I need an exterior intervention. When we got our Crestview door, I had my heart set on painting it black or red. We went with the black because certain family members objected to red doors as being "Too Episcopal." So, here's what we got:
Then, I painted the shutters black.
It's not working.
The black is a little harsh. It doesn't help us showcase the door, or make it "pop." The door is kind of lost in with all the black.
I have pretty much decided that I am clueless when it comes to picking out colors, and in this case, I am severely boxed in by not wanting to change the color of the door (custom paint job) and the existing red/brown color of the roof. I was becoming slightly obsessed, the coffee table was overrun with paint chips and my husband was tired of looking at them. So, I did what swarms of others have done and hired a "color consultant." Trolling the internet one day when I was supposed to be studying for graduate school I found Michelle from Curb Appeal Concepts. I paid $39.00, filled out a questionaire, and emailed her pictures of my house. Less than 24 hours later, she sent me some mockups, and a kind email. Turns out she knows my peeps at Room Service! She's Lucretia's cousin! Friends, it is a small world! I digress...
Here's what she sent...
Shutters in "shadow."
Shutters in "oak grove."
Shutters in "fiery opal."
Michelle brilliantly suggested that the key to tying in my roof color was to landscape with mulch the same color as the roof. Bingo. Here's the thing...She recommended "Shadow" as the best choice. I don't like that purple thing its got going on. I should have said "No purple" in the spot on the questionnaire where they ask you if you don't want any specific colors. (I did put no "Mamie Pink" or "aquamarine").
So, while my problem is not solved, I do think that I'm closer. I'm leaning toward a lighter black, ie. gray, or a color similar to "shadow" but with no lavender vibe going on.
What do you think, peeps?