Historic paint colors were anything but boring, and despite the iconic presidential residence being one of the first things to mind when thinking of American paint colors, white was rarely actually used as a feature house color in America. As it was traditionally hard to produce and maintain vibrant white paints, this point is only reinforced when you refer to that the White House was exposed sandstone for many years before it ever received a coat of whitewash (to protect the stone from winter more than cosmetics). It would be another 20 years before it had actually received a coat of (oil-based) white paint.
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We stumbled across an infographic by Wholesale Furniture Brokers, depicting the evolution of Living Room design trends in North America dating back to the early 1800's.
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