Apr 30th, 2013 | | Aesthetics | History | 2 Comments

1930s Paint Colours – An Introduction

Edwardian Interior c.1907 by Harold Gilman 1876-1919 - Tate

Edwardian Interior ca.1907 by Harold Gilman (1876-1919) – Tate

Sensory overload caused by clutter and the brightly coloured and strongly patterned wallpapers beloved by the previous generation was sometimes given as the main reason for the preference for straight lines and quiet pale colours in the 1930s.

1930s Interior Geffrye Museum
1930s Interior – Geffrye Museum – Photo credit: mermaid99 / / CC BY-NC-ND

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).

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exterior house painting costNo Gravatar » 03. Oct, 2013

I hate the brick on our home.I thought about painting it.I have seen several that were painted and they looked good.I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on it And maybe were to start.Thanks

PatrickNo Gravatar » 03. Oct, 2013

Painting brick is generally a bad idea. Bricks absorb and release water (in the form of rain). Once you paint brick the water invariably gets trapped behind the paint and blows.