Original Eichler paint colors for your ranch or contemporary home


Are you looking forward to repainting your midcentury ranch or contemporary home once the weather warms up? I recently connected with the nice folks at The Eichler Network, and saw that they have identified a palette of original exterior paint colors and accents used on Eichler homes, which were built from the late 1940s through the early 1970s.

The 11,000 homes that Joseph Eichler built in California have been very collectible, and The Eichler Network runs a website and magazine to connect Eichler homeowners with service providers specialized in helping them with sensitive updates. This paint color research is particularly helpful – because the Eichler experts also have translated them into Benjamin Moore (BM) colors easily available today.

Do you love Eichlers? Be sure to read my other posts about readers and their Eichlers:

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    1. pam kueber says:

      At the time I wrote the story — my link took you right there. I am not sure where the Eichler Network website has now stashed it. I refer you to them…. Good luck!

  1. Cindy G. says:


    Our home is in Sunnyvale and soon it will be Aspen Green and Springfield Sage. Thanks for the posting of the Eichler colors.

  2. Jill says:

    Just finished painting our post and beam 60’s rancher ‘black bean’ with ‘natural cream’ trim and an eye popping ‘pumpkin cream’ door. Totally fantastic! This site put to rest 3 years of colour searching.

    1. pam kueber says:

      YAY! send me a pick, Jill — would love to see the results. email me at retrorenovation [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. Carol Silver says:

    Is it possible to submit a photo for color and landscaping suggestions?

    We have a midcentury modern wood and brick house that desperately needs new paint and new landscaping. Would love to get ideas! Right now it’s a medium brown with beige trim, which doesn’t work well. Am thinking either super dark brown (which is what I see other similar houses painted) or some kind of grey.

    For landscaping, I’d like to get ideas on something modern. Right now it’s surrounded by azaleas.


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