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Historic Paint Colors

At the Newport Restoration Foundation, we often get questions about the paint colors on our preservation properties. The articles and resources below will answer most of your questions. You are also free to explore our Preservation Properties page – each property includes annotations on house and door colors.

Books:
Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings, by Roger W. Moss. 1995.

Articles:
Two articles by Robert Foley, Former Director of Preservation, Newport Restoration Foundation:

Paint the House
Paint in 18th-century Newport

Websites:
Historic Media’s Old House Colors
California Paints Color Guide
California Paints – Painting Basics

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