Friday, September 07, 2012

Banish the Blue!

Yes, it's finally gone!  It was hard to look at that blue.  I had seen it in Better Homes and Gardens on a little Victorian cottage and it was so beautiful.  So I had my paint man match the color.  He said "You want to go that bright?"  Oh, yes, Booma, I sure do.  Well . . . it looked good in the spring, and summer, and fall.  But come winter . . . yikes!  The brightness!  The coldness!  My family tried to warn me.  My sister tells me not to copy magazines.  It had to go.  I had to suck it up and admit my mistake, which I basically made with all the colors here.  And it's doubly painful to fix mistakes.

So then what?  I wanted to be historically accurate and paint it in Victorian colors.  I was all set to paint it Georgian Green.  But I finally talked to a Benjamin Moore in-house color consultant who said my house looked like a farmhouse, not a classic Victorian.  Typical farmhouse colors are white, red and yellow.  I just can't do white anywhere and red is not a favorite (too bold), so I went with yellow.  I've always loved yellow houses.  My paternal grandparents' house was yellow.  So I chose Weston Flax, a pale, soft buttery yellow.  It's perfect for the cottagey style I love.  I can never get over what a difference paint can make!
The big behemoth, the back of my house.


I still love the color blue but next time I will stick to the Benjamin Moore Historical Colors palette and go with Buxton Blue, or Copley Gray, or Sandy Hook Gray, or . . .  So many colors, so little time!

P.S.  That is a bear of an area to paint.  There are two stone walls off the back right corner.  Just another reason why I put off re-painting for four years.


Shasha Kidd said...

Wow, what a painful mistake. I second the idea about just sticking with historic paint palettes; it's safer. Especially if you're in a historic house.

Durf said...

At least it was only half of the back, the lower half!

Laurel said...

I love that buttery yellow. It's so classic! Beautiful home!!!

Laurel @ SoPo Cottage

Durf said...

Thanks, Laurel!