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  • "Green" Paint: Sherwin-Williams Emerald
    With its new eco-minded Emerald paints and ColorCast Eco Toners, Sherwin-Williams gives homeowners more high-performi...
  • 10 Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint
    To the surprise of no one, chalkboard paint is exactly as it sounds: when you use it to paint a wall, that wall becom...
  • 10 Unexpected Spots for Accent Colors
    When it comes to bringing new colors into your home, why limit yourself to wall paint? Add accent colors in these 10 unusual places to brighten up your home.
  • 10 Unexpected Uses for Spray Paint
    From shoes to fans to vinyl upholstery, there are so many surprising items to color—and revive—with a can of spray paint.
  • 21 "Expert Picks" for Fail-Safe Colors
    Here are twenty-one neutrals that color experts and designers rank as their top "fail-safe" picks.
  • 5 Common Painting Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them
    In his role as the "Paint Doctor" for Purdy—longtime makers of handcrafted paint brushes and roller covers—Bruce Schn...
  • 5 Easy Steps to a Successful Paint Makeover
    This square mahogany table has a beautiful shape and fretwork sides, but someone painted it avocado green. The finish is uneven and there are visible brush marks. In short, a table in need of a paint makeover.
  • 5 Smart Ways to Fill the House with Your Favorite Color
    Everyone has a favorite color, but not everyone understands how to use that most loved hue to full advantage at home....
  • 8 Exterior Paint Colors That Might Help Sell Your House
    Just like the colors on your interior walls, the hues you pick for your home's exterior should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your house on the market in the near future, you'll also want to consider which shades will attract the broadest range of buyers. "Neutral and traditional colors are a good bet if you are going to paint your home's exterior to get it ready to sell," says Elizabeth Mendenhall, a realtor in Columbia, Missouri, and a 2014 regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors. "You want a look that is warm and inviting. Unique colors may turn away some potential buyers." If you're painting for resale, give some thought to these 8 colors with undeniable curb appeal.
  • 8 Ways to Age, Distress, Gild, and Add Shine to Your Next Project
    Unleash your full paint potential by using one of these decorative finishing techniques to add gloss and glitz to your next makeover.
  • 9 Bright and Bold Colors for Your Front Door
    Before guests even set foot inside your home, the front entrance establishes the tone for the rest of the space. The color you choose for your door might reflect an appreciation of traditional decor, a love of bold hues, or a fondness for modern design. Now picture your own front door: What does it say about you? If it's not the statement you'd wish to make, there's an easy fix found in a can of fresh paint. These nine inviting front door hues may be just the inspiration you need to insert some personality into your your home's exterior.
  • 9 Calming Colors for a Serene Home
    With life more hectic than ever, we are all eager to fashion our homes as restful, relaxing sanctuaries. For a haven away from the cares of the world, include such essentials as comfortable furnishings and objects with sentimental value. Thoughtful color selection is another effective way to achieve serenity. Soothing shades range from snowy white to soft blue, foggy gray to pale peach. All radiate a sense of calm, helping you regroup, recharge, and face each day with renewed energy.
  • Antiquing vs. Distressing: 8 Tips on Creating the Look and Patina of a Genuine Antique
    Marian Parsons—mother, wife, and creative soul—was crushing on hand-painted antique European furniture. She coveted t...
  • App Review: PaintSwatches
    There's a special place in my heart for apps that help match paint colors. PaintSwatches (from Aquariform Designs) al...
  • Awesome Accents: 17 Ways to Make Any Space Pop with Color
    Brilliant, bright, creamy, rich, dazzling color, whether used liberally or sparingly, can make a significant impact in a space. Much like a colorful scarf takes a neutral outfit in a bold new direction, an unanticipated design element, such as a juicy pink kitchen wall, high-gloss yellow dining chair, or a black ceiling, often steals the show. The accent wall is a familiar concept, yet partial surfaces, smaller architectural elements, and furnishings are ripe for color too. Color-phobes can rest assured that a pop of color is a way to reap all the benefits without belaboring the point. Here are 17 ways to make a space pop with color.
  • Believe It or Not: 9 Incredible Faux Finishes You Can Do Yourself
    If the sight of your space is starting to give you a little ennui, a simple faux finish on a surface or accent piece might be just the touch to perk you right up! Whether you want to add the class of marble, the old-world charm of plaster, or the drama of malachite, you can create the room of your dreams with the best DIY faux finishes, found right here.
