We're wondering if we should go a color darker, to Old Navy, which makes me fret that it's going to look gloomy and black, especially on grey days. There are some very dark houses in our neighborhood, and they look lovely and elegant, but also, y'know, dark. Is that a good blue in the middle there? Or too dark? (Just one coat.)
And we'd thought we'd do dark blue body, purple trim, with green and pink accents, very spring-like in theory. But practice, I kind of hate the green and pink next to each other -- looks carnivalesque. (See photo at bottom.) What's acceptable and lovely in flowers is apparently not so much so on the side of my house.
Partly because it's a pretty big house -- if it were small, I think we could maybe get away with brightly-colorful, with a sprightly cottage feel. (Also, if the house were in California or Florida, which somehow seem better suited for that kind of color scheme. The Midwest is more...serious. It's the six months of winter, y'all.) Given the size, I worry it would feel like shouting look-at-me to the neighborhood, and I'd rather go for something that seems richly-colored, but still relatively quiet and serene. Does that make sense? (The house across the street has seven colors, but they're all...ugh, I don't know the word for what I mean. They're not bright. There's pink and yellow and green and dark red and orange, but they're all a bit...muddy? It works. It's beautiful and colorful but not shouty.)
And the painter is pushing for a porch that 'pops' and lord, I hate the word pop at this point. I don't want anything to pop. I want a lot of colors, but I want them to be to harmonize in subtle ways, which I think means three colors near each other on the color wheel? An analogous color scheme, rather than complementary? Why do I find color harmonies so confusing?:
"Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye....Choose one color to dominate, a second to support. The third color is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent."
I think that means I should go with either:
a) blue, purple, dark red, grey, OR
b) green, blue, purple, grey
I know I like the Raisin Torte (dark red) against the blue and the purple, but have completely failed to find a green that works (after trying a solid dozen greens). Balsam is okay, but not great. Argh.
Colors almost finalized: Old Navy (or Down Pour Blue?), Blackberry Wine (or Deep Mulberry?), Raisin Torte
Colors to try: Hunter Green, Forest Green, Evening Dove, Dark Burgundy
These are not my houses below, and screen colors are misleading, but to give a vague idea:
Old Navy, Blackberry Wine, Hunter Green:
Old Navy, Blackberry Wine, Raisin Torte:
Here's the house with parts primed (light grey) and parts unprimed (white), if that helps. I'm not sure why it would, but I'm desperate. Also, in this pic, you can see the pink and green against each other.
Pam just e-mailed that she drove by last night and thought the darker blue didn't look as good. Ugh, so confused. If we go back to the old body color:
Down Pour Blue, Blackberry Wine, Hunter Green:
Down Pour Blue, Blackberry Wine, Dark Burgundy:
8:20 update: Okay, I'm trying to keep the body in the original blue, the trim in the original purple, and a few other accent options, in the blue/purple range, per your suggestions. (THANKS!) How are these? (Try to picture them a little brighter; I think that's more true to life than the color viewer suggests. And all with a light-to-medium grey for the fourth color, I think fairly similar to the primer color, maybe a shade or two darker?)
a) Down Pour Blue, Blackberry Wine, Darkest Grape:
b) Down Pour Blue, Darkest Grape, Blackberry Wine (reversed trim and accent):
b) Down Pour Blue, Blackberry Wine, Blueberry: