Design Decisions, Paint

Why We Chose Sherwin Williams White Duck for Our Exterior Paint Color

Design: Garden Gate Homes

We are so excited to announce we have chosen the exterior paint color for our new house. This was such a huge decision for us, as many others have been as well. I mean let’s face it, building a house is full of decisions. If it wasn’t for Henry narrowing down things for me and all of our wonderful followers, I would be in major trouble. Decisions are just plain difficult for me!

So, drum roll, please…we chose to go with Sherwin Williams White Duck! Not only did this paint color win amongst our audience, we loved it from day one. Of course, we wanted to be 100 percent sure so we went through a process to get here.

Narrowing Down to Three Choices

Our first step was to narrow down our exterior color to three choices. We knew we wanted a white, but not a stark white, and not one that was too creamy.

Narrowing it down was difficult because there are so many white paint colors to choose from.

After tons of research, we came up with three contenders: White Duck, Natural Choice, and Oyster White all by Sherwin Williams.

The Test

After narrowing down to three, we did a test. I strongly suggest testing the actual paint color on the brick yourself. This allows you to see for in real-life lighting what the color will actually look like on your brick.

After we put the three paint colors on the brick, we made sure to get feedback from others, including our Instagram followers. This was a fun way to get everyone involved. The first time we posted on Instagram, White Duck won hands down. But to get help on making our final decision, we turned to our audience again to let them see it on the brick.

We felt like Natural Choice, was a little too creamy. Oyster White was really close to White Duck, but we felt like it was a little too bright.

We Made a Decision

With lots of help from inspiration photos, our followers, and the actual test, we finally made a decision! We could have gone with our gut feeling from the start, but we wanted to make sure. After all, it would a very expensive change if we realized we didn’t like it after the whole house was painted.

We loved White Duck from the start and only become fonder as time went on.

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  • Reply matt

    I think we like the Oyster White too. Great idea to put it on the web. Although sometimes it really helps to see the real thing.

    November 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Kate Miller

    I am always looking for the perfect white house, and I think I found it in this house with White Duck exterior paint. Is there a floor plan to this house that I could see or purchase?

    You guys are amazingly talented!

    It truly is a beautiful gem! Please advise.

    December 7, 2019 at 7:41 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Kate. It is a beautiful home, but we did not build it or design it, unfortunately. If you click on the link in the photo credit right below the image, you will go to the website of the people who built it.

      December 9, 2019 at 3:11 am

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