Mountain House Gray Exterior Paint
I mentioned in a recent post that we were painting our house in North Carolina with gray exterior paint. CLICK HERE for the paint selections. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally get this paint job completed.
I’ll give you a before photo so you can see where we started.
I’m not sure you can fully appreciate the color in the photo, so here’s another before.
It’s an orange-peach type color. I know it’s perfect for some, but so not my color. It may be my least favorite paint color.
Now before you paint, I highly recommend you make sure the paint is going to going to look good on your house. I did a photoshopped mock up of the house before painting. Here it is. I knew I wouldn’t be there in person when they started working. It was important that I get the color right in the beginning.
On my monitor, this paint mock-up above looks more brown than it does in person. I looked at the fan deck in person next to the stone to make sure it would be okay. I haven’t seen the new paint job in person, but my contractor sent me some photos, and here they are. They used 40 ft ladders for the house. I could NOT do this job!! The gray exterior paint is so pretty.
I went one shade darker for the trim. This reminds me I need to change out the light fixtures. But that will have to wait for now.
The front door was red and I wanted something different so I went with this soft blue. This also reminds me I still need to change out the curtain on the front door. As you can see, it’s a burgundy.
Here are some before and after photos I put together for you.
I really didn’t like the white garage doors next to the stone. I think a darker color on the garage doors makes a world of difference.
The gray looks so much better. And although some have said gray is a fad color, the new color palette is actually closer to what the craftsman style homes would have used 100 years ago.
Here’s a view from the front. I’ll take better pictures when we visit this fall.
We’re so much happier with the house now. I would love to change out the roof also, but it stays until we need a new one. Well do you like it better with the gray paint or the peach? And now I’m noticing that the tree on the left is blocking the front of the house. I’m going to ignore everything except the nice new paint.
The house is in Black Mountain, NC, near Asheville. It’s available as a vacation rental. Find out availability, amenities, and more HERE.
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Perfect color choice!
Looks beautiful, Anita! You did a great job choosing the colors.
Bettie Paul says
I am a fan of Gray. I really like how you pulled the gray tone from the stonework. Just love how your Mountain Home blends with the environment. Beautiful setting.
Deborah Nisson says
Love it! I’m going to paint my front door blue. A little darker than yours. Everyone says paint it red! But our brick is pink and I just don’t think red would look good. Also we have blue and grey slate in the stoop so I’m trying to match that blue.
Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says
It looks great!!
I agree with everything you said. My favorite part is the garage door effect, looks nice.
The burgundy curtain in the front door has got to go?
Donna R says
Great choice! Love the gray colors. I might go a darker, richer blue on the door. But, that’s just my opinion and everybody has one! ?
Marla Kyle says
I can not believe how much nicer you made it look!! Wow!! I thought it was beautiful before, but now it is just amazing! Well done you!!
Pat M. says
The gray paint pulls out the colors in the stone and looks absolutely wonderful. The other paint color was just paint – no personality, no style. I noticed also that the little tree in the front blocks a view to the front porch, but it also appears to provide shade for the porch when the rest of the house is in the sun. For me, whether or not the tree stays would all depend on whether I needed and wanted a shady porch or a sunny one.
Pat, excellent point. We have two decks in the back, so I think when the front is in the sun (morning) the back is in the shade. We usually sit on the back because that’s where the view is.
Fad color?! No way….it really looks great. Like someone else stated, it brings out the color in the stone. It’s perfect. I love it!!!!
Terry Hubbell says
S ooooooo much better. Love it.
Norma Rolader says
I love the grey color for the mountain home with the stone it is stunning Thank you for sharing and God bless
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Anita, I love the gray color! It looks so nice! Your Mountain Home is beautiful! Enjoy! Blessings!
Yes, it is perfect now, very fitting!
You are so lucky to have this lovely home. My only suggestion is to change the front door color. It seems to fade away rather than welcome guests. Please take a photo of your breathtaking view in the fall and share it with us. I enjoy your blog very much. Your ideas are often practical as well as inspirational.
Linda Pemberton says
I agree that the peachy beige was yucky! Love the new color and trim!!
Linda B. says
I like the gray, too! The tree in the front will lose its leaves soon. I’d keep it!
Sandra Huntley says
The gray looks 100% better than the peachy color. The gray with the stone on the house looks gorgeous. You would not have picked anything that looked better.
Sharon C says
I totally agree the new gray color looks 100% better on the house and the garage doors. Looks so much more modern! Great color choice.
Wonderful results. I would have probably also used a gray stain (that matches the garage doors paint) on the cedar shingles and the darker gray to trim out the little windows. This would be in the hope that 100% of the visual field would see Only the seamless beauty of the house and garage. And the roof would be an afterthought and fade off into the sunset. Lovely nonetheless.
Anita, Perfect choice. I can imagine the focus and courage it took to choose the color and have it painted when you weren’t there! I have difficulty doing changes in colors in person! I think the choices are lovely. Of course you are the expert so I am not really surprised.