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treiser

05:11PM | 04/08/01
Member Since: 04/07/01
2 lifetime posts
Help!! I need advise on proper color schemes for a Victorian -style home built around 1884. I can't seem to get past the orange and country blue flowered decor of the previous owners...I know it was stylish in the 80's, but it makis the inside of this home look silly...any suggestions?

womanonamission

07:16PM | 04/20/01
Member Since: 01/20/99
23 lifetime posts
Have you tried your local paint store? When looking for colors for the exterior of my house the local paint store (Farrel-Calhoun) had a brochure that listed paint colors for historical homes. You might try that option, the local library, or going through public or museum houses that have been restored true to period. Good luck.

MrsD

09:59PM | 05/09/01
Member Since: 01/31/00
76 lifetime posts
Try a historical society...they may be able to help you.

Jennifer

10:46AM | 10/04/01
Member Since: 10/03/01
3 lifetime posts
Try paints and painting techniques. Find colors you would like and do two-tone colors in rooms. For instance, colors like peaches/rusts, moss greens, blues, yellows etc. If you have a room with chair rails, paint the bottom a darker moss green and the upper a lighter moss green. Just make sure you choose color from the same paint strip so they are the same hue. Then, to add dimension, use stencils. I can't tell you how easy stencils are to use.
My dining room was just done using a darker moss green on the bottom and a lighter on the top. I then followed with a stencil above the chair rail using the darker green and it looks great. The best thing is that it will be easy to change when I want to in the future. Wallpaper is such a hassel.


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