  • Bob Vila Radio: Chalkboard Paint
    Kids and chalk go together like peanut butter and jelly—and parents love the easy cleanup of chalk, whether it’s on t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Paint Color
    Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can be intimidating: This is a big, expensive job, and whatever color...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Painting Prep
    Summertime’s a great time to get to that exterior paint job you’ve been putting off. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON EXTE...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Faux Painting
    If you’re ready to go a step further than a simple coat of paint to personalize your home, try faux finishing. LISTEN...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Faux Woodgraining
    Here's a thrifty way to dress up your home for holiday entertaining that's been around for hundreds of years. Since t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Finishing Fiberglass Doors
    Fiberglass doors have been popular for years now as a durable, energy-efficient alternative to wood doors that can be...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Flawless Paint Finish
    For a great finish on your next painting project, start by prepping the surface the right way. LISTENListen to BOB VI...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Historic Paint Colors
    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “historic color”? Do you envision a rather limited palette of muted grays...
  • Bob Vila Radio: How to Paint a Ceiling
    A ceiling can be a real pain in the neck to paint, but there are some simple ways to make this job a bit easier. List...
  • Bob Vila Radio: How to Remove Paint Spots from Wood Floors
    When's the best time to remove paint spots from wooden floors? Right after the paint hits the floor, of course! But w...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Interior Paint Prep
    Nothing says clean and new like fresh paint. If you’re moving into a new place this fall or just want to perk up the ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kraft Paper
    If you’re starting a paint project and worry about protecting your floors, don’t just throw down a drop cloth. Consid...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Natural Paint
    The harmful effects of VOCs on indoor air quality have received a lot of attention in recent years. In response, pain...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Paint Primer
    If you’re taking on any last-minute holiday painting projects, here’s a primer on… primer. Listen to BOB VILA ON PAIN...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Paint Rollers
    When it comes to getting a room painted fast, a paint roller is a do-it-yourselfer's best friend. Here's how to get t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Paint Square Footage
    Interior painting is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project, but to do it right you’re going to need to do some math. L...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tips
    It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detail, especially in older ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tools
    When it comes to re-painting, everyone’s least favorite part of the job is prepping the surface… but it’s also the mo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Floors
    If you’ve ever spent any time or money sanding and refinishing a wood floor, you may wonder why anyone would ever pai...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Garage Floors
    Your garage may be your workshop, your storeroom, your potting shed or the place where you showcase your automotive p...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Masonry
    If your to-do list includes painting brick or concrete, keep in mind that masonry requires some special treatment. Li...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Over Wallpaper
    Getting tired of the floral wallpaper in your dining room or the Stewart plaid in the den? If you’re daunted by the p...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Pressure-Treated Wood
    Thinking of putting some paint on that deck you just built? If you used pressure-treated lumber, you'll need to appro...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Raw Wood
    You probably know that bare, raw wood needs to be primed before it’s painted. For best results, though, there are a f...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Timesavers
    Here’s how to make neater work of your next painting project…LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON PAINTING TIMESAVERS, or read...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Tools
    If you’re getting ready for a painting project, it’s important to think ahead and have your tools and supplies ready ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Windows
    When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right. CM_BVILANOTES-3 Painting WindowsListen to BO...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Painting Wood Paneling
    Wood paneling certainly has a place in the home. It can make a space feel traditional and warm, but it can also look ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Power Sprayer Tips
    Use a power sprayer to cut days off your next big paint job. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON POWER SPRAYER TIPS, or read ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Removing Paint From Concrete
    If you’ve ever dripped paint on your sidewalk or changed your mind about that coat of paint you put on a concrete pla...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Repainting Wrought Iron
    Wrought iron railings, patio furniture, and gates are classics that look great with almost any home, but not when the...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Spray Painting
    You don’t have to invest in a power sprayer to try your hand at spray painting—start with a spray can and a small pro...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Types of Paintbrushes
    Walk into a hardware or paint store today to buy a paint brush and you could easily be overwhelmed by the number of o...
  • Bob Vila Radio: VOCs
    VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that evaporate easily, releasing potentially harmful compounds int...
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Historic Paint Colors
    Consider these historical paint colors to preserve the stylistic integrity of your home.
  • Bob Vila's Top 12 Painting Tips
    1. One trick to determine whether you have the right primer is to put a coat on and let it dry, then take a razor bla...
  • Chip It! Sherwin-Williams' New Color Tool
    Thanks to the Internet, there's no shortage of inspiration when it comes to bringing color to your home. Ah, but the ...
