When Picking Paint Colors Goes Wrong

when picking paint colors goes wrong

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  1. deb says:

    Love the front door color and I agree that the “black” was probably too dark!

  2. kristin says:

    I really think the paint needs to be lighter and the trim painted. Once that is right then the door color you have (or most any chosen color) will look good. Sorry. : /

  3. Peggy says:

    I think the grey is still too dark. Maybe the lightest grey in the lower right corner (third from last pic)? I like the door color. And the bushes in fron t of the house- are you planning to cut them down? I would :-)

  4. Susan says:

    Traditional Tudor is a white/cream background and DARK/brown black trim… so you are halfway there.
    The teal is too beachy for the door. Navy would be better, IMHO. It’s a great house, and I think it’s good not to swing too far from its origins-even if it is faux Tudor, LOL, it’s hard to change out the colors and make it seem authentic. Good luck-we’ve all made design decision mistakes; fixing them is a PITA but worth it in the end.

  5. Collette says:

    Eek. Still too dark and agree about the front door. It’s an imposter. Needs to class up the joint….not make a mockery of it. You’ll get it. You always do!

  6. Erik says:

    I agree with some of the others about the dark paint.
    Instead of trying to hide or camouflage the Tudor accents, you should accentuate them.
    The door color is a bit too “now” and looks out of place on the facade.

  7. amanda says:

    I really like the front door, but I have to say I kind of preferred the paint job before (the traditional tudor look)… The garage doors look better, but above just looks too dark.

  8. Kate says:

    Maria Killam has great posts on exterior paint colors so check out her blog. Seems like she recently had something about tudor houses too.

  9. Jen says:

    It’s still way too dark and I agree that you can’t paint over tudor trim, it makes it look like you are trying to hide it, but not succeeding. Stick with the classic light background and darker trim. Also, that door color is waaay out of place with the house style. Maybe red or a deep rust orange instead, maybe? I have to admit this is the first time I have looked at something you did and cringed. That is a compliment because I have been looking at your blog for a few years now. :) We all make mistakes, clean up and move on!

  10. Alice says:

    http://www.houzz.com/tudor-paint-colors third one down is a reverse dark color. It might work with a subtle difference is color. Always enjoy what you do. You’ll be fine. (:

  11. I think that there is any color in our homes would look good if we remain confident despite the many people who have a negative opinion about the color of our house … but if you still do not feel confident then inevitably that should be done is to paint re your house :)

  12. I agree with most of the things said here, a lighter color would match the door better.
    Great pictures though :)

  13. Aras Androck says:

    I agree with everyone. Go for a lighter color.

  14. Nick Tedesco says:

    The house looks great. Just add a few solar panels and you’re done!

  15. looking up says:

    You are soooo talented! I hope you’re not getting too upset about this ONE “not as perfect as usual” color choice.
    IMHO I like the grey but maybe only on the garage doors and upper trim. That really light grey choice was nice too and you could maybe go with something like that for the rest of the upper…
    Hang in there & give yourself a big hug for all you’ve accomplished in the past decade (especially for being a mommy & wife) That’s a tough job in itself!
    Say thanks for all of your blessings (including your talent with design) & then maybe take another look at the colors. It’ll all come together…

  16. Great post! Been reading a lot about choosing the right way to paint my house. Thanks for sharing your story here!

  17. Doug says:

    Oh dear, the black was a mistake, why did they do that, surely they noticed it wasn’t grey & once you put black up there’s not much you can do to cover it! The front door looks great but the rest of the house is just too dark for me. About 10 coats of white should do the trick!

  18. Andrea says:

    I’m sorry for your frustration. I’d feel the same way. I do like the color of the door. I fully understand more modern houses these days have more earthy colors however right now if the brick color stays the same I do feel the house is pretty dark. But if you were to paint the brick, which ha, I don’t know if that even can be done on houses, I think that would look good with the gray. Anyhow I believe you’ll come up with something great:).

  19. Petra says:

    The first version is really too dark for me, the grey is much better but I think it’s still not authentic enough. I know how hard is it to find the balance in renovating an older house because we had also quite problems with it, plus all the special requirements by the city administration… But there is still (not only) one great thing about living in a heritage home in Toronto, you can get a grant for preserving your house which helped us to keep it all a little bit more cost-effective… We finished the whole process only a few weeks ago and the feeling is just awesome even if we also made several mistakes, for example about refurnishing the living room with a surprisingly overcomplicated result…

  20. picking colors can be very tricky cause they hardly ever end up looking like you visualized them to be. What I do is I take a picture of the wall or what ever I want painted and try changing colors in photoshop so I know exactly the colors I want before the actual painting starts!