Luckily, my friend Amanda introduced me (via blogspot) to a wonderful resource who gave me a written consultation on the colors. Her name is Layla Palmer, and I've posted her blog link on the right. I simply sent her a picture of our house, and she replied back with color options and even specific color choices with a virtual rendition. So cool! We loved her ideas so much that we decided to get her recommendation for our rental house, too. Below are the before/after colors (just the virtual renditions, not the actual after-photos yet) that we've decided to go with. As soon as we get homeowner association approval, we'll be getting started. Let me know what you think!
Here's the before picture of our current house.
And here's the "after" rendition using Layla's color recommendations (black shutters, taupe siding, and white trim.)
Here's the before picture of our rental house.
And here's the "after" picture using a rendition of the new colors (taupe siding and white trim/columns):