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Georgian House Colors

Updated February 21, 2017

An 18th century architecture style, Georgian style houses flourished in early colonial America. According to MonsterHousePlan.com's Georgian design feature, the most common building materials used in Georgian houses were brick or stone for the exterior but inside introduced a whirl of muted colours. Common colours used were white, tan, grey and rose, and, later, when colour-science improved, brighter colours entered the house palette.

White, Cream and Tan

The Georgian period was a white period: white walls, cream walls, off-white columns, doors and fireplace hearths. Georgian homeowners generally painted interior walls pale, in cream, white or tan shades as these paints blended well with brick and stone and the wood furniture of the era. In grander homes--with more ornate furnishings, sconces and colourful artwork--gold complemented the pale tones. Without the colour science necessary to create bright, bold colours, early Americans gilded borders and edges to add a lavish, royal touch to their homes.

Pale Green, Rose, Off-White and Gray

According to DesignItYourself.com's Georgian decorating section, Georgian homeowners coloured their homes with muted colours. Because rooms in Georgian houses are airy and full of window light, pale colour schemes opened up the interior even wider with light shades. Dusky rose, sage or pea green, brown, powder blue, and grey-beige coated the walls.

According to IdeasForHomeDecorating.com, compared to modern standards for bright or attention-colours, Georgian interiors were dull and sullen. The science of chemistry was in its early days, and the colour tints were still natural.

Faux Wood or Wood Color Treatments

When homeowners could not afford real wood to create panels, bookshelves, cabinets and finishing, they used a faux-wood treatment. The wood tone added colour and prestige to a house as well as a natural, earthy feel. Decorators also used a chocolate brown tone, adding a natural shade to a room or entry hallway.

Yellow and Blue

Later in the Georgian period, toward the beginning of the 20th century, early Americans learnt more about dyes and pigments and how to tint paints to brighter colours. Rich, but still flattened, reds, yellows, pinks, aqua and deep blues entered the colour scene. Homeowners also used these darker colours on the ceilings too, which was a brave and not altogether lasting trend, though it did add a bit of adventurousness to their home decor.

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Noelle Carver has been a freelance writer since 2009, with work published in "SSYK" and "The Wolf," two U.K. literary journals. Carver holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from American University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.