exterior color inspiration

We won’t get to the full exterior of the house this year, obviously. But because the deck-end siding had to come off to add the new windows, we should think about color before we re-side. I’ve always imagined that once the paint is planed off of the redwood that we’d go dark grey, setting off the insets with a natural (brown) wood shade — stain, not paint, so we can still see the wood grain.

But what if we took a quick look at a few color possibilities?

 

ORIGINAL EXTERIOR, 1972
When I say “insets,” I’m referring to the cutouts in the outer envelope — around the front door + the full height of the deck-end…

minty 1972, corner view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And around the back door…
minty 1972, back view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT EXTERIOR, 2011

house 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s try to picture a few possibilities…

 

GREY ENVELOPE, COLORFUL INSET

Probably too dramatic for our house but it sure does look cool…

pull house, taylor and miller architecture and design | dwell.com

pull house, taylor and miller architecture and design | dwell.com

los feliz residence, warren techentin architecture | archdaily.com

los feliz residence, warren techentin architecture | archdaily.com

I know, the color is only on the window frames (our new frames are all silver aluminum), but you get the idea.

park residence, MACK architecs | archdaily.com

park residence, MACK architecs | archdaily.com

 

DARK ENVELOPE, WHITE INSET

scape house, andrew simpson architects | archdaily.com

scape house, andrew simpson architects | archdaily.com

humbug, kebbel daish architects ltd. | archdaily.com

humbug, kebbel daish architects ltd. | archdaily.com

zen garden house, david jay wiener architect | architectural record

zen garden house, david jay wiener architect | architectural record

 

GREY ENVELOPE, WHITE INSET

private house, weinstein vaadia architects | archdaily.com

private house, weinstein vaadia architects | archdaily.com

 

BROWN ENVELOPE, WHITE INSET

minimum house, scheidt kasprusch architekten | archdaily.com

minimum house, scheidt kasprusch architekten | archdaily.com

richmond house, rachcoff vella architecture | archdaily.com

richmond house, rachcoff vella architecture | archdaily.com

 

DARK ENVELOPE, BROWN INSET

kerr ritchie house, kerr ritchie architects | dwell.com

kerr ritchie house, kerr ritchie architects | dwell.com

(I am also including this shot from the interior, because the shape of the inset is almost exactly like ours…)

kerr ritchie house, kerr ritchie architects | dwell.com

kerr ritchie house, kerr ritchie architects | dwell.com

rubber house, cityforster | archdaily.com

rubber house, cityforster | archdaily.com

 

LIGHT GREY ENVELOPE, BROWN INSET

texas hill road residence, incorporated architecture and design | architizer.com

texas hill road residence, incorporated architecture and design | architizer.com

genolier house, lrs architects | contemporist.com

genolier house, lrs architects | contemporist.com

 

BROWN ENVELOPE, DARK GRAY INSET

dorsey residence, coates design architects | houzz.com

dorsey residence, coates design architects | houzz.com

 

Off to look at stains later today!

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5 Responses to “exterior color inspiration”

  1. michael Brousseau says:

    I like the one with natural wood stain, and the one with orange.

  2. Brook says:

    natural wood stain on the outside envelope or on the inset? the orange is hot, isn’t it? since it would be visible from the inside, we’d have to make sure all the living area furnishings kinda “go” with a bold color like that… at least a little bit. something to think about.

  3. Jennifer says:

    i love the first one, with the red-blue-yellow primary colors against the neutral brown/grey envelope. it references your original house color concept, but gives it a bit more…mondrian! darkening the envelope will help the house blend more with your landscape too.

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