To help the couple select a more inviting palette, we enlisted the help of Amy Wax, a color consultant in Montclair, New Jersey. "Yellow wasn't necessarily a poor choice," says Wax. "The real problem here is that all of the architectural elements are painted the same color, causing them to blur together." In the three color combinations she created to inspire the Haydens, the trim, stucco columns and vertical siding, horizontal clapboards, and porch flooring all get their own hue. The earthy palettes here and on the next page stay true to Craftsman style but vary in boldness. A rust-colored facade with moss-green accents is the richest of the group, while an understated combo of tans and blues plus a dusky blue base punched up with reds and gold present brighter options.
"The red is probably our favorite," Dan says. "We love its warmth, and it's a little daring."