Colby Nolan - Jan 29th 2016
1900’s Victorian Paint Scheme Suggestion Project
I am happy to offer you my suggestion for your paint scheme selection. I hope that this finds you well and I was very excited to see this project! In addition to this document I have attached multiple photos. The first is an image of a house that I believe has the best paint scheme for you. The additional images are labeled with the specific colors for that area on your home. Below is a breakdown of those color choices.
#1 The body of the house is a modest light green all the way around.
#2 The front steps, main trim joining to the roof, rails, columns, ceiling on the porches and window frames should be white.
(If at all possible, I would suggest changing the front walk up to be painted white as well or if it is currently painted concrete, sand off the existing color and leave a concrete walkway and removing the current rails on the stairs entirely).
#3 All the gingerbread details throughout the exterior of the home will be a dark brown color. The accent pieces above some of the windows, the pieces that line the roof and the larger porch column accents will all be a dark brown. The only exception is the 2nd floor (front facing photo of the home) the large ginger breading on either side will remain white and instead of the blue trim it will be the dark brown. Lastly, the porch floors I would paint in the matching dark brown.
#4 The Front, side and upstairs porch doors will also be dark brown.
#5 The mid joint between the windows will be dark brown.
#6 The lattice work should match the body of the house in a light green.
Given that you said you will be listing the home for sale, I choose to go with a neutral light green to show the charm of the home while allowing it to appeal to the maximum amount of potential buyers. Using the darker colors on the accents of the ginger breading, it allows the Victorian charm to really shine through and draw the buyers attention to the details.
I appreciate your consideration with this project and I really do wish you the best of luck. If there is anything that you have questions on, please do let me know. I would be happy to help! I would imagine that you would have checked on this already, but depending on what location the house is in, the town may have regulations as far as “approved historic” colors. If that happens to fall on this house and my choice does not work, please let me know and I shall make another suggestion.
Thank you kindly for your time!