In the meantime, here's a preview of our house -- I love the pop of the orange pumpkins, the turquoise bench, and the dark red burning bush against the deep blue of the house.
The porch colors are still a work in progress -- it's reading a bit overwhelmingly purple for our tastes. The biggest visual effect would come from changing the pillar color, but I can't find another color that I think would work well there, and the dark purple on the pillars does carry down from the dark purple on the vertical trim boards on the upper parts of the house, so I'm hesitant to change that:
Hmm...I just realized this is an oldish picture -- one change we've made already is that the front part of the steps have gone to dark blue instead of dark purple, which is an improvement. And the trim frame around the lower spindles has also gone to dark blue, again, a huge improvement. But it's still too purple overall. I would go out and take an updated photo, but it's too dark out right now! :-) Will try to update it later.
Oh wait -- I found a photo of the rear of the house after that change was made. So you can see how it looks here, with the lower trim frame in dark blue:
I've already decided to paint the upper trim board just under the porch floorboards throughout the house in the same light grey as the porch, as we did on the rear porch (you can see the difference if you compare the rear porch floor with the bit of front porch floor you can see at the far left of that photo). Better, I think, but it's still reading as too purple overall.
What else do you think would help mute the purple while still working with the rest of the house? Paint the upper spindles grey? (Kev's thought) Paint the railing dark blue? (Mine)
And hey, while we're looking at the rear of the house, a few more questions:
- is that light grey on top of the pergola too choppy? It's the same grey that's on the floors of the porches, and was meant to echo the grey on all the roofs, and the silvering cedar shingles up above, but Kev is worried that it's too light, and looks odd. Try to picture it with roses climbing on it, probably white? (But maybe red.)
- the porch pillars in back are shaped differently than the ones in front, and they have the inside bits routed out. Should we add a vertical line in a contrasting color? Maybe the grey, to tie it to the roof of the pergola? Or the light purple, the way it's used inside the window trim? (But Kev doesn't love the light purple as a color, it turns out.)
Whew. So many details and options. It's a little overwhelming.