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Eichler Color Schemes for Exterior

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Hello!

can anyone point me in a direction so I can find the original color schemes that Eichler used for homes? I live in Castro Valley, but if there is anything out there for any of the developments I would be interested in checking it out for ideas.

thanks!
todd

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I'm glad you brought this up. Our home (that we just purchased) was recently painted, and though it looks nice enough, my gut feeling tells me it wasn't the original color.

Unfortunately, the neighboring homes seem to be in the same condition (or worse). :oops:

I wish there was a historical guide (tract-by-tract) that showed exterior/interior color schemes and options by year. Of course, a comprehensive floor plan list wouldn't be bad either.

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Have you scrape din the nooks and crannies to see what colors are buried in there?

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Bryan wrote:
Have you scraped in the nooks and crannies to see what colors are buried in there?

Good idea. I haven't had my way with it yet. I'll report back with my findings.

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I am looking for more of what my options are within the scope of originality. However, one observation I made is that the interior walls that use exterior siding appear to be stained and not painted. This being the case I would think black was the original color (my house is black). The exterior siding has been re-painted.

todd

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if your looking for ideas and want to be authentic look at

http://www.sherwin-williams.com/diy/color/palettes/default.asp

they have a few 1950's palletes... Now I warn you I am not saying they are pretty.. but they are historically accurate. I have a tangent I can go on here but Ill save it.

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Bryan wrote:
they have a few 1950's palletes... Now I warn you I am not saying they are pretty.. but they are historically accurate. I have a tangent I can go on here but Ill save it.

You, know. I kinda like those palletes. At least as a starting point.

And please feel free to go off on a tangent... as long as it's historically accurate. :)

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My guest bathroom was originally done in one of those color mixes, It was all Pink, Gray and Blue. It had Baby Girl Pink Tile and the walls we painted Blue and ceiling gray. It looks like in the 60s they covered the alls with a BRIGHT pink foil wall paper and painted all the trim like a Pepto Bismol Pink to match. When we first saw it after buying the house we almost screamed.. Ill have to see if I have a picture.

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A paint store has the original paint colors (exterior, exterior trim, interior, interior trim). Because we're not supposed to promote businesses on the forum, you'll have to email me, and I'll give you the name and location of the store.

davidandlynne@sbcglobal.net

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Joined: Mar 31 2003

Hi All,
Checking around the nooks and crannies (under the switchplate is a great place, there's usually at least one section of exterior siding that was carried through the interior) is the best idea to find your home's original colors.

Seperately, please note that Cabot stains were used exclusively on the exteriors, and that their colors have changed very little over the last 40 years.

I just repainted my home's exterior in (almost) original colors, and it turned out very well.

Also, I have many quarts of leftover color matches in Benjamin Moore and Pratt and Lambert paints that are spot on color matches to original colors. The matching was done by California Paint and Wallpaper in Sunnyvale. I am happy to give them away for FREE as long as you pick them up in Walnut Creek.

email at john.dark@globalstar.com

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whether or not you use exact matching original colors or not - the color concept from what i have read seems to be this...

natural earth-freindly tones (grey, beige, tans, olive greens, etc.) for the main base of the house (exterior siding color matching interior siding color - especially where windows intersect a wall)
neutral trims for the facia and beams (black, white, brown)
and a brightly color door (red, orange, blue).

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