Good Questions: Not The House Color, Just the Trim?

Good Questions: Not The House Color, Just the Trim?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 22, 2006

Hello AT,

I've been working on this four story 1892 townhouse for awhile, and will finally be installing new windows to replace the dingy aluminum installs. The new wood windows and their trim are coming primed, which of course begs the question: what color to finish?

The current painted facade will someday be stripped to the original, darker brown stone, but for now I have to live with the monkey do-do color of the facade. Similarly, a new cornice will one day finish off the top. The aluminum awning is also going to be history....

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Research calls this a French Renaissance Revival design, and the only thing I could think of was that the window and door "punches" in the facade should read as dark -- so maybe black trim? I would think the window trim color should match the entry ironwork's color. Any inspired suggestions on how to best restore this facade's elegance?

Thanks for any and all suggestions, Timo

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