Photoshop Redo: Paint Makes a No-Character Edwardian Quaint
Muted natural colors enhance the lines of this turn-of-the-century charmer
Spectacular views of Lake Michigan convinced Jon and Sara Parlow to buy this 1901 Edwardian-era house, in Harbor Springs, Michigan, even though they were put off by its then garish pink-and-purple exterior. "We painted over it, but this washed-out scheme doesn't seem right either," Sara told us.
To help her out, we enlisted James Martin of The Color People, in Denver, to develop a few color combinations that would play up the home's assets.
A "painted-lady" look wouldn't be historically accurate for this house, which has fairly simple details, says James Martin. Instead, he developed three sophisticated palettes that quietly highlight the facade elements and nestle the home into its surroundings. Subdued blues reference the sky and lake, while a suite of green tones anchor the house to the landscape; the third scheme of earth-inspired colors is a bit more eclectic.
Though they haven't picked a favorite palette yet, Sara and Jon are drawn to the blue one. "It's amazing how color alone can change a house's whole look," Sara says.
Shown: A paint job that uses shades of the same color plays up the facade's textures without seeming too loud.
Subdued blues reference the earth and sky.
Main body: Gentry Blue
Gable: Canadian Sky
Trim: Treasured Moment
Accent: Great Gray
Front door: Approaching Storm
All from Glidden
A suite of green tones anchor the house to the landscape.
Main body: Messenger Bag
Gable: Herbal Wash
Trim: Echelon Ecru
Accent: Roycroft Copper Red
Front door: Muddled Basil
All from Sherwin-Williams