Diva Design Diary

By Holly Peterson

Diva Design Diary is about bringing the latest interior design trends and tips to our existing clients, as well as future clients...enjoy!

Exterior Paint Palettes

By Holly Peterson

Several paint specialists swear by these unusual trim-and-siding combos that are distinguished and still neighborly.

These dusty hues would especially enliven a Craftsman house. Subtle without being neutral.

Siding: celery
Sleepy Hollow #D6-2
Trim: deep brown
Potting Soil #B11-1

Dutch Boy for stores

Pale aqua and bluish gray work beautifully on a Colonial. A driftwood-style pairing that fits nicely into the landscape.

Siding: aqua
Surf Spray #14-4807
Trim: gray
Monument #17-4405

Pantone Paints for stores

For a country-cottage-chic look, use white with this deep, dark green.

Siding: white
China White
Trim, shutters, screen doors: dark green
Black Forest Green

Benjamin Moore for stores

A subtle combination of versatile neutrals, made even more striking when paired with very dark sashes and shutters.

Siding: pale gray
Trim: white
Alaskan Husky

Benjamin Moore for stores

White with black accents. A red door is especially charming and inviting.

Siding: white
Trim: black
Jet Black
Door: red
Ruby Red

Benjamin Moore for stores

Elegant ways to say "welcome" (from left to right).

13" x 13" x 26" "English Street" $1,314
McLean Lighting Works

10" x 7" x 16" zinc-finish lantern $650
Marston & Langinger

6½" x 6" x 22" "Lyford" lantern $1,100
Urban Electric

It means a serious wallet-stretch, but upgrading from asphalt shingles is a splurge designers and their clients agree is worth it.

standing seam metal: Amazingly durable and low-maintenance, this once-industrial choice comes in a huge array of colors and styles.
steelroofing.com for information

slate shingles: The Limoges of roofing materials is perfect for traditional houses (particularly Federal and Colonial), but requires special handling in installation.
vermontstructuralslate.com for information

cedar shakes:Wonderfully warm and rustic, this thicker-than-shingles option weathers to a gorgeous silvery gray.
cedarbureau.org for information

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