This is my resource guide 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.
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 possibly 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.
- Benjamin Moore Historic Paint Colors
- Porter/Pittsburgh Paints (PPG) Historic Paint Colors
- PPG Frank Lloyd Wright Colors
- Sherwin-Williams Historic Paint Colors
- California Paints Historic Paint Colors of America (1600-1895)
- Farrow & Ball Paint Colours
- Olde Century Colors (Craftsman/Prairie Style)
- Historic Linseed-Oil Paint Colors
- Historic Milk Paint Colors
- Finnaren & Haley Guide to Period and Style Colors
- Old Village Historic Paint Makers
- Homestead House Paint Co.
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.
- Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings
- House Colors: Exterior Color by Style of Architecture
- Bungalow Colors: Exteriors
I use every one of these tools in our painting projects, and these are my favorites and personal and professional recommendations.
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