The exterior of a house is a whole new ballgame (at least in my book). I really don’t feel intimidated by the scariest of interiors. I usually see past weird floor plans, bad materials and anything dated. But exteriors? I lose my mind. I went to Lowes THREE times yesterday and circled the exterior plant section 5 times each trip. What’s happening here???
We’re set on painting the brick, trim and front door. Easy decision, and I feel pretty confident about it. But what is landscape and what does one do with it??? I’m at a real loss and spending way too much time agonizing over it. At one point I gave the job to Parker and told him he was in charge of the outdoors. He was good with it, and went to Lowes and bought everything he needed to execute his plan while I was out of town one weekend. I came home and freaked out that we were already committing and we ended up returning everything. Neither Lowes or Parker were happy.
So it was actually perfect timing when Farrow and Ball reached out about a month ago asking if I would help spread the word about their 2017 Color Trends by sharing an outdoor “garden” area that incorporates their trend colors. It actually forced me to start sprucing up the front porch in the only way I know how – potted plants and lots of them.
I’m getting ahead of myself here but this cement tile below that the 4 trend colors are pictured on sums up what’s happening on the BACK patio. So many patios to discuss.
The four trend colors are –
All White – Just a classic pure white. It’s such a good, true white. There are no yellow or blue undertones, but it’s not cold like a stark white would be. Definitely a go-to if I need a true white.
Hay – Oh man. So creamy wall colors are making a huge comeback. We’re not going full on 90s tan, but rather a creamy ivory plus some. Yes, this Hay color is considered a yellow, so you must be really intentional with it but I am just dying to see this color done right. Any takers?????
Radicchio – “A modern crimson” is what Farrow and Ball is calling it. I instantly think of Gwen’s (The Makerista) sunroom when I see this color. It is just lovely paired with the sweetest lavender.
Studio Green – Yes, the thought of “what if I painted the kitchen cabs this color rather than the olive green” has crossed my mind a few times. Not that I’m saying that out loud. This color is so hot yet so classic. It’s a rich colors, yes, but you don’t have to be afraid of it. It can feel really serene when paired with creamy whites OR you could go extra bold and pair with sleek black metals.
So, thoughts? Any colors you are loving? As for the fate of our exterior, I see decisions being made sooner rather than later, but if you have input/advice on how we can add curb appeal, please share!
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