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A-frame Cabin Colour Decision
White is so classic, bright and airy.
Black is moody, rich and a completely new vibe.
Literally the thing that has stressed Britt out for months is what the exterior colour of the A-frame cabin should be.
BLACK, WHITE, BLACK, WHITE, BLACK …
Why picking a colour was so hard
What is the best colour for the exterior of the A-frame??? Usually, making design decisions comes quite easily for Britt, but NOT this one.
- Now, like most things in Britt’s home, if she doesn’t like it, she paints it. Literally, almost every surface in Britt’s home (including the exterior) has been repainted, and she isn’t afraid to paint anything. But the A-frame roof will be metal, and well … metal does not paint easily, so painting to fix a design decision is not happening.
- Where are all the White A-frames? Britt asked the IG community about white A-frames, and there was only 1 A-frame that everyone could find. While this Aframe is beautiful is not the same style as what Britt is trying to achieve. So then she began to ask herself … do you go out on a limb to have something unique, or is there a reason no one has a white Aframe. Black A-frames are so easy to find and rightfully so because they look stunning and calming yet mysterious.
3. Monochromatic or Nothing! The only thing Britt has been sure about is that she wants a monochromatic colour scheme. They are also building a large shop (not for Vintage Society – but to store all of their gear and such) right beside the A-frame, so they need to match.
4. Britt had also planned to do the shop roof in metal to match the A-frame cabin, but after getting some quotes, the metal was out of the budget, so shingles it is. Well … white shingles are not available in her area … so the dilemma continued: Did she do the lightest grey shingles she could find for a white and grey vibe?
5. The windows! Okay, windows are everything on an A-frame, right! Britt will be installing Lux Windows, which she is super excited about. She got grey and white metal samples from them, and they did not match the roof metal colours. So she planned to do exterior wood windows. That way, we can just paint them to match any colour … right (painting always makes decisions easier).
Well, Britt found out that their wood exterior windows would not pass the code if an inspector asked. And also, wood windows are a lot of maintenance … which is something Britt is constantly trying to remind herself of with this new build – a simpler life with more time for adventure and less time cleaning and fixing house stuff.
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Have you guessed the A-frame colour yet?
So have you guessed yet?
Britt also consulted Deb, and Deb said WHITE all the way because if she went with black, she would be painting within a year, haha
So white it was. Even Britt’s hubby and boys were saying white.
And then Britt saw this picture …
So, Black, it is, haha. I love this A-frame! Sorry was that dramatic enough.
missed seeing the design of Britt's A-frame cabin?
What helped make the final decision for the A-frame cabin colour?
The reason Britt decided on black … the window panes will always look black (windows never look clear when looking from the outside), and Britt couldn’t imagine a bunch of black glass panes surrounded by a tiny bit of white trim (because the A is mostly glass). So indeed, the only way to get that monochromatic vibe is to go with black. The couple of white A-frame-style houses that Britt did fall in love with hardly had any windows, so most of the house was the siding colour and not the glass. So they really weren’t giving good visual ideas for what this A-frame would look like white.
So there you have an idea what has been running thru her head for months, haha.
The stress relief on making a decision is fantastic, and so far, she hasn’t second-guessed herself. But give it a year, haha