Worst Dressed Wednesdays

We’re back with another property that could look better.

Brown has been around forever. The house I grew up in, in the ’70’s had Mission Brown trim. It was a modern take on a Tudor so it’s understandable.

Our 70's Tudor House - note the orange curtains!

Our 70's Tudor House - note the orange curtains!

The colour was not that popular for a decade or two but after 9/11 we seemed to gravitate back towards this earthy, safe hue.

My mother, an artist, has always had a strong aversion to brown. I think she pictures a dark, muddy colour with no life. However, as we have seen over the past almost 10 years, brown doesn’t have to be lifeless. Think about all those lovely rich Mochas and Lattes that have graced our backs, our houses, our interior walls, our floors, etc. The trick when using brown is to make sure it has a pleasing undertone. It might be purple, or green or red but brown needs something.

Dulux Rocky Road

Dulux Rocky Road

Dulux Port Glow

Dulux Port Glow

Dulux Bunker

Dulux Bunker

The homeowners of this property have used a really bland brown. The house does not have any contrasts either. Without taking my fandeck and trespassing, I can’t be sure but the garage doors, poles and downpipes look like they have been painted in the same colour but perhaps a few shades apart. Whatever they’ve done, it hasn’t enhanced the look at all.

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It would have been much better to make a feature of the poles and take these much darker or much lighter. Architectural features are put there to be a feature so make them stand proud. The downpipes on the other hand should just blend in with the wall on which they sit. Downpipes are NOT features.

DSC01161 What do you think? Does this shade of brown appeal to you?

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Comments

  1. It is kind of bland but not nearly as upsetting to me as the bright blue trim on the last house you showed! Do you ever contmplate sketching up a makeover plan and sneaking it into the mailbox of such a house? I’ve considered it but then the other, sensible side of my brain tells me to mind my own business!

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