Colonial Bungalow in Oxnard, California 

One of the most interesting and least understood bungalow types is the “Colonial Bungalow.” This 1922 examples illustrates the simplicity of the standard bungalow plan but with columns and pediments.

“It looks great and we get so many compliments. The comments include that it looks very ‘period’ and ‘rich.’ The Ventura County Museum of History and Art used our house for a fundraising tour and everyone loved the house. These pictures probably don’t do the finished product justice. Thanks so much for your help. Lisa and I really appreciate it. We know we would have never made the selection of these great colors without your help. They really make the house show its character.“.Tom H

Clean, sharp entryway

The choice of colors made for a clean entryway with the ability to emphasize the front door with a dramatic red. Choosing the wrong red here would over-power the viewer and distract from the detail painting. Compared to the warm autumn tones of the classic Craftsman Bungalow, the Colonial Bungalow employs brighter contrasting colors often in richer tones.

Goal & Solution


This owner knew had a bungalow, but didn’t want what he thought was the normal dark colors associated with it.


From a 1922 paint catalogue I selected a warm colonial yellow for the body and a colonial white trim.  These were paired with a twenties green window sash and a special deep red accent.