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What form and colors were typical of house facades around the turn of the last century? There is, of course, no exact answer to this, as it then, like now, varied widely according to taste, but you can still see some trends and combinations that were more common than others.
The houses that were built in the late 1800s were often richly decorated with exquisite building details and carpentry. It was not uncommon for personal expressions such as pinnacles and towers, neat details and turned profiles. Beautiful carpentry on porches and windows are typical for this period.
In the late 19th century, the facades were often painted in light oil colors that were contrasted with details such as trims and window frames in usually darker shades. Yellow beige, yellow-white and gray-white were common colors. The whole house and the roof were often adorned abundantly with beautiful details. As roof covering, iron plates were often used which were painted in black, gray, green or red.
1900-1910 Art Nouveau
Because the rounded designs that characterizes the Art Nouveau style was difficult to achieve with wood paneling, it was more common with plaster. The plaster could be painted with oil paint in bright colors. The carpentry was often white and as a roof there were often red clay tiles.
1910-1920 National romance
During this period many villas were built with a standing cover panel, a special technique where wide spaces are left between the underboards and then covered with cover boards. Houses with standing panels were often painted in a dark, preferably brown colors. Lining and knots were then usually not marked. House with horizontal panel was often painted in the traditional way with linseed oil paint or sludge paint as Faluröd color with white knots.
In the 20's the color scheme could be richly varied. At the same time, one was concerned about the color impression of the street scene and wanted the houses to harmonize with each other. The standing wood panel dominated and was often painted with linseed oil colors in bright colors such as white, gray and yellow. Lining and knots were usually broken white and decorative details where very common.