Is Gray Over Yet?

Before photo courtesy of Buildings of New England.

Is Gray Over Yet? This spectacular house is the Talbot Cottage in Kennebunkport, Maine, built c. 1890.

The large Shingle Style summer cottage has bold Flemish gables that make it distinctive in a neighborhood full of exceptional shingled cottages. Like many historic Shingle Style cottages, it has been painted light gray with white trim in recent years, dramatically changing its character.

As a rule, I am not too concerned about paint colors on historic buildings because they are easily changed and don’t permanently alter the character of a building. That said, I will be happy when this gray trend is over and these wonderful houses can return to the darker tones they were intended to have.

The topic of paint for historic houses, including a discussion of historically appropriate paint schemes, is covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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