Choosing the paint colors was a very difficult job. I had walked and driven around Portland endlessly taking photos of houses of that era as well as going to the libraries and the bookstores, ordering books, etc…I saw that any color, but color, not neutrals was what was needed. I decided to paint the house some variation of the colors of a sunflower. Out neighborhood was called Sunnyside and there were hundreds of sunflowers everywhere that summer. I sketched a house I would want and then set out to match the colors at the paint store. Nothing looked right as I experimented on cards and parts of the house. Then something clicked and finally I knew that the colors were right.
Buy good quality paint for your exterior wood siding and trim, it will look richer and last longer. We used three coats of Lambert Paint as well as a thick coat of primer.