Early 19th Century Federal Style – South Salem, New York

“The response to the new colors has been fantastic. When we first painted the house, people would stop when we were outside to tell us how much they liked the new color scheme. We thought the money spent for your consulting was well worth it!”

This home was built in the 1840s. It reflects the symmetrical architecture of the colonial period with a columned porch. The paint scheme is reflective of the middle 19th century with dark colored sashes, a light body with darker trim and shutters.

The exact period may not be the best period

A side view of the home shows its Greek Revival influences with the return cornice and wide eaves. Many homes of this type are painted in stark white, and while appropriate to the historic period, show off the architectural detailing less than this multi-colored gem.



Goal & Solution


While an all white home can be pleasing to some people, it is certainly not what everyone wants.  The goal in this project was to enliven the house with historic colors that “could” have used on it at a point in time.


The home is painted in an historic period gray body with a bronze trim. The red sash color add more visual interest.