On a typical Pig's Ear, I have a solid understanding from the start that I will eventually be a seller looking for a buyer. Neutral paint colors are the practical way to go. Taupe on the walls and trim/doors/cabinets painted polar white. These are my go to colors. With this approach, I don't have to hope my color choices are appreciated by potential buyers, plus it's more economical to go neutral. Multiple colors is more challenging for the painter and that makes the price go up. Plus there's always paint left over which is more wasted dollars. Keeping things uncomplicated when I can helps the schedule and the budget and it's not hard to keep things simple with paint. In addition, going neutral makes it easier to sell in the end and that helps the bottom line as well. Even when I've lived in the house for a few months or a few years, I've gone neutral for all the above reasons.
The TV House was special and I held no reservations about adjusting my approach. I wanted this Country Victorian to look sharp on camera and understood that the producers would know best how to make this happen. They asked me my thoughts on the paint selections and my input was simple, "Whatever makes it look good on TV." Once filming started, I was even more satisfied that I let them choose the colors because things look different on camera and some of the same colors appear more or less intense with alternate cameras and adjustments to the lighting.
I'd love to take credit for the paint choices that people are so impressed with, but I won't. I will take credit for letting a talented team do what they know so much better than me. I did know to stay out of the way in this area. They were sure to include me in the process by showing me the selections for each room and episode, but my input was minimal. Most of the time I looked at what they'd come up with and was excited about the combinations.
Some have reached out and asked me to share paint information. I appreciate the interest. With the internet, it will be easy to take the color names/numbers provided below and get the exact paint we used on the show.
Siding - Butter Up, SW6681
Front Porch Doors - Brick Paver, SW7599
Lattice, Shutters, & Wrought Iron Handrail - Charleston Green, DCR099
Living Room - Sand Beach, SW7529
Living Room Ceiling - Honest Blue, 6520
Office Wainscoting - Surf Green, SW6473
Bedroom - Surprise Amber, SW6654
Bathroom - Manitou Blue, SW6501
Master Bedroom - Kind Green, SW6457
Master Bath - Totally Tan, SW6115
Interior Trim/Doors - Alabaster, SW7008
|Taupe and Polar White in The Fire House|
|... and The Cottage|
|... The Hurricane House|
|... The Bungalow|