Vintage Color Schemes

Interior color through the decades

Do you struggle getting just the right color scheme for your rooms? If so, you have plenty of company. Regardless of decade or style of home, furnishings or funding, homeowners have always had to struggle with the color they painted the wall and how to match the carpet.

During the earliest part of the 20th century, Victorian influences were still felt but tempered by the Art & Crafts movement. As the years progressed, "retro" styles began to influence color choices. During the 1920s and 1930s, Colonial style was very popular and much was written about appropriate colors. At the same time, folk design such as European style tole-type painting became popular. Another large influence was the industrial design movement with its emphasis on streamlined functionality. Art Deco style also came into play, especially with more contemporary architecture and furniture styles presaging the post-War designs of the Eames and Russell Wright as well as many others.

We've pulled together color schemes from vintage publications and books that we hope will inspire you to create period appropriate schemes for yourself or just serve as jumping off point. Regardless of your purpose, we'll sure you'll enjoy looking at these as much as we do.


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