6 tips for picking the perfect exterior paint color for your home
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The problem with home design is there is only one kind of mistake: one everyone sees. That’s what makes home improvement decisions so nerve wracking. Your taste — whether enviably good or so bad you need to hand out motion-sickness bags — is on display.

Story by

Marni Jameson

Special to NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the color of your house. For most, this is literally the biggest (square-foot-wise) design decision they will ever make.
I am here to plead on behalf of every neighborhood in America, please, as a public service, choose well.

As far as I’m concerned, you can do what you please inside. Paint the walls with chartreuse and black stripes, but outside, paint politely. Do not be that house that people look at, shake their heads and mutter: “What were they smoking?”

We can guess what lies behind some color calamities: the woman who knew, ever since she was four and had that hot pink doll house with bright yellow shutters, that she would paint a house just like that when she grew up. Or the man who can think of no better way to show off his support for the Saints than to paint his house black and gold.

If either of these notions sounds familiar, please, before you embarrass yourself and devalue your neighbor’s property, file them und…………… continues on The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com

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11 tips to green your house painting project
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1. Paint for results that will last for years. This has the green effect of reducing the amount of material you use over time. Buy quality paint and never apply it to a dirty, damaged, rough, or wet surface. Prepare for indoor painting by using a broom to sweep away dust and hard to-reach cobwebs; then wipe  the walls with a damp cloth. Outdoors, a hose is the best tool for cleaning walls and trim; do not use a pressure washer, which can damage the wall surface. Repair moisture problems, roughness, cracks, or holes.

2. Don’t waste paint. Calculate carefully how much you will need so there will be no waste. Normally 1 gallon will cover 350-400 square feet. For a small project, you might be able to use up leftover paint that you or your neighbors already have on hand.

3. Consider the weather. continues on MyFox Austin

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