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As the black and white trend continues to spread all over the country, I’m seeing more and more homes painted black where BLACK DOES NOT BELONG.
And the following style of home is a perfect example.
I received these photos and email from a lovely reader:
“I read Maria’s blog today about happy, exterior colours and it made me think of my poor old Century home that was destroyed by the current owner.
This is a very clear “what would Maria NOT do”.
First picture is how I painted the house after we purchased it and at that time it had the red roof, but the entire house was also painted red.”
“Since I couldn’t change the roof, I chose Hale Navy siding, cream trim and accents of yellow in the gingerbread and doors.
We owned it for 20 years and everyone in our town LOVED that house.
Second photo shows new black windows, black roof and inappropriate use of modern gray granite which wraps around the side of the house. It is now a mish-mash of century and modern and has been sitting empty and gutted for 3 years. Don’t get me started on the destruction of all the perennial gardens.
Not sure what the owner thought they were doing?
PS. When I owned it, it made the cover of Style at Home magazine. Now I think it belongs on the cover of What the F$*@? magazine”
I cannot stress this enough.
Black or any shade of dark, bleak charcoal does NOT and I repeat NOT belong on a Victorian style, character home, nor does it belong on a home with a wrap around porch or even a front porch.
Black also does not belong on a cottage style home. It’s a cottage. Even the word cottage immediately makes me think cute and colourful (below).
If I’m sitting on a porch, I want it to be bright and light and happy (below)!
Black feels oppressive very fast so tread lightly in this trend, too much black quickly becomes harsh, flat and predictable.
I also received this email along with these photos from Gina Pardoe a True Colour Expert:
The photos above show my barn in its BEFORE (2014), DURING (2015), and AFTER (Yesterday) phases. It had been naturally turning gray in areas, aging in others, and looking pretty crappy. We needed a stain with thick coverage and enough pigment for UV protection.I’m sending my utmost gratitude to you for giving me the confidence to test a few boards with sample colors and choose the winner. I added enough black trim for some detail, but didn’t want to go crazy with unbalanced lines going in every direction.My oldest son was married here four years ago, and my second son was married this past Saturday. Now it’s an official venue we’ll soon be a offeing for rent. Hopefully we can recuperate at least half of the $$$$$ we’ve spent on renovations. The interior is just as pretty.Again, thank you, thank you! You have been such an important part of my successful design business!’
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