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4 Reasons to Use Historic Colors

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 04:49 PM

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you know how big of a fan I am of our historic color collections.  They feature vibrant hues and unique neutrals in a variety of colors.  What's not to love, right? It gets better. The historic collections offer more features than just amazing color. I've broke it down into 4 different advantages for why you should not only use historic colors, but LOVE them as much as I do! If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, you will in the next 5 minutes!

1. Color Tools

California Paints' historic color collection has the most complete set of color tools. They include color cards, chips, and a beautifully designed racked. 20th Century Colors of America even has an iPad app! Simple yet effective, this app allows you to view the entire 20th Century collection electronically in addition to full screen color chips. And nothing can beat large color fields when choosing the perfect paint!

That leads to another great attribute - historic color collections have color chips that feature full fields of color much unlike striped ones.  The historic rack also offers chips that explain the different art movements from both 20th Century and Historic Colors of America (see them in the top row).   The color cards also contain information on the historical accuracy of each collection.  Overall, our historic collections provide a variety of tools that make choosing a color not only stress free but fun!

Full Field Color Chips

2. Historically Accurate

Both Historic Colors of America and 20th Century Colors of America palettes were created along side Historic New England.  Historic New England  is an organization that helps preserve historic properties around the area.  They are experts on color, architecture, and craft so you know these colors didn't just appear from thin air. All 279 colors from both collections were heavily researched and declared authentic.  Some of the colors were even taken directly from historic properties such as the Gropius House and were therefore named accordingly.  How cool! Most importantly, each color is based in an art/architecture movement.  Not only are they authentic colors but California Paints also provides you the tools to use it on the correct architecture.  Whether you are looking to return a home to its original state or are just looking for a color with a story,  the historic accuracy of these palettes is sure to provide you with the perfect color. 
Gropius House

3. Unique Variety of Colors

California Paints historic collections present hues ranging from romantic neutrals to bold gem tones. The full color chips and the way they are organized makes the diversity of colors even more unique.  Although our historic collection isn't as complete as the perfect palette, the colors you find are unlike those found in color collections across the board. 

4. Color Names and Bios

What would historically based colors be without historically based names? Not as exciting that's for sure.  Throughout the research process, it made sense to give each color a name that correlated with the color and/or the time period from whence it came. The best example of this is the 20th Century collection.  The 20th Century collection includes names of a popular trends, items, or events that happened during a color's art movement.  They even have bios about the name and color use.  How cool! To get the full story on how these colors acquired their name check out my What's in a Name post. 

Are you in love yet? You should be! No matter the house project, next time you take on a home improvement project our historic collections should be at the top of your list! Enjoy all this found knowledge and get to work choosing your perfect historic colors!

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