|Diamond St. Victorian, color design by Lynne Rutter
The commisison to design a color scheme for this Victorian cottage in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood, started with a request for something that looked elegant, and "not so cute." I am hearing this request with some frequency these days.
|before: a faded dusty-rose dollhouse
The Victorian Cottage is kind of like the Polly Anna of architecture. So upright and optimistic, so many opportunities for color - can they help but look a bit like doll houses? Especially when they are painted dusty rose? The previous paint job wasn't a bad color scheme at all, but it no longer suited the owners' feeling about their home.
My clients also directed me to a house they like in the area, that had recently been painted charcoal. And they requested a red door.
I love red for front doors! It's good feng shui. Plus, you know right away where the door is.
I started by looking for the perfect charcoal for this location. In full afternoon sun, I wanted it to look like charcoal grey flannel, and not shift too blue or brown in the bright light. How apropos that the C2 color I found to use as our base is called "Savile Row."
|Wedgwood Jasperware color trials
I was working on this color scheme about the same time as I was studying up on Wedgwood Jasperware, which had provided an inspiring solution to another facade I was designing.
I also found this set of Jasperware glaze trials fascinating. Wedgwood had also struggled with achieving just the right tan, just the right mauve...
Somehow I find myself wanting to use those indescribable colors more and more, like mauve, puce, asphaltum, taupe, feldgrau, basalt.
Will these color be getting popular again, or is it just me?
Expert painting by San Francisco Local Color.
All of the paints used on this house are by C2 Color.
Color Consulting by Lynne Rutter 415.282.8820