I drove by a school a few weeks ago in Abbotsford and was struck by the colour combination so I stopped and took a picture.
It’s rare so see such great colour on a school, they are mostly so boring and beige–as I say this I’m thinking maybe there’s something special about the designers that pick colours in that town, remember that other school I showed you? It was in Abbotsford too.
The design of the exterior with the lines stamped into the stucco to define the colour is really what makes this colour scheme so interesting. Also, the fact that they did not choose a third colour but instead used a beige. This prevents a checkerboard look from happening which would have made it look too busy. Also of course the cream is on the top which allows the darker colours on the bottom to ground the building.
The aluminim shutters over the lower windows (to prevent break-ins) are light in colour and also visually relate to the beige on the top in addition to the fascia. If the colorist had used a third colour that did not relate to anything else, it would have looked too choppy and busy.
What do you think of this colour combination? Would you have done anything differently?
Update: One reader asked why I didn’t distinguish the undertone of the beige in this post. Good question. Because the other colours are so much darker and stronger than the beige it becomes very hard to read by the naked eye. Undertones of any colour (especially complex neutrals) change when shown in context with other colours. On first glance I would say it’s a yellow undertone (pink always reads so much more ‘mocha’ to me, but this is quite pale so it could be pink, however it was too high for me to be able to match with my fan deck). Context is everything and in this colour scheme the undertone of the beige starts to become less important when paired with such strong colours. It could also have a green undertone. A greeny beige is what I use when I want the colour to read less yellow but visually paired with a strong colour it looks yellow. I know, now you wish I hadn’t said it 🙂