|Morton St. Queen Anne with a new paint scheme by Lynne Rutter|
The house is a fabulous 1890 "Queen Anne" style set back from the street, with a front garden. It had been painted with a bachelor-pad color scheme in the late 1980s, and it seemed to me the feminine aspects of the architecture got a bit lost in the process.
|Before: "bachelor pad" color scheme or brown and beige|
|Walter Crane "Swans" by Bradbury and Bradbury|
With a major restoration and interior upgrade already in progress, the exterior painting was a ways off, but it often feels like the light at the end of a long tunnel to have the colors worked out in advance, and to have that to look forward to, as well as to help us focus on what this house - what the experience of living in this house - will be "about."
I was asked to give her back her dignity, as well as some of her sass, like a well-dressed lady who is also fabulously smart.
Meanwhile, awkwardly-added gutters and downspouts were reworked or replaced, and the balcony rebuilt; a large number of window sashes were replaced as were many of the cedar shingles.
Our new color scheme was inspired in part by an Aesthetic Movement poster, printed by Bradbury and Bradbury Art Wallpapers, on a swan design by Walter Crane. The gold ochre, the terra cotta... even that little bit of black. So this is where I started. I went through 15 different gold, ochre, and bronze colors; they would all look so different on site and at different times of day. Also I meant to use two of them, because normally I approve of painting the shingles differently from the shiplap, but in this case the texture difference was enough.
The blue appears not only in the sky but on the ceiling of the porch and the underside of the eaves. Gold leaf embellishes some features, including many that are visible from the upstairs windows.
|Morton St Queen Anne with its new paint scheme by Lynne Rutter|
Lynne Rutter designs color for interiors and exteriors in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as by email for homes all over the world! Contact her here.