  • Choosing Interior Paint Color
    Paint is the easiest and most economical way to update a room's look. Selecting the right paint color or colors is a ...
  • Choosing a Paint Sprayer
    It's estimated that a paint sprayer can apply a coating ten times faster than brushing and four times faster than rol...
  • Color Quiz: Level 1
    How color savvy are you? Find out with our Color Quiz!
  • Color Quiz: Level 2
    How color savvy are you? Find out with our Color Quiz!
  • Color Quiz: Level 3
    Test your color knowledge with our toughest quiz yet to see how much of a hue expert you are!
  • DIY Wall Stenciling
    Artisans Polly and Ken Forcier of MB Historic Decor joined Bob Vila on the Season 13 "Modern Colonial" project house ...
  • Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Cabinets with a Paint Sprayer
    When it comes to painting cabinets, I know there are a lot of opinions and methods out there. But after I painted my ...
  • Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Laminate
    I recently gave my bookcases a much-needed makeover.  Ever since I had painted the room a deep blue, this faux-w...
  • Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wood Furniture
    Most anything can be transformed with a can of paint and some step-by-step instructions. Here's an easy, four-step tu...
  • Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron
    I’ve had some rusty-looking wrought iron patio furniture staring at me from my backyard for years now. It came with t...
  • Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Your Curtains
    It might sound weird, but regular old latex paint on curtains can add up to lots o’ drama (the good kind). 1. Wash an...
  • Dream It, Do It: How to Paint a Staircase
    As the times changed, so did my design style. When it became clear that my stairs needed an upgrade, and I was unable...
  • Eve Ashcraft's "The Right Color"
    If you're anything like me, standing in front of a sea of paint colors at the local home center can be an angst-ridde...
  • Eve Ashcraft's 6 Inspirations for Choosing a Color Palette
    Color specialist Eve Ashcraft offers six inspirations to help you choose a color scheme for any space in your home.
  • Exterior Paint 101
    Painting the exterior of your home is a big undertaking: you'll need the right type of paint, quality tools and some ...
  • For Every Hue, a Mood: Use Color to Make the Most of Every Room
    We often choose colors we believe to be an expression of ourselves. But the science of color psychology suggests that...
  • Fresh Coat: 10 All-Natural House Paints
    Make your living room green—even if it’s blue—by choosing an all-natural, eco-friendly house paint. Here are 10 of the best.
  • Grain Painting Brushes
    Graining and marbling—though widely practiced in the nineteenth century—have long been out of favor. But in recent ye...
  • Historic Paint Colors
    The gasp was audible. On entering the dining room at Monticello in late 2011, the chatter abruptly ceased as the tour...
  • How To: Avoid House Painting Problems
    Start any exterior paint job by cleaning, scraping, and repairing the surface. Take notice of how the paint has weath...
  • How To: Choose a Paint Finish
    In her new book, Black & White (and a Bit in Between), designer Celerie Kemble reviews the classic appeal of blac...
  • How To: Dispose of Paint
    No matter what you're painting—your home's exterior, the living room, or the dresser you recently bought secondhand—e...
  • How To: Make Chalkboard Paint
    Chalkboard paint lets you transform any wall into an endlessly reusable writing surface. Although it's readily availa...
  • How To: Make Your Own Milk Paint
    Everyone knows that milk does a body good. But were you aware that milk also works wonders for walls and furniture? Y...
  • How To: Make a Paint Pail
    Most professionals paint from a pail rather than a can. Painting out of a can is messy, causing rim buildup and dripp...
  • How To: Paint Brick
    Painting bricks requires some special considerations. Wet down the surface first to ensure better paint adhesion. Use...
  • How To: Paint Brick
    There are a host of reasons that homeowners choose to paint brick:• If a brick fireplace is out of sync with the deco...
  • How To: Paint Concrete
    To paint concrete successfully—so that it looks good and lasts a long time—proper preparation is of paramount importa...
  • How To: Paint EVERYTHING
    Make the most of your project, whether you're planning to paint wrought iron or wood flooring, concrete or curtains.
  • How To: Paint Home Exteriors with a Sprayer
    Next time you tackle a big exterior paint job, try using a power sprayer. Start at the bottom and work your way up, s...
  • How To: Paint IKEA Furniture
    Years ago, you purchased particleboard furniture at IKEA. Maybe it's begun to show its age, or maybe you simply no lo...
