Selecting the right black and white was nerve racking but selecting the main color red was not as stressful, thank goodness! This was my first house, I was excited and I wanted it to be different than all the neighbor's houses and my husband was on board! When you were little did you ever read Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard Kessler? Here are a few lines from the book:
This was one of my favorite books growing up and I guess it made an impression! So, I chose red because I loved the color and it was different from the neighbor's houses and still classic. Little did I know I was creating a traditional Swedish cottage in Houston!
After we painted our house red we were at my Grandma Lil's house. Her last name is Sundstrom and she's 100% Swede. I noticed she had framed a watercolor of a red cottage. She said this was a typical Red cottage that you see all over Sweden. She thought this was why I painted my house red. I was so surprised and curious! Did I paint my house red because of my Swedish roots (like a dog buries a bone) or was it deep in my sub-conscience? The Swedes have been painting their houses this "Falu red" since the 1500s so it's possible, I guess... I am 3/4 Swedish. Or maybe I just saw pictures over the years that I don't remember at her house. I guess it will remain a mystery!
Anyway, here are the Sherwin-Williams black and white trim colors we used on our Happenstance Swedish Cottage in Houston and I included the red paint color as well if you ever need it:
|SW 6258 Tricorn Black|
|SW 7012 Creamy|
|SW 6594 Poinsettia|
Our daughter loves to hear the story of how we brought her home as a baby to a little red house, I love to tell it too! :) We sold this house when we outgrew it but we like to drive by anytime we are near. I hope these paint colors help you in your future painting endeavors.
Tell it to your neighbor,