Historical Paint Colors
Classic Colors in every sense of the word
Many modern paint companies have developed historical paint color lines and I use these valuable resources to try and help you maintain just the right level of authenticity in your home. We’re looking for the perfect colors, rich in history, yet fitting seamlessly into the modern world. Your home need not be a period piece to reflect what it was.
Consider the clues to be found; like a surface within a rarely repainted closet, original color exposed on top of moldings, or what is behind the old wallpaper. You may even wish to undertake a sand-and-scrape analysis – if you do, keep in mind the colors are likely faded.
Yet, if you do it in an unexposed corner on the inside of a closet, it will likely be the original color. Many people have the impression that our ancestors lived in a world of muted and “tasteful” shades when – at the time – the color was fresh, new and vibrant.
Color historians have compiled information from sources including paint company archival color card collections, historical color trends, art and fashion, and micro-analysis of paints and pigments.