Everyone knows that the best color to use to make a good first impression is the pale beige that has graced Band Aids for generations.
Not really, but that’s what my front door is saying at the moment.
I don’t know what is up with this color, but it’s blah and it’s going to change.
I held up dozens of paint swatches to pick a color that would work with the beige siding. I originally thought of a blue/gray, but the ones I tried weren’t working with the siding that has warm, pink undertones. Too blue and it made the siding look mauve, too gray and it looked flat.
I decided to sway towards the blue/green/gray family. Bringing green to the mix worked much better.
I settled on Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green…
If ever I feel overwhelmed with picking a color, I switch from the large paint decks to a more limited color palette. My Farrow & Ball deck offers that, but there are signature color palettes in most paint lines and they make picking colors a little bit easier.
I also find it’s helpful to search the colors you like on Pinterest to see how they read in different spaces. I searched the color I liked and found this door…
(I found this picture on many sites, but couldn’t find the original source.)
What was helpful in that search, though, is I was able to see the color in many different rooms in many different ways, so I got a good feel for it despite the fact that I’m viewing pictures on a computer screen. It’s not going to be the same as seeing it in your space or on your door, but it helps.
I don’t mind spending some good money on paint, but Farrow & Ball is pretty pricey and I would need to order it online, so I had the color matched at my (new) local Benjamin Moore paint store. Here is the formula for the custom match, in case you’re interested…
I’m sure most of you know, but you can have any color at all matched, even a color from a different paint line.
I am going to prime and take the door off the hinges to paint it, but I couldn’t resist brushing on a little bit to see how it looked…
Yes, so much better!
I know…those drips are killing me, too. I’ll take care of those.
Anyway, I’m very excited about the rest of the front porch. I just had a stoop at my last house, so having an actual porch is glorious!
The second day in the house, I picked up a couple of topiaries from Home Depot. This porch was just begging for them. I realized that I didn’t have pots that were the right size, though. I scored some planters that were the perfect size on clearance at Tuesday Morning. They were $10/each and are nice and heavy.
The front bed does need some cleaning up and I would like to put some plants in that have more structure. I don’t have a clue about most of what’s in there, so I’m hoping to get some advice from people who are better gardeners than I am, so I don’t rip out something that’s actually very cool, but just doesn’t look its best at the moment.
I started pulling weeds, but I didn’t have my gardening gloves unpacked, yet, and Minnesota has some mean weeds! So, I need to find my gloves to really attack this bed and clean it up.
I was on a mission today to get as many boxes unpacked as I could. (I shared my progress on my Instagram Stories, if you want to check it out.) Aside from my studio boxes, I only have three more boxes left to unpack tomorrow. I can see the unpacking finish line!! Woohoo!
More to come…
As an aside, does anyone know what kind of bush this is?