What to do with a green roof?

My clients, a young family referred by another much-loved client, had lived here for a couple years.  The roof was relatively new and would not be changed any time soon.  Oh, how I wish the previous owners had made a better selection for roofing material!  But, you see the color they chose for the body of the house, as well.  Clearly there should have been a Color Intervention.

But anyway....this is what we had to work with!


A green roof really ruled out most other "color colors" so we looked toward neutrals.  And I figured I'd turn up the fun with a little accent color in just the right places.  We also decided to get rid of the shutters since they were really just decorative add-ons, and sometimes less is more.   (My advice is usually to take stuff down--window treatments, shutters, extra details--and see if you miss them.  More often that not, clients prefer a cleaner result.)

So, here's the after shot, taken on this glorious October day!  We chose a stately gray, Gauntlet Gray 7019 from Sherwin-Williams, to be exact.  The trim is Sherwin-Williams Pearly White 7009, a warm gray with a lot of tone.  You really don't want to use a bright white for exterior trim as it almost always looks artificial and just too stark against most house colors.  Notice how I also specified a darker color for the foundation, to help the house feel grounded.  

(And, yes...scroll back up for a second and check out the yellow foundation on the before pic!  Someone had actually painted the pointing darker!  Eeek!!)


We accented the porches with a soft teal, to play nicely with the green roof and added some cooling greenish blue to the porch ceilings.  That second-story porch is one of my favorite things about this charming house!  I hope my clients have many happy and peaceful moments sitting out there on a breezy day!