1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

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1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby Leelanau » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:00 am

Hello,

I'm looking for advice on choosing interior paint colors for a 1905 farmhouse. I want to use authentic colors, the kind of colors they would have used at the turn of the century. Walls, floors and ceilings. I plan to paint 3 bedrooms and the bathrooms for each of those rooms (the bathrooms all have white fixtures and white tile floors), a stairwell, an enclosed back porch, an historic kitchen with only a wood cook stove and dry sink with pump. The parlour, dining room and sitting room will be wall papered.

Not sure where to get some good research, evidence on colors of rooms. And this is not a fancy house, it is out in the country and is a farmhouse. And the people who lived here were always a bit behind the times.

Help is appreciated!

Susan
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Re: 1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby lisascenic » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:26 am

Funny, I was going to suggest you check out the local living history museum...
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Re: 1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby melissakd » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:00 pm

Hi, Susan. Welcome to the Old House Web!

There's some value in looking over the reprints of Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs. They're black and white, but a few wallpaper patterns are pictured, and you can get a glimmer or two from the list of paint colors. As I once read, these firms offered products that sold and sold well, so their catalogs are a great key to average taste.

The book Victorian Interior Decoration by Roger Moss and Gail Caskey Winkler answered a lot of my questions.

Here are a few web sites I love to pore over.

History of dollhouses and dollhouse furniture, beginning with the 1890s. A wealth of detail. (Some furniture is shown in people's homemade dioramas, with walls adorned with Con-Tact paper "wallpaper," so don't take that as design pointers.)
http://www.mckendry.net/DOLLHOUSES/1890s.htm
http://www.mckendry.net/GALLERY_OF_IMAG ... AGES_1.htm

Wallpaper printing firms. Browse old patterns, each reproduced from a sample found in a historic American home, classified by date.
http://wolffhousewallpapers.com/id3.htm
http://www.victorianwallpaper.com/products.htm
http://www.carterandco.com/
http://www.aestheticinteriors.com/sc/store.php
http://www.adelphipaperhangings.com/but ... hintz.html

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Re: 1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby cadrad » Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:22 pm

look online at California Paints historic color palate. if you type in California paint in search, then click on historic colors. they will send a brochure. they worked with some historical preservation group to determine the palate. lotsa colors!
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Re: 1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby S Melissa » Sun May 01, 2011 3:29 pm

Same with Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams - both have historic paint pallets to give you some insight. I'd also spend some time looking thru the picture threads on this site to get some ideas for color choices - there's lots out there. It also depends a bit on the style of your house - in the early 1900's there was a movement away from the frilly victorian styles, to more stately colonial revival and earthier arts and crafts. And, you may not want to hear this - but even farm houses out in the boon-docks had wallpaper! Fancy wallpaper too! So - you have a lot to think about!
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Re: 1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby Sekhmet » Thu May 05, 2011 8:40 am

I've been wondering what wall colors would be appropriate to the 1908 house I am buying as well. I found this line of paints: http://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/partners/corporate-partners/valspar/

If you click, "Or click here for a complete listing of historic paint colors," it takes you to a page listing all of their paint colors, and the cool part: They are named and grouped according to the historic building they are taken from. For example:

BETSY ROSS HOUSE
Betsy Ross House Blue (#5002-8)
Betsy Ross House Brown (#6011-2)
Betsy Ross House Moss (#6005-3
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Re: 1905 Farmhouse looking for authentic interior paint colors

Postby melissakd » Thu May 05, 2011 1:39 pm

I painted someone's house Belle Grove Light Amber once....it's the color of the trim on my own house.

I hadn't thought of it before, but if I look up the date of the historic house each color is named after, I can then choose the colors taken from the period of my own house. Handy!

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