Do you have a lot of unfun projects to tackle in your house? You know, the ones that cost a lot of money but don’t have the visual pay off. We have had a lot of those: foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical. Well, another one we have needed to do for a long time is replace pretty much all of the shingles on the East and West sides of the house. Here is a picture of our brown shingle from this past summer–we face North:
Our house colors are pretty typical for this area–brown with white trim. This might be my favorite color combo for a brown shingle craftsman–as long as the shingles are stained. Ours however are painted. I know this makes them more durable but they lose that natural warmth, age and weathering and tend to look so flat. But to get them back to an unpainted state we really would just have to replace them all. Not in the budget at this time. But the thing that having painted shingles frees me up to do is to consider other paint colors besides brown. Although our house is considered a craftsman, its on the cusp of the Victorian era and we have a lot of Victorian elements such as that turret–and Victorians are the opposite of brown:
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So lately I’ve been snapping photos of houses around our neighborhood for inspiration. Forgive the image quality as they were all with my phone…
Above has stained shingles with dark trim and a sagey green color on the sashes and mullions.
Above is stained brown with white trim. So pretty and natural looking!
It’s hard to see in the image above but this house has a dark stain on the shingles and white trim but the mullions are a pretty blue. I really like this combo too.
The one above is interesting. More Victorian elements and even a bit of tudor and craftsman and the shingles have been turned to siding. Also, some (odd) updates to the details and scale have been made to make it more contemporary as well as the orange and gray color choice.
This one is so bright and fresh. Yellow with white trim and a beautiful green on the mullions. And of course a red door!
This one is pretty too–more of a taupey neutral with a creamy trim and blue on the mullions.
I’m sure I’ll find more as I explore but these are the ones I’ve noticed. Honestly, I’ll probably stick with brown or maybe a dark gray, keep the white trim and maybe change the color of the sashes. What do you think? What’s your favorite?