I’m so excited to share this beautiful transformation with you!
My client Tamara has a really special modern contemporary house. It was built in 1977 and the exterior was looking a bit tired. She used our eDesign Exterior Bundle consultation to get help revealing it’s potential with colour.
After photos taken by the real estate company as the house is being sold
The exterior has lots of pretty limestone and amazing mature landscaping.
And the interior has lovely flagstone floors and stunning floor to ceiling windows that create connection with the landscape.
But the stained wood siding and trim was looking drab and didn’t connect well with either the natural surroundings or the stone (above).
I recommended that she use a deep charcoal to make the most of the dramatic architecture (below).
You can see the the before photo above that the grayed sage colour was looking drab and neither contrasting nor coordinating with the stone. And the trim was an odd blue gray that really was not doing anything to help.
But below, after, the look is crisp and current, and really offsets all the gorgeous ivy and landscaping!
I advised her to keep it elegantly simple by painting the siding and trim the same high contrast charcoal to set up bold contrast with the stone. Charcoal and black look amazing with leafy green and green gray, the colour of stone and weathered wood.
The colour scheme before looked disjointed and washed out. There are three different colours happening without enough connection or contrast (above).
The charcoal unifies all the busy trim elements and makes the stone and deck look fresh (above).
The architecture of this house is truly amazing. So much thought was put into integrating the indoors with the landscape.
How amazing is this beautiful outdoor oasis? It’s dramatic, and now the contrast on the house itself has been leveled up to it.
Gorgeous private pool
Using dark colours is a fabulous way to create a current look on modern contemporary and Brutalist architecture from the 60s and 70s. Their simplified lines and dramatic angles do best when the body colour has some gravity. I really love the way black can offset a lush green landscape too.
This style of house can also be painted softer warm grays. In this case, I gave her both options. A “safe” mid tone green gray would have blended with the stone instead of contrasting with it. And that would have been fine, but I’m so happy she took the plunge and went for drama!
If you’d like help with your exterior colour see our eDesign packages here.
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Speaking of eDesign, I am STILL looking for a designer who’s great with styling and colour who would love to join the Maria Killam Team! This position starts at 30 hours per week but will quickly turn into full-time for the right person.
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PS. I had a great time speaking on the MainStage of the Small Home Expo this weekend:
My sisters Lea Junttila (left) and Elizabeth Jacobs (middle) came to support me!
Thanks so much to Peggy Richardson, organizer and promoter of this event for asking me to be a part of it!