Editors' Picks: Old-House Color

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week: Inject a little color into gray winter weather.

Cure the winter blahs with a shot of color! Freezing outdoor temperatures make winter the perfect time to focus on indoor projects...and we can't think of a better pick-me-up for these lackluster January days than reinventing a room with a bold new color. Of course, selecting colors for old houses can be a little tricky, given that you need to keep the historical context of your home in mind while browsing at the paint store. These three articles offer inspiration, tips, and sources that will make the process easier. Here's to a colorful season!

A pair of cymbidium orchids frames the entry door and the newly rebuilt porch.

Colorful Craftsman: With a nod to modernism, Garrison Hullinger and J Jones refine a 1909 Portland Foursquare saved from the wrecking ball.

Skim Coating in Color:If your plaster walls have settled and cracked, shore them up again using this technique that combines mesh-reinforced repairs with a color pigment finish.

Guide to Period-Appropriate Paints:From historic color palettes to old-fashioned paint formulas, find the right fit for your house’s walls with this source list.

New This Week

The Winter 2009/10 issue of Early Homes is now available!

Remarkable Preservation A succession of owners has cherished this ca. 1800 Federal house. Current owners use the "store next door" as an antiques emporium.

The homeowners use the old store as a quasi-museum from which they sell their antiques and vintage housewares.

Bare Walls to Bright Colors Early Americans made creative use of materials at hand, from buttermilk to plants and berries, in order to express themselves with color.

History of Arts & Crafts Lighting Light fixtures came in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles during the Arts & Crafts movement. Our primer on the myriad forms available can help you choose the right fixtures for your home.

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National Trust Historic Paint Colors $19.98-$31.98/gallon
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Historic Colors

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has worked extensively with Valspar® to develop an exclusive collection of historic colors documented from historic sites across the country.

National Trust colors are available in Valspar Ultra Premium® paint--a low odor, 100% premium acrylic latex paint with a lifetime warranty, one-coat coverage, and a mildew resistant finish.

Pantone's Color of the Year is Turquoise. To turn a trend into a timeless classic, consider these historic colors:

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