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Picking Authentic Paint Colors for Your Historic American Home

Posted on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 @ 08:42 AM

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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Topics: color schemes, historical paint colors, historic colors, color history, Historic American Interior Design, historic paint colors, Historic Color Inspirations

American Living Room Design Trends: A Compiled History [Infographic]

Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

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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Topics: historic colors, Living Room Design, Living Room Trends, Historic American Interior Design, historic paint colors

History of Color: How WW1 Created Color Forecasts

Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Ever wonder how the modern practice of color forecasting came to be? We turned up this feature from Technicolour, a BBC4 special dedicated to studying our understanding and use of color ranging from biology to fashion. 

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Topics: color trends, historic colors, color forecasting, color history

California Paints Introduces: Featured Colors of the Month

Posted on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 05:14 PM

It feels like forever since I've been able to share anything colorfully fun with you! No fear! I'm here to present some exciting news that should satisfy your color withdrawals.  California Paints has introduced our December Colors of the Month Selection on Facebook.  Awesome right?! It get's better...California Paints is also going to present you with January, February, March... (you get the idea) colors of the month as well! Yay I love sharing fun colors!!! All of our December Colors incorporate appropriately named hues as well as festive shades!

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Topics: interior paint, paint colors, color schemes, 20th century paint colors, color trends, historic colors, paint color, color names, neutral colors, holiday colors

Historic Colors and the Trend Cycle - Part 2

Posted on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:54 PM

To continue our conversation from last week… Let’s dive right back into trends and Historic Colors! We discussed the idea of trends and how both the 20th Century and Historic Colors of America coincide with the universal trend cycle.  I also highlighted some of our favorite trending hues and how to use them.  Today we will be digging deeper by exploring the idea of “timeless” colors.  And of course we will share some more of our top hues and why we love them! Let’s get started!

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Topics: paint colors, color schemes, color trends, historic colors, neutral colors

Historic Colors and the Trend Cycle -- Part 1

Posted on Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 03:26 PM

Trends are an interesting occurrence. Some can be fleeting while others often repeat themselves. Color trends tend to be a bit more timeless. Our Historic Colors are great example of this. These colors were distinctively trendy during their specific time period which made them memorable. Expert historians, like those at Historic New England, recognize this and give these paint colors their historic stamp of approval. These historic hues continue to appear in color trends even today. So what exactly makes some of these historic colors more significant than the rest?  Why do they continue to pop up in color trends even now?

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Topics: paint colors, 20th century paint colors, color trends, historic colors

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!

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Topics: historic colors

What's in a Name? An Inside Look at Naming Paint Colors

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 @ 04:44 PM

Paint Color Names

Imagine it’s a Saturday morning and you are walking into your local hardware store.  You approach the paint chip rack containing countless chips varying in shades, tints, and tones and feel completely overwhelmed.  You can’t even tell the difference between Lemon Juice and Springtime Dew!  In all this confusion, how are you going to pick just one?

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Topics: paint colors, 20th century paint colors, historic colors, color names

Celebrating America and Historic Colors

Posted on Wed, Jul 04, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

Red, White, and Paint

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Topics: color schemes, historic colors, 4th of July Colors

A Modern Makeover with Interior Paint

Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:29 AM

Reviving 20th Century Paint Colors

Great News! My first ever apartment lease has just begun! Which means, I have a large amount of interior decorating to get started on. It is currently in a sad state, lacking furniture and décor as well as requiring a much needed paint job. My bedroom is especially awful and is in need of a little TLC. By a little, I really mean A LOT. And as a college student with a limited cash flow, I can’t really afford a lot of TLC right now.  Solution: I’m hoping with a little creativity, combined with my passion for bargain hunting and some superior interior paint, I’ll create a beautiful space that I can call my own (well at least ‘til next may)! 

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Topics: interior paint, 20th century paint colors, historic colors, paint project, DIY

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