PAINT COLORS or NEW CLOTHES FOR THE HOUSE

The city’s OHP reviews colors for historic structures and those in historic districts, but their approach is a very generous one.  Since paint is one of the most ephemeral aspects of a building (other than most of its occupants), the latitude for color is great.

Taking cues from the white of the natural lime stucco, our palette will be one of grays with what I’ll call, “determined” accents.  The yellowy green is historic per Bicknell’s Victorian Village Builder ca. 1872.  The Harrison Brothers Color Card ca 1880’s shows the  color as No. 40 as Pale Greenish Yellow – it’s pretty darn close too.

We’ll team this palette with blooming native plantings that will flourish on our hilltop.

color HARRISON BROS COLORS