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Not So Nice Comments About Heidi Being Not So Neighbourly

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

I told you I would report back on how my neighbours are responding to Not So Nice in My Neighbourhood. So far all is quiet in the hood. Which could be a good sign or a bad one. For now I still get a friendly smile when I go for a walk.

We'll see how the summer unfolds.

I did get some heat from my first article. I got my very first nasty comment on my blog. Then my own mother called me out on my personal Facebook page questioning my right to judge someone's personal style.

As a blogger, getting your first negative comment is a big deal. It supposedly means that you have stepped up your writing to the point that you are willing to voice an opinion that not everyone will agree with. When your mom does it though you start second guessing yourself. The two incidents combined left me wondering "if two people write it, just how many are thinking it?"

The comments by Mr. Not So Nice were tempting to leave on my blog because like my mom he brought up the issue of personal style. Unfortunately, he was also pretty nasty about me spreading hate (insert irony here) and this is my blog so I don't have to play that game.

Mr. Not So Nice and my mother both wrote that everyone has their own style and what one person likes might not be another person's cup of tea. Who was I to judge?

They are right.

That would be just plain rude and not very neighbourly either. I have no intention of calling out my neighbours personal tastes and style. That isn't the point of this series either.

What I want to do is help homeowners from making paint mistakes. There is a difference.


Consider a house with a lime green front door. That door didn't happen by accident. No one walks into a paint store thinking they want a green front door and comes out of the store with Benjamin Moore 2028-30 Tequila lime without knowing that is a bold colour. That is a colour choice. I might not personally love it (actually I love fabulous coloured front doors) but it is pretty obvious that a lime green front door is a colour choice.

Benjamin Moore Tequila Lime 2028-30. Yummy.

A colour mistake on the other hand is when I see a blue house with a undertone that makes the house look purple in the sunshine. The homeowner likely wanted a navy house but chose a colour like Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy instead of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Or the mocha house on the corner that looks pink every morning. Or like my last post where the trim and field was painted so randomly.

Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy 2067-10. This colour has a definite purple undertone and not a navy I would recommend for an exterior colour. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154 instead will give you a better undertone your exterior house colour.

Those are paint mistakes.

They happen because a homeowner didn't get the right advice from either the paint store or their painter. They didn't get the proper help choosing paint colours and they probably didn't get large samples of their colour choices to see what it would really look like. In the case of the bad transitions, the homeowners hired inexperienced painters that didn't understand colour transitions and the differences between trim and field.

So yes, there is lots of room in painting for personal colour choice and some of my comments are just my personal opinion. If you love Midnight Navy over Hale Navy - great. If you wanted a pink undertone and got it - good. This blog probably isn't going to be much help to you.

However, if you are getting the exterior of your house painted and are unsure of some of your decisions, you will find this series helpful. By seeing why colours work and don't work and how to use them properly, you are going to have a lot more success with your own exterior house painting.

So Mr. Not So Nice and my mom - thanks. I'm glad I got to clear this up. I hope you keep reading and commenting but Mr. Not So Nice, could you be a bit nicer?

Posted by: Lynn Waller
Highly effective article- takes guts. Good job. I often want to stick my company's info in people's doors simply because of their colour choices, or even the bad condition of the appearance from the street (peeling paint, faded paint, awful green stain choices).

Thanks Lynn. I am tempted to do the same thing many times a day for all the same reasons.

Posted by: Ellen@Color Calling
Heidi, I am enjoying your blog! I adore that tequila lime front door. I wish I knew your secret for inserting those Ben Moore paint blobs into your blog (say that last part quickly three times).

Thanks Ellen, I am so glad you are enjoying my blog. I keep bugging Benjamin Moore to make it easier to show their colours on other websites. For now it is a lot of copy and pasting.

Posted by: Lynne Whiteside
Your Mom threw you under the bus, probably apologizing for you right now! In order to be and stay relevant you have to sometimes mix the pot, and you can put whatever you want into it. You are In Charge. Go Girl!!!

You are too funny Lynne. My mom has never been that thrilled with me speaking my mind.

Posted by: Sue
I agree with you...your post discussed painting techniques and not personal style. I think it was full of helpful information! Maybe start in another neighborhood lol.

You are right Sue, maybe I should have started a few miles away from home. ;)

Posted by: Mel
I think everyone has a right to paint whatever color they want. Look at Surrey. There is a pink house and green house a baby buld house. Now do I feel that they should ask the people around them - to be polite. But a door is a different story - it's a personal touch and personal taste.

That's the thing about exterior colours. You are inflicting your personal taste on your entire neighbourhood. There are lots of communities out there that regulate exterior house colours through an approval process for that exact reason. I am not sure that asking your neighbours if it is okay to paint your house baby blue is going to get you anywhere though. What happens if they say no?

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