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In advance, I thank you for your time and assistance.  My husband and I just purchased a log cabin/home and he would like to stain the exterior a blue or green color and the interior a very light grey and possibly blue on some interior portions.  I spoke with a staff member of a company that sells stain specifically for log homes and he said that 90% or more customers purchase more traditional brown colors or clear for both the exterior and interior.  Will using the blue or green stain on the exterior negatively affect resale value?  Similarly, will using the grey or blue stain on the interior negatively affect the resale vale?  We are not certain at this point whether we will be there for just a few years or indefinitely.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you very much.

Hello Katie,
I live in the North Georgia area.  We have a very large number of log sided and full log homes here.  To be perfectly honest, I don't think I have ever seen a blue or green exterior, but have seen both grey/tan exteriors and tan/grey interiors. These are frequently not true stains because of opacity and I don't think they can be undone readily. My best bet is "Yes", it would negatively affect resale because you are limiting buyers.  The general expectation is that a log home will look like logs.  You are betting on finding someone who has the exact same taste as you.  Plus if you do the exterior or interior that way, I suspect that changing it back to a natural would be an expensive proposition. Even if I liked it I wouldn't buy it because of my limited sale possibilities if I had to sell.  I'd say "Very interesting" and move on.
Additionally if you've checked the prices on stains, you now know that good ones are expensive.  Since putting the stain on isn't cheap(Brushing it on gives the best results), I sure wouldn't want to do it more than I had to.
Does that help?  

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