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.

Victorian Homes - - Contents - By Rebekah Wahlberg

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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.

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