Color by Number Learn how historic paints can take the guesswork out of sprucing up your period home exterior.
AMERICA’S RICH HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN HAS INSPIRED COLORFUL EXTERIOR PAINT STYLES FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
How you paint the exterior of your Home says a lot about both the House and you. It’s the first impression any guest gets of your home, and it determines how your house looks to the rest of the neighborhood. Choosing a paint color gets even more complicated when you live in a historic home—do you stay faithful to your home’s history and choose colors that would have been used when it was first built, or do you go your own way and add new flair to your house?
A COLORFUL PAST
America has a long and expressive history in exterior paint colors. “Reflecting the first real pigmentation in paint, classic and colonial colors from the 1600s to the 1850s are simple and timeless,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-williams. The company’s new paint collection, America’s Heritage, was inspired by
you can try to go for a paint color that is historically accurate—an exact restoration of a color your home was previously painted. It’s a daunting task, especially if you don’t know much about your home’s history and don’t have access to old color photographs or records.
As an alternative, you can explore colors that are historically faithful, such as the colors in the Sherwinwilliams American Heritage collection. These are colors your home might have shown off when it was new, or those other homes of its type were painted. This eases the burden of finding an exact match to a previous paint your home wore, while staying true to its roots.