San Francisco Painted Ladies by Color Consultant Bob Buckter

Nicknamed "Dr. Color," Bob Buckter has selected hues for thousands of "Painted Lady"-style Victorians and Edwardians in San Francisco and beyond. Take a look at some of his transformations.
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Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Photo By: Bob Buckter

Meet Dr. Color

Since 1970, Bob Buckter has been in the architectural color design business, and he's completed more than 22,000 projects in San Francisco and around the world. Here, Buckter stands in front of the renovated Bayview Opera House, for which he provided his services pro bono.

Ashbury Street: Before

Before Buckter works his magic, this home's white-on-white color palette does nothing for its brilliant architectural details.

Ashbury Street: After

A blend of pinks, blues, white and just a few splashes of yellow bring out this home's incredible detail.

Ashbury Street: After

A wide view of this vibrant home and its cheerful color scheme.

Bayview Opera House: Before

Buckter provided his services pro bono for an overhaul of the Bayview Opera House, the oldest standing theater in San Francisco built in 1888.

Bayview Opera House: After

Pops of red, green and gold stand out against the theater's gray exterior.

Bayview Opera House: After

A fresh coat of crisp, white paint makes the entrance stand out.

Clement Street: Before

This home has great architectural details, but is obviously in dire need of a paint job.

Clement Street: After

A gold leaf treatment brings out the detail in the capitals of the columns.

Clement Street: After

A coat of green paint gives the home an inviting, earthy feel, while touches of metallic add a hint of glamour.

Scott Street: Before

This home's exterior paint looks drab and faded. Dr. Color to the rescue!

Scott Street: After

Not all Painted Ladies have to be adorned with bright, bold colors. Neutral yet warm hues give this home a sophisticated appeal.

Scott Street: After

Gold leafing makes the starburst and other details above the window pop.

Sutter Street: Before

The pale blue and white color palette washes out this beauty.

Sutter Street: After

Jewel tones – deep purples, greens and golds – lend a dramatic touch to this building.

Sutter Street: After

Notice the attention to detail in the corbels and roofline.

20th Street

The yellow exterior lends a cheerful feeling to this home. Notice the swag and ribbon stenciling near the roof.

20th Street

The carefully selected paint colors accentuate the stained glass window near the entrance.