This blog post is extra special to me because I finally get to share my very own exterior home transformation!

As an interior designer, my own space is definitely lowest on the design priority list so when I decided to move forward with painting the exterior of my family’s house, I couldn’t have been more excited and ready for the challenge.

As you will see in the “Before” photo below, the exterior had a 70’s Tudor style and the brick was very dated with an orange undertone.


Our main goal was to brighten the exterior and create a more updated and fresh look.  After sifting through various paint colors, we decided to go with Sherwin Williams Shoji White SW 7042.  It is a beautiful, creamy white that has just the right amount of beige that we were looking for to brighten up our home.

Another huge bonus of using this paint color?  It made our roof look brand new.  We even had neighbors compliment us on how nice our new roof looked… which definitely was not the case!


I love exploring ways to add special and unique details wherever possible.  When it came to the House Numbers/Letters, I took the opportunity to think outside the box.  I reached out to a friend who is an amazing artist and asked if she would be willing to hand paint our address.  It beyond exceeded my expectations and added the perfect amount of charm and personality I was looking for.


The PD Team knows that any paint job, especially the exterior, can seem a little daunting, so we have put together a few tips to help make your very own project run as smooth as possible.

  • Don’t overlook the little details - shutters, trim, gutters, doors, etc. Make sure that the shade of paint you choose for these accents matches the primary paint color of the house.  It is also important to take into account the items you will not be changing on your house (shingles, brick, etc).  This will also make a huge impact on your final paint color decision.

  • If you are planning on painting brick, like we did, it is important to choose the proper paint to ensure complete coverage. We recommend using 2 coats of primer over brick before your final coat of paint.  This will allow for greater coverage and will completely seal the surface.

  • Do your research.  There are so many paint colors out there to choose from and picking the right combination of paint can be tricky.  If you are feeling stuck and can’t decide which color to move forward with, we recommend reaching out to an interior designer for a color consultation.  It is worth the headache and worry of making a potential design (and financial) mistake.

Thank you for stopping by!

If you are interested in a custom color consultation, the Peppeard Design Team would love to help.  Please feel free to contact us at hello@peppearddesign.com

If you have recently completed your own exterior home transformation, we would love to see it!  Tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #peppearddesignliving

Shannon Peppeard