Saturday, 6 October 2012

Exterior Neutrals - Trying to pick a colour

Our cottage is in desperate need of a face lift... Several windows need to be replaced too which is rather painful $$-wise and the whole house needs a new coat of paint.  I have been trying my level best to pick the right colour - a neutral, naturally.
As you can see, definitely needs a spruce up
The wall with all my 'daubings' showing different neutral shades


Our painter and decorator Mr RL - has to be extremely patient with me
I have to admit that I am drawn to these kind of shades like a moth to a flame but at the moment after yet another day of spending more than I would care to admit on tester pots I feel like tearing my hair out..
However, I think (well nearly 100% sure) that I have cracked it and we are going for the left hand block, halfway down the picture.  Not the background - that's what's there now, of course - sorry if it all looks a little confusing.
More neutral shades - these are all from Farrow and Ball and  look gorgeous together I  think.





16 comments:

  1. Love all these color samples! No wonder you're tearing your hair out. I don't think you could go wrong with any of them, and I can't wait to see photos when it's finished.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Think I just need to be brave and stop prevaricating and decide on one and stick to it! Will definitely post photos when its all finished. x

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  2. I have just finished choosing wallpaper for my mothers bungalow, so I have an idea of the headache you are facing. I am drawn to cornflower white or the old white.
    Good luck in your choice

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  3. Oh, choosing paint colors will make you crazy! We've repainted one of our interior walls three times, and color still isn't quite what I wanted...

    Your cottage is charming!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Une... know what you mean about getting the correct colour all too well!

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  4. Looks good to me, but on a laptop screen, I'm never too sure what I'm seeing. If helpful, this website has lots of advice on choosing neutrals and avoiding anything that leans towards pink... (she's quite widely known so perhaps you know her already): http://www.mariakillam.com

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    1. Will have a look - thank you Pauline - agree I steer clear of anything remotely looking too pinky!! X

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  5. I love these shades and think they will be lovely on your home. I am new to your blog and love it.

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    1. Welcome Kristien! And thank you...x

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  6. Oh, the decisions!!! Picking a neutral is just as hard as choosing a color! They all would look great on your dear cottage, but I know your astute design skills and fab taste will pick the winner!!! xxx

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    1. You're such a sweetie - thank you my dear friend... X Miss you....

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  7. you could go crazy and think pink!!!

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    1. Hmmm yes, I could but ;-) not sure my other half would approve!

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