Slide 2: The Federal Style

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After independence, American builders sought to distance themselves from their former masters. The architectural details of Federal style houses tended to be lighter and more attenuated, and the colors, too, as rich creams, softer yellows, peach, and a mix of grays and whites came into vogue. The flow of influences from Great Britain did not end, however, as the Scotland-born Robert Adam promoted such delicate hues as Wedgewood blue, pale green, primrose, and lemon yellow.


Bob Vila's Guide to Historic Paint Colors

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