when WHITE was not one color

Old House Journal - - Design -

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.

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