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Picking Historic Paint Colors for Your Classic Home

October 6th, 2015
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Old doesn’t have to mean stale. If you have an older home needing an update and want to keep the historical integrity, there are several paint collections from Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore that you should consider. Each brand carries its own historic assortment based on popular colors from various key architectural periods.

We’ve picked a few historical color palettes for refurbishing your classic home exterior:

Victorian Style

Though the Victorian era is known for its gothic undertones, homes built during this period were anything but gloomy. Many Victorian houses incorporated bright salmon pinks and blues with contrasting, ornate trims. You can find these colors in the America’s Heritage collection by Sherwin-Williams. They offer several combinations to update your turn-of-the-century house.

The Renwick Rose Beige paired with Pewter Tankard and Polished Mahogany as accent and trim colors, make for a striking yet traditional Victorian color scheme. However, if the thought of painting anything remotely close to the color pink scares you, there are classic, neutral options to try as well. You can choose a warm brown collection featuring Renwick Golden Oak, Downing Straw, and Deepest Mauve. Any of these paint combinations are sure to bring your historic home back to life.


The late 18th to 19th century brought us the very popular colonial house, an architectural style that is still mimicked today. In honor of this period, Benjamin Moore has its very own color collection inspired by colonial Williamsburg. The selection features many bold colors, such as China Red, a rustic color that would pair well with Wythe Tan for the trim. There are some beautiful greens to choose from, as well, for a calmer look. Palace Green has a nice mossy tone to it, and Russel Green is a soft sage hue; both paint colors would look perfect with Capitol White.

The Williamsburg paint varieties really capture the old colonial American spirit. Choosing from any of these colors will give your home an authentic and classical aesthetic.


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New Americana

During the mid-century, homes were constructed in the modern style. The Suburban Modern collection from Sherwin-Williams offers paint selections in avocado greens and inky blues that capture the upbeat feeling of the times. The pale soft blue of Breezy matched with Extra White and Roycroft Pewter would be a calming color palette for a bungalow.

If you own a 60’s style home and want something upbeat to match the quirky architecture, then opt for Extra White and Spiced Cider. The spicy red is reminiscent of Colorado’s Red Rocks and fits in the with the state’s warm color palette. Remember to have fun when picking colors for your modern home; you don’t have to commit to a neutral exterior if you prefer something brighter.

Restoring your historic home is great way to breath new life into it, and choosing an expert to help sift through color options is a smart choice. We understand the importance of keeping the integrity of an old home and we’ll work with you to find the right paint for your house. Whether it predates the turn of the century, or is an example of early modernism, we have the expertise and skills to refresh your home’s exterior.

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