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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Choosing exterior paint colors for the #Stanley90sreno!

I am SO excited that we're planning to paint our 90's fixer upper home already! We had planned to put it off till next summer but found a connection to a very affordable painter and are making it happen in less than 2 weeks! That means I have to choose a color in a hurry, which has been hard.

I started out not having any idea what I wanted. I just created a pinboard for exteriors and outdoor decor and it's all over the place.

Honestly, I love white as an exterior paint color as well as an interior, and picking white would make it easy. But, Jason won't let me paint anything else white for a while... :P... and I think a nice soft color could be nice, too. I actually also love dark navy or charcoal, but there's a house on our street that's painted a dark grey with white trim and it looks off to me. I think something about the bland early 90's style of our neighborhood doesn't lend itself to modern dramatic tones.

So, I'm thinking about other colors I like. I've found a few combinations I think could work well. I like a sagey, beigey, warm, pale grey like this, plus the black door.
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Here's another grey with white trim and a black door. Crisp and clean, right?
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But, our front door is kind of tucked in and in a dark spot in the front of the house already. Painting it black might make it seem dreary or oppressive. So, I've also looked at a few beige homes with darker beige (still light) doors.
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With these inspirations in mind, I collected a TON of paint swatches and have been combining them with each other. I've stuck with Extra White for the white trim, just to keep it simple and establish a constant. I know it's a good solid white, no yellow undertones.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, I've added a photo of the house now. This is from the listing. It is so embarrassingly ugly, but here it is!

Here are my top picks--what's yours??!

Top grey and white exterior paint combinations


1. Front Porch (house) and Iron Ore (door)

This is the lightest grey. I know colors always look darker in person, so maybe I should go with this one. But it's very silvery, not quite as warm as I was thinking.

2. Analytical Grey (house) and Studio Clay (door)

This has the warm, silvery, green-ey color I wanted, but is pretty dark!


3. Mindful Grey (house) and Elephant Ear (door)

Slightly lighter, slightly cooler.

4. Mindful Grey (house) and (??) door

Lighter door color. I picked these combos out blind and I guess I'm pretty drawn to Mindful Grey since I accidentally picked it twice.

Which would you choose for a 2-story, 90's "garage with house attached" with a big window in the front but minimal trim, and a tucked-in front door??

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