Can you help me find the perfect exterior gray paint colors? Here are six exterior gray paint options we love.

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Thistlewood Farms front yard with green trees, grass and bushes

Raise your hand if you have a big opinion.

Oh, good.

Please come sit by me.

See, here’s the thing—we bought this house.  You can read all about the story behind the house and our move and a my new/old living room and staircases and waiting for Santa Claus here.

But now?

I need your help.

You didn’t really think I was going to paint this thing without checking in with you, did you?

I’ve spent the past week looking high and low for the perfect exterior gray paint colors.  I’ve squinted.  I’ve painted swatches.  I’ve looked at the paint colors until my eyes are glazing over.

And now?

I’ve narrowed it down to six.

That’s where you come in.

The exterior of the Thistlewood Farms house needs a new paint color!

Here’s the exterior of the home.

And here’s the plan.

I want to paint it a medium gray with white trim and then add black and white awnings over the four front windows.  The black wrought iron will stay.  The columns will stay.  The brick steps will stay, but there will be new bricks on the porch.  Also, that tiny room over the bay window (where the Christmas tree goes) will be copper.  It’s kind of already copper now—it just needs a little help.

Can you see it?

Are you with me?

The challenge with picking an exterior color is that it’s going to live with you a very long time. So I want to get it right. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what the paint color will look like on the entire house. Here’s a tip that will make picking the paint color even easier. Paint the swatches on a piece of poster board and then carry them around with you to different sides of the house at different times of the day. Paint colors can look so different in different lights, so you want to make sure you choose an exterior paint color that you are happy with and looks best in many different situations.

So are we ready?

Drum roll please.

Here are the options that we are looking at.

The Perfect Exterior Gray Paint Colors

Here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to.

I’m looking for an exterior gray paint color (hell0 captain obvious).

I’m leaning towards one, but this is a GIANT decision. That’s why I need your help and your input. Seriously. This is a paint color I’m going to wake up to for years to come.


That’s why I’m asking for help from some of my favorite people on the planet.


Here’s a closer look at each of the paint colors without the yellow background of the house.

Rushing River Grey exterior paint color


Rushing River SW 7746

You can see it here.

It’s the perfect gray and looks great in different lights.

Quick tip—when picking a paint color you want to paint it on a section of the house and watch it at different times of the day. The sun can completely change the look of your house.

Stamped Concrete grey exterior paint color


Stamped Concrete SW 7655

You can see it here.

(total aside:  this is the color I painted the upstairs wood floor at the farmhouse)

It defintely has blue undertones (which I like). It’s perfect if you are looking for a true blue gray for the exterior of your home.

Summit Gray exterior paint color

Summit Gray SW 7669

You can see it here.

When I think of gray, this is the classic gray that I think of. It held the truest to this color during different times of the day.

It’s such a pretty, classic color.

Westchester Gray exterior paint color


Westchester Gray SW 2849

You can see it here.

This gray has a slight purple undertone.

It’s such a pretty color with a deeper base.

Cityscape grey exterior paint color

Cityscape SW 7067

You can see it here.

Spoiler alert: I loved this color so much that I ended up painting the brick base of our home with this gray. It turned out to blend perfectly with the exterior color I ultimately chose.

It’s the perfect gray to complement a bright white or even a darker gray.

Classic French Gray exterior paint color

Classic French Gray SW 0077

I loved this color so much with its beautiful blue undertones.

We ended up going in a different direction, but there are days when I wish this was the color that we chose.

You can see it here.

The exterior of the Thistlewood Farms house needs an upgrade and we need help picking a new paint color



That is a lot of beautiful, wonderful, amazing, exterior gray paint colors.

There are dark grays and light grays and grays with khaki and grays with purple and grays with blue.

So many paint colors, so little time.

Now’s where that opinion comes in….

….which one would you choose?

PS  My house and I thank you. 🙂

PPS Want to know the color we ended up choosing? Read the comments! They are the BEST! And drumroll please…..

… popular opinion? NUMBER ONE: Rushing River SW 7746.

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  1. Image for Starla Starla

    What a gorgeous home! My first instinct is 5, because love the contrast it would create. They're all lovely but I live a sharp contrast and so I think 5. It'll be fantastic - whichever one you go with.:) Congratulations!

    1. Image for Sherry Morris Sherry Morris

      I immediately went to #1 then #3. 1 for the touch of green to compliment the trees etc and 3 to work strongly with the awnings. Three is a definite color.. a house close to us, an incredible Victorian, was painted a blackboard gray and it looks fantastic. That comment was just to muddy the waters I guess. Enjoy your new projects.

    2. Image for Helen Helen

      #1 Rushing River - I am excited at the thought of what the sun will do do that color - it will be like a wonderful chameleon bringing out the best in each season!

      1. Image for Karen Karen

        I would choose # 1. My second choice is # 2. The others are a blue gray and my choices have khaki in them. Also, a dark color on a house is just not for me.

  2. Image for Lori Lori

    My pick is 4. There is a house that I drive by all the time that is very similar to yours and it is close to this color with white trim and I look at it longingly every time.....just beautiful!

  3. Image for Debi Debi

    I'm sure whichever you choose will look terrific but I would go for number 3. I know what you mean about looking at it for years!!

    1. Image for Maria Maria

      I agree with Debi, number 3 is a great neutral gray. It's sweet of you to include us but we don't have to wake up to it every morning. You have excellent taste so trust your first instinct. Side note: I just want to say how much I love your blog. You create beautiful pictures with your words and it gives us a window into your world. Thank you and God bless!

  4. Image for Teresa A Harral Teresa A Harral

    I would go lighter rather than darker like a 1 or 2! You have exquisite taste, trust your decision without over thinking it! Beautiful place!

  5. Image for oldhouselady oldhouselady

    Number 2. One is to taupey. The rest go too dark especially the last few. 2 is a nice grey, but still a warm grey and still very neutral. A colorful front door would set off the traditional grey, black and white theme you mention. (Done this many times.) A nice grey is always classic!

  6. Image for Sharon Sharon

    My first instinct was three then changed to four - so can I say either one?! Gorgeous house. What wonderful gatherings you will have there!

  7. Image for Sophie's Haven Sophie's Haven

    My house is gray and has been for over 5 years and I am still in love with the color. I would go for #4 (very close to my house color) really pops with the darker accents. No matter which you choose your house is going to look awesome.

  8. Image for Patti P. Patti P.

    Our neighbors painted their house gray and in certain light it has a definite purple tint to it. I can see that in #6 so be aware of that. I am learning you really have to look for the undertone as that is what will dominate. I like #2 or #3 as I don't notice a real dominant undertone. Good luck! Picking paint colors is one of the hardest tasks!

    1. Image for Megan Megan

      I will say 1, but I lean toward warm colors. I see purple undertones in 4-6 and unless that is your jam, I would steer clear of that on such a traditional house.

  9. Image for Alice Alice

    Two or six depending on whether you want lighter or darker. Your house is beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing you make it yours. Have fun!!!!!!

  10. Image for Tina B Tina B

    I looked at the colors before reading your first choice...but looks like we agree. I think #1 would looks smashing on this beautiful house. :)

  11. Image for Raquel Raquel

    Oh--choosing gray is the hardest. Took me weeks to decide for our interior. Fortunately I didn't make a mistake! I can help you here by narrowing it down to 3 and 5. Food luck!

  12. Image for Linda Linda

    Oh KariAnne, P U H L E A Z E DO NOT paint your house gray!!! It will look like a big square prison. Please choose 5 or 6. At least they look blue! Oh my. My heart is palpitating. I am so over gray.

  13. Image for Jessica Jessica

    My two favorites are #2 and #3...On a side note, you've listed them BOTH as "Summit Gray" AND you've made a comment on how you've used Summit Gray at Thistlewood. Soooo, that tells me that is the color your heart must, it would connect your Kentucky home to your your new adventure. Not sure if the real summit gray is #2 or #3, but I'm kinda thinking Summit Gray - all the way!

  14. Image for Cher Cher

    I am wondering which color will look best with that green roof! If I were you, I would photoshop each color on the house then decide. I cannot tell which would look best from where I stand. :)

  15. Image for Carla Erickson Carla Erickson

    Karianne, best wishes on your new adventure! I like the samples #2,3. Did you know that they have the same paint name and #? Either way I like both colors. I am enjoying your book very much! Best wishes!

  16. Image for PJ PJ

    I choose number 2. I had a similar color on my Connecticut house and loved classic! Good luck making your choice.

  17. Image for Jet side Jet side

    I woul pick 4 or 5 In order to offset white trim the gray should be in the darker side 6 is a beautiful color but has blue in it not so goid with black awnings All the lighter colors will not be as impressive Enjoy Edith

  18. Image for Terie Terie

    I 😍all of them - but especially like #2 ! Good luck 🍀🍀🍀 on making your final selection. I’m sure whatever you choose will be perfect !

  19. Image for Alleen Van Boven Alleen Van Boven

    I like 3 or 4. Probably more 4. I don't know if the last two would be too dark. But they are all great greys so you can't go wrong.

  20. Image for Gail Gail

    If your going with black and white with it I would go with 3 or 4. The others are too dark with black. 5 and 6 look bluish to me, if you go navy shutters then I like them.

    1. Image for Angela Angela

      I like four a little better than 3, but agree that 5 and 6 have a blue tint. One and two have a brown base so I don't seem them with black. Maybe paint a sample board of black and another of white too see which grey plays best with them. It's a lovely home.

  21. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I'd go with 2 or 3. My New England cape is Martha Stewart's Bedford Gray with Simply White trim and I love it. I went with a butter yellow door, but I think the black trim would be perfect on your colonial.

  22. Image for Carrie Carrie

    #6 or #2/3 (both are the same name, but they look like different colors) I think I remember you writing about choosing a color and you said to go one shade darker on the sample I picked #6 because I love #5. HA HA....does that make sense? My one other thought (not really, I have a million random thoughts..) is how much sun does the house get? Is it totally sun filled? Too light a color may wash out any contrast....if it is shady the dark color may be too much of a contrast....????? I cannot WAIT for the decision to be announced, and then see the house in the new colors! It's the love in the house that will shine to the outside of the house ~ and yours will be filled and shining out of every window!

  23. Image for Sue Sue

    I love Number 2! Friends with home in our historic district painted their home this color and it looks amazing and has held up well for many years.

  24. Image for Mir Mir

    I am a fan of 1, but it has a tan undertone on my screen. If I was going for the classic, grey colonial with white trim, and black accents that would look striking with what we usually see paired with a bright red door (think lipstick...), I would choose #3.

  25. Image for Jan Jan

    I agree with Linda, I love the sunny yellow it is now. I too am so over gray, it's depressing to me. I don't know what part of the country your new/old home is in but if you get lots of cloudy days there will be no sunshine in your life. If I have to pick one I would go with either #1 or #2 both Summit Gray.

