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3 Color Palettes for a Victorian Home

Victorian House Interior

When you think of Victorian homes, you probably envision a colorful façade. Victorian homes are characterized by ornate carpentry, and a well-applied color palette should highlight some of the architectural details. When it comes to choosing a palette for your Victorian home, you can go traditional or modern.

Below are three examples of color schemes that allow you to pick out beautiful detailing in your home without going overboard.

1. Four-Color Historical Palette

The Victorian period of architecture spanned from around 1830 to 1910 and a lot of trends in color schemes. While purple, pink, and aqua made appearances during this time, more classic colors might be a better bet if you want your house to appear historically accurate.

While historical palettes could include up to nine colors for especially ornate houses, a four-color scheme provides the right mix of foundation and accent. In this case, you'll start with a golden base for the walls. Your primary trim color should be white — this will be for the posts and columns and other major areas of trim.

Those two colors give you a light foundation. Therefore, you can get darker with the other two accent colors. Consider a taupe gray and slate blue. You'll use one of these colors around the windows and the other to pick out beautiful areas of trim, such as corbels or molding. That said, don't have all of them painted in a contrasting color, as this will affect the cohesion of the façade.

2. Four-Color Transition Palette

If the above palette sounds too subdued for you, consider a transitional palette. This color scheme still features four colors, but with more contrast, resulting in a vibrant façade.

In this case, start with pale walls in a putty color, perhaps with some green undertones. Your primary accent color will be burgundy. Red and green, even in their muted forms, are complementary colors, so the above foundation presents a high contrast.

Here's where the transition comes in — you'll choose two secondary accents that provide a transition between putty and burgundy. Perhaps you'll use a grayish-rose color for outlining the windows and a greenish-gray for other areas of trim. Play around with saturation to find the right shades for your house.

3. Four-Color Monochromatic Palette

Yes, a palette can be both four-colored and monochromatic. You'll choose three shades of a base color, such as a purple or blue, along with a white for a monochromatic palette.

You'll use the first two shades of your base color, say periwinkle and dusty lilac, for your walls. Victorian houses usually feature breaks in the façade wall, indicated with trim and sometimes even different shingle styles. You'll use the two shades to highlight these breaks.

You still have a primary and secondary accent color. In this case, white is your primary accent color. This is used for the windows, columns, posts, and fascia. Your secondary accent should be a saturated version of your base color, such as eggplant, used to paint shutters and other areas of trim.

Four-color palettes are ideal for any Victorian home ranging from basic to highly ornate. Adding more colors can overwhelm any but the fanciest façades. However, if you want to add a touch of whimsy, consider adding a fifth color in a hidden location — the porch roof — using a high-saturation version of one of your accent colors.

Make your Victorian home the show-stopper on the block by trying a version of one of the above color palettes. Highlight the beautiful architecture of your home with a new paint job. Contact H L Weaver General Construction & Painting for quality work with your selected color palette.