“Home, A little house – but it’s all our own, A place to love, A place called home – & a place worth protecting with Dutch Boy”
– Dutch Boy paint ad. 1936

BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 1

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 1

THE COLOR LESSON

All the articles that I have read about choosing bungalow paint colors give a few examples, a few combinations, but they don’t actually teach you anything about the design history of bungalows or about the use of color to best enhance your home. If you want to learn the how & the why of color choices, stick around & read my ridiculously long article, & then you’ll be able to figure it out for yourself.

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CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 2

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 2

COLOR HARMONY

Your bungalow is the offspring of a philosophical & design movement that started in the late 1800’s in England & spread to the United States, primarily through the work & words of Gustav Stickley, a furniture designer & maker as well as a publisher.

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CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 3

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 3

THE ARTS & CRAFTS MESSAGE

The motivation & purpose of art is communication, the passing of an idea from one person to another. Going back to the drawings of the early cave dwellers which may have been the works of shamans, illustrating their visions, humankind has used symbols to communicate ideas & emotions & to influence the thoughts & behavior of others, even the gods. 

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CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 4

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 4

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHEMISTRY PAINT

Paint & other finish formulations have changed over the decades due to discoveries made in chemistry, both innovating & frightening.

This charming little booklet, published in 1923, features the Dutch Boy on the cover, talking to the lead soldier. Inside there are 14 images of items that use lead such as a light bulb (lead glass), shoes and baseballs (lead in the rubber), and a bullet which we know is made of lead. A Color Harmony in the Home booklet is attached for adults. This coloring book for children was part of a campaign by the lead industry, portraying lead as a healthful element, necessary for a happy life.

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CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 5

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 5

HISTORIC BUNGALOW PAINT PALETTES

Now that I’ve thoroughly destroyed all possible affinity for the paint purveyors of the past, let’s look at what these paint companies offered. We all know about Sears kit houses-prefabricated homes that were delivered by train all ready to assemble on site. They also offered their own line of paints, Seroco, which you could purchase alone, or use to make your kit house your very own. Below is a catalogue from 1914. A couple of inside pages show the colors that were offered in paint & stain.

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CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 6

CHOOSING BUNGALOW PAINT COLORS, Part 6

PAINTING YOUR BUNGALOW EXTERIOR CHECKLIST

Now that you know:
A. How colors work &
B. The philosophy behind the design of your house,
let’s figure out how to blend these with your own voice to create a harmonious color scheme for your home.

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Historic Shed Traditionally designed outbuildings

Historic Shed Traditionally designed outbuildings