I like color. In my old NYC apartment, most of the rooms were a rich butter yellow, one bathroom was green (I wouldn’t do that again though because in the morning, in the mirror, faces looked green too), the hallway was persimmon, and the dining room was papaya. In this house, most of the rooms are yellow, but the living room is a sort of moss green (which will be yellow this winter when we have the time), we had a red room for a while (it’s blue now), and the front door has been aubergine for the past year.
I’ve been thinking about exterior paint colors for the new house for a while. Our current house has been white with green trim since Tom bought it 20 years ago. But white isn’t the best color for a house in a climate where there’s white all over, highlighted by “bare tree brown”, from October or November until April — too much unrelieved white is dreary. Many of the older houses in our area are white, and the new ones are equally dreary, with dark taupe-ish tones (very similar to that bare tree brown), which Tom and I don’t like at all.
I’ve been considering a dark mossy green for a while, and last summer a new house in town was finished in a lovely shade, and I think the siding is HardiPlank. It’s something like Moss Landing or Grape Leaves below; I like Scotland Isle, but I think that shade might be too yellow, especially on a large expanse of house.
Yesterday we took our chickens and turkeys to be butchered, and on the way there’s a lovely older house painted in a lovely brick/barn red, which looks amazing in the winter with the snow. But as I was reminded when I was picking a color for our front door last year, I tend to favor pink and purple flowers, so while a dark red would be wonderful in the winter months, it wouldn’t be nearly as good in the summer months.
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