Choosing a Color Palette that Breathes New Life into an Old House
This past summer, we worked with owners who gutted and renovated a classic 1916 Victorian farm house that had been in disrepair for many years, yet in walking distance of the ferry and downtown Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. The bonus? A large turn-of-the-century barn in the back of the property that can become anything for new owners — perhaps a studio, workshop or party room. The barn was restored, fully electrified and cable brought in, with its true “next life” TBD.
The home now beautifully blends the character of “old Vineyard” with modern conveniences and amenities. Desirable features abound, such as custom cabinetry and woodwork, modern baths, vaulted ceilings, unique lighting fixtures, period hardware, and wide oak floors. Although the residence was stunningly modernized, it still needed something – inviting wall colors. Through our Interior Styling Immersion Package, we helped the homeowner choose a color scheme that paid homage to the home’s history and highlighted the architectural details while simultaneously feeling fresh and new.
This renovation was done for resale, so we created a neutral palette. With a myriad of living spaces with the main living areas adjoining, we had quite a few hues to coordinate. We broke out our trusted Benjamin Moore color wheel and carefully selected a simple, yet classic, scheme that elevated the home’s wow factor. We’re happy with the finished look, and apparently so were the house hunters. The homeowners sold their home in hours!
The Color Scheme for this Martha’s Vineyard 1916 Farmhouse
Here are the colors we chose for this spectacular home.
Kitchen, Dining Room and Pantry: Sea Pearl by Benjamin Moore
Bedroom: Phillipsburg Blue by Benjamin Moore
Master Bedroom: Van Courtland Blue by Benjamin Moore
Stairs (railing/steps/banisters): Black Tar by Benjamin Moore
Bathrooms: Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore
Some Color Scheme Tips
• Pick a color palette that suits your style and personality.
• Choose undertones that complement the furniture, flooring, and window coverings.
• Be consistent with the tones throughout the living spaces of your home.
• Pay attention to the lighting throughout the day – different types of lighting can change the look of the paint color.
• Don’t forget about the paint finish – make sure it will work for each room. For example, you will want a more durable finish for the kitchen, while an eggshell works well in bedrooms and living rooms.
Looking for help choosing a color scheme for your home? Our Interior Styling Immersion service is a highly-focused package that will help you get the professional guidance and direction you need to pull your room or small design project together. Learn more about this highly collaborative service.