Ornate and decorative, Victorian architecture marks a unique departure from the symmetry of early American architecture. Decidedly asymmetrical, Victorian homes feature intricate roof lines and ornate porches with shingles or narrow-lap wood siding. Distinctive features include decorative trim, spindle work, and clapboard siding.
Make the most of the highly detailed ornamentation by using an enlarged palette for a Victorian home. A rich, diverse color scheme plays up the excitement of intricate features. Dark yet vivid colors reflect later Victorian style, while lighter colors reflect earlier Victorian stylings
Colors like amethyst or a rich Bordeaux are often combined with golden yellows or topaz for high-contrast accents. Grounding this type of color with a rich beige keeps a decorative facade from feeling too feminine. Other popular colors include deep ruby reds, forest greens, and golden ambers.
Exterior Color Tips
- No matter the architectural style of your home, don’t forget to consider the fixed features and the surrounding environment. Elements that won’t be painted —such as your landscaping, roof, stone or masonry, and windows —are just as important as the portions you paint. Neutral elements carry less weight in your color decisions; colored features play a more important role.
- An easy way to enhance curb appeal and create a signature statement is changing your door color. Paint it a contrasting color that complements the house color, or use the trim color. We can paint door frames the same color as the house, or use the trim color. Consider a darker shade of the trim color for sunken panels and a medium shade for the stiles (the vertical struts on paneled doors).
- Play down your windows and other features by using the house color; draw attention by selecting a high-contrast hue. Shutters and window boxes provide a vehicle to add an extra punch of color —use the same color as your front door or select complementary colors.
- Treads on wooden steps usually carry the porch color. We can paint risers to match the color of the house trim.