May 28, 2010

Back Porch - Your Opinion Please!

Dear Interweb Pee-pul,  I need your excellent help picking out back porch colors.

We decided to leave the back porch 'as is' for now instead of removing the roof and installing a fancy awning. So we're not making any structural changes to the back porch - for now (WARNING: living with a licensed architect can result in STRUCTURAL CHANGES.  WITHOUT WARNING. OVER A WEEKEND.........SURPRISE!)

Because the long term plan for the back porch involves doubling its size and adding a three season room below (purrrrr) we didn't want to spend a lot making the existing porch enjoyable and functional. So we didn't. We reused pressure treated 2x4s from the demo, and we bought yards of cheap fencing. And I am SO happy with how it turned out. Before....


































And now......


































To help you advise me, here are some porch color schemes I like:






















(from Photoseyeluv)























(Loving the purple-ish grey! via MetroCard City)

















(via khoury23)





















(via nechachan)

Everything that's currently painted is your basic medium grey - except the doors and windows. The doors and window also need to be painted.  All of it is peeling. There are lots of surfaces to paint. How do I break it up?
- Porch supports and railing - currently medium grey
- Porch ceilings (up and down) - currently medium grey
- Porch floor - medium grey
- Back doors  - random! (what is up with the turquoise/yellow/beige/brown combo?!)
- Window frame - red






































































Do we leave the ceilings and floors grey? Do we leave the porch supports grey, but put a fresh coat on? Do we paint the railing a different color than the porch supports?  What say you?!

12 comments:

  1. I've always been partial to white woodwork on brick buildings. Sounds boring and trite but to me the white just "pops out" from the red bricks.

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  2. I like the grey-ish putty color with a bright detail (red, turquoise etc.)

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  3. I like the purplish-grey as well, although I must say Cheryl has a good thought: sometimes just white trim works well too. I've seen white trim with light blue ceilings and grey floors that seems to work well...

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  4. Oh--and...

    by the way, I am AMAZED at the job you have done on the back porch. It looks like a totally different place! Lovely.

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  5. The porch looks AMAZING! He did that in a weekend? What a great job!

    I like the purplish gray. You could do the wood in that dark purple and the trim in white.

    Whatever you do I hope that yellow iron table is there somewhere, so pretty!

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  6. I would go with a brown/gray color for the supports and railing, paint the doors black and leave the turquoise door as is (for a pop of color).

    I'm sure whatever you choose, it will look fantastic!

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  7. I am really happy to have found your blog! You are working so hard to make that beautiful house a home. How fun to let us all share in the process!

    Thanks for linking up for my photo challenge! :)

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  8. Looks awesome! I'd say if you wanna stick with gray, make it a paler gray.

    What's up with the color combos?? I like the red, the yellow and the teal... but all together, and with brown?

    I say pale gray with the bright yellow or teal. :) Kinda crazy, but it would just look so happy.

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  9. Hmm, I really think a white or cream would lift it and make it look more airy (I know it's open to the air, so that sounds silly, but I hope you know what I mean!)

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  10. Just dropping by to say thanks for visiting my town with me. Make sure you have the pronunciation of the town you're visiting down-pat. They boot you out if you say it wrong! Enjoy your trip!

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  11. I love the way white posts look. Kind of classic. I like the first sample picture you posted.

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