Thursday, February 24, 2011

A House Painting Poll


The time has come to paint the outside of our house, which is now looking pretty icky. At first I was enamored of the idea of a pink beach house, but as we ripped out all the landscaping and repaired rotten wood and stucco, I realized my house was not the cheery Bermuda pink I wanted. Instead it was a gross 80s shade of mauve. Being that the roof is orange spanish tile, I thought choosing a new shade of pink wouldn't be the best idea. Plus, when you have a pink house, you really have to commit to living in a pink house. You have to really own living in a pink house and I can't quite do that. Instead, we decided to go green, but I can't decide which green would look best. That's where you come in. I thought we'd have a little fun with it and I'd let you guys weigh in on a little poll. Please look at the picture above, form an opinion on the house paint of a total stranger, keeping in mind that in Florida we have more garish colors on our houses than in, say, Nebraska, and then vote!





28 comments:

beatgrl said...

My own house is dark green and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. But, I voted for light green because it seems more Floridian. (I'm in the far northwest.) Hard to say what those colors will look like with the orange tiles. Can we see a pic of the outside of the house, or what your next door neighbors' house colors are. That seems important...

beatgrl said...

Doing an image search for "orange tile roof" I see that cream/white, brown/orange and yellow are the colors most choose to paint those houses.

Liz said...

I'm torn. I think the mint looks crisper, but the darker green is prettier.

But... the mint will look dirty faster and the dark green could look moldy in certain lights.

electricdaisy said...

I live in a pink guesthouse in the Southwest and you're right - you definitely have to work it (although I'm renting for 1 year, so it's temporary). I like the mint better, but would that really go with orange tiles? I think, although it might take longer because you're covering up pink, a really pretty cream or beige color looks nicest with that style of roof.

Kim said...

A picture of the orange tiles would be nice. I just had to comment, living in Nebraska and all-my neighbors house is a light purple that you can pick out from the Space Station! Otherwise, yes the colors are not the same as a beach house.

Anonymous said...

Darker green. The mint green houses in FL always make me think of hospital rooms and the reflection off them hurt my eyes. Plus, if you have well water irrigation, the mineral deposits will be less obvious on the darker paint.

JG

Paige said...

I like the darker green--it is not quite so sweet. And it looks not really dark, more middly green. In fact, that is the color of my great room and I LOVE it

Cario Cgl said...

Dark green! It seems like it would be more forgiving than the lighter green.

Cario Cgl said...

Dark green! Seems like it would be more forgiving than the lighter green.

Captcha word: dreamon

BoB said...

I'm w/ Kim. Let's see the roof tiles. What about trim colors?

I default to my BA/working artist wife's impeccable taste with colors but I'll let her know you're looking for advice.

Anonymous said...

my house is sort of a light seafoam green, and not only is is individual but it looks really nice with all the greenery around the house, without blending in with it.

the orange spanish tile/light green house would give you a lot more options than you might originally think, too, especially if you got some complementary-colored curtains or something that were visible from the outside

Anonymous said...

Look at some cool, greeny blues. What was called "Aqua" in the 50s. I think that would cha cha with the terra cotta tile roof!

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind many people are going to see your house and think christmas. Also, are you painting the stucco? That's a pain in the butt and might use up more paint than you plan on.

M said...

The lighter green will definitely keep the house cooler. Also, it reminds me of the type of colors you see in a store that sells beach furniture and accessories (whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you).

Anonymous said...

The close up picture of paint color is great. It might also be helpful to have a second distant picture to show the paint sample and the roof tile color. (Or a separate picture of the roof tile next to the other picture.) How about a bright, light yellow?

Andrea said...

I love the darker green. I live in Charleston, SC and we have some pastel houses! Although a cream color would look just as nice! I would lean towards a butter cup yellow myself. Good luck with picking the color and remember, you live there so you need to love it, not everyone else :)

Anonymous said...

the darker green for me, unless you can get a more grey green? More sealike?

Anonymous said...

I really think we need a picture of the tile to compare with. What about a pale cream? Show too much dirt?

Jenny said...

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thecatwithglasses said...

Dark green. I personally detest pale-coloured houses, you have more character than that!

Melanie said...

I used to live in a house that was the same color as the lighter green hue in your photograph. I have to say, that that color shows every little flaw, such as nail holes, etc.

So I'm voting for the darker green.

If you ultimately decide against either color that we're voting on, I would urge you to consider a green that has more of a silver or grayish tone, OR, perhaps a pale yellow would go nicely with your roof.

Good luck with all that!

Anonymous said...

I'd go with a more sage green - it's soft and the color will look different depending on the time of day and the way the light is hitting the house.

Green said...

I chose "They're both ugly, get a new color." Try Kelly Green, or one shade lighter than that. It will go with the roof, it will be bright and happy without being pink, and I will love your house. What more could you want?

Richie said...

I vote mint.

Canada said...

I agree with you Richie! Mint is great. Boynton Beach Painters

Joan said...

Just painted by office orange and I smile everytime I get in it and work! Somehow, the orange color lifts the spirit up...what do you think?

Margie said...

Granite Green, subtle and refeshing to the eye!

total12 said...

Being that the roof is orange spanish tile, I thought choosing a new shade of pink wouldn't be the best idea. rendering adelaide

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