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Anatomy of Craftsman Colors
In the Craftsman style, home and nature work together in harmony. Because so many Craftsman homes are associated with California, the colors often reflect this: earthy browns; muted greens; cool stone-like blues.
When painting your house exterior in this style, keep in mind that you will be dealing with three areas: walls, trim, and accents. Sometimes your design will have more colors, but only rarely.
Walls are the biggest area that you will be painting. These are sometimes called the "body" of the house.
Trim consists of eaves, pillars, railing, and the like. Accents are wall sections that are smaller than the body area.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Sherwin Williams' Colors
This palette of six color schemes is derived from Sherwin Williams paints. Each row of three colors represents a complete palette you can apply to your house. Rows go sideways.
Each column is read downwards. For example, the designation "Wall" applies to all colors downwards.
So, numbers 2842, 2843, and 2838 are a complete exterior color scheme for wall, trim, and accent, respectively.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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If you're looking for historical precedents for your exterior paint, take a look at Valspar. This popular paint brand, offered by Lowe's, does a pretty good job of identifying historic properties and deriving from them color schemes that anyone can use. One of their best initiatives has been to team up with the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, issuing Georgian, Neoclassical, Southwestern, and Victorian colors based on real places.
While the Valspar products in our photo gallery are not part of this National Trust collective, they are part of a separate section devoted just to Craftsman paint colors. It's worth looking at:
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- Caraway Seed
- Sandy Cove
- Twilight Jungle
- Thundering Clouds
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Homey and Comfortable Colors
Here's a color scheme that is simple and easy.
Tip: Looking for something other than Craftsman? There are others worth checking out including Tudor and Victorian.
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- Powdered Snow - Trim
- Shortgrass Prairie - Main area of siding
- Chianti - Red area around door
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Bold Craftsman House Colors
These exterior colors come from Valspar:
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- Dry Earth
- Woodlawn Misty Morn
- Sienna Red
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Craftsman House Colors That Work With the Landscaping
A California Craftsman house with a paint scheme that works well with its surroundings. From Benjamin Moore:
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- Antique White - Trim
- Horizon Gray - Main body color
- Night Train - Accent.
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Mild Craftsman Colors on a Tract House
On many tract houses, sometimes the only features that qualify the style as Craftsman are the distinctive pyramid-shaped columns and their river-rock bases. Add a few colors from the right palette and you've got "Craftsman Lite." From Valspar:
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- Lyndhurst Gallery Beige
- Coconut Milk
- Country Path
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A Very Modern Craftsman House and Its Colors
Granted, it's pushing the boundaries of Craftsman with this house (note the extraneous shutters and the brick apron). But house style aside, it's a handsome blend of four Craftsman-inspired colors from Benjamin Moore.
From Benjamin Moore:
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- Clarksville Gray
- Papier Mache
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Craftsman Colors on Porch
Tight shot of a shingled house with its porch painted in Craftsman colors. Nice door, too!
Paint is from Benjamin Moore:
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- Richmond Gold
- Clarksville Gray
- Cloud Nine
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Craftsman House Colors on a Shingled House, With Porch
Paint is by Benjamin Moore:
- Fairview Taupe
- White Opulence