Nov 6, 2013

pass the mustard

as you know, my house is white.


when we first moved in, i was pretty certain i wanted medium to dark gray shutters, and a very dark door. after living here a while, and looking at pictures of white houses, i realized how often i gravitate to CLASSIC white houses with black shutters. i mean, i could practically rename my "architecture" board on pinterest "i LOVE white houses with black shutters"...cuz that is a majority of what is there!



anyway, i have decided that i want the shutters (when we add them) to be black.
so, that leaves the front door....
black is a classic look:



and so is red:



i am not really a "red" girl though---i tend to be drawn to darker, more subdued tones like peacock blue and pumpkin and mustard yellow. i started looking at white houses with yellow doors, and something inside of me KNEW this was the answer!


ahhhh! now, to find the RIGHT shade of mustard...


i held up my paint deck to the door and came up with 3 options:


"leap of faith"..."stuart gold" and "autumn gold"



now, i have a kinda weird system that i occasionally use when selecting colors for my own house. first, i will pick out 2-3 colors from the benjamin moore deck...then, when i go to lowes or home depot to mix up my samples, i will choose 1-2 "wild card" options from whatever line that they carry. these are colors that i *think might be similar to the colors i have already chosen, but different enough that i get some variety.

here are the final colors i sampled:

(it was pretty clear that my "wild card" valspar colors (the colors in the middle row)were too orange and dark for what i wanted.)

a look at the color standing out farther...i think this is a better representation of what the colors really look like:


and the winner?
what do you think??
please leave a comment!



54 comments:

  1. Definitely Stuart Gold--not too orange, not too brown.

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  2. stewart gold :) looks the most "yellow" of the bunch.

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  3. Stuart Gold! But part of me is hoping you used Autumn Gold though, just because. :)

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  4. Stuart Gold for sure! Love that you are going this route!

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  5. Stuart Gold is my first choice in every picture! I painted my front door orange after I moved in and LOVE it.

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  6. Stuart Gold is the winner for me!

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  7. My front door was Stuart Gold for a couple years ;)
    xo~Jill

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  8. I love the natural wood look.

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  9. Stuart Gold - although I like "Happily Ever After" better (it shows on the fan deck picture before you chose three).

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  10. Leap of Faith. Love the gold color.

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  11. I've always loved Stuart Gold and I think it would look great on your door.

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  12. Stuart Gold! Looks like pretty much everyone feels the same way too. I love mustard yellow so i'm excited to see it all painted!

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  13. It ahs to b Stuart Gold. Glad to see that my judgment was confirmed by so many others.

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  14. My best friend (andycandylovehouse on insta) just painted the front door to her gorgeous black home mustard! It's gorgeous!

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  16. Just found your blog. Really, like 2 minutes ago, but I have to chime in anyway. Definately Stuart Gold

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  17. Stuart Gold it is.

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  18. Why are you not going for "peacock Blue" ??? It looks like your windows skew a little blue in color...so that with black and yellow??? Just ahtought.

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  19. I like the rustic natural wood door. It fights with the prim and proper colonial-ish home. It brings in the gnarly stone, which I like. And, when I look at the pictures. It's hard to decipher the paint from the actual door. I'm not sure what's the point of painting it the color that it pretty much already is. I know your house gets a lot of snow. So, something that jumps out against it. Maybe the pictures of your door are not true to life, though. :)

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  20. Stuart Gold - It's the brightest!

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  21. i like the autumn gold. the door looks nice right now, too, though!

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  22. I commented earlier but after seeing a comment about "Peacock Blue" and looking at the picture of your home again, I change my vote to Peacock Blue. :)

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  23. I think they are all too muted but like the yellow one the best of the bunch.

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