  26. Image for Cora Chemidlin Cora Chemidlin

    I like #1 a nice taupe or #2 a cooler gray. The rest look too purple. A darker taupe would be nice too. I would definitely replace the wrought iron with white painted wood railings - it would look gorgeous! You can always add a little black on the front door and with lanterns and planters.

  27. Image for Deb Pelton Deb Pelton

    I like 2. Of course white would be nice with lipstick red door!? I know how stressful picking a paint color can be. The last two times we painted, I drove around and looked for colors on houses similar to ours, then knocked on the door sand asked. People are more than happy to share. Last house I got the full tour! I'm visual, so that's what works for me. Bottom line, whatever you do I'm sure it will be lively.😊🐝

  28. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Even before I scrolled through the comments, I chose #2. It's a "happier" color, to me! Whatever you choose, Miz karianne, it will be perfect and oh so amazing!

  29. Image for Suzy Suzy

    The house is BEAUTIFUL!!! I like #3 best. But, #2 and #3 have the same SW # and name. What a wonderful opportunity you and Mr. Twinkly Eyes have! To live in your childhood home! It just gives me goosebumps!

  30. Image for Mary Mary

    I prefer 2 or 3. I know whatever you end up choosing it will be a beautiful home both inside and out. I love love love your style!

  31. Image for Jo Ann Jo Ann

    I really hate to confuse you but please look at Benjamin Moore color Smoke Embers. I just did a house in that color and it's wonderful. It may look light on the chip but all that gray paint did make it darker. I used a gray primer underneath. Also I put a beautiful pinky coral door. And of course I planted Queens wreath (coral vine) on trellises in the front. Oh what a decision!!!

  32. Image for Mary Mary

    I vote for 2 or 3. The others are too blue. And the shrubbery has to go right? Those look like the kind of plants that get bagworms. But need to see them up close.

  33. Image for Rosanna Rosanna

    I'd choose #2..or #3..they seem to be "clean" grays(no blue or purple or ?? undertones)...! Love your blog, my daughter found you first and she said,"Mom, you should follow this blog, I really think you'd like it!" and Miss Mustard Seed became the first blogs I began following! !

  34. Image for Suzanne Bischoff Suzanne Bischoff

    I just sent you a pic of my house painted 4 years ago in Westchester it The entire interior is Colonnade Gray Happy house painting!

  35. Image for Brenda Brenda

    I love # 2. My house was painted a gray near this color for years and I loved it--but a few years ago we changed to white--which I love too. #2 is a nice true gray and still warm like someone else mentioned. The black will be great and maybe a pop of color on the front door. The house is beautiful.

  36. Image for Mary D Mary D

    No 2 At first I thought No 1 but on the larger swatch I see green undertones so I like the pure grey if No 2 the best. Best of luck ! Can't wait to see it finished.

  37. Image for Diania Abernathy Diania Abernathy

    I like 1- but I think it will look dingy over time because of the brown undertone. 2- is too light. 3 is getting better. I would pick #4!! 5&6 are too purple. IMHO 😍

  38. Image for Kelly Kelly

    At first glance I love number 4 it’s a great color and will look fabulous on this style home! I can’t wait to see the finished look.

  39. Image for Vaughna Kromann Vaughna Kromann

    I love the khaki tone of 1. But, 3 strikes me. It would give the house so much character from the curb with the red brick and black iron/shutters. Love the story. Love the blog. I especially love my state, TEXAS!

  40. Image for Rebecca Rebecca

    Number 4. 1 and 2 look too yellow on my iPad and 6 may have too much blue. The problem is that I'm sure they all look totally different when they're actually on the house. I love your decor so I'm sure you'll make the right choice, but thank you for including us!

  41. Image for Nancy Griffiths Nancy Griffiths

    I had to chuckle to myself...reading over all the comments, makes me think that you are going to be sorry you asked! The choices are all over the place! But because you choice is #2!!

  42. Image for Christina Christina

    I like number two. The first one has too much brown in it. I think the second is a true gray. When do you actually move in?

  43. Image for Rebecca Johnston Rebecca Johnston

    I worked thru the gray palette myself. Difficult! In different lighting situations some grays become purple and blue, as I'm sure you've discovered. I too love number one, but think it leans more toward khaki than gray - not a bad thing, but if your heart is set on gray my vote is Number Two Karianne. It will look stunning no matter what your final choice! Good Luck!

  44. Image for Lori Huffstetler Lori Huffstetler

    I would stay away from 4, 5, and 6. They all seem to have blue undertones...(gray is famous for that) My choice would be Stamped Concrete. Good luck!

  45. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    Well, you are going to have a tough time! There are so many different choices here in the comments! LOL! I would pick 2 or 3. Not too light and not too dark! I cannot wait to see all you are going to do to your new/old home!

  46. Image for Mari Mari

    I like number one or two. I think number two is my favorite but i think the others are too dark. However, I think you should go with your favorite!

  47. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I like 2 best. 3 is my second choice. Grey is really hard to pick. My bedroom is summer grey or as my husband says, white.

  48. Image for Susie Susie

    I like 5. The contrast is nice and it doesn't have the yellow. Hue to it! Blue hydrangeas would look pretty with it, too! Have fun and good luck with your move and new beginning.

  49. Image for Amy K Amy K

    My vote is for #2. My eye went to it immediately and I agree with the others that thought the darker colors might take on a purple tone.

  50. Image for Diane Anderson-Edwards Diane Anderson-Edwards

    If I were you, I would paint swatches of your favorites on the house and see how they look at different times of the day, how they look when you are across the street, and what color you gravitate to when you walk up to the house. Whatever color you choose, I think it must be on the lighter side. Your house is boxy, and with the ironwork and black touches you are planning, I agree with another comment that the wrong grey could make it appear like a prison or some other kind of institution, not a home. Looking at the colors on a computer screen doesn't allow me to advise you on your actual choice, but if you're going for "grey", I think the last two choices have too much blue in them.

  51. Image for Susan Susan

    I'm going with 4...... but I doubt that's going to help because we all chose different 😊 What color does your husband like? We are about to paint ours and it's going to be SW Web Grey with white trim. I actually painted my grandkids playhouse the web grey last year to see what it looked like in all the different light. So happy with it. Good luck, your new / old house is amazing!!!!!!

  52. Image for Brenda Brenda

    I agree with others comments regarding the purple undertones of 5 and 6. Especially in certain lighting. I would choose 3 or 4 depending on the amount of color saturation you want.

  53. Image for Marie-Line Vasseur Marie-Line Vasseur

    I would chose 6 because it is the one more harmonious with the nature surrounding the house! and it does a wink to the sky!

  54. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I like #6.........the others look faded and washed out. #6 has a lot of blue but the white trim will tone that down.

  55. Image for Susan Susan

    Welcome back home KariAnne! All good options- I like 2 or 3. 1 is a beautiful warm griege and 5 &6 are cooler tones that will play blue on rainy days. (My gray house is that kind of chameleon!) 4 is darker mid tone that might make house imposing rather than welcoming. 2 has the benefit of reflecting some of the hot summer TX sun.

  56. Image for Kimberly Rable Kimberly Rable

    For me it's 1, 2, or 3.... 1 would give you a classic, clean crisp look. 2 or 3 would put a little pep and color into the mix! Of those I like 1 the best...and that way, you can decorate outside for any season without clashing colors!😊

  57. Image for Carol Griffin Carol Griffin

    #2 is my favorite and I can see that with a "Lipstick Red" front door! Now that would definitely put your stamp on it!

  58. Image for Kathleen Flaa Kathleen Flaa

    Love love 2! A very good grey and will give good contrast with white 1 is too khaki/brown 3 soso 4, 5, 6 too blue

  59. Image for Lynn Lynn

    I would use #2 if you want a "true" grey or #5 if you lean towards the bluer greys. I think #1 looks too flat.and #6 is too bluish/purple. I Can't wait to see what you choose. ;)

  60. Image for Fran Fran

    Definitely #2. I think 1 and 3 are too green and 4, 5, and 6 are too dark. I love #6 but would cut it half and half with white. LOVE the house. The only way I could ever have been OK with you leaving the farmhouse was to move back into this house - you rock!!!! (And welcome home to Texas!)

  61. Image for Cathy Cathy

    They are all nice colors - any of them will look great. But It's impossible for me to pick which is best for your house because I can't see the roof color. I think it's very important for the color you choose to blend nice with your roof!

  62. Image for Leya Leya

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful house! I can't wait to see what you do. Color number 2 looks good. Number 1 does as well. Good luck.

  63. Image for Debbie Nolker Debbie Nolker

    Number 2 is gorgeous! You are such a talented designer though you could paint it orange and it would be beautiful!

  64. Image for Judy Judy

    I love either #4 or #6--leaning more heavily toward #6. They are all beautiful grays, but . . . I'm sure whichever one you choose will be perfect. Good luck. 💗💗

  65. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Here's my BIG opinion, based on what I think I know about you and what I've researched and read myself: Westchester Gray. BECAUSE, No. 1. has too much green in it and I think of you more as loving blues AND I read somewhere that if you're looking at shades of paint, always go with the darker shade. But here's where I'M stuck...I think Stamped Concrete would go beautifully with the black and white awnings and copper topper. Guess I'm not much help LOL. I sound just as undecided.

  66. Image for Carla Hanson Carla Hanson

    KariAnne... I am 50/50 between 4 and 5. I think a medium grey will look great with the black and white awnings and you can throw in some red geraniums on the front porch too!!

  67. Image for Linda Linda

    My favorite is #3. I think with a bright white on trim, the black wrought iron and the copper roof on the bay it would look stately. However you have awesome taste so whatever you choose you will make your home yours and it will be beautiful!

  68. Image for Paula Paula

    "Door" #1 for me😊 Saw this color, at least I think it was this color, on someone else's house with white trim and it was gorgeous....had to slow down and wonder if it was gray or beige...just loved it.

  69. Image for d cox d cox

    Well .....since you asked....You could go with the darker greys as it appears you have lots of light and that would mean the grey would not appear too harsh....and would allow for any door and shutter color........but, I think the softer grey of #1 is the best as it will allow for a bold choice in door and shutter color. This color would allow for the landscape to shine also. In such a lovely older home I personally think that it is important for the landscape to coordinate with the home. Happy Decorating..can't wait to see!

  70. Image for Chris Bannard Chris Bannard

    Hard to pick without seeing them on the siding. The amount of light you get will make all the difference. I am leaning to #4 because I think the lighter ones may wash out in the sunlight. Looking forward to seeing your choice on your house. Congratulations on the new adventure.

  71. Image for Mary Mary

    Spoken from experience...if the gray has a "blueish" undertone...cloudy days are not its friend...purple wants to leap out from that beautiful gray! When I had the opportunity to repaint, I chose a greige and now my house and I are much happier on those frequent cloudy days.

