Just the other day, while my wife and I were taking our usual route to the park, we were going by a freshly painted building. A paint crew had been diligently working on it for the past few weeks and had just removed the scaffolding. My wife mentioned to me that she wasn’t pleased with how it turned out and felt that the house looked better before the paint job.
In this particular project, a simple two-color scheme had been used, but they missed with the red trim color. I could discern their intention: they were aiming to harmonize the trim with the prominent brick staircase color at the building front entry. The trim color would have succeeded if it had been just a shade darker and if the red had been toned down slightly. Unfortunately, it missed the mark, and now the trim stands out like a sore thumb.
Back when I first arrived in San Francisco from a small city in Ukraine in the late ’70s, I was utterly astounded and captivated by the sheer volume and diversity of colors used in San Francisco’s architecture. As a young house painter, I instantly knew that this was what I wanted to do. Now, many years later, there’s hardly a neighborhood in San Francisco that doesn’t boast at least a few homes I’ve contributed to making more colorful. With any luck, there will be many more to come!
– Yefim Skomorovsky