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Paper Moon 3007-8C
, Betsy's Linen 7005-16
, Lake Breeze 5007-7B
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For this look we recommend:
- FlexShield™ 365 Technology - year-round resistance to cracking and peeling
- High-hiding paint + primer
- Maximum weather protection
- Maximum resistance against mold, mildew and algae on the finish
- Excellent fade resistance
- Excellent hiding
- Flexible finish won't crack or peel
- Low-temp application
- 100% acrylic latex
- Lifetime warranty
Formal and historic, with European influences, these homes are easily identified by their symmetrical style and architectural details such
as Palladian windows, columns and triangular pediments. Front doors are often framed by decorative molding or transom windows. Modern interpretations combine an interesting mix of early styles such as Colonial, Georgian, Neoclassical and Federal.
For a traditional, historically accurate look, paint the body of your house a light color with darker accents. Or, for a striking presence, flip the formula and use a darker color for the body. Painting the trim the same color as the body imparts quiet, understated elegance, playing up the holistic architecture without breaking lines. Bring attention to the front entrance with a rich red door.
The traditional heritage palette is elegantly simple.
Whites, yellows and soft blues are wonderful at reflecting light. Deeper dusty blues and rich reds are perfect for the formal architectural details like the front door and shutters.
Exterior Color Tips
- No matter the architectural style of your home, don't
forget to consider the fixed features and surrounding environment. Elements that won't be painted —such as your landscaping, roof, stone or masonry, and windows —are just as important as the portions you paint. Neutral elements carry less weight in your color decisions; colored features play a more important role.
- An easy way to enhance curb appeal and create
a signature statement is changing your door color. Paint it a contrasting color that complements the house color, or use the trim color. Door frames can be painted the same color as the house, or use the trim color. Consider a darker shade of the trim color for sunken panels and a medium shade for the stiles (the vertical struts on paneled doors).
- Play down your windows and other features by using the house color; draw attention by selecting a high-contrast hue. Shutters and window boxes provide a vehicle to add an extra punch of color —use the same color as your front door or select complementary colors.
- Treads on wooden steps usually carry the porch color, while risers can be painted the color of the house trim.
- Flowering shrubs and perennials, plus mulch, can play a colorful and textural role.