Because our house is white with black trim, I really wanted to paint the swing black, a choice Eric reluctantly agreed to. It turned out great! (Due to the angle, the photo above does not show the striking color contrast, but I can tell you it looks very nice.)
By the way, any Survivor fans out there? Eric's proposal and that show have several connections--it was a very creative and thoughtful surprise! Perhaps I should share that story tomorrow . . .