  72. Image for Linda Linda

    Definitely #4! Our house is that exact same color scheme. We used a color called Formal Gray. Sherwinn Williams can mix it for you. It's beautiful Good luck

  73. Image for Marilyn Thore Marilyn Thore

    It is hard to tell from a computer monitor because colors are not always reflected accurately. I am probably in the minority because, like you, I like #1 best primarily because it appears to be the only color choice that does not have blue undertones. Like another reader, I suggest you buy a quart of each and paint a section of the house, then look at it from different angles and at different times of the day. Also buy a couple yards each of cheap black & white fabric to tack up next to it to replicate your new awnings. Huge swaths of color reflect light and often will seem lighter than anticipated. Good luck, and eagerly awaiting photos of the newly finished exterior!

  74. Image for Linda V Linda V

    I would choose 1 or 2 and not weigh it down with a dark, heavy color but if you want a little darker, 3 is pretty as well. Do watch out for the sneaky purple undertones. I painted a room gray once and woke up to purple. The house is beautiful and you will make it even more stunning.

  75. Image for Christina Christina

    Well, I don't envy your decision, it is a tough one! Given what you've described about what your plan is for the exterior details of the house, #2 and #4 are my favorite. Sorry, I can't pick just one. I'm sure any of them will be wonderful. God bless you and your sweet family on your new journey!

  76. Image for Susan Susan

    Welcome back home KariAnne! All good options- I like 2 or 3. 1 is a beautiful warm griege and 5 &6 are cooler tones that will play blue on rainy days. (My gray house is that kind of gray chameleon!) 4 is darker mid tone that might make house imposing rather than welcoming. 2 has the benefit of reflecting some of the hot summer TX sun.

  77. Image for Barbara Warkentin Barbara Warkentin

    Choose 2. I see a slight green cast in 1 and the others head towards blue undertones. Or purple, as other's have suggested, but I'm sure you will run with your first instinct...

  78. Image for Robbin Robbin

    I'm probably the least qualified person to comment (LOL) but I say #2. It will be a wonderful "background" color, like a canvas, and let the accent colors of black and white and copper really stand out!! Can't WAIT to see what you do with the house. It will be stunning!

  79. Image for Trudi Trudi

    I didn't take time to read comments to see if I'm in the majority or the minority, but my eye keeps going to #2. The first one seems too much of a beige-grey, #3's not bad, 4-6 are a bit dark. I was in OH this past weekend and saw a beautiful home much like yours with the perfect grey exterior. I literally stood in the street and just stared, soaking in it's perfection. Not too beige, not too blue. Shoot. I should have knocked on the door and asked what they used.

  80. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Number 1 seems muddy to me. So my choice is #2 with a close second on #3. The rest I don't like. Too dark. The people in the house across the street from us painted their 2 story red brick with a very pale gray. Looks really nice. There's a free program online that allows you to visualize colors on your house. I can't remember if paint companies do that or not. That might help you decide. You'll pick the right one! I (we) have great confidence in you!!! ❤

  81. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    Oh Karianne!!! I am simply thrilled for you! What a joy to come home!!! I vote for number one. Just a pure beautiful gray. I can't wait to see what you do with your new old home. I have been out of the loop for awhile but I have your book, which is wonderful of course, and I'm back on track with my favorite girl. You will have to tell us how the kids feel about moving and when the big move will be!! Love, Linda

  82. Image for Kris Kris

    I don't like #1--looks beige to me, not grey--and I don't like #6--looks purple. Of course, seeing the colors in person under natural light would be better but as much as I like you, I don't think I"ll go to the paint store to do that for you. :) I'm leaning toward 4 or 5 but could be convinced with #3. However ... you have the magical touch, so I'm sure whatever you pick out will rock our worlds.

  83. Image for Pam Pam

    I would go with 2. We have many gray houses in our Texas neighborhood and the darker ones are not as welcoming. Happy for you in your new adventure, I know it will be wonderful, just like you!

  84. Image for Suzanne C Suzanne C

    Before I finished reading you liked number one, that is the one I chose...for it's hard-to-describe color, which makes it interesting in my opinion. Is it grey? Is it greige? Is it tan? I just painted my 1902 house Urbane Bronze with tons of Alabaster trim, so I like colors that make you think. Whatever you choose, I am sure it will be beautiful....and CONGRATS on your move!

  85. Image for Sandy Sandy

    I would choose #2. I've painted my brick house gray in the past. Going lighter rather than darker is better in my opinion. Some grays have two much blue. I prefer a silvery gray. Beautiful home.

  86. Image for Elaine Elaine

    Hello there from England! I chose number 1 straight away, before I even looked at your choice. It does seem to have more of a beige look though, when compared to the others. If you really want grey, then I would go for number 2. I look forward to watching your journey through an exciting time for you and your family. Although I must say, the home you have now, is so wonderful, and so rural, in a quite magnificent setting! it's my favourite home on the web. If I had to leave it I would cry forever! Having said that, I did the same, and moved to nurse my father when he could no longer cope on his own. I have NEVER regretted it and felt honoured to give some "payback" for all he did for me and mine. Every Blessing to you and the family xx

  87. Image for Kathy Vislosky Kathy Vislosky

    I love the warm tones of #1. In the others, I see varying degrees of blue. There are enough color options to make your head spin, but you'll choose the right one for you!

  88. Image for Chantelle Chantelle

    #5 seems to have the least amount of lavender in it...sometimes when grays fade they look purple... How fun! I envy all the decorating and organizing in your future!!! Blessings, C

  89. Image for KATHY B. KATHY B.

    Hi Karianne!..I am not a gray color fan, but my vote would be #6 for the bluish tint. Any color that you choose will be Fabulous!!

  90. Image for Connie Connie

    I vote for #2 or #3. For such a large house, my personal opinion is lighter would be better. The house across the street from me was recently painted one of the darker grays and it looks blue, not gray. Your so good at this though, you will pick the right color for you!

  91. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    I can see it all, island it's going to be so gorgeous! I love that house, and I love that you have so many sweet memories there and you will create so many more! I would choose # 2 it just seems to have the right tone. #1 kind of looks like putty to me, and the other colors are bluer. I just love number 2! Is always your choice my sweet friend,and you have amazing impeccable taste whatever you choose is going to be phenomenal!

  92. Image for Lauren Lauren

    I can't believe there are so many responses! But for what it's worth....if you are wanting to live with this a while., I would not go gray. I think it's a fad and will be on its way out. in another year or two. The home is so lovely and traditional. I would go with a tan that has undertones of a green. It would be very warm and look fabulous with black awnings.

  93. Image for judy judy

    I love the warmth of #1. It is a color I would classify in the greige family. #2 and #3 are also warmer grays. Once you get to #4 through #6 you are looking at a very blue gray. They also may read blue from the road.

  94. Image for Marie in AZ Marie in AZ

    Hi, Karianne!! I like #1. The others have undertones that may go wonky on you....I have a friend who painted her beach house gray, which took on a very lavender undertone! Not good!!!. #1 seems to be the most neutral, warmest gray. I can't quite determine what your roof color is, but it looks gray. Which paint color looks best with the roof color? Will it be gray overload??? eeek

  95. Image for Heidi @cloverlycottage Heidi @cloverlycottage

    #4 seems to have the right amount of warm & cool tones. What a gorgeous home and what a new & exciting change for your family. I’m looking forward to following along on this new journey 💙

  96. Image for Nicole Nicole

    5 is my number 1 pick & 4 is my second pick! I didn’t choose the lighter colors because they looked like green would be the undertone. What a fun adventure you’re embarking on. I can’t wait to see what you do with your new old home!

  97. Image for Joan Joan

    Go darker like 4 or 5. A house near me has the darker grey with lots of white trim and black shutters and it is stunnig in all seasons. All the colorful flowers really look wonderful all summer and in winter the Christmas decorations of wreaths, lights, and trees in the windows all really stand out........which in turn make the house stand out in a lovely way..

  98. Image for Peggy Wright Peggy Wright

    I'm with you, KariAnne. I like number one. It has just enough warm tone to it to go with the little copper roof over the bay window and bricks on the porch, and also provides a lovely contrast to the black shutters. No matter what you end up deciding, you will make it work. You always do.

  99. Image for kddomingue kddomingue

    Lol! You asked for big opinions and you got a bunch, now didn't ya? So I guess I'll add my BIG opinion to the mix. Ready? Number one reads beige, greige, khaki with a green undertone. Numbers two and three read as a true grey with three being ever so slightly darker. Neither appear to have blue, yellow, green or purple undertones. Number four has blue undertones ( think navy blue) and reads as a deep grey. Number five has brighter blue undertones (think cobalt blue) and reads as more of a greyed blue to me. Number six has purple undertones (think Barney) and reads more as a greyed purple. The roof shingles appear to have a greeish undertone and the house appears to receive a lot of shade from a tree/trees. It looks to have a lot of green as in trees and bushes around the house. I think those factors would cause number one to have a sickly cast and would intensify the cobalt and Barney in five and six and cause number four to appear darker and maybe stern? That leaves two and three both of which I think would work well with roof, vegetation, brick and ironwork. If I ad to choose between those two then I'd go with number two as it's a cleaner and crisper grey. Now, having said all of that.....looking at photos isn't giving us the nuances that you're seeing with the naked eye. (nonetheless, I still think the winner is number two, lol!)

  100. Image for Erin Erin

    4 or 5. For me it's hard to tell. Maybe if you can do one of those computer images with your house and do the different colors then, that might help.

  101. Image for laura laura

    You may have helped me as well. I like #3 Summit Gray. I like a warm gray. Congrats on your move. I too will enjoy seeing what you do next !

  102. Image for Marilyn Craighead Marilyn Craighead

    My vote is for 2. Not as dramatic as the darker shades, but i see a blueish purple in the darker shades. A beautiful home with a beautiful story to go with it. Congrats!

  103. Image for Deb Deb

    My choice is #4. It looks like a true gray without the blue or khaki undertones in the other samples. It will look great with the white and black accents. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  104. Image for Becky Becky

    I vote for 2 or 3, agreeing with one of the other commenters that they are great neutrals without a lot of undertones which means you can accent them more easily and they'll look great with whatever seasonal decorations you use. I'm so excited for you!

  105. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I would pick either #2 or #4. Our house is closer to #4 and the sun did fade it somewhat but I still love the slightly darker gray with white trim and the copper accent. Very exciting!!

