Asked on Oct 23, 2017

I need suggestions for painting an 1898 Victorian House

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Its a three story home with a turret located in Kansas. Wrap around porch, many stained glass windows.
q i need suggestions for painting an 1898 victorian house
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  • Visit your local restoration society to see what colors were used at the time the house was built and use that as your guide. Or just paint any color that fits in with the neighborhood. !Lemon yellow with a white trim would be pretty. A white house with black trim can be striking.
  • Shirley Headley
    on Oct 23, 2017

    I would check with the Historical Society in your area to be sure you use the correct paints/colors for the time period when the house was built. Since it is Victorian, you would not want to paint it a color that is too modern looking. It sounds like a beautiful house-personally, I love the old homes-they have so much character & you wouldn't want to take away from that. Good luck-post some pics when you are finished.
    • Mer15720035
      on Oct 24, 2017

      we are looking forward to learning all the nooks and crannies and giving them the TLC they need. BUT the kitchen will be much more up to date...especially since we looked into older stoves....but one from the 30s or 40s is not out of the question... I am sure every day will be an adventure.
  • Bijous
    on Oct 23, 2017

    What a wonderful house. Thank you for preserving it. Victorians liked color, so if you want to go that route, try This Old House: Paint-Color Ideas for Ornate Victorian Houses | This Old House

    The colors below won a price in 2015 in Chicago. Personally, I'm partial to white houses with dark trims, but it's really up to you. Good luck.
  • Sharon
    on Oct 23, 2017

    Have you checked with your local historical society, they usually have paint recommendations and in some historical districts,, the color selection must be approved by them. https://www.google.com/search?q=pictures+of+Kansas+victorian+paint+colors&client=opera&hs=UX2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjItvS5j4fXAhUO-GMKHXV9CUkQ7AkIQQ&biw=1302&bih=669
  • Bijous
    on Oct 23, 2017

    That's prize...
  • Darlene Williman
    on Oct 23, 2017

    First check to see if you are in a historical area. If you are then you have to follow their guide lines. If your not you can paint it what ever color you like but be sure to clean and prep it well so you don't have to paint again in a year or so. Victorians usually mixed several colors on their houses and you can go onto different sites to see their suggestions. I personally like a two or three tone house. A base color, a trim color and a contrasting door and shutter color. Maybe sage green for siding, white for trim and black for shutters and door. But it is your house and you should use he colors you like best. Just suggestion though, buy samples and try them on the back of the house first and see if you really like the color outside and in a large area. Expensive if you paint the whole thing and don't like it afterwards!
    • Mer15720035
      on Oct 24, 2017

      we are not a listed house.....at least at this point. current owner started yellow, guess you can see that, but we are not sure about that. we will try to find older photos to see what it might have been, and of course in prep for anything we will probably see the layers....thanx for your input... we do want to keep the front door natural, rather than painting it....and we are leaning towards making some storm windows so we can preserve the original windows....such fun ahead.

  • Linda
    on Oct 23, 2017

    If you live in a historic district, you must confer with the historic society about colors. They may also help you research historic records as to how it may have once been painted.

  • DebM
    on Oct 24, 2017

    I live near Savannah, GA and white with black shutters seems to be the norm in our historic district and plantation homes. Love your house. Have fun!
  • Swan Road Designs
    on Oct 24, 2017

    You have what might be categorized as a "painted lady," which is a typical house of the Victorian era. Do some research on painted ladies and choose colors that appeal to you and would be appropriate to the time. Typically these homes were painted in color units of 3 or 5 or, sometimes, more. In other words, three colors or five colors. Almost always an odd number.

    Many books have been published about these lovely homes. Check your library or the Internet for some of them. You will enjoy reading and paging through them.
  • Emily
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Although I love houses like this painted many different colors, in our case cost of such a paint job would be a big factor. You have one of the houses of my dreams. I imagine this is very big with a lot of rooms? I think you mentioned a stove? My daughter had the 1940's stove (6 burner) in her house repaired. . . it was costly but well worth it as the size would have been hard to replace and it fits its space exactly.
  • Ginny
    on Oct 24, 2017

    See if your city or county govt. has an Historic District Commission under their jurisdiction that dictates colors. I worked for an HDC in Howard County MD, and homes in the historic districts had to go before a Commission when doing exterior painting or renovations.
    I live in Catonsville MD, and there are lots of houses like this in my neighborhood and when they are painted and decorated correctly, the homes are so lovely.
    Take your time, do your research, and you'll end up with a gem. I do like the colors that Bijous 2010 submitted.
  • Nina
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Look online at some of the “painted ladies” as they are called, in San Francisco to give you ideas; some of them are quite ornate with many colors on the small details, etc. You have a beautiful home. Good luck!
  • Lucyof ak
    on Oct 24, 2017

    I owned one of these turn of the century homes a while ago. It was painted white when I bought it. I painted it a taupe base color, used white on the Corinthian columns and chose a muted turquoise and muted Terra cotta for the trim. Used the taupe color on the porch deck and the caps of the columns. People were yelling complements out of their car windows. Really was beautiful if I don't say so myself.
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