|this subtle paint scheme allows the details to shine|
|Broderick Street's elegant new facade|
The home's owners called me (not a minute too soon!) looking for a sophisticated, urban look. They also wanted to show off the unique period features of the Edwardian architecture with its generous nod to the Beaux Arts style.
|the unbearable "before" picture|
We chose a hazy, grey/green for the "base" color of the design. Most of this color is used on the sides and back of the house. On the facade itself, there is very little "base" as most of its surface area is actually "trim" - with massive brackets, prominent mouldings, and columns. To make this look cohesive I limited the contrast between these two colors. In addition, a slightly darker, celery color is employed around the windows, to help the columns stand out a bit more, and then we had a bit of fun by using a very current color of teal on the window sashes.
|A bit of 23k gold leaf here and there makes all the difference!|
|shadows enliven the sculptural details|
Though budget would not allow for a full restoration of the facade, we were at least able to restore its dignity, and give a fresh face to this grand lady.
Color design: Lynne Rutter
Painting: Danny Massingale, San Francisco
paint: Benjamin Moore
click on images to view larger. all photos in this post by Lynne Rutter