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Thanks to the fact that I opened my LJ account in 2003 and thereby has a useful place to natter about things, I have the definitive answer to the question of what exterior colors were used to paint the Zeppelin Hangar ten years ago. Yes, the old cans in the basement provided some clues, but I tested several before deciding. It would have been Wales Gray, but I think that one was too dark, or too brown. Adagio? Rocky Coast? And what was that blue? That burgundy? Thanks to LJ, I know.

After years of dithering over colors to use when I finally got around to the now-overdue repainting, spending just a few minutes with my painter Stu Perry, pointed me at a brilliant small change that's likely to do the trick. The house is currently Adagio grey with Evening Sky trim and Classic Burgundy shutters and doors. As you can barely see in the icon, the deep blue Evening Sky trim lines are very narrow. They're more like pin striping around the windows and door frames.

I like the burgundy shutters and doors a lot. Don't want to change them. It's the PROmote Communications color, or as close as I could get before they started making Pantone paint. I've been somewhat bored by the gray, but after years of looking at house colors while driving around, haven't found anything else that speaks to me strongly. Not for this house, anyway. There are lots of house colors I love on different houses in different settings. But the grey works well with the roof and green trees all around.

Keeping the grey will be more economical than changing the color. Some places clearly need two coats of paint, but other areas will do well with one. Stu suggested I could change the trim color. Oh, yeah. I'm totally all over that. The dark blue brings out the blue in the Adagio. And it's boring. Clean, fine, boring.

Purple, on the other hand....

Purple pin striping, burgundy shutters & doors, oh, yeah. If there were a lot more trim, purple would go too Painted Lady, and this house isn't shaped for that. But the narrow lines of pin striping, and not a lot of it? I'm all over that. Because purple.

So when I was picking up interior samples for the stairs and hallway I'm finally having painted (a mere 10 years after elaine_brennan and I started peeling off the wallpaper), I chose some likely chips for the exterior trim.

I still need to do a test swatch, and look at it more under different lighting conditions, but the top candidate as of this afternoon is Purple Rain.

I did live in Minneapolis for 25 years, including the pertinent ones. And I'm a total sucker for names.

Back to work. More painting excitement to follow.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
There is something very pleasing about the act of applying paint to a surface. It is all the prep work and clean up that suck.
Apr. 2nd, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
Purple, gray and *burgundy?* Huh. Post photos when done.

I'm trying to decide what color we'll paint our house exterior next year. Not in the running ever: any shade of brown, yellow or white.
Apr. 2nd, 2014 07:56 am (UTC)
Purple! The last time I was involved in house painting, my housemates choose blue. When the paint was wet it looked purple. I was delighted but my housemates were traumatized. It dried out into the color they expected, so they were happy. I was OK with it but a tad wistful.
Apr. 2nd, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
That's a glorious purple indeed.

Apr. 2nd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
I approve - my favorite color! I wore my Sweet Sixteen gown of deep purple to my senior prom and amongst all the other girls wearing pastels I looked like the whore of Babylon but I didn't care :->

Edited at 2014-04-02 11:06 pm (UTC)
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