Historic Paint Colors

This is my resource page full of info to help you choose historic paint colors for your old home. You can find links to almost anything related to painting and paint colors for historic homes right here.

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So many people have questions about the how and what of painting a historic home. And although I’ve done several posts about painting and historic color choices I felt like people would benefit from a resource page that brings together all the information you could possible need about painting and historic houses. Color palettes, techniques, materials, and tools are all here!


4 Steps to a Perfect Historic Paint Job


Step #1 Plan Your Color Scheme

First, you need to determine what kind of color scheme you want to go with. Read through Choosing Exterior Paint Colors For Your Historic Home which will explain the different options you have and how to combine colors well. Then you can start choosing the actual colors from the Historic Paint Colors below.

Step #2 Choose Your Historic Colors


Here I’ve collected links to every major (and a few obscure) paint manufacturers that carry a historic colors collection here.


Step #3 Prep the Surface

Now that you have your historic colors picked out you need to prep the surface for paint. Without a proper preparation your paint will not last very long and you’ll be repainting very soon. With the proper prep your paint job will last maybe a decade longer and save you tons of money in the end.


Step #4 Time to Paint

Once you’ve done all the hard work researching your colors and prepping the surface you’re finally ready to paint!


Books About Historic Paint Colors

Here are some additional resources that I have found helpful that discuss painting and paint colors for historic homes.


My Tools

I use every one of these tools in our painting projects and these are my favorites and recommendations.


  1. Barbara Washburn on said:

    AND I had the entire paint sample collection in two suitcases from Benjamin Moore and their Historic Colors are fabulous and their paint quality incomparable – far better finish to a professional eye and covers so much better that it actually saves considerable money over less expensive brands

  2. This blog looks like a great resource, even if I may never have a historic home to restore (I might just emulate historic colors in new construction). I would like to save this with the illustrations, and also with the links showing. I could C&P everything into a Word doc. This takes time. Is it possible you have it in PDF form? RSVP.

  3. Great resources for historic colors! As a contractor in San Francisco, we have painted HUNDREDS of historic buildings and we always love the customers who want to use period-correct colors. To see examples of our work, check out http://san-francisco.certapro.com

  4. Hello, I have a historic home in upstate NY, Its over 200 yrs old! Gotta love Em! My Hubby and I are landlords with a property management business. I just found your site and Its amazing, Great easy how-tos on everything! I have added you to all my social media sites! We are great for sharing your info! Keep on Keeping on! Thanks Cindy & Len Attanasio Ballston Lake NY

  5. Great post! Been reading a lot about choosing unique colors like this. Thanks for the info!

  6. Emme on said:

    Exactly the spot I needed. Perfect. thankyou.

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