Help with grey exterior paint
emirelez
September 12, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Which paint do I use on the shake shingle? Dove grey or the darker gauntlet grey?
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Emily Hurley
I like the darker grey with your trim and the brick.
September 12, 2013 at 1:34pm   
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JudyG Designs
Is shake wood? I ask because we use shingles, which are white cedar and we stain, not paint. Usually, Cabot’s bleaching oil is used and there is never any maintenance.

I like gray, but I think both your choices are a little dark for my taste.

Here is a picture of a brick/shingle house on which has been used a semi-transparent Cabot stain.

Stain seems clearer to me, and the paint muddy.

September 12, 2013 at 1:37pm   
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RosemaryR
I like the dark gray much better.
September 12, 2013 at 1:46pm   
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A Crew of Two
The paint looks a little too blue......
September 12, 2013 at 1:47pm     
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libradesigneye
dove gray of these two but you may want to test more tones to match your bricks gray tone, then pick a lighter hue - if you go for contrast with the brick it introduces a strong horizontal and the upper half is better lighter than the bottom / not top heavy. Would use darker / gauntlet gray tone for window /door trim, posts, eaves, fascia
September 12, 2013 at 1:48pm   
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travisinteriors
I like it. Will look darker once it's on the whole house.
September 12, 2013 at 1:49pm   
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travisinteriors
I would add the same slate on side wall over brick. That would really set it off.
September 12, 2013 at 1:50pm   
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The Color People
Neither. They are both cold and too dark for the brick. A house always looks best when the base is the darkest color. A darker to tends to make a house look top heavy. A darker base provides a strong base and gives a feeling of substance to the house. So the top gray should be a warmer gray, lighter than the brick. It will go better with the white trim as well. And if you try to match the brick color you will find it is a fool's errand.
September 13, 2013 at 2:52pm     
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Maine Susan
How about the color of the grout... a light (cement) whitish/grey?
September 13, 2013 at 2:59pm     
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alevis
The darker gray will look sharp with the brick and white trim!
September 14, 2013 at 5:47pm   
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nachoz
I like the darker as well
September 14, 2013 at 6:39pm   
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nachoz
On second thought I like the color people's advice. That makes sense
September 14, 2013 at 6:42pm   
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clare_v
I think the dark grey would look nicer
September 15, 2013 at 5:11am   
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junef22
Pretty brick and stone! I must agree with libradesigneye and the Color People... It is always base to have the darkest color at the base of a house to ground it. I would go with a pale gray, then use the dark gray for the trim, including the windows. Usinf a dark color for the windows will allow the architecture of the house to be the feature. Hope you will share the final look!
September 15, 2013 at 5:35am   
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