Whether it was the turn of the century – from 1899 to 1900 – or a clean sweep of society on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, or just a cosmic time-warp, how exterior house colours were used, changed when the world welcomed the 20th century.
::caption(“http://oldhousecolors.com/files/2007/10/image003.png”,”An Italianate style house with a fashionable 1880’s colour scheme: light body and dark trim boards”)::
::caption(“http://oldhousecolors.com/files/2007/10/image004.png”,”A selection of colours popular in the 1880’s. The blue colours would be used sparingly for fine trim or for signs.”)::
From the deep, rich colours popular for houses in the 1880′s and 1890′s, to the fresher paler colours of the first two decades of the 20th century, there was a change.
::caption(“http://oldhousecolors.com/files/2007/10/image008.png”,”A restored Italianate house built 1886. The colour scheme follows the recommended treatment for an Italianate-style house: warm paler body with rich trim colours.”)::
And it wasn’t just the colours becoming brighter and paler, though they did. The actual placement of the colours changed too. Quite a reversal took place. Dark corner boards became pale. Dark sash became light. (Or pale sash became light). Multi-coloured paint schemes became more subdued (though three colour schemes were still popular).