Exterior Inspiration: Mid Century Colors

When we lived in Los Angeles, we became quite familiar with mid-century architecture as there are many gorgeous examples of post and beam designs there.  Our new house in the Bay Area is a mid-century home, as in it was built in 1953. However it does not have many of the characteristics that really defined that style of architecture, except maybe for the extra large window openings and the wood panelling.

Well, we’ve replaced all the windows and the wood panelling is gone, but I want the house to look like it was from that era.  The best way I can think of giving our house some of that character is with paint, since mid-century homes tended to have a very particular color palette.  Over at Mad for Mid-Century, they featured a great set of original Eichler colors, both for the Exterior Body and the Exterior Accent.  What I love about the color charts below, is that it calls out  the original paint colors that have since been discontinued, it also features the current Benjamin Moore equivalent.  Nice!

The exterior colors are neutral, yet quite deep.

The accent colors are bright and cheery.

Here are some of the exteriors that I have found inspiring:

via The Analog Eye

via HGTV

via Houzz

I am particularly drawn to the yellow door, I’ve always found them cheerful and welcoming. For the record, I am going with a yellow front door.  Now I just need to figure out the main house color.  Hubby wants something deep. I’m leaning towards a grey/blue color, but all the colors I have found so far are either too blue, or too grey.  The search for the perfect house color continues.

I’m all set with the door.  Just as well, since our new custom door from Crestview just shipped out to us. Below is what we’re expecting along with the hardware I’m planning to order. Now, just imagine it in that gorgeous yellow accent color. Yum.

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Lee Warren - We just bought a MCM house which was built in 1953. I am interested in colors, design and anything that would help me decorate this home!

isadorag - Congrats on your recent home purchase. There are so many resources and inspiration to be found around the internet for MCM homes. Good luck.

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