Varied Palette (Before)
An all-white paint scheme seems safe, but it does nothing for a home's architectural detail. Such uniformity, from the cornice down to the balusters, made the facade of this 1860s Second Empire?style house on New York's Staten Island look dull and one-dimensional. Bright white was also historically inappropriate. "The Victorians believed in a house being part of nature, and they tried to make it suit its surroundings by using earth tones," says James G. Ferreri, the colorist who came up with this harmonious five-color paint plan.