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Photoshop Redo: Coloring Inside the Lines of a Folk Victorian Farmhouse

A house goes from ghostly to gorgeous with the help of three earth- and sky-toned paint palettes

Tattered Folk Character: Before

"We bought a 1910 farmhouse that needs a complete remodel, including a paint job—help!" says Brandi Huff. She's working to make the Folk Victorian in Milan, Michigan, that she'll share with her husband and two sons move-in ready. We turned to architectural color consultant Bob Buckter for curb-appeal-boosting ideas.

Architectural Details on Display: After

Illustration by Drawgate

"People choose white because it's a no-brainer, but these architectural details deserve to be highlighted," Buckter says. One tack: Use muted hues for the body and trim—such as the gray-blues, khakis, and pale yellows in the three palettes in this story—and contrasting colors to emphasize eye-catching features, like the fancy spindlework and turned posts. It's a modern way to apply historically inspired colors.

Brandi's reaction? "Looks awesome! We were so lost on what to do. The blue house is our favorite—it's so homey."

All-American Gray Blue Palette

Illustration by Drawgate

An all-American classic, steel blue makes for a welcoming facade, especially when paired with ice-blue trim, azure gable ends, and wine-red windows and accents. A charcoal-gray skirt anchors the scheme.

All-American Gray Blue Palette: Steel Blue Facade

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Olympic's Silver Blueberry

All-American Gray Blue Palette: Ice-Blue Trim

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Olympic's Rendezvous

All-American Gray Blue Palette: Azure Gable Ends

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Olympic's Blue Cloud

All-American Gray Blue Palette: Wine-Red Windows

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Olympic's Bordeaux

All-American Gray Blue Palette: Charcoal-Gray Skirt

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Olympic's Granite

Earthy Warm Khaki Palette

Illustration by Drawgate

Set against an earthy-brown body color, trim and porch floorboards in maroon and a door and windows in turquoise pop. Using a lighter taupe on the stickwork of the gable end sets it apart from the scalloped siding.

Earthy Warm Khaki Palette: Brown Body Color

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Behr's Mississippi Mud

Earthy Warm Khaki Palette: Non-Basic Beige

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Behr's Gobi Desert

Earthy Warm Khaki Palette: Maroon Trim and Floorboards

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Behr's Chianti

Earthy Warm Khaki Palette: Turquoise Door and Windows

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Behr's Agave Frond

Earthy Warm Khaki Palette: Deep Brown Skirt

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Behr's Butternut Wood

Pick a Palette: Creamy Yellow

Illustration by Drawgate

The warmest palette of the bunch: a French-vanilla body shade, with cinnamon accents and contrasting cool-blue windows.

Creamy Yellow Palette: French-Vanilla Body Shade

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Glidden's Popcorn White

Creamy Yellow Palette: Hint of Gold

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Glidden's Golden Bamboo

Creamy Yellow Palette: Cinnamon Accents

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Glidden's Classic Brick Red

Creamy Yellow Palette: Cool-Blue Door and Windows

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Glidden's Rich Navy

Creamy Yellow Palette: Grounded Brown Skirt

Illustration by Drawgate; Photo: (paint dab) Ted Morrison

Glidden's Le Chateau Brown