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Amy Conner-Murphy, AIA. Architect and Interior Designer discussed exterior paint color trends with The Wall Street Journal, January 2024

“Exterior Paint Colors Homeowners Want” in the Wall Street Journal

Amy Conner-Murphy speaks with the Wall Street Journal about exterior paint colors. The paper recently examined the latest in home design and how exterior colors are moving toward nature-inspired colors. The article explores the overall trend of how Americans are moving away from bright-white, farmhouse style exteriors and dark-black to the “nature-inspired hues [of]—olives, bronzes, taupes and dreamy creams.” The WSJ spoke with leading architects and designers, including Amy Conner-Murphy about these emerging trends. Amy shares one of her favorite colors for blending your home’s exterior with the natural setting, Urbane Bronze from Sherwin-Williams, which we’ve used on several projects over the last 10 years. For our firm, nature-inspired is always in style and is in-tuned with the aesthetic our clients desire for their luxury mountain homes.


Many homeowners seek that sense of discretion. Not only do homeowners want to be nestled into nature and not see their neighbors, they don’t necessarily want their neighbors seeing them either.” —Amy Conner-Murphy, Architect and Interior Designer, ACM Design


Urbane Bronze on the Stunning Shingle Style

English Manor Style Shingle Home in Asheville

Rear view of English Manor Style Shingle Home in Asheville painted with Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze

The article, “It’s Gotten Quite a Lot of Attention.’ The Exterior Paint Colors Homeowners Want Now”, appeared in January 2024 in The Wall Street Journal.

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