Is this the Way to treat a Mid-Century Modern? UPDATED

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Is this the Way to treat a Mid-Century Modern? UPDATED

Postby JGropp » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:19 pm

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The people driving on Mercer Island
are seeing more than a few of these
very brightly painted "Mid-Century
Modern" homes these days. I'm of
two minds about the so "non-earthy"
colors used. I guess it all depends on
whether one wants to blend in with
nature and neighbors- or stand out.
What do my fellow LLrs think?

Here's another example just spotted.
Jerry-
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Actually closer to LL's dark yellow-
which is perfectly fine on a Blog
but less so on a house. Painters &
Paint Stores are not the best place
to get good informed color advice.

One defining thing of Mid-Century
Modern homes was stained wood
exteriors, usually in pretty natural
earth tones that blended in as well
as harmonized with the neighbors
and the neighborhood.
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Postby egads » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:37 pm

I think it's just paint, completely reversible. Lantern light fixtures on top of pillars however, should outlawed simply based on how cliché they are.

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Postby blinkbeforebeauty » Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:27 pm

i guess my question would be, is that even a mid-century modern home? I may be crazy, but I don't see any mcm design elements except a low slope roof.

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Postby JGropp » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:17 pm

Well Yes- It is an MCM (sorta)-
when viewed from the front. J-

There are others around that
I'll go take some pictures of.
(To dangle a participle- bad).

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When we bought our MCM-

Postby JGropp » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:43 pm

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When we bought our beloved MI
MCM some twenty five years ago,
the very first thing we did
was paint the dark brown a light
color as you can see here. Jerry
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Postby jakabedy » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:20 pm

I'm confused then. Is it OK to paint it, as long as its not blue?
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up to you-

Postby JGropp » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:30 pm

The color is up to you
as far as I'm concerned.
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MirageScreens for our sliding doors-

Postby JGropp » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:36 pm

Click here: New MirageScreens
for our Sliding Doors- - a knol
showing how I adapted these to
our Mid-Century Modern sliders-
so much easier to live with day
long, every day during Summer.

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Postby CapitalMod » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:05 am

I hear (and see) what Jerry is saying. Nonetheless, I have seen greater travesties right down the street from me. Changes so horrid I cannot bring myself to describe them.

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misled by paint stores?

Postby JGropp » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:37 am


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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:56 am

It's not the color per se, but more the execution. It's a totally half @$$ed paint job. There's nothing to accentuate the lines of the house: paint is like make up. If you were to look at most fashion models without their make up you wouldn't give them a second look, they look just blah sometimes, but once you start adding more definition, lips, eyes, cheeks, etc. you really notice them. With another color on the trim and fascia etc. like black, you'd look at the house and think, "Hey, that's a neat old house, they sure don't design them that way any more..." Color should be thought about before application.
And yes, that is an MCM house: look at the lines on the roof, and windows. If you were to pitch that roof line more, it would look way more boxy/massive. The windows are the same way; they're strung together to give it that "low slung" look like a mid-50's Chrysler product forcing your eyes to move horizontally instead of vertically. If you took just one of those windows out, the lines in the house would change dramatically.
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Postby Joe » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:59 pm

color is subjective. mine was originally turquoise and black

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Re: misled by paint stores?

Postby CapitalMod » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:28 pm


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Postby hood » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:11 am

Original paint colors in Lortondale would have seen darker stained redwood bodies, dark brown, dark blueish greys etc., but they also had panels of brightly painted primary colors. The examples above are pretty subdued to me....
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