This has happened to everyone—you wake up one morning and it hits you: you're suddenly sick to death of your beige rambler or beach house and you think it looks just as plain as the sand. What can you do to spruce things up or give your property or give it a little pizzazz, short of repainting everything? The answer, of course, is to try a few color accents, and you have a wide variety of traditions to follow:
Try painting benches and architectural details in bright colors. Again with the Victorians—they had elaborate color schemes for each surface of a crown molding for interiors, and that same idea may be translated to exteriors as well. You could also try painting your front door blood red. Did you know that the Victorians mourned their queen's passing by painting the door black, but the Irish gave that a thumb in the eye by painting theirs bright colors. And lastly, when traveling to places like Mexico or the French Riviera, note how exotic the colors are. See what you can take back with you, just for fun.
The intricate detail work on this home is even more stunning in red. Try Valspar's Ultra Premium Fabulous Red 1011-2 to get the look.
(Images: 1, 3-5. Mark Chamberlain; 2. Leah Moss)