  • How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets
    Click through our project guide to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets. There may be no easier or more affordable way to give your old kitchen a brand-new look!
  • How To: Paint Like a Pro
    When it comes to painting, homeowners often adopt a weekend warrior mentality, skipping or rushing through prep work ...
  • How To: Paint Masonry Walls
    Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major dam...
  • How To: Paint Metal
    A fresh coat of paint can brighten the look and prolong the life of metal surfaces in and around your home. Painting ...
  • How To: Paint Over Stain
    You can paint over existing interior wood finishes, if you take the proper steps first. Here's how. To paint over a s...
  • How To: Paint Over Wallpaper
    Any number of imperfections, from nail holes to degraded plaster, may lurk underneath wallpaper. Another ugly truth: ...
  • How To: Paint Plastic
    Whether your goal is to renew a faded surface or bring a new color into the mix, there are two main things to know ab...
  • How To: Paint Plywood Floors
    For our newly renovated attic, we'd wanted solid wood flooring, but that idea, it turned out, wasn't practical: The a...
  • How To: Paint Pressure-Treated Wood
    It's a two-sided coin: What enables pressure-treated wood to last outdoors is precisely what complicates the process ...
  • How To: Paint Stripes on a Wall
    Painted stripes can be bold or subtle, identical or varied in size, horizontal or vertical. But no matter what design...
  • How To: Paint Tile
    You are itching to redesign your kitchen or bathroom, but the color of your existing tile limits your options. Certai...
  • How To: Paint Trim
    Looking to learn how to paint trim? It's not so different from painting other surfaces in a home. Your method will va...
  • How To: Paint Vinyl Siding
    A sensible siding solution, vinyl remains a popular, budget-friendly choice for home exteriors. People have always lo...
  • How To: Paint Wood Paneling
    In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either b...
  • How To: Paint Your Front Door
    Front doors undergo wear and tear on a daily basis, not least from the elements—precipitation and wind and the glarin...
  • How To: Paint a Ceiling
    Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particular...
  • How To: Paint a House
    Painting your house yourself is a big commitment of time. Just think about it. It can take a professional crew of thr...
  • How To: Paint a Wood Floor
    The first time I heard about someone painting a wood floor I was skeptical. Would it last? Could you scrub it? And wh...
  • How To: Prevent Peeling Exterior Paint
    Here's how to keep the exterior paint from peeling off your house, if you live in a damp climate. Using a breathable ...
  • How To: Rag Paint
    Here's a way you can get a designer look for your painted walls. With a roller, apply an oil paint glaze over an alre...
  • How To: Remove Paint from Wood
    It can be mighty labor-intensive and time-consuming to remove paint, which is why many do-it-yourselfers dread the ta...
  • How To: Remove Varnish and Other Wood Finishes
    Varnish, lacquer, shellac and other clear coats are applied to protect wood furniture and flooring from scratches, sc...
  • How To: Select a Paint Color
    The most personal decision involved in any interior or exterior painting project is color choice. If green is your fa...
  • How To: Spackle Exterior Siding
    When you're repainting your house, here's how to restore that smooth, original finish. After you've removed all loose...
  • How To: Splatter-Paint Your Floor
    Here's an inexpensive and creative way to decorate a floor. Roll on a coat of deck enamel (the color of your choice) ...
  • How To: Sponge Paint
    A decorative paint finish is a good way to customize an interior in only a short time. Use a latex glaze mixed to the...
  • How To: Stain Outdoor Wood Furniture and Equipment
    Outdoors, stain helps wood furniture or backyard equipment look at home in the landscape. Whether you're working on a...
  • How To: Stain Wood Furniture
    The process of staining furniture is intimidating to many do-it-yourselfers, because special tools and chemicals are ...
  • How To: Stain Wood Shingle Siding
    Here is a helpful tip if you are thinking of staining some cedar shingles.  To protect new shingles, apply a penetrat...
  • How To: Stencil a Floor
    Add some color and pattern to a wood or concrete floor this summer by purchasing a couple cans of paint and a stencil...
  • How To: Stencil a Wall
    You can hand-paint your own stenciled border. Use painter's tape to mark off straight edges; you'll find the tape pre...
  • How To: Store Paint
    Take the guesswork out of storing paint leftovers. Before you replace the lid, mark the level of the paint remaining ...