  106. Image for Jere Jere

    BY the time I got here I almost forgot what I was going to'll never get to here anyway. My thoughts are First #1 and second #2..anything will look like a big Elephant and mask the charm of the house... Black & white awnings yes,,but with the lighter grey house paint. ..Okay at least I got that said even if never read. Lovely home and quite a change..but very familiar. Jere

  107. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    Oh, I have felt your pain! When we painted a house we built 17 years ago, yellow with a grey roof and white trim (loved that house and we had to sell it after 2 years), my sweet husband dangled from the second story gable window, changing from one large sample to the other, as I was standing across the street tilting my head from left to right and graciously yelling, " OK, honey switch it out with the third sample." :) I KNOW my neighbors thought I was crazy, BUT we got it right on the first painting! It's such a BIG decision and you don't want to get it so close to amazing but amazing, the first go around! It doesn't sound like you can have your husband dangle samples from the second story window, but if you can wait, I'd highly suggest you do that, because, as you know, paint colors looks so incredibly different in different lighting, even on the same surface different times of the day! These are my humble little thoughts regarding the color choices: 1. Your roof looks to be a lighter color grey. Picking too light of a grey ( like #1 or #2) will give a washed out appearance like this cute little bungalow: 2. You look to have a lot of foliage around your house, which will most likely give your home a little bit darker appearance, so going too dark, along with the dark awnings, and lighter roof, may give it a "bottom heavy" appearance. However, #6, Classic French would sure give it a dramatic appearance. With this color you may need to adjust the darker awning idea. Maybe window boxes or shutters would work better with this color. 3. My personal favorite is # 3, Summit Gray. It's not too light that it would be washed out with the roof color, and it isn't too dark that it would be give a "bottom heavy" appearance. I found this cute farmhouse with what looks like a similar roof color here in Summit Gray: Decisions, decisions! It's an absolutely beautiful home and I'm sure whichever one you pick will be so lovely! Prayer is the best answer!

  108. Image for Ellenann Ellenann

    If you're leaning more to the lighter side, #2. On the darker end, my money would be on #6. I love that one. I had a gray house for years, with white trim and a lovely pale blue door. Everyone loved those colors. Good luck!

  109. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    I like #2 for a light shade and #6 for a darker shade... but I'm really loving #6 as it seems to have some blue in it. That being said, they're all pretty and I'm not a grey person. I even like's different. Good luck choosing! 🤔

  110. Image for Crystal Chandler Crystal Chandler

    I'm all for #4. However---I have to say. We just painted our house, and I really wanted a deep blue/gray and I chickened out. After looking at the swatches painted on the siding, I just went back with the classic white with black shutters and red door. The swatches scared me! :)

  111. Image for Janice Byrd Janice Byrd

    There seems to be an equal number of opinions for each color, so it looks like you're back to where you were before you asked. I personally like #2 because it's the "greyish" of them all--not blue or taupe, just grey. Check out the other houses on the block. Since I live nearby, let me be the first to welcome you home. JANICE

  112. Image for sandi sandi

    My dear KA---so many opinions! Did you ask your kids their preference? Kids are so intuitive! I really don't mind which color you paint it---but I would like to sit "next to you on the bench." :-) You would make any gray shine like the sun. I agree that where you live will help determine your color---will you have lots of sun? Then you could go w/the darker color (because contrast would be more intense)---if not, then go w/the lighter shade. I do like the idea of shutters instead of awnings as awnings in the front seem dated (I am getting ready to put one in the back e/s/w side of our new deck). Black & white is classic & I am a petite, classic type so don't let me sway you. Go with your wonderful heart & I am completely certain it will be pretty "close to amazing."

  113. Image for Airyckah Lane Airyckah Lane

    You’re not going to like my answer lol I need to se wit next to the awnings, brick and copper lol.. the coloring will change when it’s against those colors lol so I would pick whichever one keeps the purity of colors in the other pieces lol.. ie: keeps the b/w awnings looking black and white lol

  114. Image for Toni Toni

    Go with the one that gets the most votes! Ha! I choose #3 for you based on the contrast you want. I was just in a house with about that depth of color, white trim and black accents. Loved it. If you go too dark....I think it could look dreary and too Halloween! My opinion. But, if I was painting MY house, I would choose #2 as I just prefer lighter colors overall. Also, darker colors on a house have more tendency to fade I've been told.

  115. Image for Ella Ella

    3 or 5 for sure! 5 for more drama. 3 for less drama but enough to still be attractive. Higher contrast = higher drama = attention getting (in a very good way). I have one additional thought...if you can find a way to sprinkle a couple more of those copper accents around, all the better.

  116. Image for Fran Gospodarek Fran Gospodarek

    I prefer 1 or 2 because they aren't as intense as the others. I think with the white and black accent colors and the pop of copper, your new home will blend in nicely with the earthy colors of nature.

  117. Image for Paula Carli Paula Carli

    You probably have enough comment by now, but my opinion is the darker the better. I think dark gray houses with the white trim and black accent is beautiful yet actually makes old houses look "modern". And the grays do fad, like yellows very quickly so the darker is better for long term color. So I pick what I think is the darkest, #4.

  118. Image for Deborah A Collins Deborah A Collins

    I like number one or number 6. You have that f stamp showing the number of the paint. I think the black looks the best with one and six. So I guess I would see what I think of the white next to those two colors. The other colors I do not like. I love picking out paint colors. So it's whether you want to go with the baiji tint or a bluish tint. I think you're number one is the best selection.

  119. Image for Cindy Cindy

    You are so amazingly talented with such a beautiful heart! I have loved learning about you and your family through your posts. Thank you for being you and so inspirational! Whatever you do with your house it will be beautiful just like you....My first impressions for gray went to #2 and then #3. So happy for you!

  120. Image for ellen b ellen b

    The former professional painter in at this old house, my hubby, says 1-2&3 are too light to get a good contrast. He would go with 4-5-or 6 , with the lighter of those three if you live in an area that gets real hot. Have fun choosing! I like #5

  121. Image for Jillian Jillian many comments and opinions! So if you see this comment here is an idea...We own a commercial painting company and I am a designer as it happens. As you say, you will live with this a long time so I recommend you buy quarts of the three colors you like most and paint on some very big sections next to some painted white trims in three sections of the house and then stand across the street to look at it. Do this at different times of day. Wait a few days and do the one you like most. That being said I love your color ideas and gray houses with white trim are so nice. I personally prefer the darker gray contrast with white. (such as 4) Lighter gray can look a bit washed out or faded. And also when the whole house is painted the color will expand. The color it is now is washed out and does not do the house justice. Deep taupe-y colors also look nice with back and white or cream. Number 6 has a lot of lavender but some love that..sort of like the San Francisco Victorians. Best of Luck. You have excellent taste and you will love what you do. The awnings sound pretty too.

  122. Image for Marg Marg

    None of them! Go with white and accent with a gray, or black, on the porch. Use gray for planters and stones. A gray house is a little....moody....and I am gray's BFF, but need to tell the truth!

  123. Image for Kaye Kaye

    I would just suggest that you look at all of those colors throughout the day in the different light and shadows. You would want a true gray. Not khaki gray nor blue gray nor yellow gray. I personally love the darkest gray with white trim and black accents.. You have great taste so you can’t go wrong. Trust your instincts. Love your blog!

  124. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    It took a long time to get to the bottom of the! Now that I'm here...if it were my house, I would choose one of the darker #5! It's a nice and rich colour...besides, that says it all. Can't wait to see what you choose...I'm sure it will be wonderful, especially with white trim and black awnings! Enjoy your day! ;)

  125. Image for Suzie Suzie

    First of all, congratulations. In terms of paint colors I like numbers four and five. I know whatever you choose will be just this side of amazing. I hope all is well with you and all your family. As an avid fan, looking forward to reading about this new journey in your life. God Bless.

  126. Image for Judy H Cranford Judy H Cranford

    I think 1-3 are too light. I don't think the contrast with the white trim will work as well. I think 4-6 are good, but my preference is #5. Good luck! Can't wait to go through this journey with you.

  127. Image for Joy Pinkerton Joy Pinkerton

    Number four! I had a gray house and you need the depth of color to make it pop! I had to have mine repainted one time because it was too light! ;)

  128. Image for Pat Pat

    Beautiful home. I like number 4 with the black accents. The folks across the street from me painted their house about that color, maybe a tad darker, and it is fabulous! I thought it would be too dark, but they knew better than me & it's terrific! Also, I'm wanting to hear about your Kentucky home. I'm from Kentucky and long for it and the countryside.

  129. Image for beverly e beverly e

    Taking your roof color into consideration, I vote #2. It's more of a true gray, IMO. Three is pretty, but too close to roof color and four thru six are very blue.

  130. Image for Kristi Kristi

    Hi! I'm sad that yall had to move away from Kentucky but I completely understand that family always come 1st!!! I love this house & a tiny bit jealous...LOL! I personally would pick #3 or #4. I think they are a good combination in between. Not to dark, not to light, not to blue, & not to green...but whatever you decide, it will be beautiful!!!

  131. Image for Michele Michele

    #2 - it's a nice neutral grey - I loved #1 too but it may read too beige. anything after #2 gets bluer and bluer. Of course everyone's monitors are different so it is tough, but I don't think you can go wrong with the first two - but they're ALL wonderful. My sister's neighbors at her lake cottage just painted theirs grey - and chose a bluer grey and it does look fabulous with white trim and black accents, too. KA, you will nail it - you always do. ♥ Have a great weekend.

  132. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Good luck deciding with all of us chiming in😂! I'm loving number one, classic. It would be timeless and complement the awnings. Whatever color it is and will continue to be a beautiful home!

  133. Image for Anne Pilley Anne Pilley

    Honestly? I wouldn't listen to any of us because the colours don't translate truly on our screens. I would go to my favourite paint store and ask them if they have a decorator on staff who will come to your home and give you a hand choosing your colour. Don't forget your roof will still be the same and any colour you choose has to work with it as well. The last thing you want is your paint to give a blue cast and your roof a green cast or something equally undesirable. There may be a charge for the housecall but ending up with exactly what you want is priceless. Good luck and we all look forward to seeing the end result. P.S. I worked for years helping people pick framing choices for their artwork. I know what the wrong colour can do and I don't want that for you. Your home is lovely!

  134. Image for Robyn Gist Robyn Gist

    I like #2 or #3. I think #1 is a bit light and the rest have a blue tone to them. Good luck, I have the hardest time picking out paint colors. When I lived in Paducah, my neighbor had an interior design degree and always picked out my paint perfectly.

  135. Image for CathyAnn CathyAnn

    Whatever you choose, YOU will make it work! That said if your preference is for a softer look, #2 is a classic shade that goes well with the style of your new home plus will coordinate perfectly with the shingles, white trim and black wrought iron.

  136. Image for Shelly Shelly

    #2! We have a house we rent out, it is a dark gray and it is too dark! It looks so drab. You like light, so I say #2. 😀. Blessings

  137. Image for Dot Dot

    They're all lovely colors but #3 is the most pleasing to my eyes...the closest to a true grey. Good luck...but I'm sure whichever you choose will be stunning on such a beautiful home.

  138. Image for Andrea Troyer Andrea Troyer

    #2 Stamped Concrete , #1 looks to taupe and the other colors have way to much blue in them. The Stamped Concrete looks like a really nice gray and the black railing would look reallly nice with it. Also going forward if you wanted to change the colors around the house like shutters or whatever it's a very natural shade. Good luck ! It's a beautiful house and I'm sure you will pick a beautiful color that's right for you.

  139. Image for Cris Cris

    I like 3- dark enough for contrast but not too dark. 4-6 are toooo purple for me. Anything will be beautiful on this beauty though.

