Before & After ~ The Effect of a Changed Paint Scheme.
A picturesque, towered Queen Anne style house in Portland, Maine, has typical features of the style, including a projecting bay, round tower, and front porch. These photos show what a dramatic difference changing a paint scheme can make in the character of a house. Both use three colors for the body, trim, and windows. The windows remain the same in both, the trim is nearly the same, and only the body is significantly different – going from pale yellow to medium-dark green.
The contrast between the darker body color and the lighter trim causes the architectural forms and details of the house to stand out and enlivens the appearance of the house. A 1924 photo of this house (below) shows it reversed from the most recent scheme, with a light body and dark trim, creating a similarly lively appearance even in a black and white image. A thoughtful selection of paint colors can enhance the architectural features of a house.
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