stuck and need to let the painter know soon.
We live in Georgia or I would call and hire you to come see the house and help us.
First, I will mention, that I consult with clients across the country, being local is certainly not necessary to receive my help. If you think about it, many times designers help clients with homes that are not even built. Being physically in the space is nice, but definitely not necessary. For those of you who would like a skype or phone consultation for paint selections, you can purchase it here. Good photos of your hard surfaces, stone, brick and roof are very helpful.
Now, on to David's house. Ethereal Mood does have a green undertone. Good job in not wanting to go there. Personally, I don't like stucco to look green or blue. It's creepy. Now, who doesn't look at that house above and think they made a mistake on their paint selections? Green on siding or shake or board and batten, great- but nothing remotely green on stucco. It's just wrong. I love to explain the why's of it- in this case- I'll just say it's wrong. (blue is also wrong)
(green shake- terrific!)
OK- now, for your "not green" house.
I also have pretty strong opinions about dark colored stucco. I'm not a fan. Take a look at this:
I don't like it. It's just not the natural color of stucco. It's like when I color my kids milk green on St. Patty's day. I won't drink it. It's supposed to be white. And stucco is supposed to be a shade of white or very light beige.
Now, compare that to this one:
I like it. Painting your exterior is not always the time to be creative and trendy. This, to me, looks lovely.
Here's another dark stucco:
Is anyone else thinking- "lovely home, but bad paint selection..."? Part of the problem is the lack of contrast with the wood, but fundamentally, the problem is simply that the stucco is dark, and would be a million times nicer in a light color.
I have another photo to show you:
Now, this (above) is what stucco is meant to look like.
On your home, I would use a field color like China Doll.
I would trim it darker, in 7645 Thunder Gray. The combination would look something like this:
Now, one more thing. Here's the part where I give the unsolicited advice. What is up with your curvy trim?
I would use this opportunity, while you are painting, to replace that with a straight trim. Please don't be too offended if you love it. You have a lovely home, but that curvy trim just looks so strange to me.
good luck with your project!
My first thought is to replace it with a piece of art rather than another mirror. The mirror is simply reflecting a ceiling fan, not exactly an awesome focal point. Your scale is good, so I would look for something a similar size.
One example would be the piece below- 70 x 48 in size, Raindrops by Uttermost.
Or- if abstract is not your style, you could do something like this: Serenity from Uttermost. I used this in a commercial job once- a salon. It was even more impressive in person. I would then lose all of the little accessories on the mantle, and just add one plant or set of vases, on one side. Like the photo below:
I like how in the photo above the decor is sitting on the mantle rather than hanging on the wall above it. I do that whenever I can, it helps to tie things together. Another option is to have a set of things accross the mantle like these candles:
The scale of your smaller decor can't support the larger scale of the piece above it, creating a disconnect. It is currently working as two separate units, the small items sitting on the mantle, and the large mirror above it. It should operate as one unit, overlapped and tied together.