Borrowing a Page (And Paint) From Mr. Eichler

Picking a paint colour for your home can be daunting at the best of times. Thousands upon thousands of combinations – and so easy to go wrong. I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me they tried for ‘terra cotta’ and ended up with ‘Pepto Bismol’. So when faced with deciding what colour to paint the exterior wood panels of our new Henry Fleiss-designed Don Mills house, I went straight to – where they have the list of original Eichler paint colours, translated into modern day Benjamin Moore paint colours.

What the heck is an Eichler? Well, Eichler houses could be considered the US counterpart of Don Mills houses. Between 1950 and 1974, Joseph Eichler’s company, Eichler Homes, built over 11,000 mid century modern, middle class homes homes in California. These homes are now known as Eichlers or an Eichler.

Since I have yet to unearth the officially sanctioned 50’s list of Don Mills colours (all I know is that there was one) I decided that taking a page from Mr Eichler was the next best thing. We decided on ‘El Capitain’ for our home… but perhaps you’re more of a ‘Deep Space’ or ‘Paprika’ lover. Whichever you choose from this list… I doubt you could go too far wrong!

I did notice that not all of the colours listed here are available – the paint store folks told me that the ones with the 3 digit numbers are discontinued – but perhaps they could help you find yet another equivalent.

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One Response to Borrowing a Page (And Paint) From Mr. Eichler

  1. Seaneen Brennan says:

    Great choice! Looks very like the grey my parents chose for the trim on our 1949 solar house here in MN – and the stain on the redwood.

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