I have to admit that I was confused why Benjamin Moore would introduce another historical color paint palette when they already have the tried and true Historical Collection:
How are they different? Well, I did find out their difference and it is actually interesting. The Historical colors are inspired by the popular colors of the 18th and 19th century. With the new Williamsburg Collection, the colors are from the 18th century and more vibrant than the original Williamsburg colors because new research revealed the colors were actually more saturated than originally thought. This discovery was a result of new technology used to revisited paint samples, period documents and fragments of wallpaper and other architectural items to discover more vivid and intense colors.
Basically, they took these old colors from the 18th century and broke them down to the true color pigments they used back then and are now what the paint colors looked like back in history. Pretty cool!
If you compare the two collections, you will notice the Historical Collection colors are more subdued/duller than the new Williamsburg Collection.
HC- 143 Wyeth Blue: CW-590 Williamsburg Wyeth Blue:
HC-1 Castleton Mist: Green Umber CW-460:
The colors shown here are not very accurate, but they do show how the Williamsburg colors are more vibrant and intense, lighter and brighter.
Here are a couple of my favorites from the Williamsburg Collection:
The houses of Colonial Williamsburg are currently undergoing a color transformation inside and out since the creation of this new line. Although the colors were 250 years old, the collection is being marketed with a ‘trend meets tradition’ theme.
I am glad I took another look at the new color palette. Some very pretty colors to try. Grab a brochure or fan deck of the Williamsburg Collection and check them out. I know you will be pleased at some of the colors! Has anyone used any of the colors yet? What do you think?
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