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This post reveals an exterior paint color update for a historic home in the Geneva Park neighborhood of Boulder, Colorado.  We believe that this gorgeous house with incredible bones was a Sears Roebuck catalog house.  This meant that the original owners ordered the home from a catalog and all the building materials were shipped to Boulder from the east coast by rail car in the early 1900s.  The current homeowners are a hardworking Boulder, Colorado family.  The parents own their own business, and their priority is to focus on their four really nice kids.  Our objective was to update the home for sale with high end finishes that wouldn’t break the bank.

Exterior Paint Color Palette

The homeowners wanted a light and happy exterior that would show off the architectural features of the house, so they started with a soft yellow body color.  Hepplewhite Ivory (HC-36) is a beige with soft yellow undertones, a great choice to keep yellow paint colors from looking harsh.

Victorian house with yellow and white paint colors

Historic home in Boulder, CO. Photo by VisuTour.

The previous paint palette was once really nice, but it was worn and needed a refresh.

Before view of gray victorian House

Before, Photo by Google (DON”T PIN!)

Our new color palette was soft, light and bright. With light colors, we were able to update the house without sacrificing its historic identity.

The side view shows a peek into the gorgeous patio.  We painted the gable peaks Benjamin Moore Simply White (OC-117), and kept the trim the same soft white. We tried painting the gutters black, in the current farmhouse style, but they looked too heavy.  Instead we painted the gutters, fascia, trim, soffits and garage doors with Simply White. Besides, we wanted everyone to see beautiful house, not the gutters!

Yellow Victorian house with white trim

Side view of gorgeous house. Photo by VisuTour.

Definitely an improvement!

Victorian gray house before new paint

Before Photo by Google (Don’t PIN!)

The Front Porch

The inviting front porch is a family gathering spot.  We painted the front door Hale Navy (HC-154), and added a splash of blue with Woodlawn Blue (HC-147) to the front porch ceiling in the Southern tradition of Haint Blue.  You can see another Haint Blue front porch here.

Front porch with haint blue ceiling

Front Porch – Photo by VisuTour

Outdoor Living Space Paint Colors

When we updated the home, we didn’t forget the outdoor living space.  The patio garden opens from the kitchen door.  We painted the walls with the Hepplewhite Ivory, and used Hale Navy again for the planter box and outdoor oven accents.  Existing furniture was staged by Five Empires Staging.

Back Patio, Photo by VisuTour

We renewed the teak dining room set with teak oil, and it transformed the set!

Outdoor Dining Area

Outdoor Dining Area, Photo by VisuTour

Finally, with permission from the city, the homeowners cut down an old sick tree.

Old tree cut down

Tree removal – Photo by M. Marceny

The Verdict

We used a soft and bright color palette to update this historic home without compromising its historic and iconic appeal.  ALWAYS test your paint colors like a pro for best results.

Credits: Fordham and MacLean Painting, Five Empires Staging


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