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Choosing the right &*$#? paint color for your walls

Apparently, there's such a thing as a "color of the year." A bunch of people at Pantone get paid to travel the world, tour private fashion and decoration events, and BAM!, they barf up a color. They say it's science, I think it's bullshit. If you don't want to become one of those Pantone cultist and actually live with your colors more than 12 months, here's a handful of advice from a girl who learned how to pick the right color through trials and errors.

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What color does my pink stucco house want to be?

When I first saw the house I knew I would paint it anything OTHER than pink. I assumed my neighbors would be thrilled. It is the only pink house in the neighborhood, and one of the few remaining stucco ones. Most of them have been sided. I even got two estimates! I was so gung-ho on doing this!

Until I started really thinking about the house. And how long its been pink. And maybe I should paint it a newer, hipper pink? Would she be sad if she was no longer pink?

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Learn a new skill: Make white milk paint at home

The paint we all have in our homes is often quite toxic, but you don't have to buy a petroleum based paint — you can make your own and have it be totally toxin free: I'm talking about milk paint. Powdered milk paint can be purchased and just mixed with water. This would be convientent but would cost about $36.00 a gallon.

Making your own milk paint is relatively easy and half the cost of buying the ready mixed. The lime powder and the pigment are available at paint stores or craft stores. The results are amazing, flat muted color that resembles old-world plaster. Many artists still use this ancient paint because of its workability and the tone of color.