Exterior paint on Gothic-style entry
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Start with stone

Exterior paint schemes should be based on colors that are already established. For this Gothic-style entry, those were the grays of the stone and roof. Too much gray can seem dismal, so the perfect counterpoint was a warm, rich color: burgundy red. To allow it to accent the doors and windows, other surfaces were painted off-white and a shade of gray slightly lighter than the stone.
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