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House Paint Color Guide: Colors for Dramatic Accents

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Dark red brings out the details in a Victorian dormer painted harvest gold.
Red details dramatize a dormer painted harvest gold

Red details dramatize a dormer painted harvest gold.

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Dark siding or dark bands of trim will make your house seem smaller, but will draw more attention to details. Darker shades are best for accenting recesses, while lighter tones will highlight details that project from the wall surface. On traditional Victorian homes, the darkest paint is often used for the window sashes.

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