  140. Image for Cassandre Cassandre

    Gorgeous house! #4 will look gorgeous with both the red brick and copper, as well as the black and white. #4 will also hold its coloring longer in the Texas sun. Enjoy the new home!

  141. Image for Carol Claremont Carol Claremont

    I like 1 or 2 - I first chose 1 but then when I went back and looked again, I couldn't decide between 1 and 2 - I am sure you will choose th3e right one!

  142. Image for Liz Thomas Liz Thomas

    Without reading your own leanings, I chose number 1 immediately....gut instinct!! can't actually give you a reason in words!!! But I do have one more comment. I learned when moving from the west coast to the east coast that colors varied due to the kind of natural light that differs in various geographical areas, so check out the colors outdoors by your new home!!! Awesomely happy for you!!!!

  143. Image for Andrea Andrea

    #2 Stamped Concrete , # 3 is nice too ,#1 looks more taupe and the other colors have way to much blue in them. Numbers 2 & 3 looks like really nice grays and the black railing would look reallly nice with it. Also going forward if you wanted to change the colors around the house like shutters or whatever they are very natural shades . Good luck ! It's a beautiful house and I'm sure you will pick a beautiful color that's right for you. Blessing on your new/ old home.

  144. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    I guess it would depend on your orientation- is the house east-west or north-south facing? I'd choose #3 since it is in the middle dark/light range. I've always been successful in painting samples on the house and watching it in different light. Good luck. The current color doesn't do anything for the beautiful architecture.

  145. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    I guess it would depend on your orientation- is the house east-west or north-south facing? I'd choose #3 since it is in the middle dark/light range. I've always been successful in painting samples on the house and watching it in different light. Good luck. The current color doesn't do anything for the beautiful architecture.

  146. Image for Bobbi Jo Bobbi Jo

    I choose #2. Just a thought...we just painted our house which has Hardy Board on it a color by Sherwin Williams called Pussywillow. I'm very pleased with it because it looks like it's supposed to look...grey. It's not purple or blue like some greys look and it doesn't look muddy.. The garage doors and all of the trim is white and we have black shudders. The roof is dark grey/black. Good luck. I know what your going through :-). You have a beautiful home. Bobbi Jo

  147. Image for Linda Linda

    Definitely number two. The last few are so dark and your home is so large, and that’s coming from a person who lived a very long time in the deepest chocolate colored house you’ve ever seen. I just think two will be crisp and look great with the awnings you’ve planned on. Just curious, why not shutters?

  148. Image for Sara D Sara D

    I like 4 or 5 because the blue in them will complement the orange of the copper and contrast nicely with the white accents without going too blue or purple. The home is beautiful and I can't wait to see you put your KariAnne stamp on it! And how special it is your childhood home!!!

  149. Image for Eli Eli

    Well, I am completely on the opposite side of the spectrum...I see 2 or 3 being the better options. Simply, these two are more true gray tones. The others seem to be more on the blue tint, while 1 is more on the greige side. I believe you can pull off your plan better without a lot of blue in the background. Just my opinion. :-)

  150. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Since I am totally not a blue person, I, of course, like the first option, the sort of putty color. Rushing River. What a lovely name. And, remember, this gray thing is going to pass! Just my opinion.

  151. Image for April April

    All great options! This past spring we painted our house SW Classic French Gray with black shutters and white trim. It looks amazing and I get so many compliments on the transformation.

  152. Image for Michelle Michelle

    If you want true gray, #2 or #3 get my votes! #1 goes taupey and the others are heading towards periwinkle. (which is my favorite color, truth be told!) I'm excited to be a newbie to your blog! And I'm doubly excited to join you as you begin a new chapter in your life!

  153. Image for Elaine Elaine

    I pick #4. It is difficult to pick isn't it. If we totaled up all the time we have spent deciding on paint colors it would probably be a year!! Enjoy your new (old) home. Will love keeping up with all your projects. God bless.

  154. Image for Diane Diane

    I like the house the way it is...I am soooooooo over gray. Since when is anything other than gray, a dirty word. The yellow looks so fresh and bright. If I had to pick one of the grays I would go for 3.

  155. Image for Marnie Marnie

    Right away my eye went to #2. I think black shutters and white trim would look awesome. It's a beautiful home.

  156. Image for Terri Terri

    Taking into consideration the other colors and the brick ... I am leaning towards #2 or #3..... Btw.... the house is absolutely wonderful gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

  157. Image for Khadija Khadija

    I think number two, "Stamped Concrete" would be best because it's a solid grey and it's modern. The darker greys have too much blue in them. The first grey is nice but it's very khaki and I think it would look out of daet too soon. :)

  158. Image for Heather Wright Heather Wright

    4 2-3 read a little green 5-6 read a little blue Gorgeous house - can't wait for the renovation posts!

  159. Image for liz liz

    #2 or 3 because 4, 5 & 6 look too purplish and 1 looks greenish. You have fantastic taste and I'm positive whatever u choose will look wonderful.

  160. Image for Jan Jan

    I like number 1 - it's a little warmer and would coordinate well with almost any color when it comes to trim/shutters/etc. They are all great choices - good luck!


    Kari Anne, what a beautiful home you have! It's so nice! I love #4 Westchester Gray! However, no matter which one you decide to go with, your home will look wonderful! Blessings!

  162. Image for Diana Diana

    I love #2 .. it seems light and airy and welcoming ... and will stand the test of time. Blessings to you and your family on this big change!

  163. Image for Donna G Donna G

    #3 or #4, Summit or Westchester With the great windows and trim, I'd choose a color that has some depth and strength of its own. I also believe either of these colors will be gorgeous with the copper. The choice between these two colors would depend on how they look with the existing roof if it is not going to be changed at this time. I am over-the-top happy for you and your family!

  164. Image for Kelly Odorisio Kelly Odorisio

    I like #2. Best wishes to you and your family in your new/old home. So excited to see all that you do with this house. Ps. Just purchased your book. Going to read it on a holiday in San Francisco and Napa Valley. Cannot wait!

  165. Image for Suzi Suzi

    I say 4 or 5.....really love 5 !! It's different and stunning than the others!!!! I'm an interior designer, so I do this all the time, it matches the's not just about color it's about what will look best on its features! So I firmly say 5 with out a doubt! Beautiful 😊

  166. Image for Judy Judy

    If I had to choose a gray it would be number 1. It’s a classic neutral color that will last ages. Personally, I would paint it yellow with a red door.

  167. Image for Ricki Jill Treleaven Ricki Jill Treleaven

    As an artist, I can tell you that you want a medium to dark gray that will complement the brick steps and white trim. I absolutely love Benjamin Moore's Amherst Gray. It is a classic, and your pretty white columns and trim will pop. Also, I would paint your front door Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue. It has a hint of green that would compliment your brick steps. :) I know Amherst Gray is darker than most of your choices, but it is soooooo *pretty*

  168. Image for Nell T Nell T

    I like #3 or #2. Number 1 reads beige to me and #4 and #5 have strong blue undertones to me. A house is a really big object and I think which ever color you pick will seem darker on the house than it does on the small sample.

  169. Image for Tina Tina

    4!! I like 2 also, but that reads as light gray to me, not medium gray, and you said you wanted medium gray. Good luck deciding! Can't wait to see how it comes out.

  170. Image for Cheryl Brown Cheryl Brown

    I like 3 and then 6 kinda had a purplish hue to it on my screen. Purple is my favorite color so I'm naturally drawn to it..

  171. Image for Jenni Jenni

    Go with the Westchester Gray. The other grays, I think, are either too wimpy and wanna-be's or too dark. You want a gray that will make the white crisp and the black bold and it all to work together so beautifully. With that dark gray, the autumn golds and ambers and oranges will look amazing, as will the dark green of evergreens and the explosion on red. On gray days, you don't want your house to slip into the sky and anonymity, which would happen with the wimpy grays. Too dark and the black of your railings kind of merge rather than compliment. I went to that color immediately. It will look FABULOUS!!

  172. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    I like numbers 2 and 5.....but know it will look amazing whatever color you choose! Am anxious to see how it turns out! Happy Friday, Friend!

  173. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Oh KariAnne, I know what you're going through. I wanted a gray for a guest room. No, I didn't paint patches to decide. I was in such amazement that my husband was going to paint. So I went with a gray that I thought I would like, not love since I didn't have any idea if this gray would be a-ok. First coat, looks good. Second coat...oh, it has a blue cast to it. Hey, the room is painted, new drapes ,new table lamp, and new spread which now makes me happy. My rock star husband painted our bedroom too. I went with greige. Love it. So safe. My choice for your house is #3. Whatever gray you choose, your house will look striking!

  174. Image for Shelley Summerville Shelley Summerville

    It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing the outside picture! I like all the colors but if I were to paint it I would choose #2, it always looks darker once it's up. Whatever you do will be gorgeous!

  175. Image for Debbie Holt Debbie Holt

    I would choose #2. I think it’s the best “true gray” one. I can’t envision awnings over 4 front windows. The upper ones seem too close to the roofline and maybe it’s just me, but doing 4 awnings when you have 5 front windows seems a bit odd to me. But hey; you’re the expert and I love everything you do!

  176. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    I think all of the colors are great choices. I do feel that the first ones have less blue in them. I suppose it depends on the look you are desiring. I think the house is a beauty and she will be happy with anything you choose for her. You always do such an amazing job. I am excited to read about all of your new adventures in Texas. Thanks for your continual honesty as you share your life experiences. Cheryl

  177. Image for Celeste Celeste

    Personally, I like number 1, but I think it isn't as grey as the others you've chosen so I would pick number 2. It is really more neutral and I think whatever accents you put with it throughout the year will look good. Think red at Christmas, orange in the Fall, or pretty pink Spring flowers. I know whichever you choose it will look great.

  178. Image for Sandra Vigil Sandra Vigil

    I vote #2. It's more of a classic gray without the blue/purple under tones. I’m sure which ever color you pick,it will look fabulous.

  179. Image for Debbie S. Debbie S.

    I love that it is yellow. But, if it has to have a new gray color, I love #2. It's a beautiful home and when you get done with it, it will be even more beautiful

  180. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I LOVE #2 and think the black will look gorgeous with it...I'm sure you'll make the perfect decision. We'll miss you here in Kentucky!!

  181. Image for Kathy Hughes Kathy Hughes

    Why do you want gray? I love warmth, and I can hardly wait for this gray trend to end! I love your taste, but I have to say, gray is my least favorite color. I would repaint it a warm creamy yellow or a beautiful sage. Of course, it's your home, and you're the expert. It will be beautiful no matter what you choose. It's a gorgeous house! Hope I haven't been too opinionated. I've never even left a comment before. Love your blog! :)

  182. Image for Cindy Richter Cindy Richter

    I hope you plan on picking your 3 faves and painting them on two different sides of the house?! You need to do that and live with it for a week while looking at them in the morning, afternoon and evenings. You've got a tough decision. I like #1. Has anyone liked that but me? Bless you heart honey child. I can hardly wait to see what you choose!

