best exterior colors for colonial revival houses two tone house with saturated yellow on bottom and red on top
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Two-Tone Body

Varied wall cladding, such as the clapboards on the lower portion and shingles on the upper part of this house, present the perfect opportunity for two different body colors. Typically, the darker hue goes on the bottom to anchor the house and keep it from looking top-heavy. An exception is when both colors are of equal intensity, such as this saturated yellow that easily holds its own against the red above.

Shown: Golden Fleece (clapboards); Salute (shingles); Antique White (trim); Iron Gate (shutters); Blissful Blue (porch ceiling), from Sherwin-Williams. Texas Leather (porch floor, stairs, and lattice), from Benjamin Moore. Warm Silver (silver banding on porch posts), from Modern Masters.
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