I just returned from a completed row house exterior project in Old Town, Alexandria and had to share.
The row house, dating back to the 1800s, is situated in a block of houses that are much the same. Many have been remodeled but most retain the original “facade”. In this particular block, many of the homes are set back with a small front garden and white picket fence.
When starting to pull together color options for exteriors I always take into consideration the color schemes of neighboring houses. This pretty blue one sits directly across the street.
And this saturated red exterior is directly next door.
So here is the entrance of my project. The house was painted an “anemic” gray with darker trim and a faded blue door. Not enough contrast. Very tired. Very bland. Fabulous bones…much room for improvement.
With such a small slice of exterior, three window boxes looked too busy. Because all houses on the block had white painted fences, I didn’t consider changing that, but the white didn’t relate to anything else on the house. The door treatment was all wrong. I usually paint the storm to match the door rather than the surrounding trim.
Here is the house with its new colors. The facade is now more snappy and ordered. There is nice crisp contrast with the fresh white trim on trim and window sashes (which now relates to the fence). After testing with large samples, we settled on one of my favorite mid-tone neutral colors for the exterior- Benjamin Moore’s Briarwood. Trim is Brilliant White; shutters and door are Black Forest Green. I limited the colors to three only to keep things clean and simple on this tiny plane (restraint– this is Virginia). The house sits nicely with its neighbors and is ~ much improved. All it needs is a spot of color in that one little window box. Another happy client!