Bright Homes


Paint offers an enormous variety of color, texture and pattern to a house. Not only does it enhance and protect the exterior of the buildings in which we live and work, it transforms the way in which we see them so that even their structures can seem changed.

Depending on how it is used, paint has the ability to make small structures appear larger and outsized ones less overwhelming, revitalize a tired and worn surface, or lend a brand-new house the look of mellowed age.

Some plain little houses can be transformed, just by the creative and playful use of paint!

Colorful Townhomes in Wallingford

Look at this fabulous row of colorful rainbow-painted townhomes in the 3400 block of Meridian. Fabulous!

There are is one currently for sale, please contact us for details.

Bright House in Wallingford

4526 Thackeray Pl NE

Gorgeous renovated 1911 Crafstman 2 1/2 story home with elegant & spacious rooms- dining room easily seats 20! Painstakingly restored, the clear fir millwork, paneled archways, lovely wainscoting runs throughout the home.The gleaming wood floors are intact as though it were built yesterday.

 Victorian on Capitol Hill

Two story, quintessential retains it’s charm: high ceilings, millwork, covered front porch, wood floors & tall, wood, doublepane windows. Wood exterior and main floor laundry. Generous room sizes, formal dining rm & staircase. West-facing deck off big kitchen to level, hedged yard. 2 off-st parking spaces.

3 blks to B’way and one blk to Lowell Elementary. Updated systems, dry bsmt for storage, gas heat & supplemental wood stove. Zoned L3, upscale townhomes & bigger houses all around.

Cool Colorful Ballard Danish Farmhouse in Ballard

 6728 25th Ave. NW

Curb appeal & charm radiates from this barn-red Danish farmhouse complete w/ white-picket fence, apple trees & rocking chair front porch. Beautifully refinished hdwds throughout living area, formal dining & office nook plus bath w/claw-ft tub. Updated country kitchen opens to entertainment-sized backyard. Single French door leads up to 3 bdrms & a water closet.

Colorful Mt. Baker Home

3265 Mc Clintock Ave S.

Gorgeous craftsman with Old World Charm galore and lots of light.High ceilings with crown mouldings, lots of built in cupboards and hardwood floors.The living room has a fireplace and a seperate dining room.The kitchen has lots of space to cook and entertain.

There are two bedrooms upstairs and a third room that would be an ideal second bathroom.The owner is a professional painter and there are fab faux finishes throughout. There’s lots of space to garden, off street parking and a garage.

Colorful Ballard Home

7358 14 Ave NW

Capitol Hill Painted House for Sale

Updated 1902 Colonial-style home withing walking distance to Broadway. Three bedrooms, two baths, 2280 square feet of style.

Bold Palettes are Pizzazzing up the Neighborhood!

Susan Phinney wrote an article for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer celebrating fabulously painted homes and their owners.

Several homeowners were interviewed for the article, including moi, and there are some great photos and quotes from some of the painters/homeowners/artists involved.

Here are some photos of some of my favorite bright and beautiful homes around the Seattle area:

Here’s a colorfully painted house in Wallingford.

The house was purchased in 1988 by the present owners, Kevin & Kathy Johnson. It had been a rental for 20 years, in poor condition and of course painted gray. It is a 1907 craftsman and the property was originally owned by John and Arabella Wallingford.

Currently no research has been done to see if the Wallingfords built or lived in the house.

Over the past 5 1/2 years, the entire house was redone, the inside plaster walls restored, the period woodwork re-installed and the wood windows preserved.

The exterior was stripped and repainted to brighten up the street and for contrast to the gray skies of Seattle. The crowning touch was the purchase and installation of a real antique ski lift chair salvaged from the Summit at Snoqualmie last year after a groomer collided with the counterbalance and left the old 1953 Thunderbird lift unusable.

This is an incredibly painted house on Capitol Hill in the 900 block of 19th Avenue.

It’s a standard Dutch Colonial with a gambrel roof, with a nice shingle pattern to it. But what really sets it off is its incredible sunny paint job, done by its current owners. This really brightens up a gray Seattle day!
The owners names are Susan & Jonathan Kinnersley. They aren’t artists, but they like colors and flowers, so the house and garden went hand in hand.

Jonathan is a Scottsman and the garden is reminiscent of a Scottish country garden. The couple took a trip to Mexico several years back, and the garden was inspired by this trip, as a way to counteract the cold, gray Northwest winters.
Here’s a detail of the same house, with a cute sunflower, mirroring the lovely little Scottish cottage garden in the front. It’s hard to see, but those are actually two little green lizards kissing the sunflower.

 Queen Anne Adobe

I love this warm adobe house, at home in New Mexico or Arizona, but tucked in a cozy corner of West Queen Anne Hill, in the 2700 block of 11th W. Owned by Karen and Chuck Malody, this was their creation, and is still a work-in-progress.

This is their second boldly colored home on QA.

Shingled Bungalow on Queen Anne.

