Because Oak Park has such a rich architectural heritage, you don't have to walk far to find many examples of excellent exterior color schemes for every house size and style. Before I started my project, I spent a lot of time looking at the better examples around the village, studying details and looking at the techniques used on each home.
|Bungalow paint scheme in Northeast Oak Park|
|Four color color scheme used on an Oak Park Foursquare|
|Brick Foursquare with a striking color scheme on windows, columns and dormer.|
|Somber color scheme on a Prairie School masterpiece.|
|Dark trim that accentuates the details on a light-colored home.|
|Remarkable dark color scheme on one of our finest Queen Anne homes.|
|Detail of paint showing siding color on the side of a trim board.|
|Detail of the Tiny Bungalow windows showing the siding color on the side of the window trim.|
|Trim painted the same color on all sides, with a different colored siding.|
|Home with trim painted the same color on all sides.|
I looked at several painting blogs and asked some painters about this and got some interesting answers. One painter, who painted only the face of the trim noted that they would spray paint the entire house and then come back and paint the surface of the trim because it was faster. Another noted that painting only the front of the trim created a "clean edge" that they thought was more appealing than the jagged line created along the edge of the siding when the side of the trim was painted.
Many painters adhered to the notion that the trim should always be painted first, on all sides, and that the body color was then added to come up to the trim. The same technique used on the inside of the home: painting the trim first and then the walls, should be used on the exterior of the home. This technique made a lot more sense to me and the dimensional quality of the trim is more important to me than the clean line so I decided to follow this manner of painting.
|Step one: Painting the trim, on all sides.|
|Step two: Painting the siding or "body" color.|
|Step three: painting the window and sills.|