Picking a colour to paint your home can be very difficult, but a closer look can be all it takes to get the answer you’re looking for. Old houses are often spotted with remnants of the old colours they were once decorated with. These spots are usually ignored as a kind of discolouration and simply painted over. However, they can hold the clues to the colours that were traditionally used in the area. Take a look at the walls and any old remaining doors or window frames for clues as to the colours they used to be.
If that doesn’t tell you much, then try turning to the census. Sometimes tell you exactly what you want to know. In the past, the census would at times record the outer appearance of the homes it surveyed. Whilst it is sometimes difficult to determine exactly which house a census entry is referring to when it describes its appearance, the details it gives will provide you with a good idea of what the homes in your area have generally looked like in the past.
If you really can’t find any record of your home’s visual history, then the general rule is to stick to more natural hues. All sorts of colours are considered in keeping with an older property, so don’t be afraid to opt for a seemingly bold red or yellow if earthier tones lend it a more natural appearance. Lime wash is the traditional outer covering, and can be tinted with mineral pigments to all sorts of shades. Eco-friendly, breathable paints such as Earthborn Silicate Masonry Paint are available in various colours to sit harmoniously on old homes in both urban and rural settings, and Farrow & Ball is well-known for its range of heritage colours.