Here are a few more Painted Ladies because I love them so. I bought a book about them when I was traveling and then came home to find an even better book I'd bought a couple of decades ago, after my previous trip. (I'm not waiting that long to go back again.)
These four nearly identical houses have been given distinct personalities via their color schemes. Which do you like best?
I choose the gray one with that crisp, delineated white trim with red accents. TThere may be some tiny touches of gold on it, too. I love seeing the shimmer of metallic paint on these houses but I gather it's controversial, not considered by everyone to be period-appropriate. But who cares? It was the Gilded Age, after all....
The light tan one looks timid in comparison with the others, doesn't it?
This block of amazing Queen Anne houses is painted entirely in shades of rose, blue, purple, gray, and tan, with metallic gold highlights. It's the most spectacular block that I found in the city, and around the corner from my B&B on Steiner Street:
Here's a detail. The painters picked out a lot of the wood detailing in many colors, for an effect that I find lively and rich without being over the top:
Here's another row of very similar houses with different paint schemes. It would be really fun to take a comparative look at these side by side, but the trees are in the way:
Here's a detail of one of those houses. As you can see, choosing a color scheme requires a lot of tricky decisions. The permutations are practically endless, and you need to be careful to highlight enough details to do justice to the decoration without going overboard. I think this house is successful:
I liked the saturated coral-orange paint on this house:
A closer look reveals tan, blue, and navy detailing. and just enough to make a statement: