Fill in the Color! Exterior Patio Edition
It is a beautiful day in Southern California. Please good GWers, would you join me outside and have some fun tossing around some exterior color ideas for the back of our house? Our house is ugh! white (sometimes blindingly so) and I would love to paint the entire exterior. That is not doable right now. The two immediate palette areas are primarily the covered patio walls, that runs the length of the house, and secondarily the too-reflective second story wall. The paint company we use is Dunn Edwards, but feel free to suggest colors from the companies with which you are comfortable.
My husband and I want to treat the patio almost as a separate outdoor area and maybe go with some color. Even under the patio roof, the walls are uncomfortably bright to the eyes during many times of the day/year so we are thinking towards the middle shades. The lower portion of the photo shows the stained patio cover and the beams, which along with the patio posts, are painted a dark brown. The lower right shows the color of the newly-stained patio area concrete (Cayenne). (The house photo is slightly behind the times the concrete below the slider and window has also been stained Cayenne).
The second story wall is too bright we need a quick fix. When we paint the white exterior, this section can be changed, too. For now, I was thinking of painting it a gray color so that it will visually blend into the grayish roof tiles (upper right in the photo, around the skylight) and not introduce yet another color into the mix. Our lot is typical SoCal narrow on the sides; the gray accent wall will not really look as weird as it might in other communities, because you cannot really view it other than straight on from the back yard. And, from straight on, you do not see the house's white side walls. But the upper wall needs to play nicely with the patio wall area color.
My husband and I have a tentative color in mind for a sample, but I'd rather not limit the input by revealing the current leaning. And it is far from a confident pick! Pink tones are not favored, but pretty much any other idea would be welcome for consideration. Or is the whole scheme all too crazy? C'mon, you know you're itching to tell me. :)