Craftsman in Portland, Oregon

Choosing the Perfect Exterior Colors for Your Craftsman Home with Benjamin Moore

Craftsman homes are known for their charming architecture and detailed craftsmanship. Selecting the right exterior colors can enhance these features and reflect your personality. In this blog post, we'll explore various color schemes using Benjamin Moore paints to transform your Craftsman home into a neighborhood standout. Lifetime Remodeling Systems has been designing and remodeling craftsman exteriors for over 25 years in the Portland metro area. When you're ready to bring your craftsman home's exterior back to life Contact Us for a free in-home consultation to bring your craftsman home's exterior back to life!

Understanding the Craftsman Style

Before choosing colors, it’s important to understand the key features of a Craftsman home:

  • Low-pitched gable roofs
  • Overhanging eaves
  • Exposed rafter tails
  • Decorative beams or braces
  • Porches with thick square or round columns
  • Stone or brick details

Highlighting these elements with the right color scheme maintains the authenticity of the Craftsman style.

Traditional Color Schemes with Benjamin Moore

Earthy Tones:

  1. Body Color: Olive Green (BM 1507), Warm Beige (BM Grant Beige HC-83), Sage (BM Tate Olive HC-112)
  2. Trim Color: Cream (BM Simply White OC-117), Off-White (BM Swiss Coffee OC-45), Light Taupe (BM Revere Pewter HC-172)
  3. Accent Color: Rich Brown (BM Fairview Taupe HC-85), Deep Red (BM Cottage Red 2114-20), Dark Green (BM Chimichurri 2145-30)

Earthy tones blend seamlessly with natural surroundings and highlight the handcrafted nature of Craftsman homes. These colors evoke a sense of timeless elegance and warmth.

Woodland Palette

  1. Body Color: Forest Green (BM Essex Green HC-188), Deep Brown (BM Branchport Brown HC-72), Muted Gray (BM Chelsea Gray HC-168)
  2. Trim Color: Soft White (BM White Dove OC-17), Tan (BM Bleeker Beige HC-80), Light Gray (BM Stonington Gray HC-170)
  3. Accent Color: Burnt Orange (BM Audubon Russet HC-51), Rust (BM Georgian Brick HC-50), Burgundy (BM New London Burgundy HC-61)

A woodland palette inspired by the natural environment makes the home feel like part of the landscape. This scheme is perfect for homes surrounded by mature trees and lush gardens.

Classic Craftsman

  1. Body Color: Deep Navy (BM Hale Navy HC-154), Charcoal (BM Kendall Charcoal HC-166), Rich Burgundy (BM Country Redwood 2094-30)
  2. Trim Color: Crisp White (BM Chantilly Lace OC-65), Soft Cream (BM White Sand OC-10)
  3. Accent Color: Black (BM Black Beauty 2128-10), Dark Green (BM Black Forest Green HC-187), Mustard Yellow (BM French Horn 195)

For a more dramatic look, classic Craftsman colors provide a striking contrast. This scheme highlights architectural details and adds a touch of sophistication

Modern Interpretations with Benjamin Moore

Contemporary Neutrals

  1. Body Color: Cool Gray (BM Coventry Gray HC-169), Warm Taupe (BM Shaker Beige HC-45), Slate Blue (BM Van Deusen Blue HC-156)
  2. Trim Color: Bright White (BM Super White OC-152), Light Gray (BM Classic Gray OC-23)
  3. Accent Color: Black (BM Onyx 2133-10), Navy (BM Newburyport Blue HC-155), Dark Charcoal (BM Graphite 1603)

Contemporary neutrals offer a fresh take on the traditional Craftsman palette. This scheme appeals to those who prefer a modern aesthetic while maintaining the integrity of the Craftsman style.

Bold and Bright

  1. Body Color: Vibrant Teal (BM Teal Ocean 2049-30), Sunny Yellow (BM Hawthorne Yellow HC-4), Coral (BM Coral Gables 2010-40)
  2. Trim Color: Soft White (BM Decorator’s White OC-149), Pale Gray (BM Gray Owl OC-52)
  3. Accent Color: Dark Navy (BM Old Navy 2063-10), Deep Green (BM Hunter Green 2041-10), Charcoal (BM Wrought Iron 2124-1

For homeowners looking to make a statement, bold and bright colors bring energy and personality to the exterior. This approach is ideal for those who want their home to stand out and reflect their unique taste.

Tips for Choosing the Right Colors

  • Consider the surroundings: Take cues from the natural landscape and neighboring homes to ensure your color choices complement the environment.
  • Test before committing: Paint a small section of your home to see how the colors look in different lighting conditions before making a final decision.
  • Highlight architectural details: Use contrasting trim and accent colors to draw attention to features like porches, eaves, and window frames.
  • Balance bold and neutral: If you opt for a bold body color, balance it with neutral trim and accents to avoid overwhelming the eye.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right exterior colors for your Craftsman home is a rewarding process that can greatly enhance its curb appeal. Whether you prefer traditional earthy tones or modern bold hues, there’s a color scheme with Benjamin Moore paints that will beautifully showcase the craftsmanship and character of your home. Take your time to explore different options, and don’t be afraid to experiment with combinations until you find the perfect palette.

Lifetime Remodeling Systems: Portland’s Craftsman Design & Renovation Experts

Lifetime Remodeling Systems prefers Benjamin Moore paint for it incredible durability, fade resistance and excellent color choices which our clients tend to prefer. When you reside your home you not only are upgrading your siding and flashing systems, you have the chance to choose a fantastic color scheme which will add enjoyment (and value) to your home.

We offer design help to all of our clients including an in-house color consultant specializing in the Benjamin Moore palette, and HOVER 3D photo realistic renderings, ensuring that our clients fall in love with their craftsman exterior remodel before work boots even set foot on your property.

HOVER Photo Realistic Rendering

The best exterior remodels are the ones that incorporate quality materials, a meticulous design process, and a dedicated and highly skilled team. 

As the leading craftsman renovators in Portland, Lifetime Remodeling Systems is in the industry of setting trends and achieving spectacular exterior builds and remodels. 

Unlike other remodel contractors, we only work with premium materials and pour everything we can into helping clients use tried and true design for their dream exterior remodel. 

Our standards, expertise, and professionalism are the reasons why we have won numerous awards, including:

  • Big 50 Award 
  • Market Leadership Award 
  • Angie'sList.com Super Service Award since 2005
  • The Guildmaster Award

Join our many valued and satisfied clients with the craftsman renovation of a lifetime with Lifetime Remodeling Systems. Schedule your Free Consultation today. 

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