The Power of Paint—and Enduring Colonial Style

November 22, 2019
Color trends come and go, but the rich, classic palette of our forefathers has undeniable staying power. Combined in contemporary ways, these colonial-inspired hues take on a decidedly 21st-century edge for a look that’s soulful, nostalgic and fresh all at once.

Low-Key, High Impact

Nuanced blues and greys tie together adjacent spaces in this Sag Harbor home by S. R. Gambrel. Moody contrasting trim delineates the architecture but isn’t overpowering.

Golden Hour

To update a bathroom in an 1840s carriage house in Charleston, architect Gil Schafer chose an inspired spin on monotones. The deep curry hue of the washstand and trim is sumptuous and stately yet cheerful, and makes the off-white walls positively glow.

Lived-In Charm

In a California dining room, architect Gil Schafer updated the original cabin elements to capture the casual spirit of the former summer camp. Designer Rita Konig continued this thread, enveloping the room with a deep Americana green punctuated unexpectedly by black trim. The results feel rooted in the past without looking dated.


Or If White Paint Is What You’re Looking for …

We asked the pros for their favorite hues.

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Planning a Trip to Colonial Williamsburg?
You Should!


Anthony Baratta, the iconic and well-loved decorator and first Designer in Residence for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, shares his short favorite spots around Williamsburg, Virginia—one of the greatest living museums of American history.

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