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Choosing exterior paint colors

Get creative, find a fresh look for your style
Published on Aug 13, 2004

So the time has come to repaint the outside of your house, but you're tired of the old color scheme. If you'd like to try something fresh and new that suits your style, some simple homework will help you get off on the right foot. First of all, you might be interested to know what the rest of America is doing. According to a poll conducted by the Rohm & Hass Paint Quality Institute, the most popular exterior color is white or off-white, which was selected by 34 percent of the poll's respondents. Way too boring? If you were thinking of red or pink, you're at the other end of the poll, and can place yourself among only 4 percent of the people. In between, in descending order of popularity, comes beige, tan or brown (28 percent), gray (15 percent), blue (7 percent), and green or yellow (6 percent each). Whether you're going with or against the crowd, there are lots of tips worth considering when selecting the perfect color scheme for your home. Here are some questions you'll want to...

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