In the course of preparing sketches of the proposed color schemes for the front porch, I was delighted to run across some notes I had previously made about the bay window. Somehow, when doing the color sketches of the bay window, I had completely forgotten that the center of each cornice panel had been originally painted a medium brown and not in the olive color which surrounded it!

I had initially been disappointed that the brackets were the same color as their background and sort of got focused on that. Therefore, I’m showing a new rendering of the bay — with its updated cornice — before moving on to the main event… the porch colors.

I’m showing this for two reasons:

  1. Primarily because I think it makes a big difference in the overall appearance of the bay. This look still draws the eye upward to the ornament, and yet seems somehow more integrated than before. To me, it just looks right.
  2. Secondly because the soffit and fascia of the bay appear to have been handled slightly differently than on the porch. I want them to be treated in the same way, but they weren’t — presumably because of their different scales. Keep this in mind while looking at the porch renderings which follow.

Ahhh… much better. Now I’m really liking this! Regardless of which shade or tint of olive is eventually used, the center panels of the cornice will be brown as they were originally.

After meticulously repairing and/or reproducing the six brackets above the porch supports, Jim attaches them to the recently restored soffit.

This is what these same brackets looked like in September!

The front porch was quite interesting as originally intended! The soffit here is done in olive rather than brown as on the bay window. I’m assuming that this is because it would be a bit overwhelming and top-heavy if the soffit, fascia and entablature were all done in dark brown.

The use of seafoam for the scroll work (gothic brackets and vine insert in the porch supports) was a fun surprise. I feel that it might be a bit theatrical — even a tad carnival-like? — but I really like it. Is it gaudy? Tell me!

This shows the original distribution of colors for the front porch, but just to satisfy my curiosity I did another rendering (below) showing both a darker olive and a different distribution of color for the soffit and entablature…

The porch as it would appear with the modifications described above. This keeps the soffit, fascia and entablature more visually consistent with the bay window’s appearance, but at the expense of historic authenticity. What do you think? I really do want to know, so don’t fib!

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