Feb 18th, 2012 | | Aesthetics | History | 1 Comment

The 1930s House (1)

The Hall

The Hall

These images come from a work published in 1935 by a large paint company, Pinchin, Johnson & Co. It was entitled: New Rooms for Old. Some helpful designs and details for transforming the ordinary interior into the ultra modern. (Please note: ultra modern) The title is clear enough and each room of the house is shown before and after modernisation.

The type of paints that were being produced by Pinchin, Johnson & Co. were very similar to those manufactured by Thomas Parsons & Sons at the same time. Using the colours shown in the latter’s extensive catalogue I have tried to show the closest ones, should anyone want to draw inspiration from these images. In most instances a reasonable match can be found, but some colours would need adjustment if a literal copying was desired.

In each case I have tried to provide a brief commentary, emphasising the differences between the old and new rooms and offering a few thoughts on the paints.

The rest of this essay has been removed after five years. You can now read more about this in The Anatomy of Colour, published by Thames & Hudson and available from John Sandoe (Books).

Papers and Paints can be found here for 1930s colours:

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BolNo Gravatar » 12. Apr, 2016

This is glorious. Thank you.