While we certainly love our beiges and tans in these parts, it’s refreshing to see a pop of color every now and then too. Like the ocotillo blooming orange in the sandy desert, these inspired homes give a whole new meaning to curb appeal.
Written and photography by Susie Ouderkirk
Good as Gold
Victor and Julie Acosta love New Mexico so much, they painted their house the colors of the New Mexican flag. And it’s quite a sight. “We started with gold and added bright turquoise and chile red like on the state flag,” Victor explains. “When we told the people at the paint store what we wanted, we didn’t intend it to be so bold, but now, we’re glad.”
He built the house himself in 1997 and ‘98, and the vivid yellow gets a lot of attention. Victor adds, “The neighbors stop and ask about it. We get some interesting reactions.”
Singing the Blues
Remarkable blue skies complement the understated colors of the Las Cruces desert 360 days a year. So why not bring the blue down to earth? One tidy duplex in the Las Alturas area south of town keeps gray skies at bay with a cheery light blue exterior. Want to find a similar color at the paint store? Ask for help finding a “sky blue” shade.
Mint Chocolate Chip
Can a house be appetizing? If it’s an inviting blend of pistachio and mint, it can. A two-toned green ranch house on the city’s East Mesa was painted to be one-of-a-kind. The owner admits, “My wife liked the color and there were no other green houses in the whole neighborhood, so we did it!”
Pretty in Pink
The distinguished Mesquite district in downtown Las Cruces is proud of its heritage, which includes historic homes dating from the 1840s. Particularly eye-catching is a cotton candy-colored authentic adobe, complete with a matching rock wall, which adds a memorable touch of whimsy against the vibrant New Mexican skies.
Best known as a symbol of royalty, purple is an unusual choice for a home’s exterior color. But done right, it’s singular and pleasantly soothing. This lavender ranch house is actually four separate homes tucked into a shady corner on the East Mesa. Purple is, after all, the most refracted color when light is passed through a prism, and the hardest color for the eye to discriminate.