Before & After: Bungalow Seeks Cool Colors

You might remember my little Seattle bungalow in dire need of a paint job? I asked for your advice and boy did I get responses — about 150, actually. I sifted through every single comment and saved every photo link and barely slept for three days trying to narrow down the choices. The ideas ranged from traditional to daring and I loved all of them. But one stuck…
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Ta-da! Oh, gray, you might say, shaking your head. How original. Maybe not. But we went deep, shady, saturated gray — one of the darkest in the deck — and see that door? It's a nod to all of you who suggested yellow, a color I truly love, but only, I realized, as an accent.

I want to give a particular shout-out to "mschatelaine," who linked to a Farrow & Ball color palette that blew my mind. It felt so modern, but not out of place for something a little older. We ended up using Benjamin Moore's Flint, Mayonnaise, and Imperial Yellow, since we couldn't get to Farrow & Ball in time.

Also, please note: The hedge is gone! I hated it as much as you did so I sucked it up and paid for its overdue demise. The bush in the lower right corner is next.

Now, I know some of you will certainly wish I'd picked otherwise, but I couldn't be happier. The neighbors have all sincerely complimented us, my man digs it, and I feel confident I made the perfect choices, which is such a relief after spending so much money. I can't wait to add some chic potted plants up on the porch, as well as landscaping in front of it.

Speaking of which, if you are a plant person in the Pacific Northwest, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what would add color and texture. I hail from San Diego, where the extent of my gardening was a few potted succulents.

Thanks again everybody!

(Re-edited from a post originally published June, 28. 2011)

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(Images: AnnaMaria Stephens)

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