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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Down Colors on the Home

National color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color believes in keeping colors “FRESH” on the exterior of the home.

“To understand the colors that work best on a home’s exterior, I encourage people to use the FRESH approach,” says Smith. “This stands for Fixed features, Regional colors, Environment and surroundings, Style of the home, and Have-to-use colors.”

As an example of using the FRESH approach, Smith recently coached homeowners in Arizona to work from the “top down” when selecting new colors and products for a ranch-style home.

"After discovering the reddish tint to the stone around the property I first suggested a Sedona blend of colors found in DaVinci’s Bellaforté® polymer roofing tiles,” says Smith. “This combination of colors includes shades of medium and dark terracotta mixed in with light and dark clay tones to create an earthy color that works perfectly on many homes.

“The earthy colors played well with the region and the environment, so I next recommended an off-white painted siding with bronze frames on Decorum® by Simonton high efficiency vinyl windows. Then, to move further down the home, I recommended both the Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection™ entry door and some of the Fypon® trim pieces around the home (including the shutters and louvers) be painted a burnt mocha color.

"These colors all combine visually to create an exterior scheme that suits the warm desert environmental setting and the style of this home.”

The 30-page FRESH Home Exterior Colors guide can be downloaded for free at or


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