I went to Lowe's and Home Depot today in search of test pots of paint. I got Martha Stewart's Flagstone, which is the body color used in our inspiration pic.
I wanted to test a wide range of undertones, although Steve and I were both pretty sure we wanted a gray that was dark-ish. Steve wanted "not too brown" and I wanted "not too blue." Like I said before, I have a hard time visualizing these things without trying them. And $18 worth of test paint is totally a better deal than painting your whole house and then realizing you don't like the color.
I ended up getting six colors to try. Here they are in no particular order:
|Martha Stewart "Flagstone"|
|Martha Stewart "Cement Gray"|
|Behr "Elephant Skin"|
|Valspar "Wet Cement"|
|Valspar "Urban Sunrise"|
|Valspar "Stone Mason Gray"|
And since this girl can't get a good eyeball on paint colors, I find it necessary to actually paint test swatches. Twice. One at the front of the house, to see how it looks in the shade and near architectural details like windows; one at the back of the house to see how it looks in full sun.
Yes, I did write the paint names directly on the house. Who cares, we're going to paint over it on Saturday, so what the heck.
Urban Sunrise was too light. Wet Pavement was kind of... flat. Cement Gray was too blue. Steve liked Stone Mason Gray on the sunny side of the house but not the shady side. We alllllllmost went with Elephant Skin. But as I was googling around, looking for photos of houses that had already painted with Elephant Skin and Flagstone, I found something hilarious. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? My favorite DIY blog, Young House Love, had posted a blog entry about picking paint colors for the exterior of their house. What did they decide on? Martha Stewart's Flagstone.
|Young House Love's test swatches.|
And what color door do they have? Bright yellow. That's what I want! Does the Flagstone (the swatch closest to the door) look bomb with the yellow or what?? Here's some other pictures of the color Flagstone used. These guys make me confident that this color will read as a soft gray, not greenish or overly taupe-y.
|From Your Nest Design|
|From Numbered Street Designs|
Tomorrow I'm going to be bringing my Flagstone chip and a 30% off coupon to my favorite local Sherwin Williams guys. Woo to the hoo!
What do you think about our color choice? Should we have gone with Elephant Skin instead of Flagstone?