Thursday, August 4, 2011

~help please~

 In a couple of weeks we are having all the stain stripped off our house, 
garage, sheds, etc. and re-stained.
 The trim will also be given a fresh coat of paint. 
I thought it would be easy to pick a new color, {if we decide to change it}
but it's not! We know we want to stick with the white trim, but would you change the siding color if this were your house? 
As you can see by these first 2 photos of our home, it is currently a deep cedar color, which I do love.....

 However, going slightly grey seems intriguing to me.
 This is just a tad lighter than what we have now.
 Same with this one.
I do like the contrast of the darker stain with the bright white trim.
 What do you think?
Au natural and let it age gracefully? :)
I'd love to hear what you think, so please chime in!
Also, I am having a heck of a time adding new photos to my sidebar! 
It keeps rejecting my photos saying Picasa web albums storage is up.
BUT, I have deleted photos and it still is saying that, AND I'm not getting that error message when I do regular posts, it's only happening when I try and add a picture gadget to my sidebar. Anyone know what's going on? Is this a blogger problem or just me?
FRUSTRATING to say the least!
AND, the Patina Style giveaway ends tomorrow! Scroll down to enter if you haven't already!
Thanks for taking the time to give me your feedback!
Have a happy weekend! 
xoxo

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your house is perfect as is, do not go grey, it will look dirty and old. The cedar looks fresh and it stands out with the white trim better. Sometimes change is good and sometimes not. Just speaking from experience. Good Luck!!! Do you have to strip it or can it just be refreshed? Might save money if you stay the same?

Anonymous said...

i like the grey weathered look...with the white trim would look good for a waterfront setting...

Kelly said...

I love the Cape Cod grey look. LOVE!! However, when we were there looking at homes and chatting with builders we were told that you need to use Eastern Yellow Cedar to get the proper grey from weathering. Here, Western Red Cedar is what everyone uses unless you order something else specifically. This will age to a reddish grey color. Based on this....I'd go natural. But, check for yourself ol' Melaine!

Goldenberry said...

I love the cedar it looks perfect !

Tee of Vinnord Cottage said...

I would go for gray. I think it's a much more pleasing colour, and goes so well with the white. Gray is also so very easy to decorate with, if you decide to change your patio decor ect ect... It's a much more diverse colour than the one you have now, which is warmer.

I root for GRAY :D

andrea said...

Wow, this is a big risk. I would def do some research before making the plunge. These ladies sound like they know what they are talking about. Whatever you do, keep some type of stain on it. When we moved to our house it had cedar siding whiich hadn't been treated at all and it was gross looking. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will remain beautiful! You take good care of your home and property! Regards, Andrea @ townandprairie.blogspot.com

Amy R. said...

I love the gray weathered look! It has that Cape Cod feeling and looks great with the white trim. Change is fun!

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

I vote for gray! Either way, your home is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Melaine. Having grown up and still living in the Boston area. Vacationing down the Cape and on the Islands. There is nothing more beautiful (to me) than the Au Natural... and let them age. The grey/gray color with white trim is just beautiful. Good Luck! Elli

Vintage Junky said...

I personally love the grey. And with white! But what do you think is more YOU? :)

Anne said...

Oh how I love that grey!!! Looks like barnwood. Simply beautiful!

Mrs. Prepperoni said...

Grey grey grey!!! Love that Hamptons/Nantucket look!

Tutti Chic said...

Love the gray weather look-reminds me (cape cod) of the cape. your house is gorgeous as is though! :) chris

Passionate for White said...

Grey with with trim.... beautious!!

maggie said...

I have a friend who changed her cedar-sided house to grey and it is gorgeous. The biggest drawback is that you will be doing a lot of painting in the coming years.
I'm sure you will make the best decision for you!

TheCrankyCrow said...

This one is easy for me...definitely the darker gray as in the first gray option you pictured. LOVE it!! It is so much easier to make a decision like that for someone else's house!! We resided a year ago - and I that, aha!! a perfect opportunity to change things up!! Well, it's the same ol' color that we had on it before - not because I love it so much, mind you - but when we started looking at all the other little things that the color impacted (such as porch beams, patio bricks, foundation colors, roofing, etc.), it would have been too costly to change all those things out....Kinda like this house was meant to be this color. Hopefully, tho, you don't have those issues, because I think that grey is some kind of beauteous!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Tiffany Larson said...

Grey or cedar but not au natural. I think houses always look so uncared for when they are multiple shades due to fading and wear/tear.

Cheri Piles said...

This says a lot, I never comment..beeing a shy girl and all, lol! A few years ago I listed my girlfriends house for sale and her home was the lighter grey, on most days it looked pretty blah with our constant PNW overcast. After much talk she decided to go darker and oh my goodness what a difference, it made the home POP! The plants were brighter, the trim and windows were highlighted. I'm a fan of the color you have now but like most creative people we need change, I vote for the darker grey. Good luck!!

Lisa said...

LUV, LUV, Luv the darker gray!!!

Heather Salazar said...

You know I absolutely love your house the way it it....but if you where to make a change I vote for the greyish color. I think it would go beautiful with your rock.

Then to brighten things up you can go with a red door.

Good luck hope it all goes smoothly!!

Heather

Tara Leigh said...

Wow, I think the grey would look awesome!

Katie said...

I am a sucker for the darker look you currently have with crisp white trim. Our house is a darker color with thick white trim around the windows/doors (James Hardie) and we get TONS of compliments and people stopping to ask us what it is. I just think it's a neat look and looks good on your house!

catherine said...

i once stppoed in the middle of the road to take a picture of my favorite house....right on the beach, beautiful grey shingles and crisp white trim, even had a white picket fence and white, rose covered arch over a brick front walk.....love, love, love it.

Gail Peterson said...

I used to have a shingled beach house. We built it and trimmed all the window,doors,columns and batnboard accents high gloss white trim. We let the natural greying effect take place. Other wise it is a maintenance expense if you paint/stain it.
I love the look of a almost black trim as well. It looks very rich. Either way I love shingle homes.
I have featured mine on my blog before.
Have fun!
xo,
Gail
casualloveselegance

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

a grey with a green undertone would be perfect with your stone and white trim. It would be like having a new home.

good luck.

the dahl house said...

We stained our cape cod cedar siding with Cabot's pewter gray ten years ago. I've never grown tired of it and it has held up incredibly well. Stain fades/paint peels, so if you use a stain you don't need to worry about peeling. We have not had to do anything for maintenance on our house! And did I mention how much I love my dark gray siding with white trim?

vinyl siding said...

Cedar siding of your house is looking nice. There is no need to repaint it if you want to save cost. However, If you like to repaint then i give the suggestion to use light grey color.

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