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Houses Painted All White

Ok, we bought our house a year and a half ago and we’ve known that it has needed to be painted since day one. It’s just a huge undertaking with a lot of scraping and sanding ahead of us. But, I think we are ready to start thinking about it. Here’s the deal – our house is a 1918 Craftsman. Craftsman are typically painted earthly tones and colors. My gut would be to go a shade of green or grey, but our neighbors on either side are green and grey. I feel like it might just end up looking blahhhh. I want it to stand out. Sooooo, I’m considering something a little controversial for a craftsman house, I’m thinking about painting our house all white! All White Houses are popping up all over in modern builds, and I LOVE the look. I’m hoping this will work with an old home as well. My mission has always been to show folks that you can live in an old house, preserve it’s character, and still have it feel fresh, young and current.

Here’s our house:

Here’s my main concern with painting the house all white – I’m worried that we will lose all the beautiful detail in trim and the different roof lines. It’s not a box of a house, it has a lot of unique shapes and angles.

My true heart’s desire is to paint a house, any house,  all black (I’ve shared this desire with you before). But, the husband will not approve that. He wants our house to be as energy efficient as possible. And I have to agree that a black house in the desert is probably not a good idea. So, the plan is now to swing the opposite directions and maybe paint our house all white and add so black details. I’m sure what details will be black yet, but the thought has me pretty excited. I’m really not a beige house kind of gal. Yet, both of our houses have been beige. I didn’t pick the colors, we’ve just never painted an entire house, we’ve only lived with someone else’s choice. Oh, and as much as I LOVE the color green, I think the fence needs to be either black or white as well. A change sounds good right now!

Someone in the neighborhood also told us that she remembers for the house being all white in the 60s or 70s, so maybe we would be taking it back to it’s roots.

All White House

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I might be getting ahead of myself. But, I’ve been looking at white and black paint samples and I’ve come up with some great combos. Sherwin-Williams is my go-to paint store, we have had such good results with their products. If you haven’t shopped for a paint color in a while, there are A LOT of blacks and whites out there. I’ve narrowed done my selections, so the next step is to paint them on the house and take a look at the colors in sun, shade and all the times of day in between.

Black and White Paint Combinations from Sherwin Williams

Ok, to backup my all white plan, I did a little searching for some good examples of craftsman and craftsman-like houses painted all white. I’ll tell you, they are not easy to come by. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Now, go take a peek at what I’ve found and let me know what you think. Do you think this could work for our house? Can a craftsman be white? One thing I know for sure, these examples I’m sharing with you today are total show stoppers. You can’t deny that a white house feel crisp, clean and has a modern edge.

White House, Black Details

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White Craftsman with Black Trim

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All White House

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All White House

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White Craftsman House with Black Trim

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All White House

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All White Craftsman House

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All White House

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I’d love to know what you think. It’s going to be a BIG job and one that we won’t want to tackle again in the near future. So, we want to make the RIGHT choice.

10 thoughts on “Houses Painted All White

  1. Lawana Bowes

    Oooh, numbers two, five, and eight. I do love the first one but it’s the modern addition that makes it work. Please don’t do all white. I love your house, but you will lose so much of what makes it distinctive. I can see it in cyberspace and shell white. It would be stunning!

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    1. Jeran Post author

      Ya, it’s a risk. Modern builds work with the all white. But, I like to do something different and I’m kind of a rule breaker. I’m sure there will be some black accents here and there.

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  2. Kelly

    I’m sold on the white craftsman !! I especially love the example with the kids in front of it ! The black trim is the cherry on the Sundae. And I have to say… I absolutely love everything you do ! The house is going to be amazing!!

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  3. Tavianna

    I’m definitely on the go all white team! And I would really challenge the concept that you’ll lose the detailing, sometimes a monochromatic scheme actually causes you to notice the variances in more profound ways. I LOVE the black trim though! And I must say, although I can totally see why the overall look needs a white or black fence, I would miss that green dearly!

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    1. Jeran Post author

      Thanks for weighing in. Ya, I’m a fan of green as well. But, I think a black or white fence would look really crisp and clean.

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  4. Becky Ingle

    Our house is a white craftsman (w/ black trim and a red porch). The time to paint is upon us as well, and I think we’re going to stick with white for the time being.

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