Something about the spring flowers and bright sunlight has me thinking about house colors these days. I’ve been taking pictures of homes around town that are particularly striking or have new paint jobs, while also doing a little background research for a client whose home will shortly need a full exterior paint.
I’ve found that many of the houses in the ‘finished’ historic districts are a little tepid in terms of paint colors (how many colors of stone can you have?) while the leading edge will find rainbow hues that are sometimes adventurous and great, sometimes a bit much. A few homes have colors that puzzle me for most of the year, and then suddenly a blooming bush at the front corner pops, and I go “oh, THAT’S what they were thinking!” I love those moments.
Also, I’ve been following along with a blog, Design Seeds, which posts color palettes multiple times a day. Intended to inspire graphic design for the most part, I think it might be very useful for homeowners who are trying to get a feel for how colors interact, and how to look at a whole and pull out the important notes that could be carried through a space. As many people have said before, color is fun and easy to play with – so don’t hold back!