Yesterday I talked about our cast stone getting installed. It had a lot of red to it, so it posed a challenge when selecting an exterior color. The plan had always been to paint the house a cream. We started with 3 swatches (all from Sherwin Williams) – Panda White, Wool Skein, and Pacer White.
The Wool Skein was too similar to the color of the cast stone. I really wanted the Pacer White since I used that color on our bentwoods. I though it would be a great story, but I didn’t really care for it once it was up. We weren’t overly thrilled with these options. They had too much brown in them, so we decided to go lighter.
You can barely tell the difference between Pure White and Snowbound on the swatch, but we had already painted Pure White inside. We had it on hand and figured why not test it out.
Of course there was a difference in the swatches once they were on the wall. The Downy was a little too peachy especially with the red in the cast stone. The Pure White was a little too white.
All 6 of the swatches we painted looked nearly identical in the direct sunlight. The camera shows a better distinction between the swatches than there was in real life. We decided to go with Snowbound since we liked it the most in overcast weather and at dusk where you could actually distinguish a color.
Honestly we weren’t really liking the color once it was up. It was so stark. It also made the cast stone look peach. We were pretty upset but weren’t sure exactly how to fix the problem. Go a different direction with the paint? Paint the cast stone? Cry in the corner?
I talked to Katja about it because that’s what friends are for. She sent me this image which made me feel a little better about the way the house looked. I had to think more about a solution, so I took to google for more inspiration.
I love this house. We had painted all the accents black already, so maybe painting the cast stone the same color as the house was a good play. The only thing that I wasn’t sure about with this is the windows are white while ours are almond. I don’t know if it’d be too big of a deal but definitely worth noting. Also the stairs look like the cast stone is gray (and more along the lines of what we thought ours would be).
I found this image which I felt looked very similar to what we currently had especially with the rounded accents. Maybe landscaping would change how I felt about what was going on.
Ultimately, we decided to leave it as it is right now. Cast stone lightens with age, so we thought maybe we will give it some time. I really didn’t/don’t want to paint the cast stone but won’t hesitate if it gives us a look we love. I’m not opposed to repainting the house either, but I’d rather wait to do that until I am more sure on what direction to go with it. Also getting landscaping in there might completely change the dynamics.
If I’m being totally honest, I really don’t want to delay the process especially on something I don’t have a clear vision for.