  • How To: Strip Paint from Antique Woodwork
    If you have an old house, some paint stripping projects require extra care. Antique woodwork can include applied deta...
  • How To: Transform a Cabinet with Spray Paint
    Is there a dated, shabby, worn-out cabinet hogging space somewhere in your home? If so, you may feel tempted to get r...
  • How To: Use a Paint Spray Gun
    Are you tired of using a brush and messing with a tray whenever you paint? Consider investing in a paint spray gun. S...
  • How To: Use a Paintbrush Properly
    Any painter will tell you, good brush technique is key to a neat job. Hold the brush with your thumb on one side and ...
  • How To: Work with Chemical Paint Stripper
    Where stripping paint is concerned, there's just no easy way out.  Here are some tips. Cover the floor under your wor...
  • Hue Cues for 2014: 11 Color Trends to Follow
    What hues will we be seeing more of this year? Calming blues and energetic magentas will be the "in" shades of 2014, color experts predict.
  • In Living Color: 7 Tips for Brightening Your Home's Palette
    Choosing the right color can be an overwhelming experience—just think of all the color options that you find when you visit your local home center or paint store. If you want to move from neutral palettes to bright, bold colors, the task becomes even more challenging. There are, however, ways to feel more comfortable with choosing and living with bright paint colors. Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, shares some helpful tips on how to easily brighten your home's color palette.
  • Is Stripping Paint Really Necessary?
    It's always amazed me to see workmen sanding all the paint off a home's exterior just because some of the paint is pe...
  • It's National Painting Week!
    April has ushered in a burst of color, and we’re not just talking about floral blooms. According to a 2012 Spring Hom...
  • Kitchen Paint Colors: 10 Handsome Hues for Hardworking Spaces
    For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home—a room in which we greet the day, make important plans, and break bread with family and friends. Given the significance of this gathering place, it seems like a given that the colors used to decorate it should be both energizing and easy to live with. Which hue is right for you? The choice is a personal one, but we've found 10 inspirational examples to point you in the right direction.
  • Living Room Paint Colors: 9 Top Picks from the Pros
    Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the living room. It's a space that is both an intimate setting for your family and a gathering place for your friends. To find your favorite hue among a sea of swatches, St. Louis, Missouri, interior designer Joni Spear advises staying true to the colors you love most. "When it comes to paint colors, I always rule by my heart," says Spear, principal of Joni Spear Interior Design. "You have to be happy in your surroundings." Draw color inspiration from a cherished possession, Spear suggests, like a painting, pillow, rug, or vase. Be sure to view paint samples at different times of day to see how sunlight and ambient light will affect them. Here, Spear, along with other interior designers and paint professionals, offers nine colors that are worth your consideration.
  • New Year, New Color
    Pantone, the global authority on color for the design industries, has announced the Color of the Year for 2013: Emera...
  • Ordinary Walls Become Extraordinary with Fool-Proof Paint-On Accents
    Looking for a finishing touch for your painted wall? Just add a stencil. This trendy technique offers an easy, inexpensive way to turn any surface into a statement—be it walls, doors, panels, or ceilings. And the project's flexibility doesn't end there. Your surface can be smooth or rough; your medium can be acrylic or latex; and, depending on the size of your project, you can get the job done with either a roller or a brush. Beyond that, it's really about to choosing a design you love. But don't worry: Even if you tend to be a fickle decision maker, changing it up is as easy as a fresh coat of paint. Let these 10 ideas kick-start your next stenciled stroke of genius.
  • Paint Guide: 10 Essentials for Successful House Painting
    Start here if you don't know where to begin on your next housing painting project.
  • Paint Like a Pro: 8 Clever New Tools Under $10
    Whether you're redecorating a room or reinventing a worn dresser, good quality paint and a steady hand will get you far. But even the best DIY painters have the occasional mishap—dropping the brush in the pan, crooked lines, or newspaper stuck to a painted door. Whether or not your work is flawless, you can't put a price on a job well done—or done easier. Hyde Tools offers plenty of painting tools on the cheap to eliminate ordinary painting problems and give you professional results on your next painting project.
  • Paint Makeovers: An Expert Tells All
    As a decorator and "junker," I've discovered plenty of beauty and utility in stuff others have kicked to the curb. An...
  • Paint Stripping Tools
    Stripping off old paint isn't really much fun. It's usually a messy job: Whatever method you use (dry scraping, heat,...
