Our Exterior Window Trim Colour Reveal! (And the Complete Technique of How We Lastly Determined)

by Editorial Team

It’s been over a yr within the making, however our exterior home windows have been changed and now painted!!! (The inside of the home windows are black and the outside we opted for paintable so we may paint them no matter coloration we wished!) I’ve a slew of photographs to indicate you, and I really feel like the colour seems to be barely completely different in each one, which is actually correct! We painted the home windows Cromwell Grey by Benjamin Moore, and it’s a complete chameleon coloration! Is that this brown-y taupe grey inexperienced that’s STUNNING! We’re so in love. Have a look!

Chris Loves Julia | Moody Colonial Brick Home with White Paint Trim

Selecting a coloration for an exterior may be powerful. In reality, in the event you watched our YouTube video about selecting exterior trim colours, you noticed that we narrowed 11 completely different colours down to 2 (and this was after sampling 10 colours final yr). And on the rely of three, Chris and I each selected our favourite: the brown one, which was referred to as Cromwell Grey by Benjamin Moore. After which the cameras lower, however really the cliffhanger simply started! Generally after I say one thing out loud, I get this ping of uncertainty in my intestine. And I received that feeling after I mentioned brown.

The subsequent day I went and painted some swatches on the again of the home of each colours. And to be fully clear, I began to suppose an excessive amount of about different individuals’s opinions. I believed, individuals are anticipating me to to do the extra blue tone, it’s the bolder selection. It is a bit more enjoyable, so though I need to do the brown, I ought to do the blue as a result of it could push me out of my consolation zone, which can assist push different individuals out of their consolation zone.

Chris Loves Julia | Modern Colonial Brick Home Backyard Exterior with Cromwell Gray Paint Trim and Pool
Chris Loves Julia | Modern Colonial Brick Home Backyard Exterior with White Paint Trim and Pool
Chris Loves Julia | Modern Colonial Brick Home Backyard Exterior with Cromwell Gray Paint Trim and Pool
Chris Loves Julia | Modern Colonial Brick Home Backyard Exterior with White Paint Trim and Pool

So blue it was, then. We instructed our contractor we might go along with the blue, aka Homburg Grey by Sherwin-Williams. I felt excited that I used to be doing one thing out of my protected zone, but in addition anxious. The contractors instructed me they’d decide up the paint and prep all day, strain washing all the home and masking off the home windows. So I mentioned, “Are you able to paint two full home windows simply so I can ensure?” By the point they have been accomplished, it was within the late night. I walked out entrance, and ohhhh, it was not what I used to be anticipating. However I used to be not feeling properly that day, so I believed, let’s simply take a look at it within the morning. The subsequent morning I left earlier than daybreak to go to health club, however I knew after I drove again to the home it could be shiny sufficient to see. And that was the second when my response went viral on TikTok. The trim appeared like this cool charcoal grey to me, and…I didn’t prefer it. However I nonetheless wasn’t able to let it go, so I waited till I may see it with the solar out. And really, I used to be like, “I do know why I selected this — that is fairly.” It will look superb with a wreath on the entrance door subsequent to it.

Chris Loves Julia | Sampling exterior paint trim on windows: Homburg Gray and Cromwell Gray

However in the end, when the solar’s not shining on it (which is no less than half of the time), it’s going to appear like that different tone — so keep in mind that. So I had them paint the opposite coloration Cromwell Grey on a window, and the sensation was quick: That is the best selection (once more). I didn’t have any nervousness about it in any respect. That’s really after I posted each of the choices in my Instagram Tales. At that second, it didn’t matter if somebody instructed me they didn’t prefer it, as a result of I used to be assured that I preferred it. That’s one thing I’ve realized: Once I’m undecided about one thing, I can’t actually share it, as a result of I may be talked out of my opinion.

Chris Loves Julia | Exterior dark moody paint color on brick home windows

The contractors received the Cromwell Grey, they usually painted every window pane and trim with a sprayer. They began with the storage doorways and the home windows proper subsequent to them. Then they labored their approach across the visitor home, which was essentially the most excruciating, as a result of I couldn’t actually see a distinction —we by no means return there, and the painters have been there for a full day. The entire venture took over every week, as a result of there are simply so many home windows on the home — there are just a few guys masking the home windows, after which there’s a man who’s simply superb with a paint sprayer and might maneuver ladders like no different.

Chris Loves Julia | Exterior painting of window trim in progress with ladders

Somebody commented on our publish on Instagram and mentioned they most popular the white trim as a result of the white made the home stand out extra. After all everybody’s entitled to their opinion, however the truth of the matter is that 1) so many individuals have brick homes with white home windows on this a part of North Carolina that it doesn’t actually stand out amongst different homes, and a couple of) the white home windows made our home windows stand out extra, not our home. What I actually wished to perform with this window coloration was to lean extra into the crimson brick and make that the star. And now that I see the Cromwell Grey, it actually enhances the brick in only a stunning approach.

Chris Loves Julia | Mushroom brown trim paint color on brick home
Chris Loves Julia | Driveway entrance to grand brick colonial home with Cromwell Gray exterior trim paint
Chris Loves Julia | Back of House Showing Cromwell Gray Trim Paint on Window Trim, Door Trim and Siding
Chris Loves Julia | Outdoor Kitchen with Pergola Painted in Cromwell Gray, a Moody Brown Color
Chris Loves Julia | Outdoor Kitchen with Pergola Painted in Cromwell Gray, a Moody Brown Color and Ivy on Brick
Chris Loves Julia | Colonial Brick Home with Cromwell Gray Exterior Trim Paint (After)
Chris Loves Julia | Colonial Brick Home with White Exterior Trim Paint (Before)

The ultimate process is that we’re going to dye or stain the stone keystones (have to look into processes) to raised match the mortar!

General, we’re simply in love with the transformation. The home simply feels extra us — we find it irresistible in each mild at each second. It lastly feels prefer it displays what’s inside: the home and the individuals.

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