  183. Image for Juliana Juliana

    I like 4 as it looks like a true gray and not a blue gray....gorgeous home and I know you will make it all beautiful....may you have many blessings in your new home..

  184. Image for Charley Charley

    HAND UP............I vote for 4 because your roof is grayish and I feel you need to go a little stronger to contrast. Also paint fades a little, literally and visually. I'd hold off on the shutters until you see the house painted. Maybe the white trim will just pop w/o shutters. I have the same thing over my bay and have been considering painting it copper. I'm anxious to find out what color you choose because I'm afraid mine will come off too bright. Although I have 'brought down' color like that with a brownish oil stain swiped on with a cheesecloth to make it look like aged copper. Great decision to paint a gray. Just be sure it has no blue in it. I recently made that mistake on my interior and had to have all the common areas repainted. ):

  185. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I love #1 with touch of green, and #2 for soft color and will look great with the awnings. The other colors are more predictable for the style of the house and are strong colors. What fun and a beautiful home to “play” with.

  186. Image for Colleen Colleen

    I like #1. The undertones in the others just look too blue or too lavender, at least to me. Good luck, it's a beautiful house!

  187. Image for Emily Emily

    4, 5 and 6 all read blue on my iPad and 1 and 2 very yellow/khaki so by what I see that leaves 3 but these never look the same on out screens. I know you will certainly make the correct decision and can't wait to see the finished product. This is a lovely home but I will surely miss the old home.

  188. Image for Sue Sue

    I would so choose #1. Your house is very elegant. The others are much too blue and purple. I think you would tire of them. Your house also has an historical feel to it. I think #1 is more subtle and will allow the house to shine. What a dream come true for you.

  189. Image for Betty Baker Betty Baker

    I like #2 Rushing River for no particular reason ,just because I do. Good Luck I am sure you will pick the right one. It looks like ab absolutely beautiful home .

  190. Image for Sheri Moore Sheri Moore

    You have wonderful taste, but #1 would be my choice---love the brown-grey neutrality, and it is not so trendy. I love grey and just had my home painted SW Gantlet Grey. # 2 is my second choice for your beautiful home. All the others are too blue or purple. Please don't do that to this gorgeous home as this lady needs dignity and simplicity. Just needs to be freshened. Welcome HOME.

  191. Image for Libby S. Libby S.

    Love the new home. Our first house was a 100 year old farmhouse. We painted it a soft gray with white trim and black fixtures. Our large bedroom was also a soft gray. I never tired of the color and loved that I could add different accent colors at different times. #3 would be my choice hands down.

  192. Image for Sandra Sandra

    Beautiful home. I think the roof color should also coordinate with the color. #5. I can't wait to see the pictures.

  193. Image for Janet Janet

    My favorite is probably #4. Dark enough but not too dark. You ask 100 people you'll get all diff opinions. #1 to khaki. Last one too bluish. I'd paint a section of the front with 2-3 choices and look at it from the street in all different lighting. I'm sure whichever you pick will look fabulous!

  194. Image for Linda Linda

    Hi! I vote 4,5, or 6. Darker is better I think. Regardless as a veteran painter you know swatches in different light can really make a difference with greys. Have fun. Linda

  195. Image for judith judith

    Karianne, all of them BUT number one look blue. That's fine and they are pretty colors, but you said you want gray. Number one is a true gray. When you said the "room" over the bay window will be copper, did you really mean to use the word "roof?" Also, if you are going with the gray and black accents, the front door should be pink, with black sidelights and black trim around the door only. My opinion is worth what you paid for it! Good luck!

  196. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    #1 - Rushing River has my vote! I'm so sure which ever color you's going to look F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!

  197. Image for Lisa Shultz Lisa Shultz

    I think 3 or 4 but have you ever considered a darker gray? Gauntlet Gray SW 7019 is a stunning color and would look great! Not trying to make you crazy, lol, just sharing a color I fell in love with when I used it as an accent wall in the master bedroom. I'm sure whatever you choose will be beautiful!!!

  198. Image for Julie Whittington Julie Whittington

    Hands down no contest for me #1 with a bullet! That color will go with all of the other elements you are choosing. Love it & the house!!

  199. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    Hello. #3 was my pick. Going by what you wanted a medium gray color. #1 has a lot of yellow and 4,5, and6 have a lot of blue tones. But regardless of what I think...I know you’ll select the best one and it will be beautiful! So happy for you to be back “home.” 😊

  200. Image for Christine Christine

    I vote for #1 or #2. Personally, I think the last three colors are too dark. I used to live across the street from a house similar to yours. They painted it dark gray, and it looked like a big gray battleship. Dark colors tend to age a house faster than light colors, and sometimes they will fade out. Would love to see some contrasting shutters across the top front facade windows with window boxes on the outer two windows. Just my two cents (worth just about that). Anyhoo, congratulations on your new house! I know whatever you do will make it a wonderful home!

  201. Image for Libby Libby

    My personal pick for me would be #1, but I think #2 looks more like a shade you would choose, and it would be perfect on your beautiful house!

  202. Image for Denise Williams Denise Williams

    It's 4 hands down for me If your looking for a true medium gray. I went through the same thing trying to find a true gray for my bathroom. Good luck and I know what ever you chose will look awesome.

  203. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Hello.. I like 1 the least, too taupe. Maybe 2 or 3. The others look good on a little sample but I think they may be too much on such a big area. Can you see what the colors look like with your roof color because looking up at the house they will need to look good together. We're renovating a bathroom now, then next is painting the house. Its cedar and I'm thinking of going a grey/weathered cedar color. Good luck.

  204. Image for Rosalyn Rosalyn

    My first thought was #2, but when there was no yellow~ish background I changed my mind to #5. I love the look that is playing in my head with #5 complemented by white trim and black & white awnings! I know whatever you choose will be beautiful and the happiness of returning HOME will shine through.

  205. Image for Lynne Lynne

    I just read Janet's idea to paint parts of the front in different samples to see how they look in the light. Such a good idea!

  206. Image for Myra Freshwater Myra Freshwater

    You have so many comments!!! I prefer warm colors (especially for such a lovely warm home!). I think #1 will feel more gray than taupe when applied. I favor the 1st or 2nd choice. The darker ones seem cool which don't seem best for your "new" home. 😍

  207. Image for Sue Sue

    Here is my two cents worth. By the time you buy the paint and hire a painter, you will have to cash in your war bonds.. You definitely will have to live with the color for a loooong time,so be very careful. To me, gray is not a fad but a long enduring custom look. I'm voting for #2.

  208. Image for Sherri Sherri

    I say #2 but what do I know, it took me 2 months to decide on my bedroom color and over a year for the living/dining rooms lol but Whatever you choose it will be beautiful. Can't wait to see the transformation.

  209. Image for Kimberly Bruhn Kimberly Bruhn need a tally sheet to keep track of all the votes! I like the darker (3-6) grays...and we, painted our house a gray that tends to go a bit lavender or blue in certain lights. Since we did the painting ourselves (to save $$$) we will, ahem, be living with that tone for a few years. Next, I would definitely go for a darker gray because we have white trim and a a red, metal roof and I love that look! I would narrow it down to two tones and maybe put a bit up on each side (that matters to you) so you can view it at all times of day...we just put ours on one side and, of course, THAT side never looks lavender! love the house, btw...and good luck with your next set of adventures!

  210. Image for BJ BJ

    So many great comments! For "realz" as they say, you need to consider roof color and exact color, stripe width, and overall size of awning . . Direction and strength of sun, . . Etc. Look at examples the grab a program where you put in your picture then add the colors and details . . We know it will be wonderful! (And did you know apparently the White House had awnings (black & white?) at one time?) Ideas:

  211. Image for Faye Faye

    I love #4 with white trim and black shutters, a red front door would be so inviting. No awnings tho, every time I see them on a beautiful house I think funeral home. There are several gray homes in my area and I just love them. Good Luck!!!

  212. Image for Theresa Theresa

    How awesome to be able to purchase your childhood home. It's a beautiful house and we get to see how you put your decorating touches and finishes on it... In looking at everything you need to tie in together, I select color #2 as my first choice and #4 as my second choice. Can't wait to see what you choose and how your house looks after it's painted. Many Blessings in your new/old home...

  213. Image for Jen Jen

    I love gray too, and am always looking for ways to work it in to my scheme. Here's a recommendation: if there's one you are leaning toward (right amount of brown/blue/etc.), but it is too dark, start adding white until it is the saturation you like. We did this with our kitchen color a few years ago, and the result was just right. To this day, people say, "Oh, I like this green/gray/blue wall color!" Best advice from our very experienced painter -- it "reads" differently to everyone!

  214. Image for Tami Tami

    My pick is #5 which looks true gray. Others are either too greige or too blue. Love the house and can't wait to see all the projects along the way! Congrats!

  215. Image for Arlie Boutwell Arlie Boutwell

    Check out SW Jogging Path, its the best house color in the world... Its not grey its not beige its just perfect..If you don't listen to me # 2. LOL

  216. Image for Lori Lori

    So many opinionated readers! Aren't you lucky?! I think 4/5/6 have too much red in them and thus will read blue/lavender, and then the whole color scheme would be too July4th-ish. I'd go with the most neutral gray, which is #2 on my screen.

  217. Image for Kate Kate

    I like #1. However, I really think if you were blindfolded and spun around several times that you couldn’t choose a wrong one.

  218. Image for Debra Debra

    I like 2 because though I love gray it seems to absorb light if you go darker like3-4-5. 2 just seems more flexible 😀

  219. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    On my monitor ~ I prefer the actual grayness of 2! Love it on your floors, and think the house will shine with this choice. 1 and 3 have beige & green tones, and 4, 5 & 6 have too much purple and/or blue ... This is just my opinion, as someone who wanted the exact color of the grey mortar on our brick exterior, and my choice "turned" on me ~ to a green!! I was out of town and didn't see the green" cast" in the phone pix hubby sent to me during progress! Be sure you either do tests, or are there,and can halt progress if unhappy! At least ours is only trim!

  220. Image for Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations

    #2 would be gorgeous with the copper and the awnings! Such a lovely home, KariAnne! I'm so happy for you all.

  221. Image for Toni Harris Toni Harris

    I like number 2. Number 1 appears to have a little yellow tone in the picture. 4, 5, and 6 appear to lean toward blue gray in the picture. Not sure you would get the contrast you are looking for with 2, but the awnings will take care of that.

  222. Image for Jill Jill

    I vote #1 or #2. How hot is Texas in the summer? Because Alabama in July can feel like the face of the sun and dark homes seem to radiate heat. Be kind to your AC and your landscaping! I have faith you will select the perfect color.

    1. Image for Margaret Mills Margaret Mills

      I have revere pewter in the main living area of my house and it is very light, so I would think it might look too washed out and pale for the exterior of the home which probably gets sun , which further will fade it. I do love the revere pewter inside b/c I can use so many colors for the furniture covers and accessories.

  223. Image for Tori Tori

    What color is the roof? Can we see a close up of the shingle color? That will make a difference in which paint color to go with, unless it's getting re-roofed also.

