Thursday, April 3, 2008

Historically Correct Paint Colors

In between The Home Stylist client appointments, I volunteer as a docent on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY. The Roycroft Campus is a turn of the last century arts and crafts campus where beautiful books were printed, mission-style furniture was made, as well as other artisan goods. It was ran by Elbert and Alice Hubbard who perished on the Lusitania in 1915.

A few blocks from the Roycroft Campus sits Hamlin Park. In Hamlin Park is a historic pavilion. It was given to East Aurora by the Roycrofters in 1903. The Roycroft pavilion has seen many speakers, theater productions and even at one day held a roller rink. The Aurora Players now call it home.

If you are lucky enough to live or drive near the park, you can see that some changes are taking place. The Roycroft Pavilion is being added on to. The new part will contain a large lobby (no waiting for tickets in the rain), and large bathrooms (no waiting in lines). I have been working on a team that is decorating this new space while respecting its heritage.

As this project is being worked on, the solution to finding just the right paint colors is easy. Sherwin Williams has a specific line of paint developed for the historical arts and crafts era. You can buy it at any Sherwin Williams paint store. Here are some of the paint names:

Ruskin room green, Hubbard Squash, White Hyacinth, Morris Room Grey, Roycroft Rose, Dard Hunter green, Peristyle brass, Roycroft adobe.
As you can see - perfect paint names for this project!
If you are decorating your own home in the arts and crafts style, you now know where to get the perfect historically correct paint colors.

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