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Hi,I am having somewhat a small dilemma painting my house trim and porch.I have an historic home with brown aluminum siding,and wanna use historic colors but change out the white trim.I was thinking of something along the line where the trim is one color but painting the sash window another color for accent? I like the warm earthy colors too.Also my steps need to be painted and there are brick columns on either side? Would warm caramel for the porch(glidden)be a bit much or a mocha color? Thanks

Hi Bobbie,
yes you can do sash color as an accent, and also change the white trim to something less glaring if you like an earthy type palette.
Black is often used in historic homes for the sashes. If you want to see what your home would look like with various color options before it is painted, check out ''

I am unable to give you specific colors with the information provided, at this time.

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I am able to answer questions about paint color and wall covering selection (interior and exterior, but in this category it's interior)and, in many cases, decorative ("faux") finishing for many types of surfaces. I can also answer some paint product and application questions but am primarily consulting about paint colors.I can also answer questions about Full Spectrum paints.


My experience as a color consultant is broad and includes a wide variety of color issues. Since 1984, I've been helping clients their very best environments using color as the foundation. My experience includes over 20 years in the field of creating and installing fine decorative finishes, and specifying paint colors.

IACC: International Association of Color Consultants/Designers: member since 1996, accredited since 2000. Historic District Commission: Medfield, Massachusetts

Journal of Architectural Coatings (magazine article, print) Design& - blog for this site (current) 2005 – 2008 2005 Boston Women’s Business Jrnl. Subject of interviews and participation in interviews for other publications. Current: my own blog at

Academia di Belle Arti: Florence, Italy BA: University of Minnesota: focus: painting and printmaking University of California, Berkelely: painting department IACC: International Association of Color Consultants/Designers: Accredited member since 2000

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IACC: international exhibit included four of my color design projects: 2010

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Private clients. I prefer not to include names here, but many testimonials are available for viewing at my web site at the "testimonials" page.

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