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Photoshop Redo: Paint Makeover for a Bungalow

Varied palettes of warm, saturated shades bring out the details on a vintage Craftsman

Before

"Architecturally, I like the house," Dan Hayden says of the 1915 bungalow he shares with his wife, Terri, in Kingsburg, California. Its color, however, is another story. Both agree it's too harsh. "It's not quite caution-sign yellow, but almost," Dan says.

After

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To help the couple select a more inviting palette, we enlisted the help of Amy Wax, a color consultant in Montclair, New Jersey. "Yellow wasn't necessarily a poor choice," says Wax. "The real problem here is that all of the architectural elements are painted the same color, causing them to blur together." In the three color combinations she created to inspire the Haydens, the trim, stucco columns and vertical siding, horizontal clapboards, and porch flooring all get their own hue. The earthy palettes here and on the next page stay true to Craftsman style but vary in boldness. A rust-colored facade with moss-green accents is the richest of the group, while an understated combo of tans and blues plus a dusky blue base punched up with reds and gold present brighter options.

"The red is probably our favorite," Dan says. "We love its warmth, and it's a little daring."

Pick Your Palette

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Here are three nature-inspired color schemes, all perfectly suited to an authentic, early-20th-century bungalow.

Muted Red

"These colors are as inviting as they come," Wax says. Painting a facade red is a sure way to make a statement, but the softness of this shade matched with several soothing greens keeps the palette from appearing loud. The reddish-brown front door just adds to this scheme's earthy feel, while cream trim ensures that the dark hues pop.

Muted Red: Audubon Russet

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Benjamin Moore's Audubon Russet

Muted Red: Georgian Green

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Benjamin Moore's Georgian Green

Muted Red: Monterey White

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Benjamin Moore's Monterey White

Muted Red: Tate Olive

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Benjamin Moore's Tate Olive

Muted Red: Guilford Green

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Benjamin Moore's Guilford Green

Muted Red: Hasbrouck Brown

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Benjamin Moore's Hasbrouck Brown

Rich Tan

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"Saturated colors were the norm for houses built in 1915," Wax says. This khaki facade shade is on the bright side, but dark trim in spirited hues of blue and green maintains a vintage vibe. The olive porch floor balances out this lighter palette while also visually anchoring the house.

Rich Tan: White Cliffs

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Behr's White Cliffs

Rich Tan: Mojito

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Behr's Mojito

Rich Tan: Mossy Bank

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Behr's Mossy Bank

Rich Tan: Alligator Skin

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Behr's Alligator Skin

Rich Tan: Lap Pool Blue

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Behr's Lap Pool Blue

Rich Tan: Bermudan Blue

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Behr's Bermudan Blue

Cool Blue

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The pale gray roof was the driving force behind this combination. Asphalt shingles break from a traditional Craftsman look, but the swath of blue siding with an otherwise warm palette helps tie them in. "And I love the gold front door," Wax says. "It's bright, happy, and really welcoming."

Cool Blue: Composed

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Sherwin-Williams's Composed

Cool Blue: Favorite Tan

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Sherwin-Williams's Favorite Tan

Cool Blue: Nacre

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Sherwin-Williams's Nacre

Cool Blue: Fired Brick

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Sherwin-Williams's Fired Brick

Cool Blue: Foxy

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Sherwin-Williams's Foxy

Cool Blue: Mannered Gold

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Sherwin-Williams's Mannered Gold