Painting With History in Mind

by J on July 16, 2010

You may have never thought about helping to retain the history of our country by the way you decorate, but now you can purchase some historic paint colors to use in your own home. This option may be interesting to you, especially if you live in a historic home.

Valspar has introduced a line of ┬ácolors that they’ve ┬ádocumented from historic sites across the country. You can help recapture a bit of history by having your VA painter use some of these beautiful hues in your own design scheme.

Belle Grove

Belle Grove epitomizes the 19th century country elegance with colors chosen from a historic manor house in Middletown, Virginia. These painting colors were influenced by people like Thomas Jefferson and were created to reflect the Shanandoah Valley’s gorgeous mountain views. The pallete mixes warm neutral tones with splashes of bright color.


Filoli colors were designed with the colors of nature in mind. The inspiration for this line is a16-acre country estate from the early 1900s located in Woodside, Californina. Designers were inspired by the the lush formal gardens as they decided upon the colors to add to this line.

La Fonda

La Fonda’s palette of colors reflect the vibrant southwestern style of La Fonda hotel, built in 1922, located on the historic Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Your home will pop with the flavors of the southwest when you incorporate the spicy rich reds, deep blues, earthy browns and warm terra cottas into your design plan.


We need to go back earlier in history to find the inspiration for the Lyndhurst line of paints. Think romance and luxury as found in America’s Gothic Revival mansion built in 1838 and situated overlooking the Hudson River Valley in Tarrytown, New York. The soothing colors of browns, blues, greens and roses will provide a luxurious background for you to decorate from.


Luminous pastels are the basis for the colors that make up the Woodlawn line, based upon the 126-acre estate in Alexandria, Virginia. Originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the home was completed in 1805 for Washington’s nephew. After surviving the Civil War and years of weather and neglect, it was restored in the early 20th century.

If you need help deciding which of the over 250 historic colors is right for your home, then contact your local painting contractor. A professional will be able to help you choose the colors that will work well with your modern design plan while helping you to be a part of preserving our country’s heritage.

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