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Too much weird green?

Housepaint3choices2_2The red I’ve chosen for my house is absolutely awesome. Perfect. Fills me with joy.

But the green trim? I’m not sure it’s the perfect color. But there’s something I like about it, love it actually, but in limited amounts.

Here are the three scenarios we’re considering:

1. Lots of green, on the fascia, around the windows in the gable end, as well as the wide band below the windows, plus highlighting the beams under the eaves.

2. Less green, on the fascia, highlighting the beams, on the corners, and a narrow band below the gable end.

3. Green only on the fascia.

I feel kind of goofy asking this, but: Which do you like better?

Here’s the history on my thinking: This green is not the green I asked the painting contractor to match. But when he brought it over, I could not figure out which other green to choose, so I stayed with this one. (I say "I" but it was a family decision, with me in the lead.)

When the green trim went up, it was shocking.

The painting contractor’s dad, who was also a painting contractor back in the day, has an interesting philosophy: He says one should paint the house color first, get used to it over a period of time, and then choose the trim color. I think that’s a great idea!

But in the spirit of green building and not wasting what we’ve already got, here we are with three scenarios and the painters coming back in a few days to finish. I am surprised how much I like the red all by itself, with green only on the fascia (3). I was not aiming for a contemporary, sophisticated, hip look, but the scenario with most red looks kinda hip to me.

So, if you have an opinion about this, I’d like to hear it.


8 Comments on Too much weird green?

  1. I too think the green is too bright. Both the red and green are brighter in these pictures than in the picture of the house that inspired your color choices. This could merely be a lighting artifact.
    Regardless of what green you end up with, I’d advise the #2 painting pattern. #3 doesn’t make a statement and #1 is too heavy.

  2. are they crazy // November 11, 2007 at 10:04 pm // Reply

    Wrong green, Kathy. It cheapens your red and even if you love it, looks like a mistake. You needed a dark forest or light sage to offset the red without looking like 365 Christmas. I did a faux carpet on stairs that was dark forest, light sage and a bright red pinstripe. Maybe he best option to use a combo of a dark forest with a light sage. It’s not “just paint” – it’s the first impression one gets of your home and taste. The other consideration is what it looks like from the inside. You admit it’s not the green you were looking for, so change it to what you wanted.

  3. A darker green, say ‘forest green’, may look better w/ the darker red shade you’ve chosen. The near turquoise you’ve chosen stands out too much, in my opinion.

  4. Enlightenment // November 11, 2007 at 3:44 pm // Reply

    Not sure of the shade of green, but I recommend “Forest Green”.

  5. Go with the “look” that caught your emotions on your “walk”. It’s the total “picture” when you paint all the trim.
    But hey! It’s only paint. You can always change it.
    Carl Heldmann

  6. Michael Snyder // November 11, 2007 at 12:37 pm // Reply

    Christmas comes but once a year; so the way I see it is either taking a bold step or hang some candy canes. By a bold step I’m talking fascia, window & door trim. Perhaps a high gloss version of the wall color for the front door.
    The painter’s choice is interesting; sky over earth but the existing color is a bit too close to teal for my taste. Perhaps a step closer to the earth side without giving up the boldness of your statement.

  7. Keep the green to a minimum for now. Then, in order preserve your “green” spirit, bear in mind that if you want more green on your house, you can always take the paint back and have them adjust the color by putting in more tints. Your house is looking good.

  8. I picked #3 because it tooked least garrish to me. But I think what you need is a more earthy green color. Something similar to Sherwin-Williams’ sage green light would look very nice to the red you have. Also, consider use a different color/tone for your basement.

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