Something that I’ve been asked about before and this building in Wister perfectly illustrates it..
Why do we paint buildings using historic colors? Why not something more vibrant?
First, if it’s original brick; DON’T paint it! Once you paint brick, it’s next to impossible to take the paint off. If it’s already painted, go back with a nice brick red.
With the historic colors, the idea is for them to fit with the buildings age. These colors serve as a backdrop to build from.
Once the backdrop is complete, then you work on adding the “pizazz”. In this example, you see the newly painted building downtown. Next to it, you see the building with the visual elements added.
Awnings always help transform a building; not only do they provide shade and rain cover, they also help protect some of the most sensitive areas of the building where moisture can enter.
Next, use a different historic color to offset recessed and extruded areas. In this case, it gives a name to the building and the date it was built, and draws attention to the entire architectural style of the building.
From there, focus on the entrance. Many times, a bold color under the transom can bring out the entrance of the shop. It really wasn’t needed here, but the areas around the door and windows could have been painted to match with the stores brand; imagine turquoise or even a bright yellow.
After adding the awnings, there wasn’t much left that needed to be done. Create some interesting window displays and add in some greenery to soften the hardness of the building and you have a beautiful, inviting storefront.
I would love to see this done all throughout our old towns. In Wister, it would really make the downtown pop. Hopefully this answers the question a bit more.