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Choosing an authentic Georgian paint scheme for your property

I’ve often talked about the value of mixing classic and contemporary styles within a Georgian home to give it a really unique feel. In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about the authentic paint colours and schemes that were used in the era to help compliment your home in its true original style.

The Georgian period was a long one, so the paint colours changed a lot over time, becoming increasingly more and more fancy and decorative as they moved more into the regency period of opulence and excess.

Georgian decorating style is fairly easy to fit into a modern home, as the colours were often elegant and simple, clean and not too strong.

The colors of the Georgian period are mainly quite ‘toned-down‘ or ‘muted’ colors, early period colour schemes included sage green, blue-grey and burgundy, usually in a sheened finish. As the style evolved, it became lighter and lighter in terms of colours and decoration, with dusky pinks, soft greys, pea-green, sky or Wedgwood blue, beiges and stone shades in matte finishes.

Georgians often mixed gilding or marble effect paintwork into their interiors, especially towards the regency period, so don’t be afraid to add some touches of gold gilding or gold framed pictures to really add the authentic feel. Gold metallic paint can be picked up fairly easily nowadays, and is a lot cheaper than real gold leaf gilding!

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An example of a Georgian Sky or ‘wedgwood Blue’

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A pea green paint used in this living area of a traditional home

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A dusky pink used for this hall at the Charterhouse Chapel

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A very pale blue used at this trendy Georgian pub in Kensal Green

Many paint companies do what they call historic or ‘heritage’ ranges which have authentic and traditional colours of time periods. Here are some that I have picked out that are particularly found on a Georgian colour palette.

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Sky Blue by Little Greene

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Pea Green from Heritage Paints

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Dead Salmon by Farrow & Ball

You can also have a look at a bright yellow found in the Sir John Soane Museum South Drawing Room and a vibrant Pompeiian Red found at Sir Walpoles Strawberry Hill in various places.

If you are in store, speak to the paint specialist as they will often have advice as to what colours were particularly used for any period of time.

Do remember that paint colours can vary from computer screen to real life, so make sure you order a sample pot to try on a small section of the wall before purchasing all of your paint.

Happy decorating!

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