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Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically Paperback – November 15, 1992
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Beyond the good information re: color schemes, there is a lot of information in this book about the 101 details (fretwork, finials, porches, etc) of an old house.
Unfortunately, there are precious few old drawings and the ones they do have are done in muted browns and beiges. Now, I know they didn't have color photos back in those days, but I do wish they'd included more color pictures (drawings) of these old houses.
There are also some very interesting old paint ads - such as one that suggests the right house paint is *the* key to health and happiness. The book also contains plenty of written information and history, which is interesting reading.
And the photos/drawings offer a nice blend of the ostentatious Queen Annes and by contrast, the simple and modest "Builder's Style" homes.
I'm an old house purist trying to redo my simple old home as authentically as possible. This book is a good resource for that.
"Unfortunately, there are precious few old drawings and the ones they do have are done in muted browns and beiges. Now, I know they didn't have color photos back in those days, but I do wish they'd included more color pictures (drawings) of these old houses."
This person has obviously missed the point of the book. Did you read it? Those _are_ color drawings and those "muted browns and beiges" _were_ the colors used back then. People have a stereotype of 19th century colors as supposedly being bright and contrasty; this is due to the colorist movement in San Francisco back in the 70s, but is not appropriate when seeking 19th century accuracy. The crazy row-house colors of San Francisco are modern interpretations; whereas the Victorians preferred earth tones. The authors go at length to explain this with drawings and historic reproductions that are accurate in color.
My only gripe with this book is that there should be more photographs of 19th houses painted historically. I think more photos would give home restorers more ideas to pick from.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was well written and demonstrated several options on selection of paint colors for the Victorian home. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by 2011catlean
Fast shipping, wonderful book, in as described condition. So many pictures and details about how to paint a Victorian house, as well as which colors go wear. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by rachel (wildflower)
We're actually painting our late Victorian house in a color scheme similar to that on the cover of this book (The Fitzgerald House in Cortland, NY as it was in 1987).Published on May 2, 2013 by Jeffrey R. Broido