Japanese Maple in Front of the House



This fall, it was time to update the exterior colors of our modest 1960’s ranch house in Western Massachusetts.  I wanted a change from the neutral slightly silvery color stain that had been the original color. My choices were nature-inspired for the most part, as you can see from the photos I’ve taken of the foliage that’s around the house.  The Pioneer Valley is really lovely year round, but the foliage colors in the fall are amazing.

I did some research on 1960’s house colors, and depending on when in the 60’s, there was a trend toward colors found in nature, so how could I resist?  This particular palette is a bit Arts and Crafts meets 1960s’ or 70’s appliance colors meets the autumn woods in 2013.

Colors: Siding: In the foreground, Ben Moore Springfield Sage (510); Trim: Ben Moore Camouflage (2143-40); Doors (including brick in the breezeway): Ben Moore Georgian Brick (HC-50).

The house is rather-well hidden from the street, but here are my amateur photos of the finish colors on the house: starting with the view of the garage door from the driveway, walking along the path along the side of the garage, looking back toward the garage and then entering the breezeway to reach the front door.  We have kept the original light fixture in the breezeway (not seen in the photos), the brick in the breezeway is also original (now painted the Georgian Brick color) and the doors and windows are all original, as well (except for the sliding glass doors off the front deck that can’t be seen).  The cedar board and batten siding needed repair in a few areas, but is has held up well since 1964!

The breezeway can be dark, so I hope to add some additional lighting in the future, and perhaps a sky-light.  I had the painters use the lighter trim color on the siding next to the front door, so at least the light that is available would reflect off that color more than on the medium green color of the rest of the siding.


Happy Fall!