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Benjamin Moore looks to history for its latest color collection

Benjamin Moore looks to history for its latest color collection

If you’re in the process of restoring a historic home—say an 18th century Dutch Colonial or a 19th century Queen Anne—you might be interested in Benjamin Moore’s new Williamsburg Color Collection. The 144-color palette is based on actual hues that existed centuries ago, discovered through examination of period documents, wallpaper samples, architectural fragments, and the like. And Benjamin Moore tends to do well in Consumer Reports’ paint tests, so you can count on the new colors holding up on your walls.

Benjamin Moore teamed up with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to create the Williamsburg Color Collection. “It’s personally satisfying to see research become reality with a palette that is consistent with colors that would have been found in the 18th century,” said Matthew Webster, Director of the Grainger Department of Historic Architectural Resources for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in the news release.

Even a top-performing paint in an alluring color can look crummy if you don’t apply it properly. And Benjamin Moore paints do cost a premium so if you choose a hue from the new collection, you want to make sure you do the job right. Our latest reports on interior and exterior paint are loaded with advice for do-it-yourselfers, including tips for surface preparation and how to prevent roller marks.

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