1910 Arts and Crafts Home

Making An Old Girl Seem Young Again

What do you do to a home which has had the same paint colors since the mid 1990’s? How do you bring an older home with charm and detail into the 2000’s and makes it look fresh and alive? Those were the questions the homeowner asked me when we started to look at re-painting their beloved Arts and Crafts home this summer.

Color Inspiration

First was a trip to a well-known home show to see firsthand industry trends and discuss colors schemes. We literally looked at everything from carpets and wall coverings to furniture for inspiration. We settled on a wallpaper whose pallet we agreed would make a wonderful start to our picking paint colors.

The house situated high on a bluff, looked heavy and worn out. The current color of dark grey with burgundy trim was a nice choice years ago, but both colors had faded and deepened. The house seemed dark and sad.

By painting the house a crème color and the windows an off white, the house seemed to stand up straight. We accented the windows and details with contrasting colors which brought out the details of the architecture. We added cool colors for a strong contrast to the warm tones. Painting the trim a smoky gray and the doors throughout the house a violet purple/blue, made a wonderful contrast to the brightness of the main body of the home.

By changing the floor from an aqua to a dark warm brown, the house now feels supported at the base. The transformation couldn’t be more apparent from the street; the house appears to have a bright sunny feeling even on a cloudy, rainy day.

The client couldn’t be happier. It’s added a whole new life to a grand old girl! See the before and after and let us know what you think!


Diana Lapins – Owner, Hunt Woods Manor
Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project.

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