I ran across your blog and I was wondering if you might be interested in weighing in on possible color choices for our 1912 craftsman. As you can see from the attached photos, the 'before' colors are absolutely appalling. I just want to make it clear that we didn't choose them, it's the previous owner's fault!
One of my main struggles is that the previous owner also replaced a lot of our windows with vinyl, so we are stuck with keeping white for the 'inner' trim on the windows. A lot of the most attractive paint jobs I've seen on craftsmans often use a darker shade of the main siding color on that inner trim, with a contrasting color on the outer trim around the windows, knee braces, and fascia. But that's not really an option. :(
Another thing to note is that we are having the shingles replaced with a more traditional 5" lap horizontal siding, sort of like what you can see on our neighbor's house in one of the pictures, but not quite as narrow.
Clearly any colors we choose will be a vast improvement, but colors aren't really my strong point. I'm partial to grey-greens, while my husband leans towards the grey-blues, but the only color I'd rule out entirely is yellow...any brilliant ideas for us?
I hope everyone read that, and knows that Jess DID NOT SELECT these horrible colors. ;-)
What a great opportunity you have to transform your home! I want you to consider a few things.
1. A traditional Craftsman pallet.
2. Blend with your white windows as to not draw attention to them.
3. Make sure you paint the home correctly- having different colors where you should have differennt colors, etc.
First of all, I will discuss the traditional Craftsman pallet. The Craftsman movement, also known as Arts and Crafts, started in England in the mid 1800's by William Morris. The whole idea of it was an attitude of rejecting modern machinery, and a return to handcrafted ideals. The architecture is simple and unadorned. And so, when you are painting a Craftsman home, I would use subdued, natural colors. Shades of browns, grays, and greens would be very appropriate. Pink and blue- not so much. ;-) Not that blue is a bad color, actually, but it should be very grayed, not pure in color. Stay away from bright colors.
Secondly, let's address your white windows. The key here is to have them blend in, not stand out. That is made possible with a low contrast trim color, in other words, light, close to white colors on the window trim. (off white is fine- don't think you have to match...)
Last, but not at all least, make sure you paint the home correctly. I addressed this in this post a few weeks ago. Since I already addressed it, instead of going over it again, I will give you a little test. See how you do. (Peak at the other post if you want to cheat). What is wrong with this green home below?
Answer: The columns should not be the same color as the field of the house.
OK- how about this house, how is it painted incorrectly?
Answer: The eaves are painted the color of the body of the home. This is fun huh?
How about the yellow home?
Answer: The horizontal siding is painted the same color as the shingle portion. Keep in mind- I am not saying that they need to be totally different colors- even a subtle color difference is a great idea. (Ideally, or course, the shingle portion would be stained.)
Did you want some specifics? Ok- I will go ahead and give you a plan that goes with your husband's idea- since I just posted a green one last time. I like this one:
Sherwin Williams Paints:
Body- 6205 Comfort Gray
Trim: - 7008 Alabaster
Door: - 2802 Rookwood Red
OK- are you all experts now? Go outside, look at your home, and see if you should make some changes with the next paint job. What do you think? Does anyone agree with me? Does anyone think I am way too picky with all of my little painting rules? Can you tell the difference between the homes that I said were painted correctly, and those that were not? What do you think?