when WHITE was not one color
When we read about kitchens done in white enamel, we imagine today’s bright white with the semi-gloss finish of oil paint. But the definition of “white” has always been contextual, affected by available pigments and the current taste. Advocates for white paint might have meant cream, buttermilk yellow, old ivory, pale coffee, or an undertone of pink or grey— in both the Victorian and Arts & Crafts eras. Bright, cool white was used in bathrooms.