Mar 6, 2014

~ green or blue shutters


Repainting my shutters has been a nagging and recurring thought for the past few years. I have never been completely satisfied with the dark green I chose for the shutters and front door of my house, however it seems everyone else loves it. I have had multiple requests for the paint color. 

I wish I was brave enough to do something more European and unexpected. Look how charming...

Here's the green I'm working with…
(Benjamin Moore Essex green)


Of course I have to consider the green sits against a red brick… 
It seems almost none of the Jack Arnold images I can find have red brick like mine...

I love the painted brick here with the pretty green shutters...

Pretty blue-green shutters on Ivy Clad's home... Maybe I could grow ivy on my red brick?

And yet another Jack Arnold home (my favorite)…  Love the mixed stone and brick, (is that stone or stucco?) and the green shutters look pretty similar to mine. And more ivy...

Notice the blue-green shutters on the back of this Jack Arnold home...

Here's the same home. I can't tell if the color has been altered on the computer, or if they actually painted the shutters a taupe color. Love the change...

My recent discovery of Leo Dowell (here) revealed these gorgeous green shutters!


Take a look at the delightful colors of the shutters on these more European looking homes. Takes the charm vibe to the next level...
















Except none of these homes have a red brick base, so it's hard to make a fair comparison. The soft hued greens and blues of the shutters against the lighter stucco or beautiful stone are a perfect combination. Maybe I should consider painting my red brick? I jest. My husband would not stand for it. He loves the brick and "the upkeep of painted brick would be a nightmare…" 

 I'll probably do nothing, the easiest option...

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11 comments:

Just Spiff It said...

I think your green looks great - I know there are some Jack Arnolds here in Tulsa with red brick - will have to see their shutter color.

tbmaloney said...

Jan,

Just love your blog! The pictures are always stunning.

This recent blog got me searching for red brick homes with shutters. I thought your house might look really nice with either a dark blue or dark gray. Came across this picture which has Royal Blue. What do you think?

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/41/a8/7a/41a87aee6aaa1de03d195780abd9c27e.jpg

The French Tangerine said...

Tbmaloney, aren't you adorable to share that gorgeous color! I love it! That handsome teal would really make a statement..
More to think about!
XO
Jan

Cindy Weis said...

I think it is the long cold winter that has everyone looking for a chance, but remember perfection can't be changed. The shutters are perfect for the house, I say pray for sun and warm weather and plant a few flowers to give a different color.

Maryanne The Garden said...

Loving all the green! We just recently painted our shutters and doors green and I could not be happier.

Great closing line!
Maryanne@The Garden

David & Dianne said...

Just a lighter green is all you need if you are determined. My bright green in STL made me smile every time I came home which would definitely not be your choice. XOXO

Ivy Clad said...

Hi there! Thank you for using my house & for the mention! Your house is beautiful-- I know I've said that before.

I've been thinking about painting my shutters a little lighter too. You can't tell in the picture, but part of my house is red, red brick, so that's something I have to work with also. I'm leaning toward Farrow & Ball paints because the colors are very European but still look great here in the U.S. where our eyes aren't so accustomed to seeing slightly bright, "surprise" tones. :) I really like Farrow & Ball Blue Gray & Card Room Green. Loi Thai used Blue Gray on a front door on one on his projects & it looks awesome.

Spring always makes me want to paint!

Keri

Kit Newlin said...

Jan, the color in the top picture is sublime and would look wonderful against red brick. The lighter, more yellow green would reach
out to the beautiful foliage surrounding your home. The only other one is the gorgeous Leo Dowell but it's a bit too rustic. Best of Luck!!! Love your blog ... always so colorful and inspiring!

The enchanted home said...

So many pretty choices not a bad one in the bunch, I do love a mossy green but then again a grayish French blue has always been a fave and I always said if I have shutters they would be painted a pale French gray/blue. Whatever you do is going to be gorgeous.....

Sparkling Like A Diamond said...

We moved to a new home about 8 months ago. The FIRST thing I did was change the shutter color. It is Ellie by Devoe and it is a blueish, greenish, grayish color. I thought it would send my house over the top. Not so much. I want to change the color but really have no idea to what. I am going to do it. I say if it does not inspire you and you are thinking about wanting a change....go for it! You should drive up to you home thinking about how much you love every bit of it. I LOVE your shutters the color they are, but I get needing something different. By the way, your home is very lovely.

Heather V said...

The color of these green shutters that you say you aren't "completely satisfied" with is the exact reason why I've landed here today (upon seeing your beautiful house on Pinterest). You can change it if you want, but I want this exact same color on my house (with a similar brick color). I LOVE IT! So, Benjamin Moore Essex Green is the color? What sheen did you use? Or do you recommend?