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VICTORIAN ERA HOMES
selection of colors for painting a Victorian home consist of separate colors for
shingles, body (usually clapboards) and trim. Whereas shingles and body
are generally dedicated colors, the trim may consist of more than one color
additionally depending on the amount of detail present.
The concept of painting a Victorian House is to accentuate the fine Victorian
detailing in an harmonious
convergence of colors and tones.
all the revival styles in the `19th century, Queen Anne had the most
variety of detail and texture. Coincidentally, at the same time
that the Queen Anne style was most popular, the darkest, most vivid
colors were also popular. As a result, Queen Anne homes were
painted several dark colors, to highlight all the detail.
elements of the Queen Anne style that were part of the early stages of
the Colonial Revival which was in its heyday about 20 years afterwards.
The Colonial Revival did not merely consist of Georgian Revival style
houses. It was a general harkening back to early styles, including
Queen Ann, even though most of the early styles evoked were American,
The Queen Anne
style was fashionable at a time when a lot of building was taking place
in the United States. Perhaps the most important thing to remember
when painting a Queen Anne house is that the many architectural details
outlined above were picked out and celebrated with color.
Source: The Old
House Journal, Inc
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