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Monday, October 10, 2011
Knox Hill Project: Weekly Update-the agony of paint selection
The agony of paint selection. When you consider the countless hours of detail work required on our house and the stencilling the dining room has picking just the right colors, the color balance, the shade, the hue etc. are critical.
We know the original colors and we will be basing our selctions on that Pompeii Reds, clays and copper and gold colors of the original, We also have a light blue used on parts of the ceiling and some tans to deal with. Now it might be easier to take a strict approach and use the exact colors used originally in the exact location, but perhaps those were not the "best selection". We want to pay homage to the originals of course and they are still there under the drywall preserved with notes and photos in a 'timecapsule for future generations'.
Now of course color selction is one of the things I do for a living, People pay me to come in and come up with period correct color plans for their homes and its always easier when you are doing it for someone else. When its your own house? Its agony, because you want to get it 'just right' ...the first time. You are not going to re-stencil an elaborate dining room every few years, at least I'm not and given the complexity of this room I am taking my time to get it right......but boy its frustrating!
I have been involved in Historic Preservation and Restoration for the last 25 plus years. I am president of Victorian Antiquities & Design. I am proud to be a part of restoring the architectural history of our country.