I don’t know a lot about this fanciful house located in the 1100 block of 11th West on Queen Anne, but I was taken by its charming shingle style and subtle, tasteful color scheme.

Here’s a detail of that shingled bungalow, with massive fanciful corbels and columns. You can’t see from this photo, but the home also features a darling English cottage garden in front.

 Queen Anne Cottage

This Queen Anne cottage in the 2500 block of 12th W. is owned by Lynn Rosskamp and Wilhelm Fitzpatrick. It had several inspirations, including J.R.R. Tolkein (Bilbo Baggin’s door is painted green) and attracts a lot of attention in the neighborhood. The house was used as a brothel right after World War II, and is still considered somewhat of a “cathouse” now, as it is home to Lola, Pyxel, Hiro, Sumi and Satori, the owner’s five cats. Lynn, an illustrator and greeting card designer, uses her kitties as inspiration for her artwork and greeting cards, and happily works in this colorful house in her home studio in the attic.

Lynn Rosskamp owns Those Bad Girls, a greeting card company.

Capitol Hill Craftsman

This is Susie and Ramon’s house on 15th on Capitol Hill. This photo doesn’t capture the drama of this big old Craftsman, but it really is quite stately in person. It was covered in horrible green asbestos shingles when they bought it. (They bought it because “they felt sorry for the house”!)

Susie chose a light yellow for the body and a dramatic terra cotta for the top two floors, with white trim.

Susie is Managing Director of Northwest Film Forum.

Central District

I don’t know a thing about this purple house in the Central District of Seattle, but it’s obvious someone painted it this color on purpose.

If this is your house, please tell us your story!

Another Queen Anne Home

This is another unusual home on Queen Anne, owned by Kevin Schock and his wife. It’s my understanding that it was just a plain little cottage and Kevin decided, when it needed to be resided, to do it in brightly painted plywood sheathing.

I think I’ll return in the Spring and take a better photo of this unique home.

Wallingford Victorian

These are details from a wonderfully restored home in the Wallingford neighborhood.

Beautiful and dramatic colors, impeccable craftsmanship, and a playful approach to design set this home apart from others in the neighborhood.

This is a beautiful old Victorian shingled home on Capitol Hill, owned by Sally and Richard Pedowitz. What a unique color! A splendid painted lady, indeed!

This home must be at least 6000 sq. ft. Look at the charming “Eagle’s Nest” on the top floor. Perhaps it was a sleeping porch when it was first built.

The yellow trim sets off the pink in the main body of the house very nicely. What fun the owner has had with the paint colors of this home!

This home is remarkable for its approach to addressing some misfortunate architectural choices when it was built. A classic “skinny” house, the owner was first presented with a white-walled box.

Not content with the original builders vision of neutral colors schemes and bland palette, the owner proceeded to remodel and redecorate to suit their own desires for the dramatic.

Gone was the standard-issue contractors fixtures. In it’s place, dramatic color scheme and clever use of paints. Even the claw-foot tub boasts pretty new “shoes” of silver paint.

Though not painted, this tiled bathroom is an incredible example of dramatic courage in the face of cookie-cutter convention and bland contractors “beige”. I wish everyone had the moxie to go forth with their vision for their personal !

Here is an excellent website by the authors of the Painted Lady books: Victorians painted in three or more colors that highlight the architecture’s ruffles and flourishes.

If your house is a Painted Lady, or you know of one, you can send it to them and they might put it in their next book!

Sometimes paint can make all the difference in the world, in differentiating one cookie-cutter house from another. These contemporary builders homes, very similar in design and materials, have been made unique by bold choice of color.

This is a great house in the Wallingford neighborhood, standing proudly on a corner lot in the south part of the neighborood. Not many black houses around, especially with a red roof and bright yellow trim!

Another cute house in Wallingford, this time painted an unusual pink. I love houses painted pink. When you get a few houses painted pastel colors on the block, it’s like your own personal Easter parade.

 This fuchsia color house in Wallingford has nice blue trim accenting the original Swiss Chalet/Tudor Craftsman details.
 This Wallingford home is reminiscent of a Southern plantation, but the colors are striking. It’s difficult to see, but if you look closely, you will notice that the ceiling of the magnificent front porch is painted a dynamic robins-egg blue.
 This Crown Hill home is unique in that it is identical to the house next door, but the owner chose to differentiate it from the neighbors by painting it in colorful and dynamic hues. The architect appears to have had some sort of mansard roof/dutch colonial thingie happening…
This is an incredible Wallingford Dutch Colonial.

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Architecture is often considered the monarch of the visual arts because all the other categories fit within it or are dominated by it. What is certain is that all buildings are the products of succeeding fashions, each of which mirrored its age.

We’ll have many more examples of unusual, creative and multi-hued and painted architectural statements. Please check back often and let me know if you see an unusual or beautiful or particularly stylish painted home to add to this page!

 All photos were taken by Marlow Harris unless otherwise indicated

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