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House Paint Color Color Guide: Jazzy Colors for an Old House in St. Augustine

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History rules in St. Augustine, Florida, but for houses in the trendy tourist areas, anything goes.
Green and pink attracts shoppers to a St. Augustine antique shop

Green and pink attracts shoppers to a St. Augustine antique shop

Photo © Jackie Craven
If you're planning to paint an historic home, you have three options.
  • You can hire a pro to analyze old paint chips and recreate the original color.
  • You can refer to historic color charts and select shades that might have been used at the time your home was built.
  • Or, you can fly in the face of history and choose bright modern colors to dramatize architectural details.
The owners of this little bungalow opted to break all the rules. Instead of choosing traditional bungalow colors, they went bold with tropical shades of green and pink. In some neighborhoods, the choice might raise eyebrows, but this house is in a lively shopping area where anything goes.

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