|Portland Blue and Cane Jasperware Tea Set, by Wedgwood|
Recently I had a request to do the colors for a Queen Anne townhouse in San Francisco where my good friends the Von Petrins had just bought the upper flat. Having worked with them on the interior I already knew they prefer a more minimal/contemporary/unusual treatment, and they had even suggested the house be painted entirely black, a growing trend in San Francisco.
The partner owners love the Victorian style, but also wanted a deep color and directed me to houses painted dark blue.
Raised in the 1920s to add a garage, the house is rather high off the sidewalk making the garage door a bit more obvious than the entry. So we discussed using a bright color on the doors to make them more visible. The upper flat has white vinyl window units and I decided to just ignore them since they may be replaced soon. The house had previously been painted pale blue and white, in a way that de-emphasized the ornament and flatted out the facade. In fact it is patchwork quilt of different applied ornament, some original, some not. I admit it, this one was a brain-teaser for me.
How to make a daring, contemporary splash and still celebrate the Victorian ornament and have it all look cohesive? The answer came to me while admiring a deep blue and ivory Wedgwood Jasperware teapot: a lovely object that had 6 distinct ornaments that look wonderful together, on a highly contrasting surface. Seemed to me a perfect solution! Rather than call out the details in different colors, ALL of the ornament can be the same color.
So--- here is the result:
|The Jasper house|
Paint by Sherwin-Williams
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