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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Chris Shatto used seven colors for the exterior of his home in the historic West Main Street neighborhood. “It was poised to be done that way,” he says.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:00 am

Homes reflect owners

Color schemes can reveal personality of house occupants

TERRI RICHARDSON | The Journal Gazette

Take a look at your home. You may not know it, but the color you choose for your house says a lot about your personality.

Have a white home front? You are most likely organized and logical and don't have a great deal of clutter in your life, according to psychology and paint experts.

Like blue? You love harmony and you like to keep things clean and tidy.

If yellow is your choice, finding happiness comes easy to you and others would compare you to sunshine. Red shows you like to live life to the fullest and purple reflects you are artistic but at times can be arrogant. Whereas brown home owners aren't into flashy objects and just want a stable life.

(Right about now, you are probably looking at your neighbor's home and saying to yourself, “Clean and tidy? Ha!” or you're shaking your head in agreement about the neighbor who is too house proud.)

For most homeowners in the Midwest, neutrals – such as beige, white or gray – are the color preferences for the exterior of their home. But don't think that means you're boring. Apparently if this is your home color you are in line with more than half of Americans.

Let's just say you are part of the norm. 

With spring comes thoughts or plans of painting a home's exterior. If that's your plan this year, then you may want to start thinking about what color you want your house to be, or say about you. 

In the Fort Wayne area, grays, both light and dark, and dark blues seem to be the trend for exterior home colors, says Audrey Harber, interior designer with Lancia Homes.

Harber, who has been helping people choose house colors for 20 years, says sometimes people match the outside of their home to help with the interior flow. They like to keep it all one color to have a palette for furniture placement. Of course, the colors vary by person.

While most do stick to neutral colors, some people are more outgoing and choose bolder colors.

Her advice for picking a palette is to keep the front of the home to three colors as not to make it look busy.

However, a three-color suggestion wasn't an option for Chris Shatto, whose Queen Anne home not only stands out, but makes a statement among the other homes in his historic West Main Street neighborhood.

Shatto has used seven colors on his home, but they all blend well together to give the home its historic due. He says the home, which still has all its original construction, has all the features to be able to do what was done on the home. “It was poised to be done that way,” Shatto says.

The original color of the home was a dark gray, Shatto says. However, when he purchased it, the home was various shades of green. Because Shatto wanted to keep the historic integrity of the home, he chose colors from an approved palette for historic homes in Charleston, South Carolina.

The idea was to bring out the detail of the home through color, which Shatto says is something missing from new homes – the attention to all the detail.

Instead of being white-washed or painted all one color, Shatto agrees his home has become the reflection of its owner.

But that doesn't mean all you neutral-loving homeowners are boring. If your home is among those, be proud to know that your home color says that you are safe, dependable and certain.

And who can fault that?

All of us long to have a safe and dependable home no matter what color it is.


Terri Richardson writes about area residents and happenings that affect their lives in this column that publishes every other week. Email her at or call 461-8304.