California architects of the 1930s were influenced by Spain, Italy and Greece, as well as by Mexican and Native American adobe, while creating the Spanish-Mediterranean style. The most distinctive features are red tiled roofs, arched openings, carved wood doors, wrought iron gates, textured stucco walls.
The color palette of the walls tends to earth tones, including Navajo white, that can be effectively highlighted by aqua-green trims for doors and windows, a fit complement to the reddish roofs. The most common colors are a variety of terra-cotta shades, tans and beiges, matching and contrasting the color of the tiles. Then there’s greens, from pea green to forest green.
But a true innovation, confirmed by the bold choice of a two-tone gravel landscaping with succulent plants, is this chocolate brown house.
Tell us about your color choices and be BOLD!!
Text and photos by Elisa Leonelli