August 26, 2014

Which Shade of Green???? Advise me…




My husband Monte and I have procrastinated about painting our house for too long. However, over time I’ve picked up paint chips of many colors.

Our house is mostly covered with cedar shakes stained a shade of redwood.

140809 IMG_9757E1The cedar shakes are very New England. My daughter Sandy’s house is also covered in cedar shakes. Not the thin shakes you find in the department stores, but thick shakes it is difficult to find in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Thus, when Monte and I traveled to New England in 2008 we visited a shake-maker in Corinth, Maine, northwest of Bangor. We loaded our car with four large bundles of these shakes. It was great fun to open our car door each morning to be assaulted by the odor, which in small amounts is pleasant, but in concentrated doses…well, think of skunk—almost. We transported four bundles over many miles and many days to our Southwestern Pennsylvania home.

But I digress. The starting point in picking a paint color is the cedar shakes. The continuing point is the use of two shades of the chosen color, or two different colors, one of primary use and the other an accent.

Take into consideration that we live in a cottage home in a park-like setting. To me, some colors just don’t fit this setting. A good example is (more…)

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