  • Paint Your Home the Colors of Downton Abbey
    Inspired by Downton Abbey, a new collection from Kelly-Moore Paints will now enable fans to live among the dusty gray...
  • Paint and Finishing Brushes
    The lowly paintbrush: We've known about it since preschool days. Paintbrushes were great fun in kindergarten, too, th...
  • Painting Tools and Materials
    In addition to top-quality application equipment, you may need some of the painting tools and painting materials list...
  • Painting the House: Should You Hire a Pro?
    If you’re used to taking on your own renovations, painting your home’s exterior might be a natural money-saving proje...
  • Painting—The Gateway to DIY: The 12-Year Kitchen
    I can’t remember when I first painted a room, but I was pretty young. Finding out that I was capable of improving my ...
  • Paints and Finishes
    The reasons for applying finishes to wood surfaces are several. One is to seal the wood, in order to prevent moisture...
  • Pantone: The 20th Century in Color
    While I’d always been interested in history, it wasn't until I got to college that I fell in love with it. A special ...
  • Perfectly Suited: 9 Top-Rated Color Combinations for Your Home Exterior
    Selecting a single color for the outside of your house can be difficult enough, but trying to find two or more hues that work well together makes the decision even more challenging. Whether your aim is to highlight architectural details or simply to find a complementary shade for shutters and trim, the choice is an important one. "Color can make a big impact on the look of a house," confirms architect Jim Rill, principal of Rill Architects, in Bethesda, Maryland. For inspiration, consider your home's style and scale as well as architectural styles typical of your neighborhood and region. "The best exterior colors are contextual to their environment," Rill observes. Here, 9 combinations that hit the mark.
  • Pro Tips: What Type of Paint Is Best for Exteriors?
    A fresh coat of exterior paint does wonders for the look of a home, revolutionizing its curb appeal while adding a va...
  • Quick Tip: Applying Primer
    To get the best color performance from your paint, use a tinted primer first. Usually available in three shades, gray...
  • Quick Tip: Avoiding Paint Spills and Splatters
    Make neater work of your next touch-up project. Applying paint from a quart can will get messy, especially if you're ...
  • Quick Tip: Boost Your Home’s Resale Value with Paint
    New Coat of Paint, Better Home Price How do you ensure you’ll get the selling price you want for your home in a buyer...
  • Quick Tip: Cold Weather Painting
    Colder weather doesn't have to be an issue when doing exterior painting. While most conventional paints must be appli...
  • Quick Tip: Exterior Painting Preparation
    An exterior paint job is only as good as the prep you do first.  Make sure to scrape and sand the surface to remove o...
  • Quick Tip: Low-VOC Paints
    Low-VOC paints are a safe and efficient option for your next project. Paints with low VOCs, or volatile organic compo...
  • Quick Tip: Painting Masonry
    Here are some things to keep in mind when you're painting masonry. Like any other surface, masonry needs to be prepar...
  • Quick Tip: Painting a Room
    Interior painting is one of the all-time favorite do-it-yourself jobs, but like everything else, there is a right and...
  • Quick Tip: Prepping Wood for Paint
    Here are some steps to follow when preparing new wood for painting.  First, countersink any finish nails. Then fill a...
  • Quick Tip: Stripping Paint
    Below the Surface It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detai...
  • Quick Tip: Try Faux Finishing
    Faux Finishing: What Is It? If you’re looking for ways to personalize your space and you're ready to go a step furthe...
  • Quick Tip: Use Low-VOC Paints
    The Danger of VOCs There’s more to that new paint smell than you might think. There are already federal restrictions ...
  • Quick Tip: Woodgraining
    Woodgraining is an artist's technique for creating the look of fine woods like mahogany. After two coats of a base co...
  • Selecting the Right Paint Tools
    For a consistent, long-lasting finish, you need to apply paint and coatings with high-quality application equipment. ...
  • Sweet Dreams: A New Line of No-VOC Paints for Nurseries
    The health benefits of low-VOC paints for people with chemical sensitivities and respiratory conditions are well docu...
  • Tangerine Tango: 10 Products on Trend
    With Tangerine Tango as Pantone's 2012 color of the year, we shopped the markets to see what products are trending now. Here are <a href="http://www.bobvila.com">ten picks</a> certain to put you in a Tangerine Tango-like mood.
  • The Basics of Paint Selection
    There was a time when paint was nothing more than pigment and cow's milk. When the milk dried, the pigment remained. ...
  • The Best Paint Colors for Low-Light Rooms
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