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"The homeowners didn't realize what they had," says architectural color consultant Amy Wax of the diamond-pane windows and the stickwork hidden in the gables. She suggested a modern take on classic Victorian-era schemes.

Shown: The 1902 house, in Montclair, New Jersey, was suffering from the blands. The two-tone treatment made it top-heavy and disguised its splendid trim.
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