(This photo was taken BEFORE the paint was removed from the front steps...they are no longer blue!)
Our house is looking a little dingy. It definitely needs to be scrubbed a bit.
And after it HAS been, what then? We have a stucco home...not the usual candidate for regular house paint (except for the trim).
Lime washes have the advantage of being a good match for a stucco base...it is absorbed by the stucco instead of being a layer over it (which may peel and trap water later). It tends to fade pleasantly over time instead, like a nice watercolor.
We'd like to strip and prime some of the exterior trim before the storms of winter set in to protect it. We keep hestitating because we don't have complete agreement over the final exterior color scheme. But that was when we wanted to leave the stucco alone. Perhaps the lime wash will open us up to more possibilities and, thus...(oh magic words to renovation couples :)...agreement!
The Detroit Historic District Commission has a VERY strong opinion about color combinations related to a house's architectural style and period. We live in a 1914 Craftsman-inspired bungalow (there seem to be some Prairie elements).
That would take us to this page of ideas.
Originally, we were inspired by some of colors in the tile entryway of the house (which use blue-based AND yellow-based colors--see below):
Okay...so here are the Detroit Historic District suggested colors.
Here are the U.S. Heritage lime washes. (Click the online color chart.)
Here are some of Porter's Colors.
We want to choose either blue-based or yellow-based colors...and group them together without mixing. (This distinction is why a rainbow of shades of green or brown exist...some are yellow-based and some are blue-based. For example, blue-based greens may be blue green, forest, carribean, asparagus or true greens. Yellow-based greens may include: olive, granny smith apple, or shadow green, and perhaps lime or yellow-green.)
Pantone also has some very fun color interactivity on their site.
What do YOU think?