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We often get a lot of customer inquiries about the different color options used in the homes we feature, whether it's an interior paint choice, a unique stain or even a particular roofing material. It can be hard to determine what works best, especially without a handy swatch to really visualize the true color of such selections. (I know I personally went through eight samples of pale green for my kitchen alone--and that was using actual paint.) But the pros are here to help those of us in need of a little color guidance with a fun idea-generating tool.

Working with colorist Lee Eiseman of Pantone Color Institute, Owens Corning has released a new line of its Duration roofing called the Designer Color Collection, comprising seven different color variations from which to chose, with a roofing "personality" test to help determine your ideal fit. Based on a mixture of information, from region to color preferences and preferred activities, the online personality test ( not only determines your top two design colors and the best roofing pattern for you, but it also supplies you with four different palettes (two traditional, two "fashion forward") for trim and exterior accents as well, using Owens Corning roofing and stone materials and Benjamin Moore paint colors. You can also see roofing patterns similiar to your final outcome to help you make a more informed decision.

Check out the pictures below for some of the company's before-and-after shots to get an idea of how you can work color into your own home.

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