color dilemma - how far to 'disappear'?
The garden shed in the backyard has been an issue since we bought this house 11 years ago. The original one was squat (DH couldn't stand upright in it other than in the very center!) and it was rotting/leaking and had misaligned siding - and skunks were trying to take up residence under it! We considered it ugly as well as non-functional but it did blend into the background reasonably well:
In 2007 we tore it down and built a more functional one that used material that had nostalgic value for me (painted white cedar shingles) and a color that DH and I could both agree on, that we thought would pick up some colors from the garden.
May 29 2010:
But, as somebody once commented on this forum, the shed calls attenion to itself. So I resolved to repaint it to 'disappear' into the background a bit better by painting it green. Finding the right green has not been easy. The tinted primer came out much lighter than we expected but the paint coat is darker, although I'd prefer a bit darker yet. The door color is darker but shifted a bit too much to blue I think, but I can live with that. The real question now is - what to do about the trim color? It has made me question just how much do I want the shed to 'disappear'?
I did some mock-ups of trim options to help me think about it. I don't think I like the third picture - the very dark trim is as obvious as the white trim I think but less attractive somehow. Picture two with the trim the same color as the door does indeed make the shed 'disappear' - maybe too much so. If I leave the trim white, I think I'll need to surround it with a lot more big white flowering things than there are now. I'm somewhat leaning towards that option (and DH is getting tired of painting!) but it's a 'six of one; half a dozen of the other' situation at the moment. Are there any design insights that can help me choose or is this just a decision I have to make as a personal choice - or a coin toss?!
At 3:00 today (bright sunshine affecting the color a bit):
Mock-up with door color used on the trim:
Mock-up with a darker color used as trim:
Any insights that would help us make a decision would be appreciated. We're really undecided...