Paint Your Colonial, Federal or Victorian Style Home

26 Nov

Do you live in a historic home? Or maybe you just love the architecture and history of a past era.  Old Village Paint captures the charm and character of these three well-known American building styles:

Colonial American: (1492-1763) A  symmetrical front with a central door, two windows on each side, and five windows across the second floor typifies this style.  A central hall usually opened into four square rooms, with a chimney rising from the middle of the roof.  Households were usually painted with natural colors like whites and beige, with more affluent families using deeper, richer colors.


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Federal: (1785-1820) This architectural style had political motivations.  American’s founding fathers looked at the buildings created by the ancient Greeks and Romans- whose style of government they were emulating, and borrowed some design ideas too. Curved, graceful lines, Greek and Roman motifs, urns, stars and stripes, oval shapes, and columns are common in this Neo-Classical style. White, gray and cream colors nod at the Roman/Greek world while Federal Blue, Creamy White, “yellow rose, lilac, cinnamon brown, green and red” were also heavily used. (


Victorian American: (1837-1901) These two or three level homes were wildly ornate and corresponded with the Victorian’s love of beauty over functionality. A Victorian home usually has an asymmetrical shape, a one story porch, and lots of ornate, decorative trim. Popular colors of the time were vibrant earth tones and mustard yellow.


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Choose a style that resonates with you and browse through our Vintage Colours to add a touch of American history to your home with just the right color.


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