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A hands-on sourcebook for painting or restoring your bungalow in authentic Arts & Crafts colors.

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A hands-on sourcebook for painting or restoring your bungalow in authentic Arts & Crafts colors.

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Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
Explores color theory and has before-and-after color photos, plus tips for developing your own color scheme.
Chicago Daily Herald
...the many pictures in the book, both old and new, are wonderful. No matter what style and material your house or even if you don't own one, it's great fun to read and look through.
The Oregonian
In this remarkably practical and well-researched book, Schweitzer addresses the importance of color within the movement. He draws on numerous period colors from early-twentieth-century sources and then outlines the steps to creating historic paint schemes using modern products. One particularly interesting section at the end is devoted to before-and-after photographs showcasing several Arts and Crafts homes across the country transformed through the use of authentic colors.
Library Journal
When they were first built, many of the older American homes were quite colorful, with their architectural features enhanced by contrasting or complementary hues. Schweitzer, who teaches architectural history and historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University and is a columnist for Victorian Homes magazine, provides a wealth of information to anyone restoring a bungalow or other Arts and Crafts-style home. Readers are introduced to a variety of home styles popular in the early 20th century, with many period characteristics defined. This title emphasizes exterior color, so numerous period illustrations (some with floor plans) and paint charts are provided. Of great interest is a section on developing one's own color scheme. A "Before and After" section shows how the beauty of existing houses can be restored. Recommended to anyone restoring a home of this period or to those who simply enjoy older homes; most public libraries should consider. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851309
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Schweitzer teaches architectural history and historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University. He is an advisory board member for American Bungalow magazine and a columnist for Victorian Homes. He is the coauthor of America's Favorite Homes. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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At the turn of the twenty-first century an incredible interest in the early years of the twentieth century and its corresponding Arts & Crafts design philosophy has surfaced. Television programs devoted to showcasing Craftsman and Bungalow homes appear weekly. Several popular magazine written entirely on the topic of restoring and decorating homes in the Arts & Crafts style are currently in print. New subdivisions of "modern bungalows" are springing up all across the nation. Yet, surprisingly enough, not one book is available on how to go about selecting exterior colors for the historic or newly built bungalow. This work is an attempt to bring together the various elements that are necessary to undertake the task of designing an exterior color scheme and bring it to completion.

The sections that follow start out by providing some important historical background about the homes of the early twentieth century, where their design inspirations came from, and why they look the way they do. Next follows useful information on Arts & Crafts home styles of the age and their popular exterior colors, as drawn from actual historic period sources. Some basic color theory follows, explaining why some colors generally work better with others and why some don't. The last sections of the book are devoted to practical application featuring original bungalow period colors directly from early-twentieth-century sources and then providing the steps to create your own bungalow color scheme using modern products. For inspirational purposes, the "Before & After" section illustrates what wonderful transformations can occur through good planning and employing a thoughtful process.

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Table of Contents





British Influences

American Arts & Crafts

Home Styles & Exterior Colors

Color Theory

Original Sources for Colors

Developing Your Own Color Scheme

Before and After


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