  224. Image for brenda brenda

    Two REALLY important pictures are missing. The close up/true color of the shingles on your roof (which will contrast of complement the paint color) and the color if the trim you will use. A house color that is almost identical to the shingles on your roof will wash out the paint color and make the architecture fade. Like one big gray box... and the trim is important because it should be used to enhance the paint.

  225. Image for Dawn Dawn

    4, totally 4. The first few are too light to be outside colors; beautiful but all of the outside light will lighten it even more. The two darker colors have too many other hints of color. 4 = beautiful outside gray.

  226. Image for Carol@BlueskyatHome Carol@BlueskyatHome

    If you want medium grey I'd go with #3. But it also depends on how much sun the house gets. the more sun, the lighter the color will look. Gosh, this is hard, looking at it on the WWW. I think you just need to paint big swatches on the house and look at it in different light ~ sunny and cloudy days.

  227. Image for Ginger Ginger

    Welcome back to Texas! If I had to choose from the swatches I see on my computer screen, I would choose #4 ... can't wait to read all about the big move and move-in! Your McKinney ecclectic fabric friend, Ginger

  228. Image for Mary Reeves Mary Reeves

    Hi Karianne. As an older reader, and a designer, I would definitely go classic. Not trendy. #1 is my fav because it is greige and warmer. My second choice would be #2. The others are way too dark for a classic colonial. The darker colors will look purple or blue. Although I love blue I wouldn't want an entire house that strong of a color. The house is gorgeous! I think it is wonderful you get to finish raising your children where you grew up with such wonderful memories. Bless you, Mary

  229. Image for Katie Williams Katie Williams

    I think # 5 cityscape would be great. Gray with white and black is one of my favorites for paint. What a charming house.

  230. Image for Dorothy Dorothy

    I like 3. And I agree, this is a beautiful house. Reminds me of my grandfather's on the farm. A big square beautiful box. With a slid-able bannister.

  231. Image for Lori Lori

    My choice would be #4 - Westchester Grey, because it’s a nice, medium grey and will stand out nicely against the white trim. Didn’t care for #1 - #3 #5 has too much of a blue hue, and #6 too much of a lavender hue. All the changes you have described sound amazing. Can’t wait to see the finished product!!

  232. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    I think #2 will be easier to live with over the years. It is a light grey and will contrast nicely with the black awnings, wrought iron, and red brick.

  233. Image for Margaret Mills Margaret Mills

    #4 Westchester Gray. I recently built and moved into our retirement home on the lake. I painted multiple samples of light and medium grays on the Hardie plank siding before deciding and finally chose one of the Home and Garden collection of Sherwin Williams, Highland Gray HGSW 2444. The lighter grays looked anemic and faded at the get-go, so they were eliminated quickly. I then used many medium Gray samples and Highland Gray was the best of all of the samples: it was rich and color saturated, had a blue undercolor and looked very classic with the Simply White trim and the classic black shutters and front door. Your #4 is very similar in color to the Highland Gray which I selected. I also used some ledge stone on 2 areas of the front of the house and around the base of the house. The Highland Gray coordinated perfectly with the varying tones of Gray , deep burgundy, dark gray, deep blue found in the stone. I then had flower boxes built for 2 front windows on the stone and now I'm not sure whether to paint the boxes Gray or whita or even the burgundy or deep blue. Any suggestions would help. PS: This is my most favorite site that I follow. Your personality, funny anecdotes, faith and family attitude just makes me smile and fills my heart with happy. Of course. the unruly curly hair. (me too), bright lavendar toenails, and the red lipstick make you rock too. Thanks for brightening my day!

  234. Image for Sherry Barylak Sherry Barylak

    I like 4 I had a beige grey house and a blue gray house - I really prefer the crispness of blue grey on the outside of a house and I like it to be a little darker rather then light - gives it a nice clean new look - lighter can look faded I think. My husband bought ten grays when I was painting my kitchen and family room - I know exactly what your going through and how tricky they can be - but I also feel like I learned a lot from the experience. Also thank you for including us. I have never commented before but I love your site and you are just a kind and beautiful person.

  235. Image for Mary Mary

    4 or 5 is my vote and then I scrolled to see what the consensus was and see there isn't one! Pick what you love.

  236. Image for mdn mdn

    Hope that Mr. Twinkling Brown Eyes and you are doing well, and that your "young'uns" (not so much anymore) are making lots of new friends and adjusting to their new environs. My FIRST suggestion to you is to plant a tree - of the same species - in the place where your dad planted his. And, as in the stories you've told us about him and said tree, be prepared to baby it. What fond memories for you and new ones for your family this new tree will bring! Now, for paint color recommendations, I can go only with #1. (The others feel "cold" to me.) #1 will tie in nicely with your roof and the planned bay window copper roof (which will progress to verdigris.) #1 will look more natural and tie into your greenery, too. (PS, I like your plantings!) For the door, well, I'd make it as shiny as possible - like those seen on posters showing doors of Europe. It'll take lots of prepping, but will add even more curb appeal! (The home's gorgeous, BTW!) For the door color, may I suggest either a dark, deep red (to match brick work) or a British Racing Green to go with paint body and both roof colors? See that we commenters have myriad opinions, mostly based on our own personal experiences. If this were my house, I'd go with a "greiged" mossy green, but that's my taste. As a kid, over time, our house was painted four different colors. (Different style- a rustic ranch.) First, redwood; then beige-ish, then aforementioned greiged mossy green, and finally, a beiged verdigris. All colors went with our brick fireplace wall. And, all felt welcoming to me. In the end, you-all need to go with the color(s) that appeal to you, as this is to be your respite. Whatever your choice, it'll be great! Am wondering three things: how are you adjusting to a much smaller yard; will your blog continue with the same name; probably guessed it... Is there a Target in town or nearby???!!!

  237. Image for Dawn Dawn

    Most definitely #5 cityscape. Numbers 1-3 just not feeling it, #4 too muddy, #6 looks purplish, #5 is just right. Ha ha I sound like Goldilocks lol seriously though, cityscape is a bright blue grey that would look fabulous with white trim and suits your personality to a T.

  238. Image for Laura Love Heckman Laura Love Heckman

    Westchester Gray is my pick for you! Of course, picking from the computer is a dicey prospect. More importantly is the background color of the gray. I personally prefer a blue over greige or green tint. I love all the ideas, the copper will be perfect! Can't wait to see your results! PS. (I'm in a black and white farmhouse here)

  239. Image for Barbara Bachus Barbara Bachus

    My first choice is Westchester Gray. It is tough to be sure because of differences in computers. I say if you're picking a gray, make it a dark gray. It looks classier to me... Can't wait to see what you decide!

  240. Image for Debra Matcovich Debra Matcovich

    I also think one's the best. As you keep going, it's getting more purple. Why not do black shutters. I guess, I'm not an awning person. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York many homes and businesses had them, including my childhood home, they were pink.

  241. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Wow. My first choice is number 3. It is a large house and it will be a large swath of gray. Then when I saw the closeups of each color I leaned toward number 2. Either one will work I think, but really when I am in this position I banter back and forth and always choose the one I instinctively went for first!

  242. Image for Rev. Suzanne Rev. Suzanne

    Phew! With all these comments, you sure don't need my two cents. I do, however, really like #2. It's bright and as cheerful as gray can be. Not sure about black/white shutters, though.

  243. Image for Sarah Elkins Sarah Elkins

    I’m torn between 2 & 3. I can’t wait to see what you do & I think the awnings are going to look awesome! Beautiful home!

  244. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Lol!! Not that you need my opinion by now-(so many comments!)😉😄😍 But my gut instinct is #1 or #3 - just because they have less blue/purple undertones. But maybe you enjoy blue or purple-😉 I am confident that whatever you choose, it will be pure perfection!!❤️❤️❤️ So excited for this new season for you.

  245. Image for Cynthia S. Cynthia S.

    #4 seems middle of the road. If you go light the white and black will pop, you're eye will be drawn to them. If you go darker they will give the opposite effect. But with number 4, I believe the house will be quite looking, stately and warm. Plus, because you have alot of natural green vegetation around the house, a darker color will make the house even darker and I don't think that's what you're going for. Good luck, what a wonderful new journey!

  246. Image for Debbie R Debbie R

    I am trying to pick out a gray also for a mountain house. I love your#5. I am thinking you will not like your awnings because your house will become dark. There is also a Stormy Gray you might like. I am so happy for you and family. Debbie R.

  247. Image for Sherry Sherry

    I Like either 2 or 4. My house is a 2 and it looks great with any color and looks kind of like a beach house, but you want stately so perhaps 4 would look best with this home. :>))) You realize all of us like a different one and you will still have to choose. :>))))

  248. Image for Debra W Debra W

    I would paint it #2. That is a lovely shade of gray. The first one is too khaki colored, the others are just too dark.

  249. Image for Cindy Hurley Cindy Hurley

    #2. Whatever you choose will be perfect bc you are so amazing. Love the outside. Inside absolutely lovely. A real family home. So glad for you my seester.

  250. Image for Jill Jill

    I like number 2 the best. It's the freshest looking color of the six options. It will give that old house a feeling of newness.

  251. Image for Tumbleweed Tidings Tumbleweed Tidings

    I think either 1 or 2. The others are too dark/too blue and not a true gray. What an amazing house! I can't believe that you were able to repurchase your childhood home and that you lived in this beauty. Lucky you!! I can't wait to see all that you do to it over the next year or two. Love your blog!

  252. Image for JoAnn JoAnn

    I would choose #2, possibly #3. I think these compliment your awning plans. Beautiful house and such an amazing opportunity to come full circle. God has big plans for you here.

  253. Image for Becca Becca

    #2 is my vote! It looks like it would go with everything and will age well in the sun! Congrats on your move to your childhood home!

  254. Image for Carol Davis Carol Davis

    Door Number #3 please! Can't wait to see where you go with your trained eye and heartfelt choices! Your Home is lovely, so proud of you and for you!

  255. Image for Jill Jill

    Ok, I'm really going to muddy the waters ... If you want to go grey, I'd recommend 3 or 4, which are true greys. (We used #4 Cityscape on our last home, and liked it a lot.) But I think grey, in general, has had its moment. Also, it's hard to tell from the photos, but with the grey roof and the square lines of the home, grey sides could look a little cement-blockish. If it were me, I think I'd try a really pretty vanilla cream, with black and white accents, and lots of trailing vines - maybe a pergola? So fun to watch what you'll do with it!

  256. Image for LD LD

    Narrow it down to a couple of colors and buy some sample quarts to try out. That's a lot house to paint...need to be certain!

  257. Image for Kelly Knox Kelly Knox

    I'd say 3 and 2nd choice 4. I see a lot of blue in 5 and 6 and also in 2 in the first photographs. I like 1 but it may be too pale in the light and looks a little taupe in the bottom photos.

