To help them envision the right hues, the couple turned to Susan Maycock, an architectural historian and a color specialist with the Cambridge Historical Commission. Such experts are invaluable resources for owners who want to maintain the historic character of a house, says TOH general contractor Tom Silva. "In addition to being familiar with the history and customs of the neighborhood, these folks often have access to drawings, photos, or documents from when a house was built," he says.
Shown: Color consultant Susan Maycock first suggested brick-red siding with taupe trim and black accents. But the homeowners weren't smitten. "The red felt a little too 'Victorian' for us," says Sally. Benjamin Moore's Baked Clay (1), Baked Cumin (2), and Black (3)