What Color Should I Paint My House Barge?

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Q: I'm afraid I have given my home a bit of a case of multiple personality disorder, can you help me fix it? I have spent a good bit of time and energy decorating the interior and I love its cozy-slightly-zen cottage feel, but the exterior is just as homely and characterless as the day we bought it.

I'm hoping that most of the trouble is the flat taupe paint. I want to give it a fresh coat of color this summer, with some gloss in it. I would love to hear your suggestions for color schemes and how you would distribute the colors. Please be as specific as possible, a suggestion of "blue" won't help me a bit.

My general feeling is that less contrast would be better, since the trim isn't really the barge's strong point, but let me know if you disagree.

Also the picture was taken shortly after we moved in, we no longer have random mismatched chairs on the deck or a direct TV dish lying around, and now we have a railing (painted red like the doors and shown in process in one of the other pics). Our home is called "The Brighton Sunshine" and resides in Seattle, if that makes a difference.

Sent by Nancy

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.