  258. Image for Ashley Ashley

    Girl, get a sample of whatever color you are leaning toward and paint a few spaces to test! Don't let us confuse you. If you have an instinct, you will likely regret not following it.

  259. Image for Shannan Shannan

    2 or 3 ! Congrats! What an exciting and emotional time for you and your family! Can't wait to follow along! The interior pictures are already awesome! What amazing "bones and structure" to start with, not to mention history and memories!

  260. Image for Vicki Vicki

    First, please nix the awning idea. Part of owning a historic home is being a good steward of your gorgeous property. Do so through preservation and renovation as you have one the farmhouse. And not by modernizing it with garish awnings. Secondly, #3 is a nice balance between the lighter and bolder options you are chosing from. The goal is to have the home shine......not to blend into the background or stand out too much. Grand, well-stated, and proud this house--your new home--should be. Best of luck as you and yours make this transition.

  261. Image for Brenda Joyce Meyer Brenda Joyce Meyer

    Love number 2. I know it will be beautiful no matter which color you decide on. Can't wait to see what you do to the inside too. Best of luck with the move.

  262. Image for Sandy Sandy

    I like #1 or #2 from how they look on here. One may be a little too light but it and two look more colonial to me. The others look too dark.

  263. Image for Robin Robin

    I like #2 best, but I'm not super keen on dark painted houses. It seems the dark swatches will appear even darker when they go on the entire house. What a beautiful home!!

  264. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Hmmm, number one is a little khaki so I am going with number 2 (concrete). This color of gray would coordinate well with the black in the awnings. A lighter gray for the house will make the awnings pop! And still be in your color neutral range for inside decor 😊.

  265. Image for Lenore Lenore

    I am voting for 3. Watch out for it looking purple. This comes from the voice of experience where we repainted the house 2 times in a weekend! I was going for a dark taupe. We lived on acreage in a town called Reland. Little did I realize that the RED SOIL would reflect up on the house and, from a distance, it looked like it was glowing. I had wanted it to blend into the bark of the forest behind the house. My husband then said THIS IS YOUR COLOR...okey dokey...and it was really dark and I thought I am going with it, anything had to be better. I never would have picked it but it was exactly what I wanted. Phew, that was a rough weekend!

  266. Image for Pam Griner Pam Griner

    We took the long way home...through the country...after dinner out tonight (Pik-n-Pig=best bbq!). We passed a hrand, spanking new home that was painted your #4, with white trim. Stunning...really lovely. Can't wait to see all your new decorating.


    I think if you are going to put black and white with it, stay away from #1 & #3, both of them are on the brown side of grey and #6 just seems too blue. My favorite is #2 but if you wanted darker shade #5 would be perfect. Ultimately it is up to you and I believe you might be stressing about this. Not that that is bad but it makes it hard to make a decision. In the end, trust yourself. Your decorating skills have never let us down up to now and whatever you decide, we will love it.

  268. Image for Susie Susie

    I'd pick a grey with no yellow in it, but not a deep blue either. Beautiful house. I had a grey house with white trim and loved it but don't know the color we chose, probably close to 3 or 4. Have a great life in your homecoming home.

  269. Image for Amy Amy

    SW 7068 Grizzle Gray is a marvelous color... one step beyond SW 7067 Cityscape. Extra White trim looks amazing with Grizzle Gray, and black accents from the proposed awnings & ironwork will be perfect.

  270. Image for karen a Sunday karen a Sunday

    Hi, we just painted our house summit gray and it is just perfect I only looked at one other color but this is a perfect really gray no undertones at all!! wishing you the best in your new home!! K Sunday

  271. Image for Marcia Capps Marcia Capps

    NO. house is so close to No 1 and while I love it...24 years now, I think of it more as taupe with white and black trim. If you want to be "Current" go with more of the gray you are looking opposed to greidge. No matter which you choose we will love it .

  272. Image for June Marshall June Marshall

    Just pick the beautiful gray - that goes perfectly- with your best red 👄 lipstick That will be the one!

  273. Image for Kelley Kelley

    HEY...I just read a blip in the Baylor Magazine about you today...being a Baylor Grad myself, 1989, I decided to check your blog out today... I think #1 is the only option of the six offered here. It is UNDERSTATED...which I think serves as a fantastic backdrop for any additions such as furniture or pots/plants. And it is not too gray which can become depressing.

  274. Image for Penny Penny

    Exterior color choices (as well as interior) can make you pull out your hair. Very expensive proposition when you have to paint the entire exterior of a house -- so choosing color wisely is so important. The only thing I can say is that I would recommend looking at Maria Killiam's site .. her expertise is color choices primarily based on undertones .. can be crucial in decision making. Have enclosed a link below. For the record, I would consider painting this home black - sounds crazy but what drama!

  275. Image for DeAnna DeAnna

    I also have a huge white house that is in desperate need of painting and have been looking a grey for months. Months. If I were choosing from your six colors, I would choose number 1. Also, I do it with a lump in my throat for you and your little family. I just finished your book and was so blessed by all the spiritual applications and Truth that you spoke. May the Lord bless you.

  276. Image for Liana Rostro Liana Rostro

    For what it's worth, I like 1 & advice: whichever you choose, select one with an awesome name so when you're asked the color, you like the way it sounds coming out of your mouth. :)

  277. Image for Sharon C Sharon C

    Firstly, what a gorgeous looking house. Congratulations! On the first paint board with all the colors together, I thought # 3 would look the best with the black & white awnings. Then with your separate color boards, I thought #4 was the best.......tough decision, but those two are my favorite picks. You have great taste and decorating style and can't wait to follow your progress on this new home.

  278. Image for JudyCinNC JudyCinNC

    First choice is number one Second is number three These two house colors have a sense ofI went with these two because of the warmth feeling, where all other grays were cold and industrial looking. A home should feel warm and inviting from the outside to the inside. JudyC

  279. Image for Diane Diane

    I like the first color because I believe it will look best with the black and white and the landscaping. You have a lovely home .

  280. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Five and six are too blue. I know, I painted my shed very close to these colors an I don't see gray when I look out the window. If you want to paint the door red then they would be good colors.

  281. Image for Kim Coletti Kim Coletti

    I think #2 or #4, they are true grays, the others have a beige or blue tone to them. Best of luck I'm going thru the same dilemma, looking for a gray for my living room dining room area. I have 6 gray swatches on the wall.... I don't know if I should laugh or cry!!! 😂😭 LOL

    1. Image for Charley Charley

      I have SW Accessible Beige which is a gray/beige. It looks gray in some lights and beige in others. I have cream woodwork and pecan wood floors. This is after I had everything painted a color that I though was definetly a beautiful gray on the swatch and when painted on the wall. It ended up very blue. I had to have all the common areas repainted, very expensive mistake. When I chose this new color I went a little darker and that paid off because it is not dark at all. Everyone loves it and the house looks so much lighter.

  282. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    Not that you need another opinion! But I like 2. 1 is too khaki and the rest read blue. Unless you want it to be blue. It's a beautiful house!

  283. Image for Marlene diekmann Marlene diekmann

    I like 2 and 3. Those with the blue cast are going to look more blue when they're on the whole house. My house used to be blue gray and I got tired of it. Went to a gray with no undertones

  284. Image for Becky Becky

    You ask for opinions and boy you got them. :). I like 4 or 5. My son and daughter in law just renovated the farmhouse my husband grew up in and they put grey siding on it and it is gorgeous. They get so many compliments on it. Can't wait to see your home with its new color. It will be beautiful no matter which of the greys you choose. Autocorrect is not my friend either.

  285. Image for Peg McPhilimy Peg McPhilimy

    I think # 4 is the best medium gray of your choices....especially with the black and white awnings. Can't wait to see!

  286. Image for susan b susan b

    I gravitated to 4 - but is this really going to help you?!? Reading down through everyone else's comments - I think you may be MORE confused :) good luck choosing!

  287. Image for Barb Barb

    I'm going to go out on a limb and pick #4. I have had a gray house for years and still love it. The color may be trendy for painted furniture, but it's a handsome, classic house color.

  288. Image for Gretchen McGee Gretchen McGee

    My favorite is #4. I'm afraid the lighter ones will fade over time and not be as much contrast with the white trim. The darker colors have more blue and purple in them. #4 for sure and I can't wait to see the awnings....."LOVE!!!

  289. Image for B Burr B Burr

    Ok, I'm going to throw a curve ball. I like #1, but....there is a but, please consider looking up Urban Bronze on Pinterest for homes. There is an example of a home in this color with light trim that is similar to yours. It looks very dramatic, and I've wondered who I knew that may be painting that the color would work out for them. I painted a front door in it, and it looked fantastic! Walla....another idea to muddy the waters.

  290. Image for Susan Spinney Susan Spinney

    Good Morning:) I loved reading all of the different comments. I am leaning toward #2 or #3. I think the darker ones, especially #6 have too much purple and I'm not sure you want to think about Barney the Dinosaur every time you get home:)

  291. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Holy Cow Karianne! Have never seen so many comments! I like #2 or #3. Looks like you will have some shade part of the day which will make parts of the house look darker. Are you putting awnings to help shield afternoon sun or something like that? I don't know if I would like them. Good luck with your decision! I hope we ALL haven't confused you too much! Whatever you choose it will be perfect!

  292. Image for Stefanie Price Stefanie Price

    # 4 immediately jumped out at me...Do you kind of know in your stomach when it is right? just "feel" it... if it was me, this is the color I would choose..with the white trim, it would be SHARP!... What a GREAT dilemma to have!! Enjoy!...and congratulations on the new/old house...WELCOME HOME!!!

  293. Image for Kimberly yee Kimberly yee

    I love the westchester color. I painted my house SW pourpoise (another dark gray (and I love it). The brilliant salesperson at Sherman Williams suggested that I not go with white trim and instead chose a slight beige color which would warm it up. She was right! My house turned out gorgeous! Good luck I am excited to watch your journey.

  294. Image for Terri Terri

    Just looking at the colors by themselves, I went for #1. But adding in your other additions (trim, awnings, etc), I definitely like #2 the best. I like the like/dark contrast you still get. It feels more neutral (for all the seasonal decorating). PS: Such a pretty home!

  295. Image for Kim Kim

    You have to do Stamped Gray (#2). It's absolutely perfect! I googled 1,2 & 3 on exteriors and I found a house so similar to yours that looks great with the white trim. As far as numbers 4,5 & 6: I can tell you that I wanted our kitchen to be a pretty gray that wasn't too gray and we went with a blue gray that turned out BLUE. Seriously, when you walk in all you can see is the blue. I had to paint the cabinets white just to make it look normal (my husband didn't wanna paint the kitchen a second time and well the cabinets were beige formica...)

  296. Image for Darcy Darcy

    I just painted my house SW dovetails and SW snowbound for the trim. I painted my door SW tricorn (black) and I’m very happy with the results.

  297. Image for bj bj

    don;t know if you watch Chip and Joanna Gaines on their tv show, Fixer Upper or not but she is the worlds best designer....she just painted a house in dark gray and white trim and it is breathtaking...

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