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Newsletter: Winter 2017

Firewood by Stefan Cosma

This Old House® Magazine – September 2017 Issue

TOH received a query from a reader: In an older house with lots of beautiful unpainted trim, what are the best color choices for the walls? I’ve been in many homes that fit this scenario. Often clients are tempted to paint the trim, but with real trepidation. If the trim is gorgeous, let it be and think about a great wall color. Here is my input.

This Old House Magazine, September 2017 Issue: Deborah Baldwin, "Paint Colors That Love Stained Wood"

This Old House Magazine – June 2017

Your house is in perfect condition, but your roof needs to be replaced. How do you go about selecting the best possible roof color for your home? I spoke to this old house Senior Editor, Sal Vaglica about this for the June issue of This Old House Magazine. Check it out.

HGTV July 2017

HGTV contacted me about a project called "The Psychology of Color" for HGTV Remodels. Color is at the heart of every home and it influences our frame of mind. I provided input on colors that lift the mood for interiors and colors that enhance the architecture for exteriors. Read more about my take on PINK and PURPLE.

The Concord Museum

Carol L. Haines, Manager of Exhibitions and Design, called me in once again to help select colors for the upcoming show at the museum. On September 29, "This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal" will open at the Concord Museum. The show celebrates the Thoreau bicentennial and is the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled. It brings together the holdings from the Morgan Library and Museum in NYC and the Concord Museum. It centers around the journal Thoreau kept throughout his life. The exhibit runs through January 21, 2018. Go check it out if you are in the area, and I’ll post photos in my next newsletter.

Coastal Living Digital 2017

Coastal Living was working on a real estate assignment and asked for help choosing The Best Exterior Paint Colors for Resale. Here is what I had to say on the subject:

To sell a house it is wise to use classic, neutral paint colors.  They are inviting and appealing.  This will attract the largest number of prospective buyers.

Colors like putty, gray, taupe, gray/green, blue/gray, pale yellow and white are all safe bets.

I LOVE Benjamin Moore's Copley Gray HC-104 on any style house in any geographic area. It looks beautiful with a crisp white trim like Benjamin Moore's Elephant Tusk OC-8.

Gray really can work on virtually any style house. A favorite for Contemporary houses is Benjamin Moore's Gunmetal Gray 1602. It's great to add a pop of color on a modern house in a saffron yellow, lime green, bright blue or red like Dutch Tulip in Ben Moore Aura paint.

On any style stucco or clapboard house you can use use Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray 6205. Lovely!

I love Ben Moore's Gloucester Sage HC-100 on Craftsman or Bungalow style houses. It is a classic.

Victorian houses often call for multiple colors. Some great combos are green, cream and burgundy. Blue, rust red and off white. Taupe, blue and white are a winning combination as well.

When it comes to resale, you can't go wrong with a White House. Ben Moore's Cloud White is creamy and warm. Perfect choice.

For another rich neutral, consider Sherwin Williams Vogue Green SW0065. It looks great on a Colonial, ranch, Victorian or craftsman style house. I also love Ben Moore's Cypress Green 509.

Pale yellow is a perfect choice for resale. My go-to color is Ben Moore's Philadelphia Cream.

A few recent photos from clients

This client requested a violet house, and they're in love with the results!

This client wanted a simple golden yellow house. We chose a shade that is cheerful yet restrained, and balances the brick walk and green plantings perfectly. The dark shutters and door add a little drama and definition.

Need help choosing your colors this year?

Give us a holler, We're happy to help.

Best Wishes,


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