We have talked about color before, but to mix the topic with the history of paint colors is a bit more interesting.  Neutral Colors – the extended family that embraces tints and shades of stone, biscuit and grey have been the staple decorating colors for centuries and are still favorites.  What has changed are the reasons.  Now that we can choose any decorating color from an almost infinite palette, we value neutrals for their versatility, supremely luxurious in one setting, the epitome of country simplicity in another.   

 A variety of stone colors, grays,  gray blues, gray greens could be mixed from inexpensive pigments, generally a combination of ochre, raw umber and lampblack, a residue from burning oil.  The cheapness of these neutral tints was repeatedly noted in surviving decorating accounts.  Throughout the middle years of the eighteenth century stone color, lead color and pearl were considered inexpensive.  Mid priced colors like lemon yellow were priced at three times as much.  In the l770’s, architects recommended stone colors because they would last longer, otherwise they would suggest buff.   

When selecting paint colors, we suggest you hire a professional designer.  Paint colors are very difficult to discern because the chips are usually not exact.  Lighting is the most important aspect to choosing the correct colors for your home.