Heritage paint ranges for period properties

In recent times, homeowners, including landlords, with period properties have increasingly chosen to consider heritage ranges when renovating or redecorating.

Recognising that certain shades work especially well with properties from particular eras they are perhaps more selective now than they have been in the past.

As a result, many big name manufacturers continue to expand their palettes in line with what those with older properties might be seeking.

And it is now possible to buy carefully developed hues to suit character properties ranging from Medieval cottages to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses.

Colours typical of particular eras might include:

*Shades of white through to grey in 15th and 16th century homes

*Some blues and browns in 17th century homes

*Possible softs greens and blues starting to appear in early 18th century homes

*Lavender and deeper greens and blues later in the 18th century

*Ochre, deep blues and even pink shades in the early 19th century

*Darker greens, blues and reds in late Victorian times

Dulux, for example, is now launching a curated collection of 112 heritage colours, all described as modern interpretations of classic shades from the history of British architecture and design.

Spanning shades from the palest duck egg to the deepest aubergine, they come in pale, mid and deep tones and have such evocative names as Potters Pink, Cornish Clay, Pugin Red, Romney Wool, Raven’s Flight, Wooded Walk and Bathstone Beige.

Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux, says: “With the Heritage range, we have combined the finest colours from important periods of decorating history with the most stylish contemporary hues to create a truly gorgeous collection.”

Pic credit: Dulux Heritage